Indian pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar stranded at Simikot and Hilsa


3rd Jul, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, July 03: 1600 Indian pilgrims have been stranded at Simikot and Hilsa on their journey to Kailash Mansarovar due to incessant rainfall. Currently, 525 pilgrims are stranded in Simikot, 550 in Hilsa and another 500 more are stranded in Tibet side, according to a press release by the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.

Rescue efforts are ongoing through Surkhet, Jumla, and Mugu, although there is little chance of evacuation flights. The Indian Embassy has placed its representatives in Nepalgunj and Simikot, who are ensuring the availability of proper food and lodging facilities to the stranded pilgrims. Tour operators have been requested to take the pilgrims to the Tibet side as far as possible. It has also ensured medical care for the stranded pilgrims.

The Indian Embassy has set up a hotline for pilgrims and their family members which includes a language speaking staff in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam. The Embassy has released the numbers of the following embassy officials who can be reached by family of the pilgrims at any time for assistance and information:

  1. PRANAV GANESH, FIRST SECRETARY (CONSULAR) - +977-9851107006
  2. TASHI KHAMPA, SECOND SECRETARY (CONSULAR) - +977-9851155007
  3. TARUN RAHEJA, ATTACHE (CONSULAR) - +977-9851107021
  4. RAJESH JHA, ASO (COMMUNITY WELFARE) - +977-9818832398, +977-9851165140
  5. YOGANANDA (HOTLINE – KANNADA) - +977-9823672371
  6. PINDI NARESH (HOTLINE – TELUGU) - +977-9808082292
  7. R MURUGAN (HOTLINE – TAMIL) - +977-9808500642
  8. C RANJITH (HOTLINE – MALAYALAM) - +977-9808500644