Road to Mansarovar via Dharchula

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Kailash Mansarovar yatra becomes easier for pilgrims
The BRO has provided road connectivity from Dharchula to Lipulekh, a stretch of 80 km, at an altitude ranging from 6,000 feet to 17,060 feet.

INDIA Updated: May 08, 2020 14:15 IST

HT Correspondent | Edited by Niyati Singh


HT Correspondent | Edited by Niyati Singh
Hindustan Times, New Delhi



The new road is an extension of Pithoragarh-Tawaghat-Ghatiabagarh road.



The new road is an extension of Pithoragarh-Tawaghat-Ghatiabagarh road.(HT photo)
The Kailash Mansarovar yatra is set to become easier than it’s ever been for pilgrims, with the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) completing a key road in Uttarakhand that will cut travel time drastically as people will no longer have to undertake an arduous trek, a senior government official said on Friday.
The road was inaugurated on Friday by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh through video conferencing.
The BRO has provided road connectivity from Dharchula to Lipulekh, a stretch of 80 km, at an altitude ranging from 6,000 feet to 17,060 feet. The new road is an extension of Pithoragarh-Tawaghat-Ghatiabagarh road.
“Lipulekh route had a trek of 90 km through high altitude terrain and the elderly yartris faced lot of difficulties. Now, this yatra will get completed by vehicles. People will no longer have to trek for five to six days,” said the first official cited above.

There are two routes for the yatra --- the route through Lipulekh and another one from Nathu La in Sikkim.
“Delighted to inaugurate the Link Road to Mansarovar Yatra today. The BRO achieved road connectivity from Dharchula to Lipulekh (China Border) known as Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra Route. Also flagged off a convoy of vehicles from Pithoragarh to Gunji through video conferencing,” defence minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.
Congratulating the BRO, Singh said the organisation had done tremendous work in the recent years in connecting the border areas.

BRO chief Lieutenant General Harpal Singh said the construction of the road was a challenging task due to factors such as heavy snow, high altitude and an annual working season of just five months.



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BRO connects Dharchula to China border! Big cheer for Kailash Mansarovar Yatris – now avoid 90 km trek

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Published: May 8, 2020 2:22:02 PM

Presently the Yatra takes more than three weeks and the passage is through Sikkim or Nepal.


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With the new connection in place, it is a motorable road and the Yatris can go by cars and complete the yatra.
Beating all odds, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has connected Dharchula to Lipulekh (China Border) roads — famously known as Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra Route. Ushering a new era in border area connectivity, the journey time will be reduced considerably and also the difficult trek through treacherous high-altitude the terrain can be avoided.
Presently the Yatra takes more than three weeks and the passage is through Sikkim or Nepal. Just the Lipulekh route had a trek of 90 Km which was through high altitude and this affected the elderly Yatris who had a tough time trekking. With the new connection in place, it is a motorable road and the Yatris can go by cars and complete the yatra.

Says Lt Gen Harpal Singh, DG Border Roads, “Due to constant snowfall, steep rise and fall in temperatures, the construction of the connecting road was delayed. The work was restricted to five months from June to October and this too was hampered as it was time for the movement of the traders. This is the time when traders move for trading with China.” Adding, “There was restriction in construction time and also the flash floods and cloud bursts added to the difficulties faced by the team.”
In the first 20 Km of the stretch there are mountains which have hard rocks and are vertical. Drilling through them, the BRO not only lost many lives but their expensive equipment too was damaged when they fell into Kali Nadi.

According to BRO, despite all odds, in the last two years, BRO increased its output by 20 times. This was possible by using the latest technology and also by creating multiple attack points in the mountains. Helicopters were also used extensively for getting in the heavy equipment and stores. Helicopters were also extensively used to induct hundreds of tons of stores/ equipment into this sector.


More about the Darchula – Lipulekh road
According to BRO it is an extension of Pithoragarh-Tawaghat-Ghatiabagarh road. Originating from Ghatiabagarh, this terminates at Lipulekh Pass, which is considered to be the gateway to Kailash Mansarovar.
It is an 80 Km road and the altitude rises from 6000 feet to 17,060 feet.

The defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday through video conferencing flagged off a convoy of vehicles from Pithoragarh to Gunji through video conferencing.
With the help of the Uttarakhand administration, this route will not only help the yatris but will make it easy for the traders and the local population to move.
The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has officially inaugurated the 80 km stretch on Friday and expressed his appreciation for the role of BRO which has managed to complete the project in time and made it easy for the Yatris, the local people living in remote areas.


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Approximate elevation from Nabhidhang till Taklakot


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Nabhidhang to Lipulekh pass

Nabhidhang: 4324 mtrs
Lipulekh Pass: 5334 mtrs
Distance: 9kms
Time taken: 5 hrs


Route profile from Nabhidhang to Lipulekh


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Lipulekh Pass to Taklakot

Lipulekh Pass: 5334 mtrs
Taklakot : 3863 mtrs
Distance from Lipulekh to Taklakot: 19 kms
Time taken: 2 hours by bus


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After Nepal Objects To Link Road For Kailash Mansarovar, India's Reply

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May 9, 2020 10:45 PM

India's Foreign Ministry, replying to Nepal's statement on Saturday, said the road that was opened for use by pilgrims of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra lies well within Indian territory

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Nepal has raised objections over India inaugurating a strategic link road connecting Lipulekh pass at a height of 17,000 feet along the border with China in Uttarakhand with Dharchula. Nepal's Foreign Ministry in a statement on its website said, "This unilateral act runs against the understanding reached between the two countries including at the level of the Prime Ministers that a solution to boundary issues would be sought through negotiation."

India's Foreign Ministry, replying to Nepal's statement on Saturday, said the road that was opened for use by pilgrims of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra lies well within Indian territory.

"The recently inaugurated road section in Pithoragarh district in the state of Uttarakhand lies completely within the territory of India. The road follows the pre-existing route used by the pilgrims of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Under the present project, the same road has been made pliable for the ease and convenience of pilgrims, locals and traders," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"India and Nepal have established mechanism to deal with all boundary matters. The boundary delineation exercise with Nepal is ongoing. India is committed to resolving outstanding boundary issues through diplomatic dialogue and in the spirit of our close and friendly bilateral relations with Nepal," the ministry said.

The 80-km-long road inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday is expected to help pilgrims visiting Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet.

After inaugurating the road via video conferencing, Mr Singh said pilgrims will now be able to complete their journey in one week instead of up to three weeks. The road originates at Ghatiabagarh and ends at Lipulekh pass, the gateway to Kailash-Mansarovar.

The Kailash-Mansarovar yatra involves trekking at high altitudes of up to 19,500 feet, under inhospitable conditions, including extreme weather and rugged terrain.

Lipulekh pass is a far western point near Kalapani, a disputed border area between Nepal and India. Both India and Nepal claim Kalapani as an integral part of their territory - India as part of Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh district and Nepal as part of Darchula district.






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Nepal can let India use link road: K.P. Sharma Oli


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NEW DELHI, MAY 13, 2020 23:05 IST
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2020 23:05 IST


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Won’t surrender the Kalapani region, he said at an all-party meeting in Kathmandu
Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli on Wednesday proposed a solution to the ongoing border tension saying that Nepal can allow India to use the link road to the Lipulekh Pass as part of an agreement, but will not surrender the Kalapani territory on which India has been carrying out construction.

Addressing an all-party meeting in Kathmandu, Prime Minister Oli said that he was against India’s unilateral actions in the region but agreed that a solution can be found that will preserve Nepal’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. His observations came on a day when Nepal deployed a contingent of soldiers in the westernmost part of the country near its border with India.

“The government will save the land that was added to Nepal by our ancestors. PM urged the leaders not to make their positions based on things that have come from outside,” Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali was quoted as saying in online publication Setopati.

‘Diplomatic solution’
Wednesday’s meetings were attended by a large number of political parties, and also several former Prime Ministers. Mr. Gyawali said that the leaders sought a diplomatic solution to the crisis that involves the territory of Kalapani that India depicts as a part of the easternmost region of the State of Uttarakhand. A similar meeting was also held earlier after India depicted the contested region as its territory in a new set of political maps published in November 2019.
Nepal expressed regret after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the link road that will cut travelling time to the Tibetan plateau and the Kailash Mansarovar. Kathmandu maintains that the territories to the east of Mahakali river are a part of its domain, as agreed in the Treaty of Sugauli of 1816 between the East India Company and the King of Nepal.


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Manisha Koirala supports Nepal map showing Kalapani and Lipulekh as its territory
Manisha Koirala replied to Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali's tweet informing inclusion of Kalapani and Lipulekh in the country's official map.

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New Delhi: Amid a border dispute between India and Nepal over Kalapani and Lipulekh, Bollywood actor Manisha Koirala has supported the Nepalese government’s move to show these two regions as part of its territory.
On Monday, the actor replied to Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali’s tweet informing the inclusion of the two disputed regions in the country’s official map. She also thanked the Nepalese government for the same.

Koirala, who is of Nepalese-origin, said she hoped for a peaceful and respectful dialogue between “all three great nations” — referring to India, Nepal and China.


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Gyawali’s tweet in Nepali says that the council of ministers have decided to publish a new map of the country showing its seven provinces, 77 districts and 753 local administrative divisions, including “Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani”. He also added that the official map will be published soon by the country’s land management ministry.
His tweet came a day after he had thanked the Indian government for providing testing kits and medical logistics to Nepal for its battle against the coronavirus pandemic.



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Border dispute between India and Nepal
In November 2019, a newly-issued official map by India’s home ministry included the Kalapani area which Nepal claims to be its own. The move had irked the Nepal government.

Nepal also claims that the Lipulekh pass comes under its territory and lies in the country’s Dharchula district of Sudurpashchim Pradesh. Defence minister Rajnath Singh recently opened a 80-km road that ends at Lipulekh Pass for pilgrims to reach Kailash Mansarovar, which was objected to by the government of Nepal.
Indian Army Chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane’s remarks last week that Nepal’s protest against the border road was at the behest of “someone else” (referring to China), had also escalated tensions between India and Nepal.


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After opening border outpost near Lipulekh Pass, Nepal may start three more BOPs near Uttarakhand

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Updated May 22, 2020 | 09:31 IST



Amid tension with India over constructing of a road till the Lipulekh pass; Nepal is planning to start three armed police border outposts along the India-Nepal border in Uttarakhand.

The first BOP became operational at Chhangru village near the Lipulekh Pass | Credit: Google Maps


The first BOP became operational at Chhangru village near the Lipulekh Pass | Credit: Google Maps


KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 'Such unilateral moves and territorial claims are completely unacceptable'
  • The Nepalese government released a revised official map which has included Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh, and Kalapani, the areas which have been part of Indian territory
  • 'If Nepal is raising the issue, it is doing so at someone else's behest'


New Delhi: Nepal is planning to start three more armed police border outposts (BOP) along the India-Nepal border in Uttarakhand.
This comes after the first BOP became operational at Chhangru village near the Lipulekh Pass.
The move is significant as it comes after tensions between the neighbours escalated over an 80-km-long road inaugurated by defence minister Rajnath Singh on May 8 allowing vehicular movement till near the Lipulekh Pass – known as the gateway to Tibet.
India completed the 80 km stretch connecting Ghatiabgarh and Lipulekh in Uttarakhand to ensure smooth ride of pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar.


This route will reduce the usual travel time for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
This route will reduce the usual travel time for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by some six days.
After registering protest with India, Nepal released a revised official map which included Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh, and Kalapani, the areas which have been part of Indian territory.
Responding to this, India hit back at the Nepal government saying such unilateral moves and territorial claims are completely unacceptable.


Calling it a “unilateral act” and “not based on historical facts and evidence” MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the act was contrary to the bilateral understanding to resolve the outstanding boundary issues through diplomatic dialogue.
“Such artificial enlargement of territorial claims will not be accepted by India and Nepal is well aware of India's consistent position on this matter,” he added.


Nepal protesting India's roadwork at someone else's behest
While India and Nepal share a 1,800 km-long open border, the latter has disputed the former’s claim over 400 sq km area at India-Nepal-China tri-junction in western Nepal and 140 sq km area of Susta in southern Nepal.
In 2015, Nepal objected to an India-China agreement on trade through the Pass, claiming that it violated its territorial sovereignty, reported IANS.
In an indirect reference to China, Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane had recently said that Nepal was protesting India’s roadwork at someone else’s behest.


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