When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting around the world to build bilateral relations with global leaders, China, in a shocking move has refused entry to the first batch of around 50 Indian pilgrims who were scheduled to travel to Kailash Mansarovar through the Nathu La pass in Sikkim. PTI reports quoting official sources in Gangtok that the pilgrims, were stopped by the Chinese officials at the border from proceeding further.

The pilgrims were scheduled to cross over to the Chinese side on Monday, but had failed to do so due to inclement weather. They had waited at the base camp and tried to cross again yesterday but were denied permission by the Chinese officials.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay had yesterday said some difficulties were being experienced in the movement of pilgrims through Nathu La and that India is taking up the matter with China.

The development has cast a shadow of uncertainty on the annual yatra. Chinese officials said that it will take some time to repair the damaged roads due to rains and the Indians would not be able to make the pilgrimage any time soon.

Hundreds of Indian pilgrims undertake Kailash Mansarovar yatra in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China every year negotiating the mountainous terrain.

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