Gangtok: A group 38 Indian pilgrims accompanied by five support staff on Monday crossed over into China through the Nathu La Pass from Sikkim as part of the ongoing Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Rajya Sabha member Tarun Vijay flagged off the pilgrims on their onward journey at a small function, attended by home and tourism secretaries and other officials of the Sikkim government.

After a brief frisking at the integrated check post at Nathu La, the pilgrims were escorted across the border where they were received by Chinese officials.

Vijay said the pilgrims were highly appreciative of the hospitality extended by the Sikkim government to them.

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