Following heavy rains and the subsequent floods at Uttarakhand where thousands of tourists are still stranded, a team of 45 tourists from city who had gone on a tour to north India in a bus, returned safely to the city yesterday. The package tour to pilgrimage places in various States, organised by Krishnappa of Nazarbad, had left Mysore at 9 am on May 16, after offering puja at Kote Anjaneya Swamy Temple near the Palace Gate.

All the 45 pilgrims returned safely to Mysore at around 6.45 am yesterday.

The team had camped in Haridwar on June 11. However, on seeing the rising level of Ganga river following incessant rains, they left for Kedarnath where the weather condition was bad. Hence they left for Kashi. After visiting Srishaila and Mantralaya in Andhra Pradesh, they returned via Bellary.

Some of the pilgrims told SOM that they were lucky to have survived the flash floods in north India. “While on tour, we used to get several phone calls from our relatives and friends, asking us to cut short our trip and return to Mysore. However, we continued with our itinerary and with God’s grace, we did not face any hardships,” they said.

Relatives who had waited at the Palace Gate for the arrival of the pilgrims, wept tears of joy upon seeing their loved ones.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore