Though central Government facilitates Manasa Sarovar yatra
each year, it not bears any cost of the trip. And Government has no role in
private trips originating from Nepal. In recent years, few state Governments
have started providing assistance in terms of money for Manasa Sarovar
pilgrims. And Karnataka is one such state. A sum of Rs 30,000/- is given to
each person who goes to Manasa Sarovar. This is irrespective of whether he goes
by Government or private route. The two
conditions being that the person must reside in Karnataka and has not claimed
this subsidy before.
The intension of this post is to provide information on how
to obtain subsidy for Kailash Manasa Sarovar trip. I knew about the subsidy before
the trip but could not get much information about the process to claim the
same. It took some effort on my side to get information and claim subsidy. This
was with the help of fellow travelers who had prior information from previous
The subsidy can be claimed after you complete the trip. The
application is given at Muzrai Office in Kalasipalyam (Near to Tippu Sultan's Palace). The address is:
The Commissioner of Religious and charitable endowments,
Mahadeshwara vartha bhavan,
Alur Venkatarao Road,
Chamarajmet, Bengaluru – 560018
Along with application, the following documents needs to be submitted:
Copy of passport
Copy of the passport page containing immigration
stamp of Nepal and China
Group Visa and permit
Certificate mentioning about yatra completion
(Issued by travel agent, for Nepal route)
CIPSC document (For Nepal route)
Central Government certificate (For Government
Two passport size photos
You can take a copy of filled application form and get a
seal which is treated as acknowledgement Note that the application must be
submitted within two months of completing the journey.
For me the issue was the CIPSC document. Never knew that
such a document exists before submitting the form. I then contacted the travel
agent in Nepal. They did not understand
anything!! So, I got a copy of CIPSC document from Endowment Office and emailed
a scanned copy of it. That document was not issued by travel agent but by
Tibetan guides. I then had to contact our guides in Tibet and get the document.
The travel agent and the guides were very helpful in this regard. By the way,
this document is completely in Chinese!!
Ideally, you should get intimation from them to collect DD!!
But that does not happen and you might have to call them to check the status. I
think they collect all application forms and then process it. Considering the
last batch of pilgrims travel during September/October and another two months
time for submission, it will be January by the time the applications are
Once the application is processed, one needs to visit the
Office in person and show Original passport, ID card indicating that you reside
in Karnataka (Ration card/Voter ID/Driver’s license). Also, an affidavit
stating that the person has not claimed subsidy before has to be provided on a
twenty rupees stamp paper (the content is provided by Muzrai Office). And then
the Demand Draft will be handed over.
I did five trips to Muzrai Office:
1. To collect Application form
2. To submit the form but realized the missing CIPSC document.
3. Submit the form
4. Came to know about that the application was processed. But it was late by the time I got the stamp paper and put the writing into it!!
5. Collected DD
It will not be good on my part if I do not appreciate the
way the staff behaved in this process. Unlike other Government Offices, the
transactions were smooth and hassle free. The concerned people in the Office behaved in a professional manner. No one asked for bribe or even made
indirect reference to it. (Not even “Give something for Coffee/Tea” kind of
stuff from helpers). More than the money I got, I was happy at the way the
whole transaction was handled.
Note: This applies only for the state of Karnataka. Each
state might have different requirement/criteria.