RASUWA, Aug 20: The Gosaikunda religious fair held annually on the occasion of Janai Purnima has concluded with travelers facing less hardship due to a sudden lull in the monsoon intensity.
Gosaikunda Area Development Committee Chairman, Sanjeet DM, said all the pilgrims have returned to their respective destinations. A total of 10,000 pilgrims visited the alpine lake to mark Janai Purnima this year.
Among the total number of visitors, 2700 suffered from altitude sickness and were treated by teams stationed from the District Health Office (DHO), Nepal Army’s Narayandal Battalion, Himalayan Rescue Association and Sai Baba Hospital, DHO, Rasuwa said.
A Nepal Police head constable and a pilgrim fell seriously ill due to altitude sickness and were rushed to Kathmandu on ambulance. They are receiving treatment in Kathmandu, District Police Office Chief, Phanindra Prasai, said, adding that the head constable was being treated in ICU.
The travelers have complained of being charged exorbitant prices by hotel entrepreneurs in Gosaikunda, Chandanbari and Louri Binayak and also by Dhunche-Kathmandu transport entrepreneurs.