Jagadish Vasudev, venerated as Sadhguru, arrived in Kathmandu today to promote Nepal's tourism in the time of COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Jitendra Basnet, managing director of Trekkers' Society Pvt Ltd, the renowned Indian Yogi will pass through Humla to offer prayers to Kailash Mansarovar, with his 49-member pilgrimage team.

After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, the team flew to Dwarika's Resort in Dhulikhel. Sadhguru, the author of several books, will be playing golf with his team at Gokarna Forest Resort tomorrow.

The team will leave for Lapcha area of Humla to visit Kailash Mansarovar on Tuesday.

"All staff members accompanying Sadhguru's team are vaccinated and have undergone PCR tests.

They are insured and face masks and covers are mandatory for them. They have also taken disinfection kits," Basnet said.

"Wonderful to be here in the Consecrated Land of #Nepal. My yearly Pilgrimage was broken by the pandemic.

Lovely & invigorating to be in the Mountains with these hardy, mountain-loving people," Sadhguru, winner of Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award, twitted after arriving here.

Sadhguru, who has a huge fan following in Nepal, has visited the country many times in the past. The charity he founded, and is now run by volunteers of Isha Foundation, conducts inner engineering and meditation programmes in the country. Last year, when the government decided to make yoga education compulsory for school children, Sadhguru hailed the move, saying that children who learn how to use the body, mind, emotions and energies for their own well-being will work towards the well-being of others.

He is fond of Nepal's Himalayas and calls them the 'most spectacular sights on the planet'. Whenever he visited the country in the past, he never hesitated to promote Nepal's tourism to the outside world. According to Sadhguru, Nepal has a wealth of cultural, spiritual and adventure aspects to offer to the world.

While in Nepal, during his previous meetings with the authorities concerned, he called on them to ensure that the Himalayas will forever be an attraction for adventure tourism.

An avid motorcycle and jeep rider, he himself drove around the country on a Mahindra Scorpio in 2017.

Sadhguru visits Nepal every year on a pilgrimage trip. He, however, couldn't make it to the country last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This time around, Sadhguru's Nepal tour will be of two weeks duration.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 22 2021, of The Himalayan Times.