Want to do the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra? From the religious significance of Mount Kailash to the best route to Kailash Mansarovar, Sarah Merchant tells you all you need to know about this tour.
The highest point in the Trans-Himalayan region in Tibet, Mount Kailash is not just a mountain, it’s a legend. Clouded with numerous myths, this magnificent peak is believed to be the centre of the universe. Embarking on a voyage here is like taking a journey within yourself. This is where numerous trekkers and devotees have claimed to have felt at home. So come join us for a pilgrimage to this timeless, breathtaking and fascinating abode of Lord Shiva.
Why Mount Kailash?
Not just Hindus, but even Buddhists, Jains and Bons consider Mount Kailash sacred. For Hindus, this majestic peak is where Lord Shiva, along with his wife Parvati, resides. According to Jains, the first Jain Tirthankara attained Nirvana here. In Buddhism, the belief goes that Kailash Parvat is the abode of Buddha. The Bons (a religion which predates Buddhism in Tibet) believe that their saint Shenrad descended on this very peak.
The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
Due to the high altitude and remote location in western Tibet, only a few thousand pilgrims are able to do the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in a year. You can either trek to Mount Kailash or fly there (check Fact File). The Yatra mainly comprises of two elements; performing the revered Kailash Parikrama and taking a dip in the holy Mansarovar Lake.
The most important part of the yatra, the parikrama requires devotees to trek to Mount Kailash and then circumambulate the mountain peak. However, the trek to the mountain can get strenuous. Cox & Kings’ Kailash Mansarovar package includes a helicopter ride to Hilsa from where you can drive to Purang and directly perform the Parikrama. The Parikrama involves walking around the peak in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. It usually takes around 3 days and can be either done on foot or on a yak/pony.
2) Lake Mansarovar
Located at the foot of the sacred Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar is the highest freshwater lake in the world (4,500 metres). Your yatra is incomplete without taking a dip in this holy lake. Legend has it that this lake was created by Lord Brahma himself for meditation. Another legend states that Queen Maya was given a bath in the lake by the Gods before Siddhartha (Gautam Buddha) came into the world!
A travel tip for your Kailash tour: After completing the yatra, we suggest visiting this lake again at night. It looks absolutely stunning in the moonlight. The lake is also believed to change colours; it is clear blue near the shores and emerald green towards the centre.
Summer: 15 to 30 C
Winter: -5 to 24 C
May – Oct
Who Can Undertake The Yatra?
Anyone between 18-70 years of age, who is physically fit
Getting to Kailash Mansarovar
The nearest airport is Lucknow. Lucknow airport is well connected with other airports in North India. From here, one has to travel to Nepalgunj (about 75 km) and trek to reach Mansarovar. The popular trek route is Nepalgunj – Semikot – Tuling – Kermi – Yangar – Torea – Sipsip – Nara La Pass – Hilsa – Taklakot – Kailash Mansarovar.
You can also board a flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot and then charter a helicopter to Hilsa. From there drive to Purang and Kailash Mansarovar.
The nearest railway station is in Lucknow. Lucknow is well connected with regular passenger and express train services with all major cities in India.
The nearest place to Kailash Mansarovar where state owned bus services are available is Nepalgunj which is about 75 km from Lucknow.
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