Religious Importance of Kailash Mansarovar yatra
Hinduism: Kailash is the summit where Lord Shiva, the destroyer of ignorance and illusion, sits for meditation with consort Parvati. Kailash Mansarovar is surrounded by six mountain spectrum which indicates a symbol of lotus. It is believed that the person who drinks water from the lake is cleansed of all his sins.
Jainism: Kailash is known as Meru Parvat and Asthapad; where firest Jain Tirthankar attained Nirvana (Moksha). Tantric Buddhists: believe that Mount Kailash is the home of the Buddha Demchok also Known Chakrasamvara) And for Bon a source of mystical power
Just 20 kilometers away from Mount Kailash, the sacred blue and emerald green Manasarovar lake that lies at a height of 15,015 ft, is known to be an symbol of purity, containing healing properties and the power to wash off all sins.
TIME/ROUTES/MODE OF TRAVEL: Yatra is held every year from May till September end. Raining season starts from July till august. Helicopter tours are not advised in august.The new road is opened from Sikkim via Nathula organised by the Government of India. But the best route is via Nepal which is organised by many private tour operators. Basically one can reach Kailash via Nepal, Sikkim and Uttaranchal. There are many ways to complete your religious tour of Kailash Mansarovar like via Jeep, Bus or Helicopters.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Preparation:
Kailash being a tough yatra, Yatris should know few things before embarking on this yatra.
- Valid passport( Permit and visa also but will be organised by the concerned tour operator)
- A person with asthma and heart ailments are advised to consult doctor before undertaking this high altitude pilgrimage
- Always keep your usual/prescribed medicines (if any) beside basic medicines for fever, nausea, dehydration, vomiting body ache and headache and bandages.
- Start drinking Luke warm water well in advance before the yatra to make a habit of drinking warm water.
- Use very strong and rough bags to pack your belongings & don't keep the fragile items in your bag which has to be carried on the Yak. A duffel bag is advisable.
- Don't forget to carry some eatables like dry fruits, sweets, chocolates, glucose, candies, mints, khakra, laddu etc
- If possible, some form of physical training is crucial. Walking, jogging, body weight exercises and cardiovascular training or Pranayama yoga would be useful.
- Don't at all expect luxury on this tour however Sherpa team are very helpful to make your yatra successful.
- Advisable to insure yourself against personal loss, injury/accident, death and emergency evacuation. Make sure that your policy covers Emergency Evacuation by Helicopter at high altitude treks.
- If possible, arrange your Chinese Yuan (which you might require to buy some souvenir or to pay for pony etc.).
- Alternately, you can carry US$ with you which can be easily converted but Indian Currency notes are not acceptable in Tibet. Do not carry Indian Currency Notes of 500 & 1000 denominations as these are not acceptable in Nepal and cannot be exchanged.