Monday, 25 April 2016

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra - Holiest Journey of Lifetime

Mount Kailash is the most scared and holiest place and has religious significance in three religions: Hindu, Jains and Buddhists. Mount Kailash standing tall at 22000 feet is the abode of Lord Shiva and his family surrounded by beautiful landscape. It is also stipulated that plenty of mountaineers have tried to climb Mt. Kailash but each one of them have failed, reason for the same is still unknown and a mystery.

                                              Mt. KAILASH YATRA DESCRIPTION

It is believed that one should not miss the chance to visit Mt. Kailash as it is a life changing spiritual journey which is experience by only a thousand of pilgrims every year considering the harsh and unpredictable climate and altitude. It is believed that a visit to this holy place bring good fortune and washes of all the mortal sins of the being. This yatra is completely called as Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.                                   

 It is a difficult trek of Mt. Kailash parikarma due to its higher altitude which takes at least 3 days to be completed. There are two phase of Mt. Kailash yatra- The first one is a divine dip in the holy Lake Mansarovar and Second Parikarma or Kora of Mt. Kailash. The yatra is taken either via land or through helicopter ride. The nature of travel i.e. whether it would be overland or helicopter is advisable by the China authorities. The yatra commence almost every year starting in the month of May till September.  The person who is about to take the yatra has to be physically fit without having any health issues so, that all the formalities of visa are completed without any difficulties

                                                 Mt. KAILASH YATRA ITINERARY

The itinerary for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra depends upon the nature of travel. Most people prefer the helicopter as it takes only 11 days via Kathmandu (01 day of sightseeing at Kathmandu) and 10 days via Nepalganj in comparison to the overland tour of 13-14 days. There is a common passage which one takes for Kailash Manasarovar yatra.                        

The yatra starts from Simikot flying by helicopter to Hilsa and then a drive of 30kms to Taklakot (3900m). Next day from Taklakot we drive a distance of 78kms to reach Holy Mansarovar Lake (4500m). Following day, we take the ritual dip in the Holy Lake Mansarovar and proceed further to Darchen (4560) after a drive of 30kms.

The subsequent day is marked as our first day of Kora/Parikarma from Darchen to Dirapuk (4750m) - a trek of 18kms kms which taken around 4-5 hours via Yamadwar - It is said to be the gateway to the holy mountain.                                                                                                                 

After completing our first day of Kora, the next day i.e. the second and most difficult day of kora begins from Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk (4850m) i.e. 22kms and 8-10 hours of trek via Dolma La Pass through Gaurikund - also known as Lake of Compassion. The coming day is the last day of our parikarma and the end to the holiest journey of our life. Today, the pilgrims will trek from Zuthulpuk for 8kms and after that jeeps/land cruisers will take you to Darchen via Mansarovar parikarma to Taklakot. This embarks the end of our parikarma.

                                        SIGNIFICANCE OF LAKE MANSAROVAR

The word Mansarovar is a Sanskrit word, which is a combination of two words 'Manas' meaning mind and ‘Sarovar’ meaning lake. It is the highest fresh water lake in the world at 4590 meters above mean sea level.  According to Hinduism, this lake was created in the mind of Lord Brahma after which it manifested on Earth. Lake Mansarovar holds a religious significance in three religions i.e. Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. It is believed that taking a dip and drinking the water of this holy lake cleansed one from all the mortal sins.

It is wise for those who have not yet experienced the holiest journey of Kailash Mansarovar yatra to give it a try once in your lifetime as it is eternal ecstasy!


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