Kailash Manasa Sarovar Yatra
About Kailash Manasa Sarovar Yatra
Situated in the south-western part of Tibet bordering the Kumaon hills and Nepal, is Mount Kailash.
It is supremely sacred mountain, cosmology connected with Mount Meru, the great mythological mountain
that forms the axis of this world system. Being a central watershed of Asia, it has always been the most
sacred of mountains for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bons. Conventional wisdom says a single circuit of
Mt. Kailash wipes out the sins of a lifetime, 108 parikramas guarantees enlightenment. A ritual bath in
the sacred Manasa Sarovar Lake will deliver a pilgrim to Brahma’s paradise and a drop drink of its water
relinquishes the sins of hundred lifetimes.
This region is steeped in religion and mythology and every year hundreds of pilgrims traverse some of the remotest
and toughest regions of the Himalayas to pay their obeisance to the Lord. It is a land where Lord Shiva lives with his
consort Parvati. According to ancient religious texts, the abode of creator Brahma is called Brahmaloka, the abode of
Lord Vishnu is called Vaikunta and the abode of Lord Shiva is called Kailash. Of the three, one can only go bodily
and return in this life from Kailash having experienced divinity.
Hindus believe that Goddess Parvati has taken the form of the Manasa Sarovar Lake and that deliverance is assured for
people taking a bath in Manasa Sarovar. It is believed that Gods come to bathe every morning in this lake between 3 to
5 am and this time is called 'Brahmamuhurta'. The word Manasa Sarovar is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Manas' which
means mind and legend has it that Lord Brahma created this lake from his mind.
KAILASH YATRA before NEPAL EARTH QUAKE
We used to organize this tour with the help of Tibet Tourism Bureau at Lhasa. This is the most opted route for many
pilgrims considering from both the health and wealth aspects. Also an opportunity for people who were not selected by the
Govt. Route and a dvantageous for people who wantto undertake this yatra with their family, friends and relatives together.
This route used to forbid the negative aspects of the tough terrain of the Govt. Route, starting with Kathmandu Local Sight
Seeing and proceeding to the Nepal Border (Kodari) by Bus for a distance of 127 Kms., cross the border completing immigration
and quarantine (medical checkup) formalities. There upon the transportation of approximately 850 Kms. was by Bus / 4500cc
Japanese Land Cruisers, covering Zhangmu, Nyalam, Saga, Paryang, Horchu, Darchen including Manasa Sarovara Parikrama of 102
Kms. by road.
KAILASH YATRA post EARTH QUAKE
We are all aware that the entire Nepal underwent a catastrophe last year due to earthquake. The impact was such that
the epicentre was near the Tibet border, Kodari, affecting lives both in Nepal & Tibet. Guess, the Chinese are relocating
the local Tibetans from Zhangmu to Shigatse and the process is incomplete. The outcome of one more border, Kerung opening
to the pilgrims is not decided. Because of the above uncertainties, presently we are operating the Helicopter route,
detailed as below
Lots of people have misconception about this route thinking they will make the Manasa Sarovara and Kailash Parikrama
by Helicopter which is not the case.This route can be undertaken by yatris who are financially sound and also considering
the time factor. This route starts from Kathmandu to Simikot via Nepalgunj by flight and by helicopter from Simikot to Hilsa.
Hilsa is the border of Nepal, people have to undergo entry formalities, crossing the border by walk and later upon completing
their immigration & quarantine formalities at the Tibet border, proceed to Taklakot by Bus.A dayâ€™s time is given for
acclimatization and later proceed to Hore (Horchu) by the side of Manasa Sarovar and also cover Manasa Sarovara Parikrama
of 102 Kms. on road by the bus and proceed to Darchen (Base camp), we have a common route for the Kailash Parikrama as before.