Kailash Mansarover Yatra
Many religions hold certain sites as sacred, with adherents traveling to these destinations to worship and gain enlightenment. One of the most famous pilgrimages for a number of religions is located in Nepal. It is a journey that has been undertaken for centuries. Sadly, between the years of 1959 to 1980 the pilgrimage route was not open to Indian travelers, but from 1981 the co-operation between Kumaun Mandal Vikas Nigram, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and the Chinese Government has seen to it that the route is now open to everyone.
Lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash has been described as bewitching, breathtaking and spectacular. Snow covered mountain peaks, clear lakes and lush vegetation have captured the imagination of many visitors. Mount Kailash looms over the landscape at a staggering 6 690 meters and its awe-inspiring summit has lured thousands of climbers over the years. Mansarover Lake is considered a holy lake, and is located at the base of Mount Kailash. In Hindu mythology the lake appears in numerous tales and its turquoise and green waters are inspiring. Beautiful religious shrines are located at Mansarover, Uttarakhand and Kailash, with followers of Jainism, Bonpa, Buddhism and Hinduism regularly making the pilgrimage to these sites.
Due to the extreme distances travelled on this route, the Kailash Mansarover Yatra is divided into days, allowing travelers to rest and take in the beauty of the landscapes. Just to travel around the massive Mount Kailash is a 53 kilometer trek, making the need for rest essential on the route. The route takes visitors to various sides of the mountain, with day four being on the Indian side, and eleven days of the twenty-eight day trek are on the Chinese side. Each side makes the necessary arrangements to assist in accommodation, food and transportation for travelers, and by working together they have enabled travelers from around the world to partake in this historical pilgrimage and natural adventure. The Kailash Mansarover Yatra is recommended to all to enjoy, as it is a part of Nepal that offers tranquility, beauty and magnificence in one location.