Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, located to the north of the Himalayan barrier in Tibet, Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar Yatra are popularly known all through the world for their religious value, exquisite natural beauty, cultural significance and mythological importance. According to the Hindu holy text Kailash Mansarovar is the home of Lord Shiva- the god of creator, preserver and destroyer. Kailash is the source of four mighty rivers of Asia the Brahmaputra, the Sutlej, Ganges and the Indus. This holy lake is one of the important pilgrimages for Hindus and Buddhists.
For Hindus, Mount Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva. For Buddhists, the place is an embodiment of Lord Buddha. The first Jain saint, Adinath received his emancipation at this place. For the Bons, their saint Shenrad is said to have descended on this very peak.
Mount Kailash, world’s most beautiful creation, is believed to have been formed 30 million years ago when Himalayas were in their early stage of formation, is one of the most revered places in the Himalayas. According to Hindu tradition, Manasarovar was created by Brahma’s mind – the god of creation to provide an appropriate place for religious rituals. It is said that he had 12 sons, who were holy men and performed rituals and austerities on the dry land at the site. To give them a more suitable place to earn merit, Brahma created the beautiful Lake Mansarovar. According to Buddhist legend, the Buddha’s mother was bathing in the sacred waters of Manasarovar until her body was purified. She then saw a white elephant running to her from Mount Kailash, as the Buddha entered her womb.
It is believed that dip in the sacred waters of Mansarovar are said to wipe off your sins from the last 7 births. It is also believed that the best time to visit a lake is in between 3 AM – 5 AM in the morning, the time when the Gods come to bathe in the lake.
Naturally Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar
Mount Kailash is elevated 6,638 meters from sea level and each of Mount Kailash’s faces reflects different moods. The southern face reflects majesty or splendor it is fully covered with snow. The western face is enveloped in an aura of compassion and benevolence. The northern face is stark, forbidding and daunting, while the eastern, only visible from a long way off, is mysterious and distant. Lake Mansarovar is located at the southern base of Mount Kailash. Lake Mansarovar is famed for its exceptional beauty. Its color changes from a clear blue around the shores to a deep emerald green in the center; it looks positively magical in the moonlight.
How to reach!
According to the traveling type, choice, budget you can find the various ways to reach the Manasarovar. These are the popular routes:
- By road from Kathmandu and from there by road to Lake Mansarovar at the base of Mount Kailash. One may fly to Kathmandu. This is the most popular route for doing Mount Kailash Yatra.
- By helicopter, this tour uses fixed wing aircraft for the flight from Kathmandu to Nepalganj and from there to Simikot. From Simikot a helicopter flies to Hilsa. Land cruisers are then used to reach Mansarovar.
Best time to visit
Tours are generally operated from April to September in that region. The Tibet plateau is a dry region and rain is very little so any month between May-September is good except for August when you can expect heavy rainfall in Tibet. Weather wise although May and September will be colder. However, June-July, is the rainy season in Nepal and on the road to the border, landslides do take place. Weather in Tibet is very uncertain.