Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is the highest level of pilgrimage, Parabrahma Kshetra, for followers of Sanatan Dharma (Hindu). Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva where he resides with family and shivaganas. It is also known as Sumeru or Meru Mountain, the center of the universe. In addition to Kailash, the Kailash Mandala is home to numerous other power spots, such as Manasarovar, Tirthapuri (Adi Badrinath), Gurlamandhata, Dolma La (which is the highest point on the journey at 5650m), Rakshasa Tal (also known as Skanda Sagar), Gauri Kunda (the lake where Parvati bathed), Yamadwara, Asthapada, Saptarshi Cave, Charansparsa sthal, and many others. The four holy rivers of the Indian subcontinent, including the Sindhu from the North (from Lion's mouth), Karnali from the South (peacock's mouth), Satlaj from the West (Elephant's mouth), and Brahmaputra from the East (horse's mouth), originate from the Kailash Mandala. The Manasarovar Lake is very sacred and is said to have been created from the soul of Brahma, the creator. The belief is that, devatas and sages come here in Bramhamuharta for purification bathe. There are four famous Ghats (bathing places) at the lake, including Kamal ghat in the east, Sugandha ghat in the south, Papamochana ghat in the west, and Tulasi ghat in the North.
Kailash is also important for Buddhists, who call it Kangrinboqe, the abode of Chakrasambhara, the god of supreme bliss, known as Demchhog in the local language. There are several important gompas (monasteries) around Kailash and Mansarovar, one of them is Chhu gompa, situated on the western bank of Manasarovar, which is the place of Guru Rimpochhe (Padmasamvaba) who spread Buddhism in the Himalayas. Kailash is not only important for Hindus and Buddhists, but also for followers of the Jain and Bon religions. According to Jain beliefs, the first Tirthankar Rishavdev attained Kaivalya (Nirvana) in Astapada mountain near Kailash. Bon followers believe that their ancestors descended from heaven to Kailash on golden ladders and settled in Sersung, located west of Kailash.
The Kailash Pilgrimage is gaining importance as a journey of a lifetime for Hindu devotees from all around the world because of its high religious and spiritual significance. Adventure enthusiasts also visit Kailash for its tranquility and breathtaking natural beauty. This itinerary has been designed to ensure easy acclimatization, comfortable journey and a visit to Lhasa, the holy city and the center of Tibetan culture and religion.
Day 01-03: Arrival in Kathmandu and Sightseeing
Day 04: Fly to Lhasa
Day 5-13: On Yatra
Day 14: Back to Kathmandu
Day 16: Departure
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