Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, Tibet

Two things are best-known for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra: making a Mount Kailash parikrama and taking a saintly dip in Lake Of Mansarovar. The Yatra requires walking in high altitudes of up to 19,500 feet in harsh conditions like extreme weather, and rugged terrain, which can be risky for those who don't fit mentally or physiologically or even psychologically. The planned itinerary is timely, and site visits are subject to local conditions at any time.

Mount Kailash–regarded as Lord Shiva's home at the height of 22,000 meters, is one of the most respected shrines in the world. Mount Kailash, a peak of the Kailash range, belongs to the Transhimalayas of Tibet. Thanks to the high altitude and remote position of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in West Tibet, only a few thousand pilgrims are permitted every year.

After the difficult journey up to Mount Kailash, pilgrims will then have to walk around the mountain top. This walk is known as parikrama, either clockwise or anti clockwise. There is the option of doing the famous parikrama on a yak or a pony for those who can't do it on foot (as it normally takes 3 days).

Mount Kailash is considered to be a sacred place mainly by Hindus, Bons, Jains, and Buddhists too. Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati, according to Hindu beliefs, reside in a state of meditation at the peak of Mount Kailash. The first Jain Tirthankara has reached the Nirvana, according to Jains, is Kailash. It is in Buddhism that the Buddha, representing supreme bliss, is found in Kailash Parvat. However, Bon (a religion which precedes Tibetan Buddhism) thinks the region as a whole is the seat of every spiritual force.

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