Passport is mandatory for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra as Mount Kailash is located in China-occupied Tibet. China also supplies visas and permit for the yatra. Only group visas are issued, so the yatra has to be done through tour operators.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2021 Dates
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is open from May to September 2021
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Route
Route Number 1: Through UttarakhandThis route goes through the Lipuekh Pass which lies in Uttarakhand. Trekking is involved here which costs nearly INR 1.6 Lakh per person. The trek is completed in batches with a total of 18 batches comprising of 60 pilgrims in each batch.
Duration: The Yatra gets concluded in 24 days by 1 batch. It also includes 3 days for all the preparatory work which is done in Delhi.
Places covered on the way: The Yatra covers areas including Narayan Ashram, Chialekh Valley, Patal Bhuvaneshwar on their way. The specialty of the Chialekh Valley, also known as Om Parvat, is that the snow here is in the shape of 'Om' on the mountain.
Route Number 2: Through SikkimThis route goes through Nathu La Pass which lies in Sikkim. This route is appropriate for the elderly who are unable to undertake trekking since it is motorable. This route costs approximately INR 2 Lakh per person. It has been decided that for this year, the pilgrims will be divided into 8 batches. Each batch will further comprise of 50 pilgrims.
Duration: It takes 21 days to complete this route which includes 3 days of preparatory work done in Delhi.
Places covered on the way: On the way, the pilgrims are likely to come across many beautiful scenic places including Hangu Lake and Tibetan Plateau.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Parikrama
Once the pilgrims reach Mount Kailash after going through the rigorous trek, they need to walk around the peak of the mountain in either clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. This is known as 'parikrama'. Some people who cannot perform the ritual on foot are provided with the option of either hiring a yak or a pony.
Mount Kailash is a mountain that stands 21,778 feet tall. Every year, people flock to the place to witness its beauty and grandeur. Mount Kailash is situated amongst the mighty Himalayan ranges in the Southwestern corner of Tibet and is considered as one of the highest points of the world. In addition to all this, it is also the source of four mighty rivers of Asia including the Brahmaputra, the Ganges, the Indus, and the Sutlej. Above all this, what makes the place much visited is the spiritual significance that it holds. People belonging to different religions surely pay a visit to this spectacular pilgrimage center.
Religious Significance of Mount Kailash and Mansarovar LakeThe Kailash Mountain along with the Mansarovar Lake forms the heart of spiritual Asia. Mansarovar is composed of two words- 'Manas' meaning mind and 'Sarovar' meaning lake. According to Hindu mythology, the Mansarovar Lake was first created in the mind of Lord Brahma hence justifying its name. It is believed by the Hindu religion that Mount Kailash was the place where Lord Shiva resided and is therefore considered as the demonstration of heaven.
As per the beliefs of Tibetan Buddhists, Kailash Mountain is believed to be the abode of Buddha Demchok who represents harmony. Similarly, according to Jainism, Mount Kailash also known as Mount Ashtapada is where the creator of their religion, Rishabhadeva, achieved freedom from the cycle of birth and rebirth.
Mansarovar Lake is a beautiful spot that lies at a distance of 20 kilometres from Mount Kailash at the height of 15,015 feet. It signifies purity and is said to wash off sins committed by humans in their lives. The lake is believed to change colours. It is blue near the shores which eventually turns to emerald green towards the centre.