The country brimming with travel opportunities have long been known for its cultural and religious practices. People of India, fondly given to religion and spirituality travel miles to reach the holy shrines of their deity in search of eternal bliss; these pilgrimage tours in India are also attempt to reunite with their inner soul. The celestial abode of Lord Shiva, Mount Kailash is a sacred place for people of five faiths of the world, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra (tour) thus is a celebrated occasion frequented by people from both India and abroad. A place endowing celestial bliss, Mount Kailash is the most significant peak in the world partially for its religious reasons and partially for it has never been climbed in deference to Buddhist and Hindu religions.
As per Hindu faith, the destroyer of evil and sorrow, Lord Shiva along with his wife Parvati resides at the peak of Mount Kailash where he sits in perpetual meditation. If Hindu mythology considers Mount Kailash as the spiritual centre of the world, the Jain devotees worship it for being the place of enlightenment of their first prophet. The ancient religion of Bon claims its founder Shanrab to have descended from heaven at Mount Kailash. For centuries pilgrims of various faiths have journeyed through this snow covered mountain ranges in quest of enlightenment and they all bow to the almighty in union here at Mount Kailash.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra takes place every year in the months of May and June when out of thousands of applications a lucky few are selected for going on the pilgrimage. The pilgrimage takes place in several batches and one has to first undergo a medical test to ensure person’s physical condition in good shape to be able to trek on an altitude of 20,000 feet above sea level. It is thus advisable to book for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2010 well in advance to brighten up the chances of being on this month long sacred journey. The stunning snow clad mountains, peace and serenity of the high altitudes and the peace that surrounds transcends the pilgrims to the state of eternal ecstasy.
While on Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, vacationers can also visit other attractions nearby that would include a visit to Gauri Kund, a lake situated in close distance from Mount Kailash which is believed to be of celestial origin and a dip in it is considered very pious. Also, a beautiful lake by the name of Mansarvoar Lake resides in the vicinity which is almost circular in shape with a circumference of 88 km and 90 meters of depth. The extreme cold weather conditions freezes the lake during winters and its pristine waters is believed to be blessed with healing properties. Rakshash Tal is a 150 feet deep fresh water lake, known worldwide for being highest fresh water lake in the world.
As the common believe goes, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is one that demolishes the sins and cleanses the soul of all follies. Thus despite all hardships a large number of devotees and vacationers visit Mount Kailash in pursuit of eternal happiness.