Kailash Mansrovar Yatra


Even before the Himalayas rose, Kailash tow-ered. The Kailas Range is 30 million years old and its gretest peak, the 6,675 meter high Kailash formed of shining graite, and with its white glacial cap, was already a huge, snow-covered mountain when the Himalayas were just begining to grow out of the Tethys Ocean . Ancient Indians and Tibetans seem to have been aware of the uniqueness of this mountain. To Hindus it is the earthy embodiment of the powerful mountain of Heaven, Meru, and the home of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. To Tibetans it is Sumeru, the cosmic centre of the universe. Consequently Mount Kailash has been a magnet for pilgrims for centuries.

Mount Kailash

As might have been expected, most of the Himalayan passes in Kumaun and Garhwal can give access to this sacred mountain. Today, however, piligrims from India are allowed to journey to Mount Kailash only through the Lipulekh pass in Kaumaun. Moreover, the pilgrimage to Kailash, and to the sacred lake Mansarover which is 30 Kms. to its south, is run exclusively by a government organisation, the Kumaun Mandal Vikash Nigam (KMVN). It works in collaboration with Government of India's Ministry of External Affairs, and the Chinese Government. Kailash is in Chinese-administered Tibet.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Route

 For detail Itinerary of one can visit http://www.kmvn.gov.in .