Mt. Kailash stands at an altitude of 6,740 m. within Tibet. Many people believe it to be the perfect mountain it stands alone and serene with all its perfect beauty. 4 great faces look out onto this world and to the one beyond. It is a pilgrimage site for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and a pre-Buddhist animistic religion - Bonpo.
Each of these religions have their own belief of why Kailash is there.
To Tibetans it is known as Khang Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) they see Mt Kailash as the navel or center of the world. They believe that a stream from the mountain pours into a nearby lake and from there rivers flow in the four cardinal directions. The River of the Lion Mouth to the North, the River of the Horse Mouth to the east, the River of the Peacock Mouth to the south and the River of the Elephant Mouth to the West. There are in fact four major rivers that do indeed originate near Kailash, the Indus, the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Karnali and the Sutlej.
Tibetans believe that it is the residence of Demchog, a fierce looking Tantric deity who lives there with his consort, Dorje Phagmo. For the Tibetans also it is a particularly special place where poet saint Milarepa, spent several years here meditating in a cave.
For the Hindus Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru, what they believe to be their spiritual center of the universe, described by them as a fantastic ‘world pillar’ 84,000 miles high and around which all else revolves.Its roots are firmly rooted in the lowest hell and its summit rises so high to kiss the heavens. On the top their most revered God, Shiva, and his consort Parvati live.
For the Jains, an Indian religious group, Kailash is the site where their first prophet achieved enlightenment. For the older, more ancient religion of Bon, it is the site where its founder Shanrab is said to have descended from heaven. It was formerly the spiritual centre of Zhang Zung, the ancient Bon Empire that once included all of western Tibet. Bon people walk around the mountain in a counter clockwise manner, unlike the other religions.
Over the centuries pilgrims have travelled immense distances to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves of sin, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather and bandit attacks.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 03: Today, we fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa . Dinner will be served in a guest house.
Day 04: We go for Lhasa tour. We also visit world famous Potala Palace and Jorkhang Temple & Barkhor Street. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 05: Today, we drive to saga .Check in to guesthouse.
Day 06: We take our early drive to Paryang .Dinner will be served in a Guest House
Day 07: It is our turn to drive to Manasarovar . Overnight in a Guest house.
Day 08: Full day excursion around Lake Manasarovar called Manasarover Parkrama. We pay our visit to Chiu Gompa and Chiu Gompa. Dinner will be served in a tea house.
Day 09: We trek to Diraphuk. Check in to a guest house.
Day 10: Trek about 20 Km.to Zuthulphuk. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 11: Today, we trek only for about 6km and then drive to Hor. Overnight in a local guest house.
Day 12: After having food at Hor, we drive to Paryang. Dinner will be served in a hotel.
Day 13: We take our early drive to Saga. Check in to a hotel.
Day 14: After breakfast, we drive to Nyalam.
Day 15: It is the last day of our trip. We drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Fly back to your own Country.
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