Animal Pass

Overview

The Tosh is a feeder valley of the popular Parvati Valley which leads to the Pin Parvati Pass. The Tosh Nallah meets the Parbati river at Pulga coming from the North. The Tosh valley is initially narrow but as you progress higher the valley starts to open up and you cross several beautiful meadows. At the head of the valley is the Tosh Glacier surrounded by some well known peaks: Papasura (6451m) & White Sail (6446m).

Buran Ghati Pass

Buran Ghati Pass

Overview

    The Shimla district in Himachal is not known for treks but, if one speaks to locals and checks out the geology of the place then, it is a very convenient place for small and medium treks. One such trek is the Buran Ghati pass - A medium difficulty trek which can be undertaken between May-June and Sept-Oct. It is a direct route from Pabbar valley (Shimla district) into Sangla valley (Kinnaur District) of Himachal Pradesh and involves crossing of a 4578m high Buran Ghati or Barua Pass. Dhanwari, near Rohru in Shimla district, is the convenient road head and can be approached from Shimla via Theog and Jubbal. An ancient temple of Hatkoti between Jubbal and Rohru is an added attraction and has a tourist rest house. The trek ends in Kharcham which is a located at the junction of the Baspa and Satluj rivers, and is connected by road to Shimla. One can rest another day to visit the beautiful Kinnauri villages like Chitkul and Kalpa

Charang ghati Pass

Kinnaur kailash Parikrama

Overview

Kinnaur is the most scenic but less known district of Himachal Pradesh, located on the Indo-Tibet border. It is surrounded by Tibet on the east, Garhwal Himalaya trek on the south, Spiti Valley on the north and Kullu on the west. The Sutlej River, which rises on the southern slopes of Kailash Parvat near Mansarovar in Tibet flows through the Kinnaur valley. Due to the proximity of Kinnaur to Tibet, the life style and religion of its inhabitants had been influenced by Buddhism, mostly in the northern and central regions, although the majority of the people practice Hinduism.

Set within the Trans Himalaya belt it boasts of the highest mountains in Himachal Pradesh. Some prominent peaks in the Kinnaur Kailash range are Jorkaden Peak (6,474 metres), Kinnaur Kailash Peak (6,500 metres), Phawarang Peak (6,349 metres) and Saro Peak (6,080 metres). One of the prime attractions here are Baspa Valley (Sangla Valley). Close to the border with Tibet, entry to Kinnaur was restricted even for Indian nationals till 1993 and foreigners still have to register themselves with Inner line permit. Kinnaur valley comprises of the lower valley of Spiti and Satluj gorge, the two rivers race through valleys of The Satluj and The Spiti. Sutlej river which has its origin (common to the Indus and Bhramaputra rivers) in Lake Mansarovar beside the holy Mt. Kailash in Tibet. Kinnaur holds three of the world's grand mountain ranges - the Zanskar, the Greater Himalaya and the Dhauladhar, Mount Kinner Kailash (6'050 m) dominates this region, it has religious significance for a huge Monolithic pillar " the representation of Lord Shiva which is a 79 feet vertical rock formation that resembles a Shivalinga and changes color as the day passes. This is one of the mythical abodes of Lord Shiva.

The circuit around the whole range attracts many pilgrims every year. The Parikrama or circumambulation begins from Kalpa via Triung valley and back to Kalpa via Sangla valley. Drive up to Thangi and the actual trekking begins from here.To reach this forbidden land, India's northern tip, before July, we travel through the Hindustan - Tibet highway, the ancient silk route following the Satluj. The Spiti river joins the Sutlej from the west and runs parallel with the Great Himalayan Range, the natural boundary between India and Tibet (China). In July it is possible to enter Spiti from the north, crossing Rohtang Pass (3980m.) into Lahaul and Kumzum La (4550m).

Dayara Bugyal

Dayara Bugyal

Overview

     Dayara Bugyal is considered as the most beautiful high land meadow in India. Bugyal in the local language means “High Altitude Meadow”. Dayara Bugyal is situated at an elevation ranging from 10,000-12500 ft. This vast meadow is second to none in natural beauty in Uttaranchal. During winter it provides excellent & one of the best ski slopes in India spread over an area of 28 sq kms.

     The view of Himalayas from here is breathtaking. There is a small lake (Barnala Tal) in the area, and to camp by its side is a memorable event.

     The road to Dayara Bugyal branches off near Bhatwari on the Uttarkashi-Gangaotri road about 28kms from Uttarkashi. Vehicles can go up to the village of Barsu from where one has to trek a distance of about 8kms to reach Dayara. The other route is via the Raithal village which is 10kms from Bhatwari and one has to trek about 6kms to reach Dayara Bugyal from here.


Devi Kund Trek / Sundherdhunga Glacier

 In the abode of Devi

Overview

     The Himalayan Mountain Ranges in India are known for beholding spectacular beauty. Millions of visitors from all over the globe come to catch a glimpse of this wondrous land where heaven feels to be at home. Himalayas start at that majestic altitude where the rest of the mountain ranges in the world come to an end. There are thousands of magnetic regions in the Himalayas that are located by travellers, trekkers, adventure tourists and government which has no written record of but the footprints they leave behind stand as an attest. The beauty and natural bliss that abodes here has spread throughout the world. One lifetime is not enough to catch a glimpse of the entire Himalayas. Even so, there are many Himalayan peaks and valleys that have remained less known and meagrely explored by human population. One such stunningly beautiful valley located in the Kumaon region of the Uttaranchal Himalayas is the valley of Sunderdhunga. Sunderdhunga is also known as the “Valley of beautiful stones”. These beautiful stones shine like hundred splendid starts making it a very appealing sight for by-standers.

Sunderdhunga is an eye-catchy region gloriously resting among the Himalayas in Uttarachal. The criss-cross trails of this location brings you to the magnetic villages of Song, Dhakuri (located at a height of 8,860 feet), Dhakuri Khal (located at a height of 9,520 feet), hamlet of Loharkhet (5 kilometres from Song), village of Khati (8 kilometres from Dhakuri), Jatoli (located at a height of 6,500 feet) and Kathelia (located at a series of Bugyals). The rivers that flow through the route are Pindari River, Wacham River, Khati River, Karrni River and Dau River. On these rarely trodden pathways lies the true essence of Himalayas. 

In the blissful valley of Sunderdhunga, resides a cosy yet breathe-taking lake of crystal clear waters called as Devikund. Dwelling at a majestic altitude of 14,500 meters and surrounded by magnificent mountains is the Lake of Devikund. Devikund is an exotic medley of colours coming from a huge variety of blossoming rich flowers, alpine meadows, snow bridges, enticing waterfalls and rich range of mountains. The popular mountain peaks of Mrigthuni, Maiktoli, Simsaga and Nandakot are visible from close quarters while standing at this glorious height. The enticing valleys of Pindari, Khafni and Sunderdhunga can also be seen from Devikund. The green patches of mesmerising and endless Himalayan grasslands will sooth your senses. The dark night sky crowded with tiny starts is clearly visible while you lay in your tents at night. While camping in these lush green lands, you will come close to nature and its spell-binding beauty. Devikund is named after the “Devi” or the “Goddess” that is believed to be residing here. The rich history of this place also attracts many people to this land. 

The watch the first sunray touch the feet of majestic Maiktoli peak and climb towards the Bulanu top will be an enchanting experience. To the east of Maiktoli peak is the gorgeous Mrigthuni peak, the tallest peak in the region. The Bhanoti peak, Durga Kot, Tharkot, Tent peak (which is also known as Simsaga mountain range), Panwali Dwar (also known as ‘cream roll’), Nanda Kot and Bailguri peak are all visible at close quarters during your trek.

When you set out to explore mountain ranges in Europe and United States of America, mountain peaks are located at an altitude of 13,000 feet and 14,000 feet high. Whereas, when you arrive at Himalayas for a trekking adventure, your basecamps will be set up at that height. Your trekking begins from an altitude of 14,000 feet. Your trail takes you through journey that will alter the definition of holidays for the rest of your life. Passing through the beautiful ridges and delicate bridges will help you cross small streams and rivers as a part of your exciting adventure. The beautiful hills lay alongside the serpentine roads passes through the mountains and valleys parallel to the legendary Saryu River. You can take a dip in this river during your trek. Setting up camps in the banks of River Saryu is another unforgettable experience.

The rich traditions and cultures of the local hill folks are very interesting. You can observe and learn their attire, lifestyle and entire belief system in this short trip. They are friendly and warm people wanting to help those who come here to quench the thirst for peace and glory. The combination of remarkable humans with an abundant of wildlife, flora and birds will be a nerve-calming experience. These forests are a home to a wide variety of bears, langurs and deers. The oak forests of this region form your pathway during your trails. You will be leaving your footprints behind on some of the deep and dark trails where the sunlight has never been shone. The adrenaline thump of exploring this land where not many have been before will bring to you the experience and glory of accomplishment. 

 

Dodital

Overview

     Dodital is a beautiful lake situated at a height of 3024 mts surrounded by dense forests of Deodar, Pine, Oak, etc. with the backdrop of Darwa Bugyal, a high altitude meadow; Dodital Lake is the source of the River Asi Ganga that merges with the River Bhagirathi near Gangotri. The lake is about three kilometres in circumference.

     The Dodi Lake is a fresh water lake and a tempting trout pool. "Dodi" is the local name of the trout. Multitudes of trout float in the lake, hence the name of 'Dodital'. One can easily spot the Shining red spotted Himalayan Golden Trout in the crystal clear waters.

     There is a temple which is devoted to Ganesha. Legend has it that Dodital is the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, who also selected this place as his abode. Another name for this lake is Dhundital meaning Ganesh ka tal(Lake of Ganesha). The trek takes you through high altitude grasslands and dense forests.


Har ki Dhun & Ruinsara Tal

 Serenity of Har-ki-Dun

Overview

    Snuggling amidst the cradle shaped Fateh Parvat, the valley of Har-ki-Dun is located at an altitude of 3566 meters and is one of the most gorgeous mountain valleys of Western Himalayas. It is situated in the district of Uttarkashi of Garhwal in Uttarakhand State. It is surrounded by densely populated endless forests and snow-clad mountain peaks. With abundant flora and fauna at a close range, the valley has caught attention of many bird watchers and nature lovers since decades. 

Har-ki-Dun is popularly known as “Valley of Gods”. ‘Har’ is another name of the Hindu God, Lord Krishna and this mesmerising valley is widely known to be the Valley of Lord Krishna. It is also called as the valley where fairies meet. The valley holds of tremendous value according to the Hindu Epic of Mahabharata. The Swargarohini peak which is located at an altitude of 6096 metres is believed to be the place from where Pandavas proceeded to heaven. Har-ki-Dun is the only place in the country which has temples of the Kaurava Prince Duryodhana and his allies Karna.  Local residents and communities of this region worship Duryodhana as their God.

The beautiful alpine meadows along the glacier basins and spectacular moraine ridges surrounded by medicinal herbs and shrubs of Ayurveda have enchanted trekkers and holiday makers from all around the globe. The picture perfect location is best suited for photography and bird watching. The houses of the region have carvings depicting tales from Mahabharata. Rice, Rajma, and Potatoes farm are seen every-which-where and they can be found in local delicacies as well. 

The trekking trail to the valley of Har-ki-Dun was found by Jack Gibson, a teacher at Doon School in 1940’s. He often brought his students on trekking and camping expeditions in this location and has been given the credit for the inception of Indian Mountaineering. Even till date, school kids can be found in a large number especially during summer vacations. Trekkers of all age can handle the difficulty level of this trek as the trails are well defined and are not very steep. Wooden bridges are constructed at water stream crossings and the average distance to be covered does not exceed 12 to 14 kilometres per day. Camps set up by the forest department come in handy for campers and trekkers. 

The valley of Har-ki-Dun is situated within the jurisdiction of Govind National Park which gives an insight into the stunning variety of wildlife present in Himalayas. You may spot Musk Deer, Indian Porcupine, Himalayan Brown Bear, Himalayan Snow Cock, Golden Eagle, Parakeets, Minivets, Himalayan Palm, Snow Leopards, Common Otter, Cuckoos, Hodgson’s Fly Squirrel, Steppe Eagle, Black Eagle, Tits, Warblers, Sikkim Vole, Finches, Goral, Civet, Buntings, Himalayan Rat, Wild Boar, Bearded Vulture, Thrushes, Koklas Pheasant, Western Tragopan, spot Hedgehog and Monal Pheasant. If you plan your trek during the month of April and May, the Rhododendron trees and wild Himalayan flowers are a delightful sight. Large number of flowers including Lilies, Primulas, Orchids, Blue Poppy, Anemonies and Potentillas are found during the stunning summers. The high altitude flower Brahma Kamal or Saussurea obvallata can be found close to Har-ki-Dun. 

Har-ki-Dun is an abode to many of the purest streams and rivers. During the trek, you will witness the source of Karmanasha stream which graciously flows to meet the Obragaad stream beneath the village of Sankri. The stream forms into River Supine which proceeds to merge with the sparkling Rupin River which flows from the state of Himachal Pradesh. At Netwar, River Rupin combines to emerge as Tons River which is a major tributary of the legendary River Yamuna. 

Taking a stroll in most breath-taking landscapes surrounded by Mount Swaragrohini, Kalanag, Fateh Parvat and Bandarpoonch will be a life-altering experience for every visitor. 

 


Holy Kailash – Mansarovar

A spiritual Journey within..!

Overview

Mt. Kailash the striking peak standing in the remote south-west corner of Tibet in the Himalayan Mountains. Rising to an elevation of 6638 m (21778 ft) it is one of the highest parts of the Himalayas and serves as a source of some of the longest rivers in Asia. Known as Gang Tise or Gang Rinproche in Tibetan it is a precious and prominent symmetrical peak. Made up of black rock Mt Kailash is a wonderful diamond like shaped mountain that is surrounded by beautiful landscape which is rugged and dry.
Mount Kailash is known as one of the most sacred mountains and has become an important pilgrim for four faiths : Buddhists, Jains, Hindus and Tibetan religion of Bon. Every year thousands of people from all over the world make pilgrimage to this place. Followers from various beliefs have been visiting Kailash from thousands of years and have been circumbulating this holy mountain on foot. It is believed that visiting Kailash and following this tradition would bring in good fortune and wash away sins of ones lifetime. However the journey of 52kms/32miles on foot in a single day is not easy and one needs to be strong both physically and mentally to complete it. Generally people take 3 days to finish this walk. The Hindus and Buddhists pilgrims walk around in a clockwise direction but the Jain and Bön followers walk around counterclockwise.

According to Hindu legends, Shiva, the god of devastation and rebirth, resides at the pinnacle of this famous mountain named Kailasa. Mount Kailasa is considered in many sects of Hinduism as heaven, the ultimate destination of souls and the holy center of the world. The narrative in the Puranas, Mount Kailash's four faces are made of crystal, ruby, gold, and lapis lazuli. Refereed as the pillar of the world that rises 84,000 leagues high. From it flow four rivers, which stretch to the four quarters of the world and divide the world into four regions.

Tibetan Buddhists trust that Kailash is the home of the Buddha Demchok who symbolizes supreme harmony. They also state it was on this sacred mountain that Buddhism relocates Bön as the primary religion of Tibet. According to myth, Milarepa, winner of Tantric Buddhism, arrived in Tibet to challenge Naro-Bonchung, who was the spokesperson of Bön. The two magicians engaged in a great sorcerous battle, but neither was able to gain a crucial advantage. Buddhism in Tibet known as the religion “Bon” believes Mount Kailash as the abode of the sky goddess Sipaimen.
In Jainism, Kailash is known as Mount Ashtapada and is the place where the creator of their faith, Rishabhadeva, attained freedom from rebirth.

Places of Interest during visit to Holy Kailash
Tirthapuri
Tirthapuri, positioned northwest of Mount Kailash in Western Tibet are intimately associated with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). It is one of the interesting places near Kailash, pilgrims particularly come here after completing their kailash pilgrimage. They bathe in the pools fed by the holy springs and also pay a visit to the cave and monastery which is connected with Guru Pinpoche and has his footprints. The barren landscape around the Tirthapuri hot spring is filled with steam and colorful prayer flags stretched across the river gorge makes this spot a scenic & magical view for all.
GauriKund
Gauri Kund, a water body that is also known as the Lake of Compassion, lies on the way while going on downwards from Drolma - La (Drolma la Pass). This steep descent from Dolma Pass is a wonderful lake which is at an altitude of 5608m. As per Hindu mythology, there is a fascinating tale about Gauri Kund and has been described in legend “Shiva Purana”. The lake is also famous as “Parvati Sarovar” as this was the place where goddess Parvati had acquired her son Ganesha (Elephant headed God). Goddess Parvati had formed an image of Ganesh from the soap lather on her body and breathed life into it. She placed Ganesha at the entrance of her home as her janitor to prevent anyone from entering while she was bathing. Now Lord Shiva happened to return at this point of time and was stopped by Ganesha. Offended by this disrespectful act from Ganesha, Lord Shiva cut off the boy's head. Pravati was grief-stricken by seeing it and insisted that the boy needs to be brought back to life. Lord Shiva took the head of a wandering elephant and placed it on the body and life was restored and Parvati had her son back.
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YamDwar
Yam Dwar is situated in Tarboche which is approximately 30 minutes drive from Darchen. The exact meaning of the Yam Dwar in Hindi lingo is “the gateway of the God of Death”. It is the initial point of circumambulation of Mount Kailash. Known as Chorten Kang Ngyi which means two legged Stupa in Tibet.
Asthapada
Located at a height of 17000 ft, Asthapad is the bottom of Mt. Kailash and one of the main holy places for the Hindus and Buddhists. It is also considered a major Jain Tirths as the first of the 24 Jain Tirthankara “Shri Adinath Bhagwan” had attained salvation (Nirvana) at this place. The literal meaning of Asthapad is “Eight Steps” as Astha means Eight and Pad means Steps in Sanskrit and that’s how the place derived its name.
Shiwasthal
Just around 2 hours walk from Deraphuk Gomba situated on the way to Dolma – La is Siwastal. Many pilgrims visit this place as it is known a duplication of the magical funeral ground at Bodh Gaya. Pilgrims here experience ritual death and enter into the dreadful presence of Yama, before being reborn on top of the Drolma La. One can easily notice the ground which is laid out with unbelievable collection of clothing, shoes, and bags along with terrible things like bones, hair and even blood. These things are mainly the offerings which are made by the people who pass from here. Above the burial ground is a red foot print of Milareppa (Tibetan yogi & poet) on the surface of a rock.
Tarboche
Tarboche flagpole, is one of the most important aspect of Tibetan spirituality. On “Saga Dawa” which is an impressive and capturing annual festival of Mt. Kailash this giant flagpole which has numerous prayer flags on it is brought down and replaced. This annual festival or one can also mention it as a carnival attracts Tibetans from all over along with other tourists and pilgrims. This ritual is performed every year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, to celebrate Sakyamuni's enlightenment”. During the flagpole ceremony as the poles tip is raised and pointed east towards Gyangdrak Monastery, monks of that monastery carry out a special ritual. A cacophony of music from long trumpets, conch shells and other instruments welcomes the rising flagpole. It is like a magical event that captures one’s senses. People gathered there attach there prayer flags and help in making the pole rise again. The flagpole should be standing in a perfect upright position or it is believed that things will not be good for Tibet.
Holy Mansarovar Lake
Lake Mansarovar situated about 2000 kms from Lhasa is world’s highest freshwater lake. Known as Lake Manas Sarovar in Sanskrit and Mapham Yutso in Tibetan this huge lake with the mirror like image of snow capped mountains in its crystal clear waters is just fabulous. The lake is located at the southern foot of Mount Kailash, stretching up to 55miles (88kms) in perimeter it goes 330 feet deep and about 120 sq mi of total area. Lake Mansarovar has exceptional beauty that varies from crystal clear blue water near the shores and a deep emerald green colour at the center. There are a few monasteries on the shore of the lake and most striking of all is the ancient Chiu Gompa Monastery, which has been built right onto a steep hill.

This holy lake is one of the important pilgrimages for Hindus and Buddhists. It attracts thousands of tourists and religious people towards itself every year from various parts of the world, but mainly from India, Tibet and its neighboring countries. The best to visit the lake is during springs as it is during this time the lake melts and allows people to bathe in its holy water. As believed by bathing and drinking this water one becomes fortunate and clears all his sins. Many travel agencies have annual pilgrimage group tours to this place and are often known as “Mansarovar Yatra”.

As per the Hindu mythology it is believed, Lake Mansarovar was formed by Lord Brahma, who is the creator god. He found it to be an appropriate place for religious rituals. Hid 12 sons, who were also holy men performed rituals and austerities on the dry land at the site. And to give them a more appropriate place to earn value, Lord Brahma created a wonderful lake which today is known as - Lake Mansarovar. And as per Buddhist religion, they relate Mansarovar with Anotatta Lake. It is said that Lord Buddha was conceived at this very lake, as stated in the legends Lord Buddha's mother was brought on the lake by the gods and as she bathed in the sacred waters of Mansarovar her body was purified. Later she saw a white elephant running to her from Mount Kailash and Lord Buddha entered her womb

Kailash Inner Core

Circumbalating the  Abode of Lord

Overview

Mt. Kailash is the most Sacred of all mountains of the world and is considered as the centre of the universe. In inner Kora Kailash Pilgrimage you get an opportunity to move very close up with this holiest mountain and also do parikarma of Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. In fact it is one of the most sacred and challenging tour among devotees. The journey involves climbing and camping . The route for inner kora is via Asthapad, visiting Sapta Rishi Cave and parikarma of Nandi you drive back to Kathmandu night halting at Darchen, Saga and Nyalam. The Nomenclature, Orthography and Entomology of Sacred Mountain.
It can be derived from the word 'kelasa' which means crystal. In Tibetan dictionary Chandra identifies the entry for kai la sha which is a loan word in Sanskrit 'kailasa'. The Tibetan name for the mountain is 'KANGS RIN-PO CHE'. Gangs or kangs is a Tibetan wordfor snow peak which means is an honourific meaning 'precious stone'. So the combined word may be translated as'precious jewels of snow'."Tibetan Buddhists call it Kangri Rinpoche; 'Precious Snow Mountain'. Bon texts have many names: Water's Flower, Mountain of Sea Water, Nine Stacked Swastika Mountain. For Hindus, it is the home of the mountain god Shiva and a symbol of his power symbol om; for Jains it is where their first leader was enlightened; for Buddhists, the navel of the universe; and for adherents of Bon, the abode of the sky goddess Sipaimen'' Another local name is Tise mountain which derives from ti tse meaning 'water peak' or 'river peak' in Zhang-Zhou language connoting the mountain status as the source of mythical lion, Horse. Peacock & elephant rivers. In fact, the Indus, Yarlug-Tsangpo/Dihang/Brahmaputra, Karnali & Satluj all begin at the Kailash- Mansarovar region.
RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE:- 
In Hinduism : According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva- the destroyer of ignorance & illusion resides at the summit of the legendary mountain KAILASA, where he sits in perpetual meditation along with his wife Parvati. According to Charles Allen, one description in 'Vishnu Purana' states that its 4 faces are made up of ruby, crystal, gold & lapiz lazuli. It is the pillar of the world at the heart of 6 mountain ranges. The ancient 'Koneshwaram temple' is heralded as 'Dakshin Kaliasam'because it lies in the same longitude as Mount Kailash & due to its pre-eminence in Saivite belief. Koneshwaram early black granite cut architectural shared similarities between to the famous Kailashnathar temple.Many of the Kailasanathar temples sculptures and reliefs depict episodes relating to Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati, including Ravana's tale. (Ravana was a devotee of Lord Shiva. Ramayana does not document Ravana shaking the mountain.) Ravana's mother had fallen ill. As they were great Lord Shiva devotees, he had attempted to carry the temple on his back to bring it closer to his mother. Shiva, being stunned by his boldness, had blessed him with immortality as Ravana had passed Lord Shiva's test of devotion.
IN JAINISM : Kailash is also known as Meru Parvat or Sumeru. Ashtapada, the mountain next to Mt.Kailash is the site where the first Jain TIRTHANKARA, 'Rishabdeva' attained Nirvana (moksha).
IN BUDDHISM : Tantric Buddhists believes that Mount Kailash is the home Buddha Demchok also known as Demchog (or Chakrasamvara). There are numerous sites in this region depicting & associated with Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) whose tantric sites around Tibet are finally credited with establishing Buddhism as main religion of the country in 7th- 8th century CE.
IN BON : The Bon, a religion which predates Buddhism in Tibet, maintain that the entire mystical region & nine- story 'Swastika' mountain are the' SEAT OF ALL SPIRITUAL POWER'.
PILGRIMAGE
Every year thousands make a pilgrimage to Kailash, following a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several regions believe that circumbalating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. The peregrination is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus & Buddhists. Followers of Jain & Bongpo religions circumbalate in anti-clockwise direction. The path around Mount Kailash is 52 km (32miles ) long. Some pilgrims believe that the entire walk around Kailash should be made in a single day, which is not considered an easy task. A person in good shape walking fast would take perhaps 15 hours to complete the 52 km trek. Some of the devout do accomplish this feat, little daunted by the uneven terrain, altitude sickness and harsh conditions faced in the process. Indeed, other pilgrims venture a much more demanding regimen, performing body-length prostrations over the entire length of the circumambulation: The pilgrim bends down, kneels, prostrates full-length, makes a mark with his fingers, rises to his knees, prays, and then crawls forward on hands and knees to the mark made by his/her fingers before repeating the process. It requires at least four weeks of physical endurance to perform the circumambulation while following this regimen.

Kailash Inner Core Full

Circumbalating the  Abode of Lord

Overview

Mt. Kailash is the most Sacred of all mountains of the world and is considered as the centre of the universe. In inner Kora Kailash Pilgrimage you get an opportunity to move very close up with this holiest mountain and also do parikarma of Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. In fact it is one of the most sacred and challenging tour among devotees. The journey involves climbing and camping . The route for inner kora is via Asthapad, visiting Sapta Rishi Cave and parikarma of Nandi you drive back to Kathmandu night halting at Darchen, Saga and Nyalam. The Nomenclature, Orthography and Entomology of Sacred Mountain.
It can be derived from the word 'kelasa' which means crystal. In Tibetan dictionary Chandra identifies the entry for kai la sha which is a loan word in Sanskrit 'kailasa'. The Tibetan name for the mountain is 'KANGS RIN-PO CHE'. Gangs or kangs is a Tibetan wordfor snow peak which means is an honourific meaning 'precious stone'. So the combined word may be translated as'precious jewels of snow'."Tibetan Buddhists call it Kangri Rinpoche; 'Precious Snow Mountain'. Bon texts have many names: Water's Flower, Mountain of Sea Water, Nine Stacked Swastika Mountain. For Hindus, it is the home of the mountain god Shiva and a symbol of his power symbol om; for Jains it is where their first leader was enlightened; for Buddhists, the navel of the universe; and for adherents of Bon, the abode of the sky goddess Sipaimen'' Another local name is Tise mountain which derives from ti tse meaning 'water peak' or 'river peak' in Zhang-Zhou language connoting the mountain status as the source of mythical lion, Horse. Peacock & elephant rivers. In fact, the Indus, Yarlug-Tsangpo/Dihang/Brahmaputra, Karnali & Satluj all begin at the Kailash- Mansarovar region.
RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE:-
In Hinduism : According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva- the destroyer of ignorance & illusion resides at the summit of the legendary mountain KAILASA, where he sits in perpetual meditation along with his wife Parvati. According to Charles Allen, one description in 'Vishnu Purana' states that its 4 faces are made up of ruby, crystal, gold & lapiz lazuli. It is the pillar of the world at the heart of 6 mountain ranges. The ancient 'Koneshwaram temple' is heralded as 'Dakshin Kaliasam'because it lies in the same longitude as Mount Kailash & due to its pre-eminence in Saivite belief. Koneshwaram early black granite cut architectural shared similarities between to the famous Kailashnathar temple.Many of the Kailasanathar temples sculptures and reliefs depict episodes relating to Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati, including Ravana's tale. (Ravana was a devotee of Lord Shiva. Ramayana does not document Ravana shaking the mountain.) Ravana's mother had fallen ill. As they were great Lord Shiva devotees, he had attempted to carry the temple on his back to bring it closer to his mother. Shiva, being stunned by his boldness, had blessed him with immortality as Ravana had passed Lord Shiva's test of devotion.
IN JAINISM : Kailash is also known as Meru Parvat or Sumeru. Ashtapada, the mountain next to Mt.Kailash is the site where the first Jain TIRTHANKARA, 'Rishabdeva' attained Nirvana (moksha).
IN BUDDHISM : Tantric Buddhists believes that Mount Kailash is the home Buddha Demchok also known as Demchog (or Chakrasamvara). There are numerous sites in this region depicting & associated with Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) whose tantric sites around Tibet are finally credited with establishing Buddhism as main religion of the country in 7th- 8th century CE.
IN BON : The Bon, a religion which predates Buddhism in Tibet, maintain that the entire mystical region & nine- story 'Swastika' mountain are the' SEAT OF ALL SPIRITUAL POWER'.
PILGRIMAGE
Every year thousands make a pilgrimage to Kailash, following a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several regions believe that circumbalating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. The peregrination is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus & Buddhists. Followers of Jain & Bongpo religions circumbalate in anti-clockwise direction. The path around Mount Kailash is 52 km (32miles ) long. Some pilgrims believe that the entire walk around Kailash should be made in a single day, which is not considered an easy task. A person in good shape walking fast would take perhaps 15 hours to complete the 52 km trek. Some of the devout do accomplish this feat, little daunted by the uneven terrain, altitude sickness and harsh conditions faced in the process. Indeed, other pilgrims venture a much more demanding regimen, performing body-length prostrations over the entire length of the circumambulation: The pilgrim bends down, kneels, prostrates full-length, makes a mark with his fingers, rises to his knees, prays, and then crawls forward on hands and knees to the mark made by his/her fingers before repeating the process. It requires at least four weeks of physical endurance to perform the circumambulation while following this regimen.

Kailash Location: Western Tibet
Altitude: 23,080 Ft. above sea level.
Base Camp: Darchen 14950 Ft. above sea level
Climate: Unpredictable (Max 20 Degree Centigrade to Min –10 Degree Centigrade)
Beliefs: Hindu, Buddhist, Jains, BanPo (all AMU followers)

 

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