A Complete Travel Guide for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
Being located at a great height of 6,638 m above sea level, snow-capped Mount Kailash and serene Lake Mansarovar is no less than natural wonders for the tourists who visit there. They call it them ‘The Jewels of Tibet’ because of the natural brilliance that evokes out of these two sites.
For tourists and pilgrims who visit these sites from different parts of the world every year, knowing well about the weather here, the people, climate, best time to visit here etc. is important before planning a trip. With proper knowledge and guidance, one can enjoy the trip to the most, without facing any challenge of physical or mental health. Also, as per the religious values, doing this trip at the right time and in the right manner brings good fortune to the tourists.
Here is a complete travel guide to help people to plan their Kailash Mansarovar Yatra:
When to Visit Kailash Mansarovar
Weather is one of the most common concern for people who wish to make a visit to these sites, without any inconvenience. Since the weather around Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar remains good and open during the summer or monsoon season, people are generally recommended to plan visiting there in the time duration from the month of May to September. Because of good weather, tourists can enjoy the scenic beauty there to the most, while also do outdoor activities like trekking etc. more easily. Furthermore, good weather does not cause any problems for those people whose sole purpose to visit there is of pilgrimage.
The temperature of that region during the best time of visit is generally around 5 to 10 degree Celsius, which is still cool than the temperature in the plains of India. So, people are recommended to carry woolen wear with them, to stay protected in terms of their health while doing the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
Ways to Reach Kailash Mansarovar
Unfortunately, there is no big International airport near to the site. One can only reach to the nearest airport of Ngari Gunsa, which is connected to Kashgar in China. Certain airlines like China Eastern Airlines, Tibet airlines etc. give service to this airport.
Other than that, the other airport from where the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from India can be started is Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. Tourist from different Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore etc. or those coming from a foreign land to any of the major Indian cities, can reach to the Lucknow Airport easily via a flight.
Another airport that can be chosen is Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, which is also well connected to different cities of India and around the globe.
Depending on the itinerary made by the tour operator chosen, a tourist needs to travel via road or even trek, to reach Kailash Mansarovar from any of the airports mentioned above. Generally, the flights to these nearest airports are available without delays, except in winters when heavy fog can cause delays. Since Kailash Mansarovar is a part of Tibet, one should also know about the permits that foreign nationals need to enter the region.
What to Do There
People from several different religions visit Kailash Mansarovar as per their thoughts and preferences, Some of them visit there as pilgrims, to cleanse their souls by drinking water of or bathing in the Lake Mansarovar. While there are also those tourists, who visit there just to enjoy the scenic beauty at that great height. The picturesque beauty, which is impossible to be seen in the plain areas of India or other parts of the world, can be enjoyed and witnessed at this site. For pilgrims, people take their Pandits with them to this site and do Havana there.
Trekking as an outdoor activity under the guidance of tour operators, is possible there. Weather
In the region near to the Kailash Mansarovar, the climate is cold and dry, as typical in Tibet. Summers starts from May to September, with average temperature of around 10 degree Celsius. When it rains there, temperature falls to low values. Winter occur from December to April and temperature can reach to – 10 degree Celsius.
In Hindu mythology, the site of Kailash Mansarovar has great value. Hindu people consider the Kailash mountains religious, believing that it is a home of Lord Shiva and Parvati. This site has also been mentioned in the Vishnu Purana. Also, it is believed that Lord Brahma thought of the first lake in his mind, which later became Lake Mansarovar. As per Buddhism, Lake Mansarovar also hold religious significance, and is talked about with several teachings in the Buddhist literature. It is also associated with one of the Buddhist Gurus, Guru Rinpoche, who is known to spread Buddhism in the region.