Pilgrim’s Progress

The annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is not only one of the most spiritual journeys but also among the most challenging adventures

Rising like a lone beacon of pristine white amid a sea of hills, Mount Kailash is an experience more than just a sight. As you stand before its towering presence in the middle of a group of devotees, the peak – believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva – acquires a mystical aura that no words can encapsulate. At approximately 22,000 feet above sea level, it is considered one of the most sacred sites in the world and the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, organised by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, is the pilgrimage of a lifetime.

The Ministry of External Affairs organises the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra from June to September every year via two routes – Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand) which takes around 24 days, and Nathu La Pass (Sikkim) which takes around 21 days. These routes ensure excellent high-altitude acclimatisation opportunities. Pilgrims are required to undergo comprehensive medical tests before being selected to undertake the yatra. The yatra routes pass through the most scenic landscapes of the Himalayan range, and pilgrims have ample time to truly experience the joy of being in the midst of nature. Besides Lake Manasarovar, other attractions along the route include Tirthapuri, Gauri Kund, Yam Dwar and Ashtapad.

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