Tibet, an autonomous region of China and a sacred home to Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake, is a famous pilgrimage destination for the devotees of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Bon religions and an epitome of beauty and awe to the rest of the world.
The snow-capped rocky peak-Kailash Parbat(6714m), considered a holy abode of supreme Hindu god Shiva is also believed to be a place where founders of Tibetan Buddhism, Jainism and Bonpo religions once resided. Hindus and Buddhists all over the world also worship this peak as the exact “center of the Universe”. Click Here for Route Map
Below Mt. Kailash lies the most sacred Lake of Hindus - Mansarovar (4580m). This Lake is so gigantic that it takes three full days to just go round its peripheries. One dip into the cold water of this holy Lake is believed to free the soul of all its sins, thus carving a straight path to heaven after death. Ancient Hindu scriptures indicate this Lake as a must visit place for someone who wants to attain salvation - the highest level of achievement in Hindu religion.
Raksas tal is named after the flesh-eating demons of hindu mythology believed to lurk beneath its dark waters. A representation of dark, malevolent forces, this Lakes generally shunned by pilgrims; According to legend, the water of this Lake was poisonous. This condition changed when a gold fish from Mansarovar Lake tunneled through a narrow isthmus to let sacred water flow into Raksas tal, thus neutralizing the poison. Raksas tal is the Lake where Ravana is said to have done penance to invoke Lord Shiva. Locals say that the water from this Lake should never be drunk. It is located west of Lake Mansarovar. At an elevation of 4540m., Raksas tal is 15m below of Lake Mansarovar.
Mansarovar Lake: The word “manas” means mind or consciousness; the name consciousness and enlightenment. Mt. Kailash lies the most sacred Lake of Hindus Mansarovar Lake 4580m) has held deep spiritual influence and wide religious among Hindu & Buddhists. Making round of the Lake and taking a dip in it is believed to be Purge one’s soul from sins and the body from sickness. Still there are others, who believe one can not only clean his soul but also secure his place in heaven after the end of mortal life one more school of thought us that taking a dip in it helps one attain Moksha (free from the cycle of birth and re-birth in the worldly life). This Lake is so gigantic that it takes three full days to just go round its peripheries. One dip into the cold water of this holy Lake is believed to free the soul of all its sins, thus carving a straight path to heaven after death. Ancient Hindu scriptures indicate this Lake as a must visit place for someone who wants to attain salvation - the highest level of achievement in Hindu religion. The cascading waves of the Lake in the wind look very charming. Monterosa makes
Tirthapuri Holy Place
Tirthpuri is considered the third most holy pilgrimage site on west Tibet. An important finale to a Kailash Kora, It is an area strongly associated with Padmasambhava as well as Events from the lives of numerous Buddha’s and bodhisattvas. Within the temple is a cave where Padmasambhava meditated. Thirthpuri is situated on the right bank of the Satlej River, 70 KM west of Mount Kailash. The circumambulation of Tirthpuri takes about 1 hour. Both Hindus and Buddhists make obligatory stops here and the pilgrimage to Mount Kailash is considered unfinished if this site is not visited.
Astapad is another holy mountain near Mount Kailash it lies in front of Nandi mountain. Astapad means mountain of eight steps, many saints, Rishi’s, Monks, have use caves at Aspada mountain for meditation.
While Kailash and Mansarovar trip can be an extremely fulfilling experience for a devout Hindu soul, we urge everyone around the globe to visit this place at least once in their lifetime, as the charming Lake, its cascading waves, surrounding rocky mountains are sure to provide a thrilling and heart-throbbing adventure that no other part in the world has to offer. Thousands of pilgrims from India and all around the globe seek to enter Tibet via Nepal. Monterosa Treks and Expedition is determined to make your visit to this revered place smooth, safe and convenient, and your experience, an unforgettable one.