Kailash Manasarovar - Journey Of A Lifetime

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William Blake, the famous English poet begins one of his most engaging couplets with the line, "Great things are done when men and mountains meet." Human beings down the ages and across the world have always been drawn to mountains.

In recent times, men have climbed the greatest peaks and attempted to conquer them; but this is not a conquest that can last. At those dizzying heights and in those inhospitable climes, man can never conquer. But he can surrender. And it is this realization that has led people of diverse backgrounds, from prehistory to the modern age, to behold mountains with a certain reverence.

There are many sacred places on the planet, but the Himalayan mountains certainly occupy a pre-eminent position among them. Kailash Manasarovar, Kedarnath, Badrinath - these are just a few of the places of immense spiritual significance where great sages and saints have lived and taught. Every year, millions of people from around the world make pilgrimages to these sacred sites seeking spiritual, inner wellbeing and freedom.

A Himalayan Dhyan Yatra through places like Kedarnath, Gangotri, Badrinath and Uttarkashi is a journey both with-in and with-out. On the one hand it is a passage to spiritual awakening, across the travails and tribulations of daily life; on the other hand, it is an adventure of a different sort - an exhilarating excursion into the majestic and awe-inspiring Himalayan mountains.

Thanks to road improvements (a number of National Highways wind through the region) and development in the region's towns, a yatra into the Himalayan mountains no longer involves scarcity and lack. Towns offer a variety of affordable yet comfortable accommodation with fresh food and mineral water bottles available for sale.

Buses ply back and forth across most major towns with stops at smaller places - which frequently hold unexpected surprises, like Gupt Kashi or ‘secret Kashi,' a temple said to have been consecrated by Agastya, one of the Saptarishis or seven direct disciples of Shiva.

The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is probably the most significant of all pilgrimages. Considered the spiritual center of the Universe by five religions, this sacred peak and ethereal lake are the subject of innumerable myths and legends. Shiva, Buddha, the Jain Theerthankaras, all have played a part in imparting a divine mystique to this place. A pilgrimage to this mystical place is considered by many as the high point of their life's experience - an unforgettable pilgrimage to the abode of Shiva.

This holy place is situated in Tibet, China. The Chinese Government issues only a limited number of visas every year and does not encourage individual travel. A number of yatra routes exist to China from India. The most preferred and the most comfortable route, progresses through Nepal, and the wild, untamed landscape of Tibet by vehicle. In recent years, a flurry of road-building activity by the Chinese Government has enabled even the most reluctant travelers to make the ultimate pilgrimage.

Human beings are the youngest species on the planet and the Himalayas are the youngest mountains. Small wonder then that there seems to exist a deep bond between us, a bond that goes beyond the physical. The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra and the Himalayan Dhyan Yatra are wonderful opportunities to experience a deeper dimension of existence, bringing grace and vitality into our lives.

Kailash Manasarovar is considered one of the most sacred sites on the planet. The Kailash Manasarovar Sojourn is a unique opportunity to make a pilgrimage to this holy place.

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