Mt Kailash and Mansarovar Lake are located in Autonomous Region of Tibet, China and hence it`s quintessential to have a passport in order to embark onto the pilgrimage. There are many routes to reach Mt Kailash from India, but the most popular and convenient one is to reach Kathmandu and then embark either on a 14 days road trip or 10 days trip comprising of drive, helicopter and small flights. The other two routes managed by MEA, Govt of India are thru Uttarakhand (Lipulekh Pass) and Sikkim (Nathula) but the entire journey takes nearly one month Ex Delhi to Delhi.
Mount Kailash which literally looks like a Shiv Ling is the most revered and iconic pilgrimage for any Hindu. No one is allowed to scale the mountain but it is said that a mere glance of it absolves ones sins forever. Nestled between Lake Rakshasa Tal and Mansarover, this perpetually snow covered mountain is the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Lake Mansarovar is an astounding water body located at a height of 4900 mts and spread over 350 sq mts, is a sacred lake for both Hindus and Buddhists. The pious and serene lake is considered to be the imagination of Lord Brahma and one finds bevy of white swans which are traditionally considered sacred and wise. With Mt Kailash at the backdrop, it surely is the most mesmerizing site to reckon with. It is believed by the Hindus that a dip in the lake purifies their body and soul from all sins.
Rakshas Tal contrary to Mansarovar, Rakshas Tal is considered toxic with no fish or aquatic plants as it is associated with Ravana when he penanced to appease Lord Shiva. One can admire the beauty of the lake but is not advised to take a bath for obvious reasons.
The Yatra is open from early May to end September every year.
It is considered very fortunate to pay homage at Kailash on a full moon day.