We have reached to the epitaph of scientific inventions but still we are not leaving our leaning towards religious understandings. Not to utter surprise many famous Hindus holy places are located on dangerous routes. Still, people are still moving towards these places to attend various sacred ceremonies and deities. Not only from India but also devotees from around the world are still reach these places by saving their income.
Most of times these places are surrounded with dangerous routes but all this does not deter them to satisfy their hunger to achieve the Almighty. Similar one place of utmost spiritual importance is Kailash Manasarovar. Earlier times, there was a definite route to reach out to these places, but after recently opening up route of Nathula Pass, the journey to Kailash Manasarovar has become one of the most entertaining and enchanting journey to reach this place.
Lakhs of devotees flock to Kailash Manasarovar from India, China, Tibet, SriLanka, Nepal and people from all around the world. Kailash Manasarovar is worshipped not only by Hindus but also by Buddhists, Jains followers. Hindus believe, Kailash Manasarovar at the residential palace of Lord Shiva. Jains believes the first Tirthankar received the knowledge of light at this place.
Buddhists believe that Kailash Manasarovar is the birth place of Lord Budha. Earlier devotees used to move in a perilous route through Uttarakhanda in order to reach to Kailash Manasarovar. After Narndra Modi, the new prime minister of India takes office. Both India and China agreed to open a route through Nathula Pass to Kailash Manasarovar in order to make the entire journey smoother and comfortable.
This new route from Nathula Pass to Kailash Manasarovar is less chancy and takes lesser times and is economical. People are heading for more with this route as it makes the entire journey a sort of more economical and enjoyable. Now, in order to reach to Kailash Manasarovar there are two routes. The first and the oldest route start from Uttarakhanda, through Lipulake and Almaro mountain ranges.
That routes is filled with hazardous routes and takes a huge chunk of money from devotees. With this newer route one need to go through the Indian state of Sikkim, by entering through Nathula Pass range. In this second route, in this initial year total 250 people reach to Kailash Manasarovar in five batches. Hopefully, number of devotees in this route should be on the rise in years to come here.
Generally, in the route one, in total 1080 devotees reach to Kailash Manasarovar through 18 batches. In total 22 days devote have to spend in order to reach this great place of spiritual importance. On the other hand, in route two which is through Natulla pass from Sikkim State of India, it would take almost 19 days to reach Kailash Manasarovar but the road through these routes are well organised and less dangerous.
One dedicate will just have to spend a total of one lakh and seventy thousand Indian rupees for this journey. Money spent on two routes is of analogous. Journey time made by the second route is comparatively lesser which is three days less than route one. There are 6 states of India which helps devotees to Kailash Manasarovar with some amount of money which helps devotees for cost reduction for the entire journey.
Foreign ministry releases circular for journey to Kailash Manasarovar in the month of February. Mostly, all applications received from devotees who always want to reach there till the tenth of April. Then, foreign ministry chooses some people from these applications for journey to Kailash Manasarovar. If you are chosen then one letter from the foreign ministry should be reaching you. If you are interested in this journey then, you should be sending an acceptance letter in addition to advance of 5000 rupees of the draft and send it to overseas ministry.
After receiving all these, foreign ministry decides on which route, which group you should be travelling and all these information should be reaching at you in snail mail, email as well as short messaging services at you. You should be knowing about day of the journey. After this, you should just have to reach Delhi either by train or by flight.
Devotees stay at Gujrat Bhavan of Delhi and most of lodging and dining charge of devotees bear by the Government of India while they stay there. Concerned devotees stay for four days there. Government examines health conditions of concerned devotees in those four days. Only after the doctor announces fitness certificate for devotees they have a right to move further towards the journey of Kailash Manasarovar. If someone declared as unfit, then, he just has to return back, at home.
On the fifth day, devotees who are announced as fit move towards with their respective groups towards Kailash Manasarovar. People who go with the route one move towards 340 kilometres from Delhi towards Almora of Uttarakhanda, towards Lipulake range on the way towards Kyugu of China. This route takes 22 days and devotees reach back to Delhi after completing the entire journey.
Devotees who move with route two are made by a flight from Delhi to Bagdogra airport in West Bengal. They stayed there for the night in the capital of Sikkim and in the morning they move towards a place known as Fifinth mile of Sikkim. This place is 13,500 miles above sea-level. Climate in that place is very obscure and devotees will have to stay for two days to accustom with climatic situations of Fifinth mile of Sillim. Then, devotees take place towards Sherathang of Sikkim.
Here, amount of oxygen is lesser and devotees have a right to stay here for two more days to accustom with this climate. Health of devotees are checked again here and if any devotees are declared as unfit, then they just have to return back to their place by leaving half way of the journey. If you are considered as fit, then, all group visas and passports are checked thoroughly.
Entire expenditure of devotees from Bagdogra of West Bengal to Nathula Pass of Sikkim is made with care by the tourism department of Sikkim. They take over dining, lodging of devotees. Then, devotees have to reach towards Kangma town of China. It is almost two hundred kilometres from Nathula Pass of Sikkim. Here, tourism department of China goes to take care of lodging and dining of devotees. Transport Department of China goes to take care of logistics of devotees luggage. China provides guide and ambulance for devotees.
The next day, devotees reach from Kangma of China towards Lazi town which is 300 kilometres from Kangma town of China. Then, devotees reach to Jongma which is 475 kilometres from Lazi town of China. The next destination of devotees is to reach towards Darcheng which is 477 kilometres from Jongma. Darcheng town of China is at the foothills of Kailash Manasarovar.
Devotees reach at the foot hills of Kailash Manasarovar. They move towards entire 36 kilometres ranges of this hill range. Some devotees go by foot or some go with the help of horses. This place is still covered with ice throughout the year. Devotees touch the feet of Kailash Maountain for respect towards Lord Shiva. People have heavenly feelings while staying here. People just have to stay here for two nights for two and half days.
After moving all over Kailash mountain which is around 36 kilometres long, devotees reach with the help of tourism service of China to reach towards Kailash Manasarovar. Kailash Manasarovar is 90 kilometres from the Kailash mountain. Kailash Manasarovar is 88 kilometres long. Devotees with the help of tourism department bus of China to move the entire length of Kailash Manasarovar. Devotees go get a bath with water from Kailash Manasarovar to earn blessings of Lord Shiva. According to sacred texts, Lords reach to earth to take a holy dip in this holy Kailash Manasarovar. The government of China built a charming guesthouse for devotees.
You can watch Kailash Manasarovar from any windows in this guest house. Just after midnight, devotees have seemed to watch spreading of different colors of light out there and it is believed that during these times of the gods move closer to the earth to take a holy dip inside Kailash Manasarovar. Devotee stays there for one and half days and then they return back with the same route as they are closer to the Kailash Manasarovar.
The whole journey takes almost 19 days to complete with route two. If you want to have heavenly feelings as well as want to experience the scenarios of heaven on earth and if you are fit enough to survive the entire journey then you should go for this journey to see the magnificent presence of nature out there.