Thousands of pilgrims from all over Asia embark on the Mt Kailash Pilgrimage each year, making it the place to be for cultural, religion, and nature discovery. Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS (www.tibetctrip.com) welcomes travelers of all faiths and cultural backgrounds on this unforgettable journey.
The Mt Kailash Pilgrimage is a special journey undertaken by Hindus, Buddhists, Bon, and Jain. People of these faiths hold Mt. Kailash sacred. Hindus, for example, revere Kailash as the home of Lord Shiva the destroyer. And Buddhists believe it is the home of the Buddha Demchok (also known as Cakrasamvara, this god is the representation of great bliss). Every year thousands will flock to the sacred Mt Kailash to make the ritualistic trek around its base, purifying their souls and leaves behind misperceptions of reality. Lhasa-based Tibet travel agency Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS (www.tibetctrip.com) is now making it possible for travelers of all faiths to make this sacred journey!
Travelers will have the opportunity to learn about Tibetan culture and history throughout the journey. The Tibet tour begins in Lhasa where travelers will visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Bazaar along with Sera and Drepung Monasteries. While travelers are welcome to customize their itinerary, these first few days are normally spent sightseeing in Lhasa to allow travelers time to acclimatize to the altitude. After travelers have adjusted to the thin mountain air of Tibet, we will begin the journey to Mt. Kailash!
The starting point for the trek around Mt Kailash is in Darchen, a small village near the base of Mt. Kailash. The travel group will arrive after 3-4 days of driving with stops along the way for visiting cultural sites and enjoying the scenery. Along the drive travelers will be able to see a wide section of Tibet’s stunning landscapes including Lake Yamdrok, Karola Glacier, and Lake Manasarovar. There will also be stops at places like Pelkhor Monastery, Kumbum Pagoda, and Tashilhunpo Monastery where one of Tibet Ctrip’s native Tibetan guides will give travelers the opportunity to learn about Tibetan Buddhism. Once travelers reach Darchen they will have a night to rest and prepare for the trek.
Once the Mt Kailash Kora begins, travelers are in for three unforgettable days of majestic mountain landscapes and cultural discovery. On this Tibet tour travelers are able to see pilgrims of many faiths making this journey; numbers swell at certain times of the year providing great opportunities to engage with people from all over Asia! Tibetans make the journey to wash their souls of anger, fear, and prejudice; they typically leave behind a lock of hair, stone, or something similar to symbolize the purification of their soul. Travelers are welcome to participate in this ritual but are encouraged to not leave behind items that may harm the fragile environment.
People of a variety of faiths and cultural background hold the Mt. Kailash Pilgrimage sacred, Tibet Ctrip welcomes travelers to widen their perspective on themselves and the world around them by joining this scared journey which thousands of pilgrims make every year. Tibet Ctrip’s native Tibetan guides will introduce travel groups about Tibetan culture and history, lead them on the trek, and provide the Tibetan perspective on the Kailash Pilgrimage. At the end of the trek some travelers choose to continue on to Nepal while others may choose to return to Lhasa; Tibet Ctrip is more than happy to assist travelers in making such arrangements. Great numbers of pilgrims make the journey each year, travelers are advised to plan and book their Mt. Kailash Pilgrimage in advance!