Mount Kailash, Tibet
Tibet is a mountainous autonomous region of the People’s Republic of China. It consists of some of the highest cities of the world as well as some remarkable UNESCO World’s Heritage Sites. Most of which are temples, stupas, and monasteries as Tibet is home to the majority of Tibetan ethnic people.
One of the landmarks and religiously significant places of Tibet is Mount Kailash located in Kailash Mountain Range.
Kailash Mountain Range: This area is a part of the Gangdise – Nyenchen Tanglha range or simply known as the Trans- Himalaya, which is a 1600 kilometers long mountain range in China.
Mount Kailash: This Mountain has its significance for two reasons: the scenic beauty that it gives while standing alone amidst other peaks and its epitome of sacred worth in four religions of Bon, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. People belonging to these religions believe Mt. Kailash to be of utmost spiritual and religious importance which is the exactly the reason why the place is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year despite the hardships in traveling towards the remote area and surviving there.
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The pilgrims and visitors have to keep all the necessary supplies with them for the amount of time that they intend to be there. Most of the times, the worship includes going around the peak several times to attain Nirvana. For instance, if Buddhist wishes to attain Nirvana and eternal inner peace, they should circumnavigate – called doing a ‘kora’ around Mt. Kailash 108 times, which can be quite a survival task given that each revolution is spread across 53 kilometers. In Hinduism, the Mountain is believed to be the abode of the God of Destruction, Shiva, where he is in the state of meditation with his wife, Parvati.
Landscape at Mt. Kailash: Other than this religious and mythical importance, Mt. Kailash can also be visited by nature- enthusiasts, travel freaks and daredevils. This is recommended because of Mt. Kailash stands alone in the midst of amazing views the Kailash range provides. This mountain lies near the source of some of the largest rivers of Asia including River Indus, River Sutlej, River Brahmaputra and River Karnali. The scene provides a mesmerizing view of the horizon but unfortunately climbing to the summit of this mountain is not allowed to keep the sanctity and religious importance of the place intact by prohibiting adventurous visits.
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Weather: Since the mountain is at approximately 6638 meters elevation from sea level, the winters there are utterly cold and almost impossible for longer stays. This is why most of the visitors and pilgrims head towards the place in spring as the weather is pleasantly stable during April to June after this time heavy thunderstorms and rainfall occur for approximately two to three months. Again, at the beginning of fall (in September), it is recommended to visit because the weather settles down after all the storms for a bit.
Whether you’re a religious person or not, if you’re the one with a nerve to travel and to withstand cold weather, and Mount Kailash to your list because travelling towards the mountain is available from several routes including the Xingjiang Highway, the Northern route (Lhasa – Tsochen – Shiquanhe – Kailash), the Southern route (Lhasa – Saga – Kailash) and from Indian or Nepalese border. So when are you departing to embrace Nirvana?
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