Have you ever seen GOD? I mean the ultimate Generator (Brahma), Operator (Vishnu) and Destroyer (Mahesh/Shiva). While I can’t claim to have experienced that supreme honor, I feel very fortunate to have seen the abode of Sri Shiva…..the legendary Kailash Parvat.
Planning for the trip was a cake walk. Kesari Travels, a trusted and well respected name in the travel business offers Kailash-Manasarovar tours. We signed up for the 17 day tour starting from Kathmandu in Nepal. Kesari took care of all the arrangements, including the Chinese Visa, as Mount Kailash and Manasarovar are in Tibet (China occupied territory).
Kailash Parikrama (Circling Mount Kailash) is the most exciting part of the tour. This is a very tough 57 Km long journey, starting from a place called Yamadwar and ending in Darchen. The only modes of travel here are walking or riding a horse.
On the first day of the Parikrama, everybody was very enthusiastic about the journey ahead. We were in total awe of the beautiful scenery around us. It really didn’t matter that we were at an altitude of 5082 meters with scant oxygen in the air, bone freezing cold and high concentration of ultra-violet rays. We started our travel through a valley. It was a breathtaking view with high mountains on both sides and the dusty road zig-zagging through the rough terrain. There wasn’t a single tree in sight. The vast spread of barren land and gigantic mountains made me realize how small and insignificant man is before this massive wonder of nature.
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We traveled for about 8 hours to reach our first night’s stay at Derapuck. Totally tired, dried up and exhausted, we were looking forward to a good night’s sleep. While looking at Kailash Parvat from our camp, we suddenly got the darshan of Lord Shiva, sitting with Parvati and other deities. Half of Lord Shiva’s face was bright, and the other half was dark. There was a smile on the divine face like that of Nataraj. Everybody was mesmerized by this amazing sight….. Mother Nature’s beautiful carvings on the majestic Kailash Parvat. All our exhaustion was gone in an instant and we retired for the day, looking forward to next day’s journey!