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2018 Mount Kailash/ Mansarovar Spiritual Tour


2018 Mount Kailash/ Mansarovar Spiritual Tour2018 Mount Kailash/ Mansarovar Spiritual Tour2018 Mount Kailash/ Mansarovar Spiritual Tour2018 Mount Kailash/ Mansarovar Spiritual Tour
2018 Mount Kailash/ Mansarovar Spiritual Tour2018 Mount Kailash/ Mansarovar Spiritual Tour

2018 Mount Kailash/ Mansarovar Spiritual Tour

Description

Come along with Grandmaster Shailesh on a life changing "yatra" to Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar on a specially planned itinerary. Mount Kailash is considered the holiest mountain on earth by a number of faiths and religions. Through millennia, monks, yogis and pilgrims from all over the world have braved unimaginable hardships to reach this abode of Gods. Its exceptional isolation and the peculiar contours of black granite, that gives it the appearance of a Shivalinga, have caused Kailash to be venerated as a place that is both representative and emblematic of Shiva. For Hindus, a journey of Kailash is considered the ultimate "yatra" due to both the difficulty of reaching it and the level of sanctity attached to it. This "yatra" will be performed partly by helicopter/flights and partly on land.

Summary of the Benefits

  • Bathing in Lake Mansarovar is said to wipe out the negative Karma of many lives for you and your ancestors
  • Mt Kailash is not a temple per se so visitors of all faiths are able to connect to its beauty and spiritual power
  • The touching ("sparsha") of Mt Kailash gives a lifetime worth of meritorious Karma
  • It is a purpose-driven challenge for the body and mind at a high altitude for those who are into trekking and marathons

 


Significance of Mount Kailash

In Hinduism

According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva, the destroyer of ignorance and illusion, resides at the summit of a legendary mountain named Kailash, where he sits in a state of perpetual meditation along with his wife Pārvatī. Like many of the Hindu gods, Shiva is a character of apparent contradictions. He is at once the Lord of Yoga and therefore the ultimate renunciate ascetic, yet he is also the divine master of Tantra. According to Charles Allen, one description in the Vishnu Purana of the mountain states that its four faces are made of crystal, ruby, gold, and lapis lazuli.It is a pillar of the world and is located at the heart of six mountain ranges symbolizing a lotus.

In Jainism

In Jainism, Kailash is also known as Meru Parvat or Sumeru. Ashtapada, the mountain next to Mt. Kailash, is the site where the first Jain Tirthankara, Rishabhadeva, attained Nirvana/moksa (liberation).

In Buddhism

Tantric Buddhists believe that Mount Kailash is the home of the Buddha Demchok (also known as Demchog or Chakrasamvara),who represents supreme bliss. There are numerous sites in the region associated with Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), whose tantric practices in holy sites around Tibet are credited with finally establishing Buddhism as the main religion of the country in the 7th–8th century CE.[It is said that Milarepa (c. 1052-c. 1135 CE), champion of Tantric Buddhism, arrived in Tibet to challenge Naro Bön-chung, champion of the Bön religion of Tibet. The two magicians engaged in a terrifying sorcerers' battle, but neither was able to gain a decisive advantage. Finally, it was agreed that whoever could reach the summit of Kailash most rapidly would be the victor. While Naro Bön-chung sat on a magic drum and soared up the slope, Milarepa's followers were dumbfounded to see him sitting still and meditating. Yet when Naro Bön-chung was nearly at the top, Milarepa suddenly moved into action and overtook him by riding on the rays of the sun, thus winning the contest. He did, however, fling a handful of snow on to the top of a nearby mountain, since known as Bönri, bequeathing it to the Bönpo and thereby ensuring continued Bönpo connections with the region.

In Bön

The Bön, a religion which predates Buddhism in Tibet, maintain that the entire mystical region and the nine-story Swastika Mountain are the seat of all spiritual power.


Program

Group 1 : Indian Passport Holders

Group Lead: Gaurav Chikara
Route: Nepalgunj – Mt. Kailash / Mansarovar Lake – Nepalgunj via Lucknow
  • Aug 20-22: Day 1-3 : Arrive Delhi. Complete visa processes.
  • Aug 23: Day 04: Fly Delhi - Lucknow early morning. On arrival, drive to Nepalgunj. Check into hotel. Meditate.
  • Aug 24: Day 05: Fly Nepalgunj – Simikot (2900m) & Heli to Hilsa (3700m). Drive to Taklakot (3900m). Overnight in Taklakot. Meditate.
  • Aug 25: Day 06: At Taklakot (3900m) – rest/meditation day. Overnight in Taklakot.
  • Aug 26: Day 07: Drive to Manasarovar Lake (4550m) – overnight in Darchen. Meditate.
  • Aug 27: Day 08: Drive to Yama Dwar & Trek to Dirapuk (4880m) – overnight in Dirapuk. Meditate.
  • Aug 28: Day 09: Charan Sparsh/ touch Mt. Kailash (tough climb and hike). Overnight at Darchen (or Taklakot). Meditate.
  • Aug 29: Day 10: Drive to Hilsa. Heli to Simikot. Fly to Nepalgunj. Overnight at Nepalgunj.
  • Aug 30: Day 11: Transfer to Lucknow. Overnight at Lucknow. This also serves as an extra day. Enjoy the city of Lucknow.
  • Aug 31: Day 12: Fly to Delhi or Bangalore (late afternoon).
 
 
Group 2 : US, UK or Canadian Passport Holders
Group Lead: Shailesh Kumar
Route: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj – Mt. Kailash / Mansarovar Lake – Nepalgunj via Kathmandu
 
  • Aug 20: Day 1 : Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel. Meditate.
  • Aug 21: Day 2 : Complete visa processes. Darshan of Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa. Stay at Kathmandu. Meditate.
  • Aug 22: Day 3 : Sightseeing tour of Patan Durbar Square and the temple of Sleeping Vishnu. Stay at Kathmandu. Meditate.
  • Aug 23: Day 04: Free during the day. After lunch, proceed to airport for your flight to Nepalgunj. Hotel Cygnett Inn Or Similar.
  • Aug 24: Day 05: Fly Nepalgunj – Simikot (2900m) & Heli to Hilsa (3700m). Drive to Taklakot (3900m). Overnight in Taklakot.
  • Aug 25: Day 06: At Taklakot (3900m) – rest/meditation day. Overnight in Taklakot. Meditate.
  • Aug 26: Day 07: Drive to Manasarovar Lake (4550m) – overnight in Darchen. Meditate.
  • Aug 27: Day 08: Drive to Yama Dwar & Trek to Dirapuk (4880m) – overnight in Dirapuk. Meditate.
  • Aug 28: Day 09: Charan Sparsh/ touch Mt Kailash (tough climb and hike). Overnight at Darchen (or Taklakot). Meditate.
  • Aug 29: Day 10: Drive to Hilsa. Heli to Simikot. Fly to Nepalgunj. Overnight at Nepalgunj. Meditate. 
  • Aug 30: Day 11: Transfer to Lucknow. Overnight at Lucknow. This also serves as an extra day. Enjoy the city of Lucknow.
  • Aug 31: Day 12: Fly to Delhi or Bangalore (late afternoon)

If possible, please book your international return flight after at least a day (or two days) after the end of the tour to accommodate any delay in our return from Mt. Kailash due to inclement weather or any emergency.

Cost Inclusions 

  • 3 nights shared accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 2 nights shared accommodation at Nepalgunj
  • 2 nights shared accommodation at Taklakot
  • 2 nights shared accommodation at Darchen
  • 1 night shared accommodation at Dirapuk
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu (time permitting)
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu flight (if applicable)
  • Nepalgunj-Simikot-Nepalgunj flight (if applicable)
  • Simikot-Hilsa-Simikot heli charter service
  • Visa Fee for USA or Canadian nationals
  • Simikot permit fee
  • Full board vegetarian meals during the "yatra"
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per day
  • Private ground transfers in Tibet by a luxury van
  • A team of Nepalese staff comprising of a team leader, cook and support Staff
  • Complimentary duffel bag (all luggage will need to fit in the duffel bag provided for the main "Yatra")
  • Down jacket; to be returned after the "Yatra"
  • Tibet / China visa Fee
  • All permits 

Cost Exclusions

  • Travel insurance
  • Evacuation cost
  • Expenses of personal nature and cost for hiring a horse or porter for trek to Dirapuk. Cost of hiring horse is about $300 in cash.
  • Extra cost arising due to the extension of the trip due to any delays, natural calamity or any other unforeseen situations
  • Additional tours, transfers, or food expenses.
  • Additional flights
  • Anything not included in the "Cost includes" section

Notes

  • For Indian nationals, based on the current guidance by the Embassy, the necessary visa will be processed at Chinese Embassy, New Delhi. The Embassy requires minimum 4 working days for visa for which the original passport is necessary to be deposited.
  • For foreign passport holders (other than Indians) visa has to be obtained at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. A minimum of 3 working days is required by the Chinese Embassy , Kathmandu.
  • Arrivals into Delhi and Kathmandu should be planned accordingly.
  • Changes to itinerary may need to be made as the visa regulations keep changing depending upon the Indo-Chinese and US-China relationships. Weather forecast in the area can also affect the actual dates. Everyone's safety and comfort is key in our planning.

Other Considerations

 

The Mt. Kailash tour is an exceptionally meritorious and ambitious spiritual tour. While we have researched and selected the most comfortable facilities, once you enter Tibet, the facilities become scarce. In Tibet, shared rooms are the only option and bathrooms may be eastern or camp-like style. Also, note the altitude of each location that has been mentioned in the detailed program. Consult your doctor to ensure that you are fit to be in those altitudes. We may be required to submit a fitness note from our doctors about 45 days ahead of the tour when we get the final permission from the Chinese government.

The energy of Mt. Kailash is incomparable - it is a thoroughly spiritual experience and, of course, some physical effort is always needed to attain high spiritual experiences.

It is said that one reaches Mt. Kailash only when Lord Shiva directly invites them!

Registration

Registration is now open. Space is limited. Please register as soon as possible. Full payments are due by the end of June. Refunds are solely at the discretion of Shailesh.

Early registrants will receive a discount as a token of our appreciation to help us plan. 

Indian nationals can also pay in INR to our organization in India. Please email us at services@divineheartcenter.com for bank details.

Registration
Early Registration Deposit (due by March 31th) $1000
Early Registration Balance Payment - Indian passport (due Jun 30th) $4100
Early Registration Balance Payment - US/Canada/UK passport (due Jun 30th) $5500
Late Registration Full Payment - Indian Passport $5500
Late Registration Full Payment - US/Canada/UK $7000





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