8 Nights Kailash Mansarovar Package by Helicopter Ex Lucknow Rs.105000/-
Mt. Kailash, at 6714 m, also known as Tise, Kailasa & Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows), has since time immemorial been celebrated in many Eastern cosmologies as Mt. Meru, the axis mundi. And as the
|Duration||8 Nights | 9 Days|
|Validity||10 January 2011 – 31 October 2011|
|Region||South East Asia|
|City||Nepalganj, Simikot, Darchen, Dolma La,|
DAY 01: LUCKNOW – NEPALGUNJ (150 M)
Arrive at Lucknow Airport. Our representative will meet you at the airport and we drive to Nepalgunj.This is a one lane highway so the drive will take us any where from four to six hours depending on the traffic. On arrival at our hotel, welcome drinks and time to un wind. Swimming pool is available.
Nepalgunj 150 m
Lies at the juncture of mid western Nepal. This is basically the Nepal plains and can be hot and humid.
DAY 02: NEPALGUNJ – SIMIKOT – HILSA – PURANG (3700 M)
6:30 AM Transfer to Nepalgunj airport for flight to Simikot. An exhilarating flight of 60 minutes via the mountainous terrain of western Nepal. On arrival at Simikot we will halt at the airport with refreshments while our crew complete Nepal immigration formalities before continuing our helicopter flight to Hilsa. On arrival at Hilsa to be greeted by Karma la, head man of Hilsa and escorted over the Nepal – China friendship bridge to our vehicles waiting on the other side.
Our luggage will be taken care of by the local committee porters. A brief bag check by the Chinese border security and after this we continue our drive to Purang. On arrival at Purang, check into our rooms while immigration officials prepare the immigration formalities. This briefly means checking your passport with your self and then we are free to retire and relax.
DAY 03: PURANG REST AND ACCLIMATIZE
After a leisure breakfast, we will go for a short excursionary drive to Kejia village. Here situated in the middle of the village is the Kejia monastery. This monastery is also know as the Khojarnath temple. A resting place of Lord Ram, lord Laxman and Goddess Sita.
Chenga Sherab Jungne (1187-1241) bestowed the king of Purang, Jowo Atigman (jo bo a tig sman), with spiritual teachings and the transmission of Mahamudra. In turn, as a token of appreciation, the king presented the Drikung order with additional territories and with the famous shrine of Khojar (kho char lha khang), known as the shrine of Khojarnath. Up to the present day the impressive building, surrounded by white washed stupas and a large wall of mani-stones and yak-skulls inscribed with mantras, is one of the foremost objects of pilgrimage in western Tibet. During the period in which Drikung took control of Khojarnath, in 13th and 14th century, the Drikungpa found also patronage in the Buddhist rulers of the Khas Malla kingdom in Western Nepal. Once this visit is over, we head back to Purang town and our time is at leisure to roam the back alleys of Purang or rest as per our personal preferences.
Mansarovar, to, Tibetans know as Mapham Tso, the ‘Unconquerable Lake’. The name records a magical contest between the Tibetan poet and mystic Milarepa, and the Bon priest Naro Bhun Chon which occurred here in the tenth century. Their tussles are marked in numerous sites around the region. In any language it is the holiest most famous lake in Asia. For Tibetans, Mt Kailas is the mythical palace of Demchok, the powerful Tibetan
DAY 04: LAKE MANASAROVAR, 4510 M, 84 KM
A wake up call with bed tea coffee as per predetermined time. There after breakfast and leisure drive of to Lake Mansarovar. Here we start our parikarma of the holy lake via Chui Gompa stopping at Trugo Gompa at noon to take a picnic lunch and sthan. The afternoon waters of Mansarovar are relatively warm so that taking our sthan (purification bath). Here we also do our Havan puja, performed by our pundit with both Mansarovar and Kailas in front of us. On completion of our puja and parikarma we then drive back to
our guest house.En-route we stop prior to Lake Rakshastal and our first glimpse of Holy Mt. Kailas. Directly after crossing the Rakshastal pass we come face to face with this famous LAKE – Ravan Tal (Rakshastal);
At our leisure we complete our parikarma at the banks of Chui gompa to be greeted by our staff with Warm refreshments and snacks. Dinner will be served around 07.30 in the evening.
Ravan tal (Rakshas Tal, Langka Tso)
Is famous for being the lake of the lord Ravan (learned of all gods). In Jain version of Ramayana, Ravana is one of the Trisastisalaka Purusa (63 illustrious persons) who appear in every time cycle. According to Jain cosmology, every time cycle has nine sets of Baladeva (balabhadra), vasudeva (narayana) and partivasudeva (anti vasudeva or anti hero). Rama, Lakshmana and Ravana are the eighth Baladeva, Vasudeva, and Partivasudeva. In the Jain epic of Ramayana, it is Lakshmana who ultimately kills Ravana
and not Rama as told in the Hindu version. In the end, Rama who lead an upright life renounces his kingdom, becomes a Jain monk and attains moksha. On the other hand, Lakshmana and Ravana go to hell. However it is predicted that ultimately they both will be reborn as upright persons and attain liberation in their future births. According to Jain texts, Ravana will be the future Tirthankara (omniscient teacher) of Jainism.
Ravana at first went to meet Shiva. Nandi the vehicle of Shiva, refused to let Ravana in. He got annoyed And started teasing Nandi. To show Nandi his love for Shiva, Ravana attempted to uproot and move the mountain on a whim. Shiva, annoyed by Ravana’s arrogance, pressed his littlest Toe on Kailash, pinning him firmly and painfully under it. His ganas informed Ravana of whom he had crossed, upon which Ravana became penitent. He plucked his nerves and used them as strings to compose music and sang songs praising Shiva, and is said to have done so for years until Shiva released him from his bondage.
Pleased with his resilience and devotion, Shiva gave to him the divine sword Chandrahas (Chandra-Moon, Haslaugh,literally ‘the laughter of the moon’ but referring to the shape formed by a crescent moon which resembles a smile). It was during this incident that he acquired the name ‘Ravana’, meaning “(He) of the terrifying roar”,given to him by Shiva – the earth is said to have quaked at Ravana’s cry of pain when the mountain was pinned on him. Ravana in turn became a lifelong devotee of Lord Shiva and is said to have composed the hymn known as Shiva Tandava Stotra.
After Ravana had been given the Celestial juice of Immortality by Brahma, he went on to please Shiva. He cut his head & put it as sacrifice for pleasing Shiva, but Shiva replaced his head with a new one. This Was repeated Nine times, on which Shiva was happy & pleased with Ravana’s resilience & devotion. Thus he also got name Dasa-sheesha.
In Buddhist philosophy it is believed that centuries ago two gold fish of Mansarovar dug a channel Through Lake Mansarovar to Lake Ravan tal bringing the purified waters of Manas to Rakshas tal thereby purifying the lake – this channel is still visible and is know as the Ganga chu.
DAY 05: DARCHEN (4610 M), 30 KM
About 30 kms north of Lake Manasarovar is Darchen, the main gateway to Mt. Kailash. Here we organize yaks or ponies for the Kailash circuit trek. The last portion of drive takes us approximately one hour directly towards the Kailash face. Roads are a little rough but worth it to see the close up view of the south face of the holy mountain. It is via this route also that the inner parikarma is performed.
The first Tirthankara lord Rishabhdev died on this place. If one can visit this place of pilgrim, once in a life, He gets ultimate salvation, liberation in that birth only. Such very significant place of Astapad is located in north of Himalaya.
DAY 06: DIRAPUK 4730 M
Drive 08 kms to Tarboche / Shersong (Yamdwar) perform puja near big prayer flag and start parikarma 10 kms to Diraphuk. This Kailash circuit covers 53 kms & can be done in 3 days. We head west in Clockwise direction & after a few kilometers the trail climbs up to a cairn at 4730 m from where the northern face of Mt.Kailash comes to view. En route visit Tarboche where annual flag pole raising ceremony takes place during Saga Dawa.
Yamdwar 4500 m
Literally means gate way to death – or re birth. In Tibetan it is know as the Changyi chorten and the gate way to Mt. Kailash. For Hindus, it is known as Yamdwar or the way to salvation through death. It is commonly believed that Kailash – the ultimate parikarma is taking a new birth.
At the foot of the Kailash has a story behind it that once centuries ago a pious Tibetan pilgrim carried all His money in gold and travelled a long distance to make this most hazardous and difficult of all pilgrimages. He finally reached this spot where his money also ran out and from that this place was named as Shersong (Pot of Gold).
DAY 07: DIRAPHUK – ZUTRULPUK, 4790 M
Today we cross Drolma Ia pass (5630 M) and Gauri Kund Lake (5608 m) where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy waters of the lake.
DAY 08: FINISH PARIKARMA AND DRIVE TO PURANG
The final end of the parikarma is an easy 2-3 hrs walk down to where the river emerges on to the Barga plain. We complete the 3 day circuit trek of Mt. Kailash to be greeted by our vehicles and drivers awaiting us at Lamchu valley and from here drive to Darchen for lunch. After lunch a leisure drive to Astapad if this is not done previously or continue directly to Tirthapuri. From here we then continue onwards to Purang.
Here we will take a short excursion tour to Tirthapuri (Dadapuri) Hot Springs. It is a short drive of Approximately 1 hour. Tirthapuri is famous for being the source of Tibetan herbal medication. It is here that Milarepa and Dorjee Phagmo meditated. Dorjee Phagmo is the only female goddess in the Tibetan pantheon of Gods and the consort of Demchog the lord of Mt. Kailash.
Located northwest of Mount Kailash in Western Tibet, the Tirthapuri Hot Springs are closely associated With Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). Pilgrims bathe in pools fed by the springs, visit the monastery containing the guru’s footprint and dig for healing stones along a one-hour pilgrimage route. The Tirthapuri Hot Springs are located about 80km northwest of Mount Kailash, 65km west of Darchen, and 9km south of Moincer (Mensi). Tirthapuri is accessible by road but there is no public transportation.
DAY 09: KATHMANDU OR LUCKNOW
After breakfast, drive to Hilsa to catch our helicopter ride back to Simikot and from here our connecting flight to Nepalgunj. On arrival to be met and transferred to Lucknow after lunch. End of tour.
|Price PER PERSON||INR|
|Adult on Twin Sharing basis||105,000|
|Adult on triple sharing basis||105,000|
|Adult on single sharing basis||110,000|
Currency Conversion Rates
|INR to INR||1|
Place : Hotels
Nepalgunj : Batika or Similar
Purang : Purang Guest House
Mansarovar : Parmath Guest House or similar
Darchen : Mansarovar Guest House or Sun & Moon or best available
Diraphuk :Tented camp or Mud House
Zutrulphuk :Tented camp or Mud House
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