From Manasarovar, a Glimpse of Kailash

From Lake Manasarovar: A glimpse of Kailash, Day 11 and 12
Approximate Elevation: 4,560 m (~ 15,000 ft)

Reaching Manasarovar was only the first stage of our tirth yatra (pilgrimage). The plan was to rest for a couple of days in Manasarovar, and then perform a parikrama (to go around) of Mount Kailash. Tibetans also consider Kailash holy, and they too perform the equivalent of the parikrama, called the cora. But the parikrama was much more difficult and it would take three days to hike the 42 kms around the mountain passes. And during the second day, our hike would take us upto the high point of 19,200 ft. That is approximately a third of the oxygen available at sea level!

I’ll describe the actual parikrama in a later post, but first let me wrap up the Manasarovar pics.

For a long night we remained couped up in our tents, while the storm passed overhead. The next day was stunningly beautiful giving us all a chance to rest and enjoy the lake. Around mid-morning the clouds cleared and we got our first glimpse of Kailash in the distance. Kinda resembles the linga and yoni we see in a Shiva temple. The horizontal striations resemble the horizontal marks Shiva devotees place on their foreheads. The deep gully on the mountain face is representative of Shiva’s vertically placed third eye.

In the evening we walked along the lake and captured this different pic of Gurla Mandatha on the South bank of Lake Manasarovar.
Gurla Mandatha on the South bank of Lake Manasarovar by Arun Shanbhag

After the bleak terrain for most of our journey across the Tibetan Plateau, it was wonderful to finally see water birds on the lake. This is apparently a favorite stopover for migratory birds before they cross the Himalayas.

migratory birds on Lake Manasarovar by Arun Shanbhag

Lake Manasarovar, another storm approaches.
Storm approaching the Lake by Arun Shanbhag

Under a picturesque evening sky, our campsite sits on the banks of the Manasarovar! The largest are our dining and kitchen tents.
Campsite on banks of Lake Manasarovar by Arun Shanbhag

Click link below for the next post on the Kailash Manasarovar Travelogue:
Kailash Parikrama: A Trek Around Kailash
To start at the beginning of the Kaliash Manasarovar Travelogue, click link below:
Rendevous with Sagarmatha (Everest)

13 thoughts on “From Manasarovar, a Glimpse of Kailash

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  1. Sure 🙂 will let you know.. it must be some time when we go back from here.. We were supposed to go back in December.. but my hubby’s project got extended and we are here for another few cold months! Brr.. Brr

  2. Hi Ujwal:
    Thank you for your kind words!

    Kailash Manasarovar is such a superb place. You should visit at some point.

    Awesome re. VaishnoDevi. We plan to visit that soon as well. Lets see when she calls us.

    Let us know when you go.

  3. Hey,
    Lovely pictures. Manasarovar is the place which I amlooking forward to go sometime 🙂 You are really good at Photography 🙂 Seeing the pics my urge is getting stronger. It may be some time in future since our next destination is fixed for Vaishno Devi. Really breath taking..Thanks for uploading them. Mast khushi jalle polonu 🙂

  4. dear arun.. I had no idea you had posted back… over a year ago, if you would write to my email id. we could talk more…

    Wow! this is strange, because I just created a google search for my company, and discovered it mentioned on your website… and thus paid my second visit…

    once again thanks for your amazing images… and would like to keep in touch, considering the landscape of this region, is crucial to the kind of knowledge modules we create.

    best Nithila

  5. Roshni – Hope you already got a chance to see the other articles in this series (Follow the links at the bottom of the article).

    I do have a few more, which I will post sometime.

    And thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  6. hi arun,

    I wanted to thank you for putting up such wonderful pics of wat seems like paradise on earth.. they r truely very beautiful. If u have some more of manosarovar pics, plz upload them if possible; it would indeed be very nice.


  7. Arun,

    We love the images you’ve taken, do you have a photogallery of all these images… particularly your view of Lake Manasarovar, from several angles … breathtaking.

    We are a start-up company and would love to discuss with you, if you are willing to share some of these images with us… Our work is concerned with the “illumination and enrichment of inner resources”… it is a training and development company called enKnowledge LLC, we are based in the US… we are just getting our website into place.

    thanks Nithila

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