Description: Mt. Kailash (6741 m)is perhaps the most sacred of Holy Mountains in Tibet. Together with the two lakes of Mansarovar & Rakas, the region is one of the few truly nature wonders of the world.
Information provided by Dom88:
- Beyond its significance to Buddhist and Bön-po, Kailas is revered by both Hindus and Jains. To Hindus, Kailas is the earthly throne of Shiva. This stems from an association between Kailas and the mythological Mt. Meru, and separating one from the other is often difficult. To Jains Kailas - or Astapada - is reputedly the place where Rishabha was the first being to attain Liberation.
For most pilgrims, their reason for making so arduous and expensive a pilgrimage is to perform one - though more usually more - circambulations of the mountain. Traditionally the circuit, or Kora, starts and finishes in Darchen, a small village of mud-brick buildings recently supplemented by two crude guesthouses for foreign visitors: one for Indian pilgrims, and one for the rest of the world.