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Tibet: Journey to the Center of the Earth

There must be something about Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar that calls out to the soul and wrests the body away to this inspiring terrain. Explore what that is and learn why people take this pilgrimage every year.

Overview

Hindus who walk around the 48 km circumference of Mount Kailash use the term parikrama. They believe that Lord Shiva, one of their three main gods, resides atop what they call Mount Meru. Tibetans Buddhists refer to the clockwise circumambulation as a kora. Both words mean the same thing: pilgrimage. Tibetan Buddhists call the mountain Kang Rimpoche, the ‘Precious One of Glacial Snow’, and regard it as the dwelling place of Demchog (also known as Chakrasamvara) and his consort, Dorje Phagmo. Three hills rising near Kang Rimpoche are believed to be the homes of the the Bodhisatvas Manjushri, Vajrapani, and Avalokiteshvara.

 

The Jains who refer to Kailash as Mount Ashtapada believe the founder of their faith, Rishabanatha, resides atop the mountain.

 

 

Followers of Bon call the mountain Tise and believe it to be the seat of the Sky Goddess Sipaimen. Additionally, Bon myths regard Tise as the sight of a legendary 12th century battle of sorcery between the Buddhist sage Milarepa and the Bon shaman Naro Bon­chung. Milarepa’s defeat of the shaman displaced Bon as the primary religion of Tibet, firmly establishing Buddhism in its place.

 

RoutePricesAccommodationInclusions & Exclusions

Route

July 11, 2016: Arrive at Kathmandu

July 12: A day in Kathmandu

July 13: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa

July 14: A day in Lhasa to explore the great Tibetan city

July 15: Another day in Lhasa to explore the monasteries around

July 16: Travel to Shigatse and onwards to Gyantse

July 17: Travel from Shigatse to Saga

July 18: Drive on to Lake Mansarovar

July 19: A day on the banks of the lake to acclimatise and orient yourself

July 20: Drive on to Darchen –  the base camp of Mt. Kailash

July 21: The first day of the Kora – from Darchen to Drirapuk

July 22: The second day of the Kora – from Drirapuk to Zuthulpuk

July 23: The final day of the Kora – from Zuthulpuk to Darchen to the Tirathpuri Hot Springs

July 24: To the kingdom of Xanda

July 25: A day in the kingdom of Xanda

July 26: From Xanda to Ali

July 27: Back to Lhasa

July 28: Back to Kathmandu

Prices start from

₹3,41,600/- per person

$5,710/- per person

Accommodation

In Tibet accommodation will be in lodges at every point. The conveniences are very limited and therefore the quality of accommodation will be basic in few places and involves staying in guest houses that do not have single or twin rooms. You will be required to stay in dorm rooms that provide 4­5 single beds in a room. So, 4­5 people will need to stay in a room. Bathrooms are common.

 

Kathmandu: Soaltee Crown Plaza Hotel | 3*

 

Lhasa: 3* hotel

 

All other places: Simple guest houses

Inclusions & Exclusions

The prices include the following services

 

 

Assistance on arrival & departure at the airports

Accommodation for a total of 17 nights as per the itinerary. (Soaltee Crown Plaza Hotel in Kathmandu ; 3* hotels in Lhasa/Gyantse/Shigatse/Zada ; all the other places in simple guest houses without private bathroom

Meals as specified in the itinerary

Services of locally appointed English speaking guide in Kathmandu for the sightseeing

Services of an accompanying Tibetan Guide in Tibet

Transportation by a mini van throughout the trip

All necessary permits (both for Indian & foreign nationals)

Yak and Yak man during Kailash parikarma/ Kora to carry luggage (1 yak for 2 persons & for 3 yaks one yakman)

Chinese Visa fee

Local Mobile (Chinese) (Note: will be charged as per the uses)

All applicable taxes

Evacuation and Rescue should the need arise

 

The rates include only the services listed above. They do not include the following:

 

 

International airfare Insurance

Visa fee for Nepal

All personal expenses like telephone calls, tips, shopping, laundry, beverages etc

Personal use of pony/ porter during Parikarma (Kora)

Visa splitting charge and extra transportation cost, if returning early from Tibet

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