Tibet is an autonomous region in China. It is the traditional homeland to the Tibetan people and other ethnic groups like the Monpa, Qiang, and Lhoba people. Tibet, apart from its beauty, is famous for Mount Kailash & Mansarovar Lake. These places are the sacred sites for the followers of Hinduism. Mount Kailash is considered as ‘The Abode of Lord Shiva’ and Mansarovar Lake has its own holy significance. Devotees, including Buddhists and Jains, visit these pilgrimage sites on a huge scale and if you’re keen to reach Kailash Mansarovar by road, we are telling you the suitable ways.
Reaching Kailash Mansarovar via Nathu La Pass
Pilgrims can reach Kailash Mansarovar by road without any inconvenience. The route through Nathu La Pass is the motorable route. Ascending towards the mighty Himalayas, Nathu La Pass connects India with the autonomous region of Tibet. It is located at a distance of 56.5 km from the city of Gangtok. The tour starts from New Delhi where the pilgrims depart for Gangtok. The convoy of Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage Buses, operated by the Indian Government, is available for traveling to Mansarovar Lake and Mount Kailash. Only the authorized permission holder pilgrims are allowed to pass through Nathu La Pass. Halting unnecessarily at Nathu La Pass is strictly prohibited. After crossing the Indian Border, the convoy is managed by the Chinese Army and officials. They lead it to the Kailash Mansarovar base camp. After the completion of the pilgrimage, the Chinese officials escort all devotees back to Nathu La Pass where the Indian Army receives them.
Reaching Kailash Mansarovar via Leh Ladakh
The shortest and safest route to reach Kailash Mansarovar is through Ladakh. It allows pilgrims to reach Kailash Mansarovar in two days! It is a 633 km long route from Leh to Tarchen-Parakaha, the base camp for Mount Kailash. From Demchok (approx. 237 from Leh), the motorable roads do not traverse any major pass and remain risk free. Lipulek Pass is another motorable road from Kumaon region of Uttarakhand but, it faces frequent landslides that results in a temporary halt of the journey.
Gauri Kund and Mansarovar Lake are must see sites around Mount Kailash.