~There is NEVER TOMORROW. The Time is always NOW~
~Has it ever happened with you that you read about a place and you suddenly start hearing stories about it from everywhere, some of it eye opening too. You will also start noticing random people posting pictures online, which will force you to make a secret wish that you can get to visit it someday. But with time you forget about it but one day find a proposal coming your way to be at that destination, you once wished. Excitedly you start preparing but your name couldn’t get shortlisted at the last moment. You decide to let it go, only to get a call in a few days to pack your bags~
How would you feel? Elated? Well that is exactly my story of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra !
I started hearing about the mighty experiences of Mount Kailash in 2012, through various Himalayan groups on the social media and honestly what intrigued me towards the sacred mountain of Mount Kailash was the strange incidents that people narrated. It is a fact that more than a pilgrimage site, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is known as a life transformative journey which has seen people healing in various forms after coming back from the Lord Shiva’s abode.
One even claimed that he got cured of a lifelong disease just by being on this Yatra, which his doctors pronounced incurable. Another claimed to have recovered a huge loss. All this lead me to think- what is exactly there in the surroundings of Mount Kailash that people come back with these huge experiences, which made me wish for a visit, if I deserve.
It is said that if you wish for doing Kailash Mansarovar Yatra with a pure intention, it is granted easily because you cannot enter the surroundings of Lord Shiva without his permission. There are many who cannot complete the Mount Kailash Yatra, despite visiting it because you just can’t do it like this.
When I got an opportunity to be at the holy Mount Kailash, I couldn’t believe at once but at the same I was worried. I couldn’t celebrate because my plan got finalised at the very last minute which meant rushing to meet the pending assignments deadline so that I could start preparing for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
But, my journey of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra didn’t start on a good note. I fell under the weather and my tonsils swelled, followed by Fever. There was a time I seriously thought if I will be able to pull off the challenging trek of Mount Kailash. I wasn’t really motivated to visit Kailash Mansarovar Yatra either because it is a pilgrimage site for older people and I was asked why I am planning to do it now?
Since Kailash Mansarovar Yatra carries the tag of being the pilgrimage for older people, I was suggested that at this age I should be doing better things and rather should be exploring the more rare part of the world. So, while I didn’t have much to say that time but getting back with strange and memorable experiences at the abode of Lord Shiva, let me share my reasons- Why I chose to be at Kailash Mansarovar Yatra at a Young Age and feels that you should also do it NOW:
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra was MY DREAM: Sometimes, what you think subconsciously come true and so was my unrealistic dream of visiting Mount Kailash. If you ask me it is still a dream. It is hard to believe that that I spent an entire 20 days on a trail, where I never envisioned myself to go this soonest in my life. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra was introduced to me in 2012 and then a close friend shared that it was her dream of 20 years, that she could visit Mount Kailash just once. The next thing I knew is that Kailash Parvat journey completely transformed her as a person.
Isn’t it amazing to know how Universe manifests your dream into reality and makes every possible way for you to be on one? The feeling of gratitude is over powering here. I was not supposed to be on Kailash Mansarovar Yatra but it is surprising to see how things change last minute of you wish it from all your heart. I got ready to be here in less than two weeks. Though, I rejoiced, I was a little nervous at the thought that how the abode of Lord Shiva would treat me- Where nothing but only GRACE works
It is a journey of FINDING YOUR MENTAL STRENGTH: It is baffling to know how quick we are to label or tag a place, without realising its worth. Believe me when I say that we- the human beings- do not realise our potential. We do not realise how powerful our mind is, that it can actually get us whatever we desired in our lives, ever.
The inner connection is the most powerful tool through which you can lead a happy and content life. I got a glimpse of it during my Advance certification in Yoga and I experienced a sight of it briefly again here too. There was a moment when I wasn’t able to move. Due to the rains and low temperature, oxygen level dip and since we were rushing to reach our stop, I had bouts of breathlessness.
Only to realise that I cannot continue with my physical strength and that’s where I stopped, closed my eyes and told myself that I can do this. The last thing I remember is- that in the last hour of the trek, I was literally running on a trail when others were struggling to even walk. All by telling myself every minute that I can do this.
Testing BODY ENDURANCE: Before leaving for Mount Kailash Yatra, I confined to a friend that for the first time, I am feeling nervous and is not really confident that if I can make it. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is not easy and is known to take lives. We are living on an altitude above 5500 m for several days.
To be honest, last year when I got back to Yoga and worked on my fitness, I was really happy with results. To put it to test, I even took a trek to Poonhill in Nepal, where I climbed close to 7000 stairs and still was doing good. My friends were also confident that with a week’s training I can pull it off. But this trail is different. It will really put you to test.
But on a positive note, I realised that you cannot take any landscape for granted. I am the same girl who took a single day 20 hours Phuktal Trek in Zanskar because I had to do and I was short on time. And I am the same girl telling you today that this terrain is tough and shouldn’t be taken for granted. If not anything else, this trail will make you realise the importance of ONE breath for our body
So, even if you are in your best form! You are fit and healthy, it is no guarantee that you can complete the Kailash Parikrama. Best of the people in shape hasn’t been able to complete the Parikrama of Mount Kailash and it has happened that a normal person has completed it. Such are the energies here. I was told that the heavier you are in thoughts from the inside, the more difficult it gets for people to walk on this trail. Faith and Grace is something which will get you here and I was happy to be amongst one- Crying and going silent when I saw Mount Kailash but this is from where I even got the strength to continue
The Impressive & Unspoilt BEAUTY on Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route: As I keep updating my Social Media handles with the pictures from Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, I received comments where people mentioned that the beauty of this trail is beyond belief.
It is unbelievably beautiful that sometimes it was difficult to decide which way to look and which way to ignore. I remember the first day while we started our trek for Derapuk after crossing Yam Dwar, I was told that the trail I would get to walk through is breath taking and true to its words, it was. Such is the terrain of Mount Kailash. Rough which will leave you to gasp for oxygen every minute but equally beautiful, which will leave you mesmerised every second
The Whole AURA of Mount Kailash: Now this is something which is hard to explain in words because it is more about your personal feelings and experience. There were thousands of emotions I went through, just when I saw Mount Kailash. I had a red eye when I sat on a stone and went into Zen mode. I kept looking at Kailash Parvat and didn’t realise when I started meditating. I looked at it again and felt that it is calling me close.
I turned around and saw people chanting Shiv Shambho. I looked around and saw humanity, where people serve and take care of each other selflessly.
On the whole, I don’t know what but the magical aura around Mount Kailash, is said to have transformed many lives and all for good. They say that many saints visit the abode of Lord Shiva and go on meditating silently, which adds to the positive vibes here. I don’t know what it is but me & my fellow blogger friend was told jokingly that – our old body software is corrupted and that we have got loaded with a new one. Since the time I am back, I have this inward zest in me that I want to change myself. Every day I get up and I decide to be a new me. Less complicated and much happier.
And as I still continue to pray that Kailash Mansarovar Yatra calls me again- I have just one thing to say that there is never tomorrow. The time is always now and honestly after being on Mount Kailash, I feel that the body endurance is better when you are young, which will lead you to experience the landscape better than later. So try to break your barrier. Change the way you look at things. You never know which opportunity changes you !
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I was on this trip as a part of Blogger’s invite from ScoutMyTrip to experience the Indian Veg Food introduced this year on Kailash with Madhuban Foods