With scintillating captures of Mount Kailash and heritages nearby, Russian traveler Sergey Balalayev has exhibited the beauty of this Himalayan site through his photographs, which are on exhibition at Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Kamalpokhari.
The photo exhibition that commenced on Tuesday was inaugurated by Umakanth Jha, the Minister for Energy, Irrigation, Science, Technology and Environment, Mountaineer Aangrita Sherpa and an associate from Russian embassy.
There are altogether 108 photos on exhibition that fundamentally reflects the environmental and cultural aspect of Mount Kailash. All these photographs were taken within a span of nine years (2006-2013) and demonstrate Balalayev’s passion in photography and his love for Nepal.
Speaking about the objective of this photo exhibition, Stanislav Simakov, the director of Russian Centre of Science and Culture mentioned, “Through this exhibition, we want to convince people to visit Mount Kailash, so that the tourism in Nepal gets promoted.”
The exhibition is set to continue till September 3, and is open from 10 am to 5 pm during this period.
Are you dreaming of discovering the “Roof of the World” Tibet? Tibet has everything that you’re seeking for other worldly experience. Throughout Tibet and especially in the Himalayan region, life is surrounded by the mysterious landscapes and legends. Imagine a caravan of yaks that progresses slowly in landscapes where snowy peaks, plateaus and mountain lakes are bathed in an extraordinary light, that of the high mountains. From Lhasa’s streets, to medieval towns of Tibet to ancient monasteries, Tibet has long been a mysterious land of lakes and rivers, mighty snow peaks, and temples and monasteries – with its spiritual air, an unearthly mystical land of Buddhist culture and philosophy. Immerse yourself in the world of ancient monasteries, mountains, lakes, springs, and a totally back-to-history lifestyle.
1. Lhasa: Lhasa, the Tibet Capital, is perhaps the most exotic destination in the world. Some of the important landmarks in Lhasa are:
Potala: Perhaps, Potala is the most famous landmark in Tibet. The Potala Palace used to be the winter palace of the Dalai Lama.
Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Street: Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to Barkhor Market can be quite a change from other visits as you roam around the city.
2. Everest Base Camp in Tibet
Everest – ‘The roof of the world’, the highest peak in the world. Interestingly, from Tibet Side, you can drive right up to the Base Camp of the Everest. Most of Tibet’s territory being high mountains above 4,000 meters, the region has rightly earned the nickname of “The Roof of the World.”
3. Mount Kailash & Lake Mansarovar Mount Kailash (6714 meters) is perhaps the most sacred mountain in the world. For the Hindus, Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva and the region of Mount Meru. Mount Kailash is also origin of many Himalayan rivers including the four greatest rivers of Asia. Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar hold an important place among the followers of Buddhism, Hinduism, Bön and Jainism.
4. Monasteries in Tibet:
The 14th century Drepung Monastery, which lies on the Gambo Utse Mountain about 8km west of central Lhasa, used to be one of world’s largest monasteries.
Yambulakhang was the summer palace of Songtsen Gompa and his wife before Norbulingkha was completed
The Samye Monastery or Samye Gompa is considered to be the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet.
5. Dzongsar Valley & Horse Racing Festival:
The Dzongsar region is an isolated and exotic place to visit in Tibet. Visit the 13th century Dzongsar Monastery which is perched on a steep cliff. During the Litang Horse Festival celebrated in August, people from the whole region come here to trade, celebrate, ride, and compete with each other.
6. Kham & Derge:
Derge, also called Dege, is the cultural center of Kham area as well as Tibetan Printing Center. Derge is the birthplace of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, the founder and guide of the Dzogchen Community in the West. At an early age, he was recognized as the reincarnation of Adzam Drugpa, another great teacher of Dzogchen.
7. Garuda Valley:
The legendary Garuda Valley, lying southwest of Mt Kailash, is one of the center points of the ancient Zhang Zhung Kingdom. The Garuda Valley still contains mysterious caves some of which have never been explored. For those interested in the archeological and historical sites, Garuda Valley offers a magnificent exploration.
To some it is adventure. To some it is to get away from the crowded world to escape. To some it is a religious site to visit. The journey to Kailash-Mansarovar is not only a trekker’s dream, but the place where one can converse with their inner self. In a single journey to Kailash, one can experience the sense of travelling several years ahead, experiencing the feeling of pain, struggle, and triumph. One can experience a complete life!
Where does the Journey to Kailash Start?
Preparing your mind is so important before you choose to take the journey to Mt. Kailash. Ask yourself these questions: Could you use a little more beauty in your life? Do you long for a little peace – some tranquility? In today’s busy lifestyle of obligations towards work, children, and family events, a few weeks of commitment for Kailash Yatra is a lot to ask for. Commit yourself two weeks of your life toward the journey in order to gain the experience and challenge you dreamed of. The Journey is difficult physically and mentally. Therefore, commit to do it while you are physically fit. Out with the old, in with the new…It used to be that Hindus waited until they retired to undertake this journey. Now, the young and the adventurous want to take this journey while they can. (Read the article by Nisha Patel) . Mount Kailash can only be visited each year from May through September.
While you prepare your mind, I prepare your logistics! Along with a Nepal Based Company, Himalayan Glacier Trekking, we will obtain VISA for you, give you step by step instruction to book flights from anywhere in the world, assist you with Travel insurance, packing list, an exercise routine, and all other necessary travel plans while on Yatra (Lodging, camping, meals, and guides) Our goal is to strive for 100% success in completing the Parikrama by have smaller groups. Our service is exceptional! Our guides are fully trained with High Altitude Sickness signs and precautions. They are fully trained in climbing and hiking and have lead climbers up to Mt. Everest!
Why take the Journey to Kailash?
According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva Resides on top of Mount Kailash, where he sits in a state of meditation along with his wife Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya. The Kailash Parvat is believed to be the ultimate destination of souls and the spiritual center of the world. Like Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar is the abode of purity. It is a place of pilgrimage, attracting Hindus from all over the world. Taking a bath in Mansarovar and drinking its water is believed to cleanse all sins committed over a hundred lifetimes.
Those who have visited the holy spots of Lake Mansarovar and Kailash Parvat carry with them a memory of a lifetime which remind them of the presence of Lord Shiva in their lives and gives them a feeling of peace and tranquility. The pristine beauty and serenity of these religious sites is truly awe inspiring and instills in people the feeling of being one with Shiva. Hindus who walk around the 32 mile circumference of Mount Kailash use the term Parikrama. Tibetans refer to the clockwise circumambulation as a Kora. Both words mean the same thing: pilgrimage. The parikrama of Kailash Parvat is an essential part of your overall journey to Mount Kailash. Trekking through this long path is difficult and physically taxing. However, with proper preparation devout pilgrims are able to complete this Parikrama.
Himalayan Glacier Trekking, LTD and Lina Patel
Lina Patel was born and raised in Gujarat, India and migrated to the United States with her family. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up, Lina always had a passion for the mountains, particularly the Himalayas. Her experience in mountaineering comes from past 13 years of hiking through out USA. Over the past several years, Lina has traveled through Nepal, trekking to the base camp of Mt. Everest, and climbing through the Khumbu valley. Lina has also successfully leaded a group of travelers to Mount Kailash – Lake Mansarovar Yatra in Tibet.
Her passion for the mountains and the culture has given her the opportunity to partner with the Nepal-based, family-owned company, Himalayan Glacier Trekking. Their team of local guides, combined with the knowledge of Mt. Kailash and the religious Hindu background has made Himalayan Glacier Trekking, LTD, one of the top companies in Nepal today. She assists in North American Travelers journey to the Himalayas!
“Mountains are where I sense my religion, where I find Peace. In the Mountains, I think about the past and dream of the future. In the Mountains, I celebrate Life” Lina Patel
Nisha A. Patel, Cincinnati, Ohio
Parents: Arvind and Sangita Patel
At age 26, Nisha recently completed her journey to holy Mount Kailash, and Lake Mansarovar. She shares her story with Leuvas across the country…Congratulations to Nisha!
12 days, 19,500 Feet, and 32 miles later…
I decided to embark on the Mount Kailash/Lake Mansarovar Yatra in May of 2010 after graduating from law school. I envisioned it being a great release after sitting for the Illinois Bar Exam at the end of July. Yatra means a Hindu pilgrimage to a Holy place associated with Hindu epics such as the Mahabharata and Ramayana. According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati reside at the summit of Mt. Kailash. Lake Mansarovar, sitting at almost 15,000 feet above sea level as the highest fresh water lake is a symbol of purity. In the Hindu religion, it is believed that one who drinks from the Lake will go to the bode of Lord Shiva after death and one who baths in the Lake will be cleansed of all his sins committed over a hundred life times. The following is a brief account of my three-day trek around Mt. Kailash.