My Spiritual Quest

My Spiritual Quest

Journey to Kailash Mansarovar has different meaning to different travelers. For devout Hindus and Buddhists this journey is the ultimate pilgrimage of lifetime. For me, this was a spiritual quest.
At an elevation of 21,778 ft holy Mt Kailash, in Tibet, is the eternal abode of Lord Shiva as described in Hindu mythology. Shiva sits there in a state of perpetual meditation. And for Buddhists Mt Kailash is revered as the navel of Universe.

It is believed that circumambulating 32 miles long path around Mt Kailash will bring good fortune. But setting foot on its slopes is a sin and that is the reason climbing Mt Kailash is not permitted, only circumambulation is permitted.

Trek to Mt Kailash takes place at sacred Mansarovar lake which is claimed to be the highest freshwater lake in the world at an elevation of more than 15,000 ft.Lake Manasarovar is personification of purity and one who drinks holy water from the lake will be cleansed of all sins.
My solo trek beyond Charan Sparsh, at an altitude of 18,000 ft, was very challenging. Stepping over each stone was so tricky that at one point I even thought of giving up on ascending further. Undecided, I stopped, took a deep breath, surrendered to Shiva and recharged myself with the thought that I was on the path to enlightenment so I have to keep moving.

This post is the summery take on my series of Kailash Mansarovar journey which comprises my experience on my spiritual journey

Sharing few glimpses of my Kailash Mansarovar journey in this short video.

Below are links of my series on Kailash Mansarovar journey.

56 Responses to My Spiritual Quest

  1. Your pictures are wonderful and very inspiring, how wonderful to be able to fulfil your spiritual journey in this way

  2. Medha says:

    I would do it because of the superb views! I love your pictures, have heard so much about this place but have never given it a serious enough thought to visit. Great post!

  3. Anna says:

    What a nice article of yours! 18.000 feet is seriously a good altitude, I climbed Annapurna Basecamp and already struggled with altitude sickness! Keep it up!

  4. Theresa says:

    It’s wonderful that you were able to do this. The photos paint a picture of how high and clear it is there.

  5. Tifanee says:

    These quests do mean different things to different people. They’re very personal and offer whatever enlightenment you seek if the journey is embraced. Glad you were above to get beyond Charan Sparsh and keep moving. I hope you got the experience you were looking for on your spiritual journey.

  6. Jem says:

    Beautiful photos and lovely views. Quests are very personal and each person will get something different out of them x

  7. lee says:

    Gosh that must have felt good, to head out on a journey not just physically. Fantastic pictures!

  8. Zara says:

    Thank you for sharing this is really interesting. I hope you found what you were looking for, you’ve definitely passed on your inspiration here to us. Good for you and not turning back :)

  9. Was it hard to do it on your own? It’s really inspiring – I don’t know if I would dare to do it!! Your pictures (and the video) are great. I’m glad you had a nice weather. Keep up your quest!

    • INDU says:

      Yes hard because weather was not good earlier and permission was cancelled to go beyond for security reasons. So hardest part was to get permission for solo.

  10. Mario says:

    Beautiful pictures Indu. I guess a journey is different for every person :) For me, I’d probably just climb a mountain because “it is there” šŸ˜€

  11. Such and awe inspiring experience Indu! Being Hindu as well, I admire your courage to take on this journey and I’m sure it was amazing! Your pictures of Mt. Kailash are beautiful!

  12. Jackie Uy says:

    What a great pictures, and I believe we should be more present emotionally and spiritually when traveling and that’s what u did enjoyed reading your blog:) keep writing:) thanks for sharing

  13. Bee says:

    I have heard of the magnificence of Mt Kailash. It is bound in so much myth, legend and spirituality. Besides being forbidden to climb for ethical purposes, is it also because it actually impossible to climb the mountain itself?

  14. Sindhu says:

    My parents are just back after their pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash and they haven’t stopped praising the beauty of the place ever since they have returned. I m impressed so much so that I m planning to do the trek next year. It was good to read your experience during the trek.

  15. What a great spirtual quest and well done for keeping going, it sounds like the journey was difficult but ultimately rewarding.

  16. Petya Miteva says:

    Really very spiritual place to be. Tibet and Nepal are on my bucket list and your time spent seems to be amazing. Blessing moments!

  17. Jay says:

    A little jealous that you were able to do this. Don’t think I’d be confident enough to attempt a solo trek at that altitude!

  18. WhodoIdo says:

    What an experience. Mt. Kailash is so beautiful and your pics are fantastic. Your spiritual journey is amazing.

  19. Carla says:

    Wonderful that you could do it by your own! It looks a little difficult but Iā€™m pretty sure it worths it!

  20. Em says:

    This is an amazing experience! The place is beautiful. I understand your spiritual journey, I hope you reached your goals :)

  21. Moimehr says:

    Honestly we have been seriously thinking about Mansarovar lately
    We plan on doing it in the coming years, soon. This is inspiring. Loved the pictures , nothing can come close to experiencing Mansarovar in flesh. It’s a courageous journey and totally worth it.

  22. Joanna says:

    What a beautiful experience you’ve had. It’s great that you didn’t give up and continued further until you’ve reached the final destination. I hope you managed to find what you were looking for by climbing this mountains.

  23. Gabby says:

    what an impressive trek you made! looks like a beautiful adventure

  24. Alex says:

    What a wonderful experience for you. I am not religious however appreciate that this must have been a very profound experience for you.

  25. Jas says:

    The views are definitely out of this world and worth every step of the trek. Good for you for not giving up and pushing through! Fun video/slideshow too!

  26. brittany says:

    i totally know how altitude can be difficult to navigate! I never knew a mount could be off limits. The context behind it makes sense though and it’s nice to know the story behind what it means to walk around the circumference of it.

  27. You seems to know what you are really doing, i cant stop coming to this website thanks

  28. Taryn says:

    Wow! I enjoy reading your posts, because each one is an adventure. I’ll bet climbing up and seeing that huge freshwater lake was fascinating!

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