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August 30, 2009

My Experiences of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

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OM NAMAH SHIVAY!!!

I am very happy to start my blog with the experiences of Kailash Mansarovar yatra, which I took recently. I went through Govt. of India route in 9th batch (16 July to 15 August) 2009. You can get details of the yatra @ http://www.mea.gov.in on the right side menu check “kailash Mansarovar Yatra”

Following are the day wise experiences, which I wrote daily during my yatra. So putting in the same wording without any censorship.

Mumbai to Delhi (15th July 2009)

Started from Mumbai with heavy rains. Meru cab was late 15 mins. Flight was also late 30 mins. Reached Delhi @ 4.30pm. Took pre-paid taxi, reached Gujarat Samaj Sadan @6.00pm. Was welcomed by our Liaison Officer (LO) Mr. Hemender Kumar Gupta. After entering the room, I meet one person from Bengal. He was very emotional and said to me that I am of same age of his son. On that day, I was the youngest guy with age 33. Oldest was 72 years old from Gujarat. Whole evening went in getting to know each other. In evening Ms. Deep gave tips of yoga for the next day medical test. Mr. Uday Kaushikji gave spiritual guidance to all. We had dinner hosted by Mr. Uday Kaushikji.

Slept with some tension (not much), of getting up early in morning for medical test.

Delhi – Day 1 (16 July)

Wake up early @ 5.00am. Reached @ Delhi Heart and Lung Institute @ 7.30am. We meet Mr. Mudgalji, who was taking his yatra for 6th time. Medical started @ about 8.30am. First filled a form, then passport checkup at Medical counter. Deposited Rs. 2150/ – for checkup, then went to KVMN counter where they took our passports and RS. 400/- for china visa fees. Then started medical tests. My tests were over @ about 1.30pm. We had a presentation @ 2.00pm by a senior Doctor for “High Altitude Sickness” awareness. Had lunch hosted by Hospital. We left at about 4.30pm, as there were still medical tests pending for some yatris.

Reached @ 5.00pm in Gujarat Samaj Sadan, has some rest for 1 hrs. In evening we went to Chandni Chowk by Delhi Metro. Its good one. (Compared to Mumbai locals :)). I never did any shopping. In evening, 4th batch yatris returned to Delhi. We meet people from that batch staying in adjacent room. There was one blind Sardarji. His helper was a Parsi. Also meet a Man 80 years old (yes, 80 years) from Thane. He said he was only Maharashatrian in that batch.

About my Batch mates

Already wrote about Mr. Mudgalji. He shared a lot of tips to people. Mr. Patel is doing his 3rd yatra and 3 members were taking their 2nd yatra. Rest all were first timers. We also meet Mr. Punnet Mudgal (aged 21 years). He became our youngest team member in the batch.

As usual there were lots of Gujarati yatris. They form their group [:))]. They were largest in the group, and then there was Maharashatrian group. Mr. Sharad Chimoteji originally a Marathi, settled in Chattisgad, one Mr. Sanjay Salunke was from Jalgaon. One Lady from Jalgaon. Ms. Joshi from Mulund. Mr. Khare from Kalyan.

Delhi – Day 2 (17 July)

Wakeup @5.00am. Had tea. Everybody is thinking about today’s medical decisions. Let’s see. We left in the morning for medical checkup results at ITBP. Unfortunately we started without taking one yatri. Even though we (4 of us) informed to out LO that one member is missing, he never stopped the bus. God knows why he never stopped the bus, as he was the leader of the group and people has all ready informed missing person just before start of the bus.

After reaching, we were briefed by one of the officers @ ITBP. The results were declared at 1.30om. Everybody got selected except one uncle from Mysore. His wife got selected. She did the yatra in 2001 alone. The uncle got bypass in 1998. Doctor rejected only because of that else all medical reports were ok for him.

Then there was lunch & briefing by Kailash- Mansarovar Samiti. They gave us all ration for 9 days of yatra in China as well as all medical drugs for the yatris. Every briefing, they told us not to fight among ourselves. I can see lot of differences in our members. Few Guajarati want fafada, Dhokala in breakfast. Few want half plate fafada and half plate poha. I guess even though, we came for yatra, they were behaving like came for picnic/vacation. All Guajarati formed there group as usual.

We went to Chandni Chowk again. I bought cold cream, pudin hara and plastic sheets.

My Suggestion/Observation:

Do not depend on any shopping in Delhi. As we do not know where you will get the things that you want. Plastic sheets and nylon rope were so much at my Borivali station side. I forgot the same. So do not depend on “ANY” shopping in Delhi. As all days are very busy here as some samithi will facilitate you, brief you and travel takes lot of time. You don’t know when the day ends.

Delhi- Day 3 (18 July)

Wake up @ 500am. We will go to today @ MEA for submission of drafts and indemnity bond. In the evening we have to go to Delhi’s chief minister Ms. Sheela Dixit’s residence for dinner. Let’s see. In the MEA, we were briefed by MEA person and KVMN person as well. In evening Sheelaji gave rucksack to all yatris. The rucksack contains a raincoat, a torch, a windcheater. One box of puja samagri.

We did packing in the night. The seen in the guest house was to see, as everybody in the room has placed their luggage and everybody were packing the bags. I was in luggage committee, so we loaded all yatris luggage in the truck @ 1.00am and then went for sleep.

Briefing @ MEA

Day 1 Delhi to Almora (19 July)

Wakeup @ 4.00am. We started @ 6.00am to go to Almora. Toyota Innova was to transport. We did our breakfast @ Ghaziabad. Some Samiti again facilitate us. After reaching @ Khatgodham, had lunch in KVMN guest house. From Khatgodham, the road is zik-zak type. Almost 1-2 yatris in 7 Innova (5 yatris each) had problem of omitting due to road. We reached @ Almora at about 7.00pm.

I had hot water bath. Then we four (self, Sharad Uncle, Joshiji, and Dada) went to local market. KVMN guest house is really good one. We sleep @ 10.30pm. Had a very sound sleep today.

Location : Almora
Facility : 2/3/4 bedrooms hotel
Charging facility : Light was available all night.

Starting to Almora

Day2 Almora to Darchula (20 July)

Again started using Innova. Had breakfast. Then we had lunch @ KVMN hotel @ Pitthoragad. We reached @ Mirthi, where ITBP persons welcomed us. There we had very good snacks. Mr.Nimbadiya briefed us of the conditions and precautions to be taken during yatra.

We reached Darchula @ around 6.25pm. Self and Joshi shared the room. There is a bridge which divides Nepal and India for communication, which closes @ 7.00pm every day. So immediately we headed to Nepal, crossed the bridge and entered in Nepal. We roamed about 15-20 mins and then came back to India @ guest house. We had Dinner and our LO started asking for Porters and ponies to decide. Initially I was not intended in both, but all yatris pressures make me feel to taking at least a Porter. Again we had packing, so I pack my sack and have few clothes.

We did weighing of all yatris luggage @ around 10.00pm.

Location : Darchula
Facility : 4 bedrooms hotel
Charging facility: Light was available all night.

Welcoming @ Mirthi By ITBP

Welcoming @ Mirthi By ITBP

Yatra Route

Me @ Darchula. Opposite is Nepal.

Me @ Darchula. Opposite is Nepal.

Day3 Darchula to Pangla (21 July)

Wakeup @4.00am. We left the hotel at 6.30am after breakfast. They gave us packets of for lunch (puri + bhaji). We started @ “zero point” @ 7.00am. I had a porter named “Hira Singh”. We reached at Pangla stop @ 10.00am. 3hrs total trek today. Then we went to the guest house by jeep. Reached @ guest house @ 12.00. All yatris came around 2.00pm. Has lunch when the last batch came here.

Did full day rest at house. Had sleep about 2 hrs. Walk in evening. Had a talk @ home with mother. Food is pretty decent, starting with soup. Dinner consists of Dal, Kali Dal, Bhendi, chawal khir which was pretty tasty.

Location :Pangla
Facility :This is an alternative arrangement for stay. KVMN has taken few rooms in a building. All sleeping is on floor. Bathroom and Toilets are pretty primary. Take odomos with you. You might need it only at this place.
Charging facility : Not much light. Just ½ to 1 hrs.

Me @ Arvindji @ Zero Point Tavaghat

Me @ Arvindji @ Zero Point Tavaghat

(L to R) My Porter Hira Singh, Arvindji’s Porter Narendra

(L to R) My Porter Hira Singh, Arvindji’s Porter Narendra

Day4 Pangla to Gala (22 July)

Wake up @ 4.00am. We started @ 6.00am. Reached to a place by jeep, to start walking. Started trekking @ 6.30 am. We reached Gala @ 10.00am. At this place people got ponies, which went for ponies for yatra.

Did daring to have cold water bath today after Darchula. Cold water bath was fascinating. Chanted “Shri Swami Samartha” and pour water on head. Had prayer today in a small Shiva temple adjacent to our rooms. Had lunch of louki, dal, rice, rooti and chaas.

I had chaas today let’s see. I avoided chaas and curd in the journey, as I get cold every time I eat curd or drink chaas. In evening, I got running cold. Has a tablet by doctor, as not able to find my Citrizine. Had dinner @ 8.50pm.

Location : Gala
Facility : Good constructed rooms, accommodating 7-8 yatris each. 3-4 fabricated rooms as well.
Charging facility : Not much light. Just ½ to 1 hrs.

Canteen facility @ Pangla

Canteen facility @ Pangla

En-route to Gala

En-route to Gala

En-route to Gala

En-route to Gala

En-route to Gala

En-route to Gala

Me with ITBP Persons

Me with ITBP Persons

Arvindji @ Gala camp

Arvindji @ Gala camp

Day5 Gala to Budhi (23 July)

Wake up @ 3.30am, started @ 4.50am. Today was 21km trek. Reached Lakhanpur @ 8.50am. Had breakfast of puri and bhaji and tea. Started from Lakhanpur @ 9.20am. Reached Malpa @ 10.30 am. Had lunch as well. Started @ 11.00am. We reached @ 12.00 to a point. We had tea by ITBP team. Reached KVMN guest house of budhi @ 1.00pm.

Today almost 8hrs trek. Did bath with hot water. Did puja today. Had rest for whole day. Our luggage never arrive today. It came in the evening @ 5.00pm. Had dinner and sleep @ 9.50pm.

Location : Budhi
Facility : Good constructed rooms, accommodating 7-8 yatris each. 3-4 fabricated rooms.
Charging facility : Not much light. Just ½ to 1 hrs.

From this temple, 4444 steps starts to Budhi

From this temple, 4444 steps starts to Budhi

Malpa

Malpa

Malpa

Malpa

Day6 Budhi to Gunji (24 July)

Wake up @ 3.30am. Started @ 5.10am. Today was 18km trek. We reached @ 6.30am Chiyalekh, where we had breakfast. From this point we have a site of “Annapurna” mountain. It is said that this is highest peak in India. We had checking by ITBP for further trekking. They checked our passports. We had another passport checking by ITBP @ Garbhayang. They offered tea, water, and wafers as usual. ITBP people are really charming, always welcome us with smile. At Garbhayang, we never did lunch as we reached their @ 9.00am morning. Gunji was 5km away from this point. We started with 8 jawans escorting us, as the group was very away. I and my partner Mr. Arvind Joshiji reached @ Gunji @ 12.20pm in afternoon. Had rest till 4.00pm. Our luggage never reached @ post. I have a small Blister on my right leg finger. We went to ITBP section; the doctor took the puss from the blister. Hope the yatra is good from my legs point of view. I had small irritation on my left leg as well. Praying lord Shiva to have yatra completed successfully and with good darshan. Let’s see. We have a medical test tomorrow morning. I have indigestion, having gas problem because of that.

In evening, we did puja @ITBP temple with Bhajans from them as well as from us. Did dinner @ 9.00pm. I had only 1 roti due to indigestion.

Location : Gunji
Facility : Good constructed rooms, accommodating 7-8 yatris each. 3-4 fabricated rooms.
Charging facility : Not much light. Just ½ to 1 hrs.

Sharad Uncle, Puneet and Meenaben

Sharad Uncle, Puneet and Meenaben

Annapurna Mountain from Chiyalekh

Annapurna Mountain from Chiyalekh

(on 21 Jan 2012) Please check latest comments from Dr. Sushanta Roy-Choudhury

Day7 Gunji Halt (25 July)

Wakeup @6.00am, somewhat late in the yatra context. Had hot water bath. Had breakfast @ 8.00am. We assemble @ ITBP @ 8.30am. They briefed us about yatra route going forward and medical aspect as well. I had last medical checkup @ 9.10am. The entire batch cleared the test. We had lunch @ about 12.20pm. I washed few clothes. Did packing again of bags.

Had rest today. Slept in the afternoon. In evening went for puja in ITBP Mandir. Had dinner @ 9.00pm.

Annapurna Mountain from Gunji camp

Annapurna Mountain from Gunji camp

Annapurna Mountain from Gunji camp

Annapurna Mountain from Gunji camp

(on 21 Jan 2012) Please check latest comments from Dr. Sushanta Roy-Choudhury

Day8 Gunji to Kalapani (26 July)

Wakeup @5.30am. Had tea and breakfast @ 7.00am. We had prayer in the mandir. Started @ 7.40am. Reached one ITBP camp @ 9.00am. They served us tea, wafers as usual. We stopped at the camp for about half an hour as ITBP never allowed us to move earlier. They are 20 ITBP people escorting us till Lipulekh Pass, so we need to move as per their schedule. Reached Kalapani @ 10.20am. Before reaching there, there is source of hot spring water; we will go in the afternoon. There we saw Nag and Nagin Parvat. Today is Nagpanchami as well. Hopefully I will capture Nag and Nagin parvat in evening or tomorrow morning.

This place is rented by Nepal Govt. This place comes under Nepal Govt. we have taken it as rent on replacement of new land. This place is the origin of Kali River. This place also has “Vyas Gupha”, where Vyas Muni has stayed and written various religious books.

Location: Kalapani
Facility: Well fabricated rooms, accommodating 7-8 yatris each.
Charging facility: Not much light. Just ½ to 1 hrs.

En-route to Kalapani, ITBP Persons serving us tea, water, Potato wafers

En-route to Kalapani, ITBP Persons serving us tea, water, Potato wafers

Nag And Nagin Parvat @ Kalapani

Nag And Nagin Parvat @ Kalapani

Day9 Kalapani to Nabhidang (27 July)

Wakeup @ 5.00am. We started @ 7.05am. Reached Nabhidang @ 9.50 am. We saw “OM” Parvat from the guest house site. Tomorrow we need to leave @ about 2.0am in morning, as we never took any ponies. The people with ponies will leave around 3.00am.

Location: Nabhidang
Facility: Well fabricated rooms, accommodating 7-8 yatris each.
Charging facility: Not much light. Just 1 to 2 hrs.

OM Parvat

OM Parvat

OM Parvat

OM Parvat

Day10 Nabhidang to Taklakot (29 July)

Wakeup @ 2.00am. Left @ 3.00am. It was dark in the morning. We need to reach Lipulekh Pass. It is the testing trek of yatra. We reached at 6.30am. The last 5km was very much testing of trekking. The Chinese side people never came on time, so we have to wait. The temperature was lowering and wind was very heavy. Everybody was shivering. They came @ 7.45 am. We walked 5km after entering Chinese side. Then they took us in a bus to reach Taklakot. In one building they did our medical test and luggage scan again. We were allocated a room 106 with Joshiji. Sharad uncle and Dada were in 104, next to our room. China clock is 2.30hrs ahead if us, so need to adjust the clock +2.30 hrs. We did our dinner @ 8.00pm. Did some roaming in the market nearby. I will never use porter or pony for the parikrama. Let’s see.

Location: Taklakot
Facility: Good 2 bed-room hotel rooms. 24 hrs hot water facility.
Charging facility: 24 hrs light.

Day11 Taklakot rest day (29 July)

Wakeup @ 8.00am. Ready @ 9.00am. Had breakfast @ 9.00am. Breakfast consists of Chinese bread, fried bread, fried peanuts, Jam and tea. We gave $900 for yatra and conversion to Yuan ($701 yatra fees + $4 for common fund + $195 for Yuan conversion). Had lunch @ 2.00pm. Lunch consists of rice, bringle and aloo. We have to eat rice with sabji only. We roam around the market today. Had hot water bath. It seems now onwards, for 9 days, nobody will have bath with few exceptions. Tomorrow we will go to Darchen by bus. It seems we can get darshan of Lord Kailash from guest house. From Darchen will start the 3 day Kailash Parikrama.

Bought a Hat from market for 30 Yuan as mine is kept by the porter@ Lipulekh Pass. Also bought chocolates ½ kg for 8 Yuan. Did call @ home today for 3 Yuan. Slept after lunch and then went to market again. Did dinner @ 8.00pm with rice, cabbage and flower sabji. Did all packing again for parikrama, tomorrow will wake up @ 6.00am.

Day12 Taklakot to Darchen (30 July)

We started @ 9.00am after having breakfast @ 8.00am. Now we started by bus. In between route, as we are small group and firstly going to kailash parikrama, en-route we halted at Mansarovar. Few yatris did a bath. I never did, just sprinkle some water on the body. We reached Darchen @ 12.00. Had some rest. The toilets and urinals are pathetic. Though they are build, nobody will use them. Before Darchen we did saw Rakshash Tal, where Ravan worshipped Lord Shiva. We went down and tested the water. At Rakshash Tal, you can see the Gurula Mandata Mountain ranges. Gurula Mandata Mountain is 1000m higher than Mount kailash.

After reaching, we used the guide and got the land cruisers for Asthapad, were we can see the grand view of Lord Kailash. They took 500 Yuan per land cruiser. Jain swami Shri Rishabh Dev did Tapascharya on this location. He went 7 steps on a mountain, on the last step (8th step), he vanished. There is a monument (Mandir like), where his chappals were found.

Our Dada got physically strained. His heartbeat was very fast. That’s why never came to Asthapad. The doctor came and said he has to go back to Taklakot. The Van was hired for 1500 Yuan. Everybody was very emotional for return of dada.

(on 21 Jan 2012) Please check latest comments from Dr. Sushanta Roy-Choudhury

Rakshash Tal

Rakshash Tal

Rakshash Tal

Rakshash Tal

(L to R) Ashtapad, Kailash and Nandi like Mountain

(L to R) Ashtapad, Kailash and Nandi like Mountain

Shri RishabhDev Mounment

Shri RishabhDev Mounment

Kailash View from Ashtapad

Kailash View from Ashtapad

Kailash View from Ashtapad

Kailash View from Ashtapad

Kailash View from Ashtapad

Kailash View from Ashtapad

Kailash View from Ashtapad

Kailash View from Ashtapad

Gurula Mandata Mountain ranges

Gurula Mandata Mountain ranges

Kailash from Darchen Camp

Kailash from Darchen Camp

Kailash from Darchen Camp

Kailash from Darchen Camp

Kailash from Darchen Camp

Kailash from Darchen Camp

Day13 – Parikrama Day 1 (31 July)

We started from Darchen went to “Yama Dwar”. It is said that “Yama”, lord of death comes from this gate to take life of a person. We did pradakshina for 3 times on Yamadwar. 3Km from Yamadwar, the bus took us to a place where ponies and porters were available. From this point the parikrama started.

I with joshiji and Mayank started @ 11.30am for parikrama. We reached @ 2.30pm @ the Derapukh camp. After 15 mins rest, self and joshiji started to visit Charansparsha. This is the closest view of lord Kailash. We reached @ Charansparsha @ 4.00pm. In between that Arvind Joshiji lost his camera. We did puja on Charansparsha. I offered a silver bel, which I carried in the pouch. I touched the bel @ got it returned again, as I will do puja everyday of this bel. When we were returning, we told the yatris who started for Charansparsha, of our lost camera. My miracle Mayank found the camera. So at last Arvindji got his camera. In evening, saw some rain in the region, with heavy winds flowing. We did dinner and slept for day 2 of parikrama.

Location : Derapukh
Facility : Good 7-8 bed-room rooms.
Charging facility: No charging facility.

Yamadwar

Kailash Parikrama: Ganesha like mountain

Kailash Parikrama: Ganesha like mountain

Kailash Parikrama: one of the views of Kailash

Kailash Parikrama: one of the views of Kailash

Charansparsha View

Charansparsha View

Charansparsha View

Charansparsha View

Charansparsha View

Charansparsha View

Day14 Parikrama Day-2 (1 August)

We wakeup @6.00am. Did breakfast and tea. Today was the longest parikrama day and we needed to pass Dolma Pass. Today was 23 km trek. We started @ 7.30am. En-route we saw Gauri kund, were Parvati baths. We asked Arvindji’s porter to get the Gaurikund Jal. At Dolma Pass there is a place called Shiv-Shakti Sthal. After the Dolma Pass, there is all virgin land. We did 10-15 mins rest and started again @ 11.30am. It was a walk for 10-12 km. we reached @ Zongzerbu @ 2.20pm.

I and Arvindji were very tired today. Did some rest. Slept for 1 hrs. In night I took one combiflam for whole body pain .

Location: Zongzerbu
Facility: Good 7-8 bed-room rooms.
Charging facility: No charging facility.

Day-15 Parikrama Day-3 (2 August)

Wakeup @ 7.30am . Had very good sleep yesterday. We started @ 9.00am. Today was just 12km trek. 6km walk and 6 km by bus. It was very easy relatively to yesterday’s trek. We reached @ 10.30am for the bust stop kind of place. We waited for 1 hrs for the bus. The bus came @ 11.30am. We reached again @ Darchen camp @ 12.00.

People who were brave have a cold water bath (not me). Few went to a hotel nearby to have a hot water bath for 15-20 Yuan. I was not keen of having a bath J. Let’s see.

Never bath today. Has lunch @ 4.00pm. Slept for 1 hrs. Went to market in the evening. Here sunset is @ 9.00pm (yes 9.00pm). Had dinner @ 10.40 pm. Going to sleep.

Day16 Darchen to Trus Gho (Reaching to Mansarovar Day 1) (3 August)

Wake up @ 7.00am. Ready @ 8.30am with breakfast @ tea. Got the seat in the bus. We travelled about 4-5 hrs with 1 and ½ hrs break. It was boring. We reached @ Trus Gho camp @ 2.20pm. Took the room and luggage and went for a holy Dip in Mansarovar.

We were lucky. Sun was shining, so I also did a holy dip in Mansarovar. Today was “Shravani Somvar” – Monday of Shravan month. A good day to have holy dip in Mansarovar. (Anyways for me every day is a good day to have a holy dip in Mansarovar)

We will have a haven on 5th , which is Raksha Bandhan day. I did a Parayan after Dip @ my room of Shri Swami Samartha pothi. At least I was able to do so in the entire yatra. Hoping to have more parayan in the coming days. Let’s see.

Did roaming around Manas in evening. Was able to see very good views of Manas and Kailash and surroundings for 4-5 hrs. Had puja in Mudgalji’s room. The slept @ 11.30pm.

En-route to Mansarovar: Kailash View

En-route to Mansarovar: Kailash View

Mansarovar: Kailash view at Mansarovar

Mansarovar: Kailash view at Mansarovar

Day17 Mansarovar Halt- Day -2 (4 August)

Wake up @ 8.30am. Had good sleep yesterday. Had breakfast @ 11.15am with Aloo paratha. While people did holy dip today, I never did that. Meanwhile I searched for few stones, which has OM, Ganapati or Shiva lingam. Had lunch and few hrs rest today.

Yesterday few yatris wakeup @ 3.00am china time and went to Manas, as it is said that “Dev and Devdoots” comes to have a Dip .They waited for 3 hrs and at about 4.30am, they saw few figures coming down to Manas and then disappeared. They also saw 30-40 stars coming down in Manas. For start they counted 1, 2…and then within a few seconds there were lots of stars coming down in Manas. So they stopped counting. Today we will try to see this phenomena on Brahma Muhurat which starts @ 4.00am. Let’s see.

Has some rest in afternoon. In evening I went to Manas and did some Jap. Had puja @ dinner and then slept @ 11.30pm.

Day18 Mansarovar halt @ Trus Gho Day-2 (5 August)

Wakeup @4.00am and went directly to Manas. Waited for 2 hrs in the shade of a Monastery nearby. There is only one Monastery called Trus Gho Monastery.

Did saw few lamp like lights on Manas water. Don’t know that was Devatma or punyatma. We never had breakfast today, as we have a Havan today.

All took a holy dip in Manas @ 12.15pm. We had a Havan performed by Mr. Mudgalji. Everybody was satisfied with the havan. Mr. Mudgalji performed the puja pretty well.

I did puja of the silver bels which I took from home and one Eakmukhi Rudraksha and a gold ring. After puja we write OM on the Manas Jal bottles of yatris.

After puja, I did a parayan of Shri Swami Samartha pothi. Today’s day was very auspicious as

  1. Raksha Bandhan i.e. Poornima
  2. Had a automatic fast
  3. Did a parayan @ Manas with Poornima
  4. Did a haven @ Manas

I collected 4liters of Manas Thirtha. 2 ltrs in mine bottle and I bottle borrowed from Sharad uncle.

Has lunch/dinner @ 6.00pm. I will not have dinner today. Today plan has changed, rather than going to Chi ho tomorrow in afternoon, in morning we will leave for Taklakot .Tomorrow in Taklakot they have Tibet national day celebrations starting this year. So this will be first celebration. We will reach by staying ½ hrs @ Chi ho and then will go to Taklakot and participate in the celebrations.

Taking Holy Dip @ Mansarovar

Taking Holy Dip @ Mansarovar

Kailash and Mansarovar

Kailash and Mansarovar

Kailash and Mansarovar

Kailash and Mansarovar

Raksha Bandhan Poornima @ Mansarovar

Raksha Bandhan Poornima @ Mansarovar

Sunset @ Mansarovar

Sunset @ Mansarovar

Day19 to Taklakot (6 August)

Wakeup @ 6.00am. Left @7.15 am. In the journey we took the last look @ Manas. Then reached Taklakot @ 10.30am. After room allotment in Taklakot, we headed to the cultural program. Was there for about an hrs. Was bored as we did not understand Tibetan language. Was very hungry, so bought biscuits and eat with Sharad uncle. Unloaded the luggage from the bus. Now will go for a hot water bath.

Did hot water bath today. Felt really nice to bath with hot water, soap and shampoo. Had lunch, which consists of Aloo and roti @ 2.45pm. Fed up of Aloo, flower, cabbage now.

En-route to Taklakot, we visited the Samadhi of “Zorab Singh”, who was the Senapati of Maharaja of Kashmir.

We did roaming around the market again as there is no other place to visit. Did sleep for ½ hrs today. Never got good sleep in afternoon. Almost all shops were closed today due to Festival. That’s why never call @ home. Will do it tomorrow. Tomorrow we will go to “Khojarnath” temple. This temple is 700-800 years old.

Mayank and few yatris made pakodas today for dinner. We have very good dinner of pakodas and rice.

Sunrise @ Mansarovar @ Chi ho

Sunrise @ Mansarovar @ Chi ho

Sunrise @ Mansarovar @ Chi ho

Sunrise @ Mansarovar @ Chi ho

Zorab Singh Samadhi

Cultural Program @ Taklakot

Cultural Program @ Taklakot

Cultural Program @ Taklakot

Cultural Program @ Taklakot

Day20 Taklakot rest day-2 (7 August)

Wakeup @8.00am. Ready @ 10.00am. Had breakfast. We went to Khojarnath temple. This temple is of Shri Ram, Lakshaman and Sita. Very ancient.

Had lunch. Then did washing of 2-3 clothes. Will wash 2-3 clothes again in evening or tomorrow.

Did call to Mumbai home. Had some rest in afternoon. Went to market again, as no choice. Had dinner. Went for shopping in evening. Had a talk with pallavi today.

Day21 Taklakot Rest Day-3 (8 August)

Wakeup @ 8.00am. Had breakfast @ 9.00a. Then went to hot water shower in hotel. Washed 2 clothes. Did some packing before going to bath. Packaged all Manas Jal water bottles in the rucksack.

Went for shopping again in market for Arvindji. After lunch did some rest. @ 5.30pm Guru, our guide in china came and announced for luggage collection in ½ hrs. I was safe in luggage, as I did my packing in the morning. Just did tie the rope on the luggage with help from Sharad Uncle and Arvindji as usual.

Sharad uncle and Arvindji helped me packing my luggage throughout the yatra. Had dinner @ 8.0pm. Went for some roaming around after dinner.

Sharad Uncle and Arvindji @ Khojarnath Temple

Jay and Viru of our Batch

(L to R) Shri Dhiru bhai – 68 years old, Shri Ramji bhai – 72 years old- oldest member

Day 22 Taklakot to Kalapani Via Lipulekh and Nabhidang (9 August)

Wake up @ 5.00am. Did breakfast @ 6.00am. Left hotel @ 7.00am. Went to customs dept in Taklakot. Again checked our handbags by the authorities. Few luggages again required opening and showing to authority.

We reached @ Lipulekh @ chine side. They gave the passport back to us. Then we climb the pass through jeep. Before reaching to pass, about ½ km, they drop us. From then, we started waking to Lipulekh. I was first to reach the Lipulekh Pass and enter in India side @ 9.15am chine time i.e. 6.45 IST.

I and Arvindji reached Nabhidang @ 8.00am. We halted @ Nabhidang, as there was lunch @ 10.30am. We did darshan of OM Parvat again. Has good lunch after very long time in china. So everybody was happy with lunch. Food was very good. Menu was kadhi, aloo methi dry, dahi raita and muttor.

We started from Nabhidang @ 11.15am to kalapani. I slow down and did some photography. Don’t know, I again will come to this site or not, as getting 30days vacation every year is something not possible in a private firm. We reached @ 1.15pm @ kalapani.

Had rest in afternoon, but never had sleep. Went to kalapani Mandir @ 6.00om for puja..

Today ITBP people hosted dinner for us, after puja, we had a good dinner near the temple. Dinner consists of Rajma, Soyabin, boondi raita, puri and chawal.

Kalapani Temple: Origin of Kali River

Kalapani Temple: Origin of Kali River

Vyas Gupha @ Kalapani

Vyas Gupha @ Kalapani

Day23 Kalapani to Gunji – 9 km (10 August)

Wakeup @ 5.30am. Ready @ 7.00am. Had breakfast. Went to kalapani Mandir. Had prayer and then started @ 7.50am. Reached @ Gunji @ 10.20am. Now whole day rest. I never bathed today. People did bath. Did lunch @ 12.30pm. Had good 2 1/2 hrs sleep in afternoon. Wake up @ 3.30pm. Went to puja @ ITBP Mandir. Had dinner and slept @ 10.00pm.

Day24 Gunji to Budhi – 18Km (11 August)

Wakeup @ 5.00am. Ready @ 6.30am. Had breakfast. Started @ 6.45am. Reached first ITBP halt @ 8.00am. Reached Garbhayang @ 9.00am. Reached “Chiyalekh” @ 11.00am. Reached Budhi @ 12.00pm.

Mudgalji was saying, in this region, there is a rain in afternoon, so always start early and reach Budhi. As said by Mudgalji, there was heavy rains and wind @ 3.00pm. Rain stopped at about 4.00pm. Our 4 yatris was in the rain.

Had puja in evening and dinner @ 8.00pm. As was very tired, slept quickly @ about 8.30pm.

Day24 Budhi to Pangla (about 24 km) (12 August)

Started @ 4.55am. Reached “Lamari” @ 6.00am. Then reached “Malpa” @ 7.15am. Had breakfast for about 10 mins. Started again @ 7.25am. Reached “Lakhanpur” @ about 8.30am. Started the climb of 4444 steps. This was very treacherous and tiring as sun was over the head and the heat was very heavy even @ 8.30 am in morning. Reached @ the top @ about 10.10am.

Before reaching the top, I had cramps on both thighs. So took some 10-15 mins rest in a hotel @ the top. Had Fanta and again started. Reached Pangla @ 11.30am. Rajeshji reached first @ the site @ about 10.45am.

I rested @ the camp before reaching to Pangla. Had water @ the KVMN camp before reaching the site. Had lunch @ 12.00am. Started again @ 1.00pm. After ½ hrs we reached the place (Mangti Nala) where we took jeep to reach Pangla guest house, which was about 4km from the camp.

Today’s trek was very tiring and exhaustive, in the whole yatra for me. As we started @ 5am and after walking for 3 and ½ hrs, @ 8.30 am started to climb 4444 steps and after reaching the top again there was steps to decent to reach Pangla lunch camp site.

Shiva Temple @ Pangla

Shiva Temple @ Pangla

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Day25 Pangla to Didihat via Darchula (13 August)

Wakeup @ 4.00am. Started @ 5.00am by jeep from Pangla. Reached @ Tavaghat base @ 6.00am. Started climbing Tavaghat @ 6.15 am. Reached other side of Tavaghat @ 8.15am. After reaching the guide was saying to wait got other yatris but I and Rajeshji started with private jeep to Darchula. In the road, there was landslide so left the first jeep @ the landslide and then again took the jeep after crossing the landslide. We reached @ 9.30am @ KVMN guest house @ Darchula. Had cold water bath. Later all yatris came @ about 11.00am. We had lunch @ 12.20pm. We packaged our luggage, which we will get directly @ Delhi.

We started from Darchula to Didihat @ 2.10pm. On the road, there were 2 landslides, so we waited on the road to clear the debris. We reached @ “Mirthi” where we were greeted by ITBP staff. They briefed us as well as there were snacks and thanks giving. We got a group photo each. We reached @ Didihat @ 7.10pm. Had dinner @ 8.15 am

Day 26 Didihat to Jageshwar via Patal Bhuvaneshwar (14 August)

Wakeup @ 5.00am. Ready @ 6.30am. Had breakfast @ 7.00am. Aloo Paratha and curd was the menu. Had good breakfast. Started from Didihat @ 7.50am. Reached @ “Patal Bhuvaneshwar” @ 11.00am. The temple is in the “Patal”, it’s a Gufha under the ground, all natural. Worth to see. The entrance is very difficult, to decent from the steps, there are ropes on both sides to get into the gufha. After entering the gufha, we can experience the lack of oxygen in the temple.

All said, it’s a worth a visit. Had lunch @ the temple site. Started from Patal Bhuvaneshwar @ 2.10pm. Reached Jageshwar @ 6.10pm. After fresh up, went to Jageshwar temple. It’s an ancient temple. Worth to see as well. Had dinner @ 8.00pm.

Jageshwar Temple

Jageshwar Temple

Day 27 Jageshwar to Delhi (15 August)

Started @ 5.15 am. Had lunch @ KhatGodham @ 10.30 am. Here our LO distributed the certificates of Govt of India for successful completion of Yatra. We reached Delhi @ 6.00pm, after taking 2-3 stops for tea.

Following are the details of yatris for 9th batch 2009. (Not giving the full address purposefully)

No. Name & Address State
1 Hemender Kumar Gupta, Shimla Himachal Pradesh
2 Davindra kumar Mudgal, Delhi Delhi
3 Rakesh Kumar, Panchkula Haryana
4 Deepak Kumar, Panchkula Haryana
5 Amresh Rai Nandan, Balrampur UP
6 Sharad Chimote, Bilaspur Chattishgarh
7 Shobha Joshi, Mulund, Mumbai Maharashatra
8 Sanjay Salunke, Jalgaon Maharashatra
9 Sangita Bhavsar, Dhule Maharashatra
10 Om Prakash Sharma, Burhanur MP
11 Ratan Patidar, Dungarpur Rajashthan
12 Dhirajlal Bhutani, Joshipura, Junagadh Gujarat
13 Ramji Khunt, Mendard, Junagadh Gujarat
14 Madhukar Khare, kalyan, Thane Maharashatra
15 Dinesh Modi, Ankleshwar, Bharuch Gujarat
16 Sangita Modi, Ankleshwar, Bharuch Gujarat
17 Mukesh kumar Gedia, Ahmedabad Gujarat
18 Mayank Bhatt, Ahmedabad Gujarat
19 Dinesh kumar Patel, Ahmedabad Gujarat
20 Rasiklal Gadiya, Ahmedabad Gujarat
21 Yogesh kumar Patel, Ahmedabad Gujarat
22 Meenaben Patel, Ahmedabad Gujarat
23 Kanubhai Patel, Ahmedabad Gujarat
24 Daxaben Patel, Ahmedabad Gujarat
25 Laxmayya Upadrata, Pune Maharashatra
26 Arvind Joshi, Bhuj-Kutch Gujarat
27 Punnet Mudgal, Delhi Delhi
28 Chitra Khare, Pune Maharashatra
29 Ganesh Datt, Rewari Haryana
30 Ram kumar Gupta, Gwalior MP
31 Suman Gupta, Gwalior MP
32 Vimal Salunkhe, Jalgaon Maharashatra
33 Rajesh Porwal, Indore MP
34 Baba Gangaram Samadi, Jhun Jhun Rajasthan
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