Wondering how to go to Mansarovar from India?
There are 4 ways to reach Kailash Mansarovar from India.
By road from India
The Government of India organises tours to Lake Manasarovar. This is a 28-30 day trek but the disadvantage is that it has to be booked well in advance and there is no certainty that one can go despite being in physical shape, because the number of seats is limited and participants are chosen by a draw by MInistry of External Affairs, India. About 400 people make it from the 6000 that apply each year.
By air to Kathmandu & Road to Mansarovar
Go by air to Kathmandu from there by road to Lake Manasarovar at the base of Mount Kailash. One may fly to Kathmandu from Delhi, Varanasi, Kolkata & Mumbai. Banglore flight is suspended as of now. This has become the most popular route.
Helicopter tours of Kailash
For those who are short of time or cannot take the rigours of a grueling high altitude road journey. The tour uses fixed wing aircraft for the flight from Kathmandu to Nepalganj and from there to Simikot. From Simikot a helicopter flies to Hilsa. Landcruisers are then used to reach Manasarovar.
Tour via Lhasa
wherein one will fly to Kathmandu and then to Lhasa by China Air and from there one will visit various towns in Tibet like Shigatse, Gyantse, Lhatse, Prayang etc. and will reach Mansarovar. On the way back, there are three options :
- drive back to Lhasa and fly back to Kathmandu
- drive to Hilsa and fly via Helicopter and fixed wing aircraft to Kathmandu
- drive back to Kathmandu via Kodari Border (Friendship Bridge).