A journey into Tibet - Kailash Manasa Sarovar
1. A journey into Tibet - At Kathmandu
2. A journey into Tibet – Mountain flight
3. A journey into Tibet - Manakamana
4. A journey into Tibet - Kathmandu to Nyalam Mu
5. A journey into Tibet - Rest day at Nyalam Mu
6. A journey into Tibet - Nyalam Mu to Zhongba
7. A journey into Tibet - Zhongba to Manasa Sarovar
8. A journey into Tibet - Manasa Sarovar, Darchen and Ashtapad
9. A journey into Tibet – Kailash parikrama from Darchen to Derapuk
10. A journey into Tibet – Kailash parikrama from Derapuk to Zutulpuk
11. A journey into Tibet – Kailash parikrama from Zutulpuk to Darchen and back to Zhongpo
We started from
Zhongpo at 6:30AM. It was still dark but
Sherpas had woken up early to prepare tea and breakfast. What better
hospitality we can ask for? Their service was unmatched and will be remembered
|A destroyed fort near Saga|
The town was
completely silent when we left Zhongpo. After about 2 hours of travel, we reach
the town of Saga. Here driver and guide decide to stop for breakfast while we
roam around the town. The town seems to be in construction and renovation mode.
I avoid taking photos as there are major military establishments. I think I
should mention some precautions to be taken by travelers in Tibet:
- Do not take photographs of military buildings,
army people, and immigration office and check posts. It will cause lot of
diplomatic issues and result in your deportation from China.
- Do not try to talk to Army or Police. It is not
- Do not talk sensitive issues about Tibet with
local people. Not even with Tibetans.
- Do not carry Tibetan flags, books related to
Dalai Lama or Tibet independence. If you are lucky, you will be sent back by
- Keep passport with you. It will be checked at
after Saga was uneventful. At one place, driver stops the vehicle to take bath
at a stream close by.
|Our guide at Paiku Tso|
changed after we cross Nyalam Mu. It was raining heavily on the other side of Tibet.
As brown mountains give way to green ones, rains lash heavily. What a striking
difference in the matter of few minutes!! My dream of taking snaps of
waterfalls during return journey had to be abandoned as fog covers the area.
At a check
post, Police with an emotionless face comes near our vehicle to inspect. He
takes our passport and opens them up in that heavy rain unmindful of the fact
that they get wet (he is wearing raincoat). Our heart beats fast looking at the
way he treats our passport. Unable to contain our anxiety, we ask him to come
inside the vehicle and check so that the passports do not get wet. He stares at
us and reluctantly comes in.
It was still
raining heavily when we enter Chinese immigration Office. While our guide does
the formality of group visa break, we stand silently in the immigration office.
Guide returns back and we proceed towards immigration. Now I get a chance to
see the drama in immigration office because while entering I was at the end of
the queue and missed lot of actions!! The guide goes towards an Officer and
gives the documents. Lot of “chin chau chu” chat happens between them. Officer
seems to be unhappy. Guide gives more documents. Repeat of “chin chau chu”. This
repeats for some time and at some point Officer seems to be satisfied and asks
us to proceed further. By then there is a big queue of local people behind the
main immigration counter. The Officer asks us to directly go to the front of
the queue. When locals object, Officer tells them that we are “Passport people”
(Locals on both side just carry ID cards).
On the other
side, there is a huge crowd of pilgrims trying to enter Tibet. People were
standing on the friendship bridge. It is raining heavily but people have to
stand in the queue. It was tough.
immigration is cakewalk. Guide takes care of that. During that time we have
lunch at a restaurant. The journey now is relaxed. Though we are in Nepal, we
experience Home coming.
that I had missed during onward journey.
On the way
back, we see a bungy jumping spot on Bothe Kosi River. Known to be one of the
best bungy jumping spot in Asia, It was fun watching people perform the act. It
would have been more fun if I had done it!! But that has to wait!!
Can you think
what the first thing I did in Kathmandu was? Took bath!!!!
trip of my life ends!! Let me tell you, it was not an easy job. The
preparation, effort and money put for this trip was enormous. One has to be
either religious or adventurous to undertake this trip. My suggestion is to
visit when you are fit and healthy. Do not postpone to the last part of the
life. There are many other places to visit during those old ages!! If time and
fitness permit, try Indian route. I hear that it is different experience.
And go as soon as possible. With Tibet opening up, lots of changes are taking place. If there are no disturbances in Tibet, I am sure that the facilities improve dramatically making this trip very easy and simple. Signs of road construction are visible in the parikrama of Kailash. When Chinese can build road to Everest base camp, it is not a big deal to tame Dolma La. The remoteness of the place is decreasing!!