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All You Need to Know
Unlike visiting any other mountainous region in India for Indians, planning to do Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is not equally easier. This is because of the certain rules and guidelines to be followed to do the Yatra. Along with this, you will need to get the required permits and get your health condition checked to know if you are really eligible to make a visit to Kailash Mansarovar. While there are a number of guidelines to meet to become eligible for this Yatra, one restriction is made on the basis of the age of an individual.
Not everyone is eligible to visit the Holy place of Kailash Mansarovar, even though he can afford the journey. The age range of people who are allowed to go on this journey is between seven years and to a maximum of seventy years of age. You should also know that age is not the only factor that determines the eligibility of an individual to qualify for this Yatra. Your health condition also matters. To make the final decision of going for this Yatra, it is best to consult with a renowned tour operator in India.
Furthermore, this age and health restriction is made by the Ministry of external Affairs of India, and not by any other local authority.
If you have read about the physical and mental strength required to go for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, you must have reached to the conclusion that it is not easy. Even adults who are totally fit may find it difficult to climb up the mountains and stay there in uncertain weather conditions. In between all this, taking a child for this Yatra is no less than risking his life. In that sense, the age restriction to do this Yatra that is laid by the government is totally correct. A child of age less than seven is not allowed to do this Yatra, which is good for his own well-being.
If you see it from another perspective, a child alone cannot obviously apply for the Yatra, but with his parents or guardians. The internal organs of a child under the age of seven are still not strong as that of an adult to bear the harshness of this long journey to the mountains. Taking a child to do this journey also implies that even parents would not be able to enjoy the best part of this journey. They will be more interested in taking good care of their child. So, even in this sense, the age restriction holds valid.
This is nearly the same as in the case of a child. You may also have heard that a child and an old-age person is nearly equivalent in a number of ways. This statement is common and is true as well. If you consider this in terms of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, you will get to understand that it is not good for a person who has crossed his age of seventy to go for this journey. Neither it is possible in most cases and thus, nor allowed by the government. This is because, after a certain age, the ability of an individual to climb mountains and trek is nearly lost. His muscular strength does not allow him to go on a trek on the mountains, just to follow some religious beliefs. If done so, this would certainly cause a lot of problems to the caretaker of a senior person during the journey. Losing life while on Kailash Yatra is something no one would like to happen to him ever.
So, it is best for an individual to do the trek in the right age of adulthood, like in the twenties or thirties, or even till the late forties. It is generally riskier for old age people than these age categories, to go on a Kailash Yatra. However, you may find some exceptions of impressively fit old individuals in their late fifties, who have maintained their health just to be able to do Kailash Yatra once in their lifetime.
If an individual is old enough, but lies in the eligible age category for Kailash Yatra and is fit and healthy, the best way he can follow to fulfill his dream to do this Yatra is to apply for it along with one or more young members of his family. This will not only make the young individuals know well about the religious importance of Kailash Mansarovar but also give them an experience that they will cherish for the rest of their lives. Alongside, they will take good care of the senior member of their family they are traveling with, and help him realize his dream of visiting Kailash Mansarovar for religious rituals as well as for tourism purposes.
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