Lake Mansarovar

Lake Mansarovar

About Lake Manasarovar:

Located at an elevation of 4600m, Mansarovar Lake is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. To the west of Lake Manasarovar is Rakshastal and to the north of Lake Mansarovar is Mount Kailash.

The word Mansarovar is a combination of two Sanskrit words, namely Mana which means Mind and Sarovar which means Lake. As per Hindu Legends, Lake Mansarovar was first manifested in Lord Brahma’s (the god of creation) mind and then later created on Earth. As per Buddhist literature, Lake Mansarovar is the place where Queen Maya- the mother of Lord Buddha bathed and then gave birth to Lord Buddha.

Manasarovar Lake is called Lake Mapham Yumtso in Tibet, which means "invincible lake". Lake Manasarovar is of extraordinary beauty, from the crystal clear blue water near the shore to the deep emerald green colour in the middle. The Mansarovar Lake is purer than a Sapphire, such that you can see the reflection of the surrounding so clearly and transparency up to 14 meters.

Location of Lake Mansarovar:

Mansarovar Lake is located in the southwest region of Tibet, about 50km to the northwest of Nepal. One gets the first glimpse of Holy Kailash Parvat from Mansarovar Lake. The stunning view of Lake Mansarovar is surrounded by snow-capped mountain and its deep blue water make it very captivating.

Significance of Lake Mansarovar:

According to Hindu Mythology, Lake Mansarovar is a holy lake where Lord Shiva and Lord Indra swam as Swans. Mansarovar Lake is believed to be the summer home of Swans- the symbol of wisdom and beauty. Bathing in the waters of Manasarovar jheel is believed to ward off covetous desires, restless thoughts and past sins. Drinking the water of Mansarovar jheel keeps you healthy and away from illness. A Parikrama of the Mansarovar lake brings endless benefits to the pilgrims. Thus all pilgrims coming for Kailash Yatra regard visiting Mansarovar Lake as their greatest fortune.

Parikrama of Mansarovar Lake:

The Parikrama of Lake Manasarovar used to be 105 km earlier but now it has reduced to roughly 90km due to global warming. It takes about 3 hours to complete the Manasarovar Lake Parikrama by Volvo category buses.

One can see Kailash Parvat throughout the Parikrama of Mansarovar Jheel. It is a blessing to do the parikrama right infront of Bhole Baba. The road around Mount Kailash is rough at some patches but mostly smooth.

Bath in Lake Mansarovar:

Taking a bath in the Mansarovar Jheel has been considered auspicious since the ancient times. Even the Rishis and Munis used to take a dip in Mansarovar Lake before visiting Mount Kailash. Hence devotees have always tried to take a dip in Lake Mansarovar once in a lifetime.

Taking a dip in Lake Mansarovar has always been allowed by the Chinese Authorities. However, Tibetan authorities strictly banned taking a dip in Mansarovar Lake in the starting months of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2018 because of the littering done by the pilgrims. If someone was found breaking the rules, the Chinese authority was taking a penalty of about 5000 Yuan. Respecting the sentiments of the pilgrims, they resumed taking a dip in Mansarovar lake in September that year with strict warnings of no littering and assuring cleanliness.

Trip To Temples provides Cloth changing Tents for Women near Mansarovar Lake.

Points to remember while visiting Mansarovar Jheel:

  • Mansarovar Lake is the best place to meditate while facing the Kailash Mountain.

  • Do not litter in and around Lake Mansarovar. Keep the area clean.

  • It is advisable to take a dip in Mansarovar Lake only if your health allows. Otherwise just splash a few drops of the holy water.

  • Do not take a dip in Mansarovar Lake in the morning as the water at that time is very cold and it might affect your health. A dip must be taken in the afternoon as the water gets warm by that time.

  • You can collect the holy jal from Mansarovar Jheel to take it home.

  • If you are willing to visit the Mansarovar Lake at night, then it is advisable to properly cover your body in warm clothes, especially your ears and head.

  • If you plan to visit Lake Mansarovar at night or in Brahma Muhurat, then you must assure that you are accompanied by other and you are not going alone. Be aware of the dogs present around the Lake Mansarovar.

Night view at Manasarovar Lake:

There is a lot of craze among Pilgrims to visit Mansarovar Lake at night or during Brahma Muhurat. The weather during this time is quite cold and generally it is witnessed that very few people visit the holy lake during this time.

The view that one gets during this time is mesmerizing. However it is advised that if you are feeling physically fit and your oxygen level is entact then only visit the Lake Mansarovar at night.

Stay Facility at Lake Mansarovar:

There is limited infrastructure available at Lake Mansarovar. There are only few dormitories available. The stay will be provided on Multi sharing basis, however everybody gets separate bed, blanket and pillow for sure.

Washroom facility is not available at Mansarovar Lake. Trip To Temples provides Portable Toilet with toilet tents for the comfort of the pilgrims.

Mobile connectivity at Lake Mansarovar:

The mobile network is available at lake Mansarovar and the entire Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Indian simcards work best in the Kailash Mansarovar region. It is advisable for you to activate international roaming on your Indian simcards to remain connected with your friends and family.