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Holy Lake Mansarovar in Tibet | How to Reach Mansarovar Lake in Tibet

Updated on December 19, 2011

Mansarovar is a fresh-water lake in Tibet 2,000 km from Lhasa. To the west of Lake Manasarovar is Lake Rakshastal and towards the north is Mount Kailash. Manasarovar Lake lies at 4,556 m above mean sea level. It is the highest fresh-water lake in the world

Lake Manasarovar is relatively round in shape. The circumference of Manasarovar is 88 km, depth is 90 m and it occupies a total area of 320 km. The lake freezes in winter and melts only in the spring.

Like Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar is a place of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from India, Tibet and the neighboring countries. Bathing in the Manasa Sarovar and drinking its water is believed to cleanse all sins. Pilgrimage tours are organized regularly, especially from India, the most famous of which is the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra which takes place every year. Pilgrims come to take ceremonial bathes in the cleansing waters of the lake.

According to Hindu religion, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma.] Hence, in Sanskrit it is called "Manasarovar", which is a combination of the words Manas (mind) and Sarovar (lake). The lake, in Hindu mythology, is also supposed to be the summer abode of swans, who are considered as very wise and sacred birds. It is also believed the Devas descend to bathe in the lake between 3 and 5 am the time of the day known as Brahma Muhurta. Buddhists also associate the lake to the legendary lake known as Anavatapta in Sanskrit and Anotatta in Pali, where Queen Maya is believed to have conceived Buddha. The lake has a few monasteries on its shores. The most notable of which is the ancient Chiu Gompa Monastery, which has been built right onto a steep hill. It looks as if it has been carved right out of the rock.


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      kasun kapuwatta 

      6 years ago

      Manasa vila ?

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      7 years ago

      Mansarovar ka nam lene se hi lagta hai ki

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      7 years ago from Cochin

      @ Darpan, You can use the photograph by mentioning credit

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      7 years ago

      Hi Sukritha, beautiful photographs, can I use one of the photographs for one of my projects, to be used on entire wall, will ofcourse mention credits

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      Kasun Kapuwatta 

      8 years ago

      This is amazing place for us (i`am buddhist)

      Lord Buddha use this place 2500 years ago.

      Thank you keep this image and details .please find deeply details about it .

      Kasun Kapuwatta from Gampaha Sri Lanka

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      8 years ago

      I like all picturs

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      8 years ago

      This is strange....2day at 62+I suddenly decided to find out where the mouth of the River Indus was & this is the heavenly place where it begins. It is awesome. Coming to think of it the topography of the sub-continent is awesome. Ofcourse being a Pakistani & having lived for years in Karachi I do know at first hand where it ends.....

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      Krishna Shirurkar 

      8 years ago

      I want holy Kailash mansarovar jal....I live in Pune...How can I

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      8 years ago


      Great work.Nice to visit the web and noted the great things.

      Keep sending like these to the below said email id

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      9 years ago

      I too wish to make this journey to the Greatest Place on Earth and see Lord Shiva in my dreams.

      I hope sufficient like-minded people can go together to this Heaven on Earth.

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      10 years ago

      So beautiful the place.

      The place I've been in dream.

      The Sleepy Lagoon.

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      10 years ago

      I tried this year to manasarovar but no luck for visa!!. Thanks for your beautiful pictures and information about the lake.

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      10 years ago

      This Holy Place I wish to go.Very informative post on Kailash Mansarovar and nice photographs.But you forgot to put the snap of Holy Kailash Mountain.every year i go for a trekking in May in Himalayas and do photography and enjoy the nature.this is my passion for himalayas.Why don`t we the members of organise the trip to Kailash-Mansarovar?

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      Isabella Snow 

      11 years ago

      WOW that is soooo beautiful!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      11 years ago from Chennai

      One day, I'll visit this divine place.

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      11 years ago from Sharjah

      Great Sukrita. Nice pictures and good description. I read about pilgrimage to Manasarovar and Kailash, at least about 20 years back and was dreaming about it for sometime. Thanks for reminding about it, especially with your pictures which shows its serene beauty.


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