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Kinner Kailash Trek “Home of Lord Shiva”

by Pankaj Pant
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Kinner kailash "The Home of Lord Shiva"

Kinner Kailash “The Home of Lord Shiva”

Kinner Kailash Trek: There is no dearth in the world of people who worship Lord Shiva. In India as well as abroad, his number of devotees is in lakhs and crores. The temple of Lord Shiva also remains such a place where an ordinary man is not able to reach it easily. One of these inaccessible places is Kinnar Kailash. In which coming and going, one has to travel 32 km, but this journey goes through very inaccessible places.

Kinner Kailash is located in Kinnaur district of Himachal(Read other Treks of Himanchal Pradesh). Kinnar means half eunuch and half god. Kinnar Kailash is considered the second Kailash after Kailash of Mansarovar. It is also known as Kailash of Kinnaur, which sits at an altitude of 24,000 feet above sea level. It is considered the second most difficult climb after the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra to see Lord Shiva. To go here one has to go through very difficult and difficult passages.

The yatra is officially 11 days long, which is in the months of August and September. Passengers go on this journey in different batches. Apart from this, people of religious nature come and go here on their own in different months, but going here at that time is full of danger. At other times, there is a risk of heavy rains and landslides here. At that time, no government service is also available on that road and the roads are also bad, due to which tourists are advised not to go here in any other month.

This yatra is considered to be the center of faith for people of Hinduism as well as Buddhism. The Himalayas have also been considered the home of many Gods and Goddesses. The holy river Ganges originates from the Himalayas, the holy temples of Hindus, Kedarnath Dham and Kailash Mansarovar and Mansarovar Lake are also located in the Himalayas. The Himalayas are the largest ice field in the world with a length of over 45,000 km.

The Himalayan Mountains, apart from being religiously significant, is also a suitable place for many sports and tourism activities, it is also an ideal destination for those who love trekking. Every year thousands of tourists come to the Himalayas for different activities and get pleasure.

Kinner Kailash is situated on this Himalayan mountain. The site was closed to tourists before 1993, but after 1993 it was opened to tourists. At this place there is a stone rock of about 79 feet or 40 feet high and 16 feet high width of Lord Shiva, which is believed to be Shivalinga who believe in Hinduism and Buddhism.

A large number of people, who believe in Hindu and Buddhism, come here to see the Shivling in the form of this stone rock. People who believe in both religions have deep faith in this Shivling. Especially for Hindus, this place has been considered similar to the Dev Sthal. People of Hindu and Buddhist religion consider themselves blessed by revolving around this Shivling, and Lord Shiva also fulfills their wishes. Lord Shiva came here on a winter stay and stayed here for many years and did penance.

According to belief, earlier this place was known as Indrakil Parvat. It was at this place that a fierce battle took place between Lord Shiva and Arjuna, and Arjuna also received the Pashtapa Astra by Lord Shiva at this place. It was here that Pandavas had spent the last time of their life, the same Lord Krishna’s grandson Anirudh was also married to Goddess Usha here.

Things to Carry to Kinner Kailash Trek-

Kinner Kailash “The Home of Lord Shiva”

While going to the Kinner Kailash track, you need to be careful and take along with you the things you need for daily use. Along with this, you should also take first aid things and medicines for the treatment of head ache, pat bad and other diseases for minor physical problems so that they can be used at the time of need.

The weather there varies from hour to hour, due to which the cold is also more there. For this reason, you need raincoats, full sleeves, thin jackets, monkey caps, tracking shoes, warm socks, mufflers, towels, good quality sunglasses, cold cream, lip balm, sunscreen lotion, LED flashlight, to protect you from cold and rain. Hot water bottles, tracking poles, headache medicines such as Crocin, Disprin, Cotton, Band-Aid, Move Spray, Gauze, Crap Bandage, etc. are things that you should keep with you on the track. You may need them anytime on your way to the track.

Itinerary to Kinner Kailash Trek-

Day 1: Thangi to Lamber (9,678 ft, 10 km)

Day 2: Lambar to Charang (11319 ft)

Day 3: Charang to Lalanti (14108 ft, 8 km)

Day 4: Lalanti to Chitkul

Day 5: Chitkul to Rakcham

Day 6: Rakcham to Shimla

How to go Kinner Kailash Trek-

1- Powari to Gufa: Your first day’s journey starts from Powari to Tingling. Powari is situated on the banks of the Sutlej River. This is where the steep ascent of the jungle starts along with the river. Here you get the best type of apple in India. The total distance of Kinnar Kailash from here falls around 16 km. But this 16 km route has to go through very inaccessible places, in which two huge passes and big big boulders and bridges above the rivers have to be crossed.

On the way you will also get to stay the guest house of the forest department, otherwise you can also stay at a place called Gufa 2 km from here. The Gufa is a place where a large cave remains. This Gufa is quite large, if you have a sleeping bag, then you can easily spend the night in this Gufa. Cold is also very high at this place and at night time the temperature also goes below zero, so you should keep warm clothes together.

2- Gufa to Gaurikund: The distance from the Gufa to Gaurikund falls around 4 km, which takes 5 to 6 hours to go. The availability of water on this route is very less. On the whole route, you will be able to get water facility only in 2 or 3 places. Therefore, you are advised not to carry too much baggage with you, and carry a bottle of water and packets of biscuits and snacks to eat. They also help you to walk on the way and also provide you energy from time to time.

The path to some distance from the cave is good, but after that slowly trees and plants start dying here and you have to go through big boulders. By passing through these, you can reach Gaurikund. Touring here can take a bath and rest for a while.

3- Gaurikund to Kinnar Kailash: From here you have to climb hard and cross the huge boulders, this is also the most difficult point of this entire route. In this entire path, you have to go through the stone boulders, on which there is a risk of your way going astray.

Experienced trackers find out the path and find out which path is right, otherwise there is a danger of the new man going astray. By reaching Kinnar Kailash, you forget all the fatigue on the way. The beautiful pictures seen from here are settled in the heart of the passengers forever. The cold winds moving here muddle the travelers, the travelers are lost in devotion after seeing the Shiva lingam of Lord Shiva. After spending some time here, you can come back from here.

When to go to Kinner Kailash Trek-

The best time to visit the Kinnar Kailash track is from March to June and from September to November, it is slippery on the track due to the monsoon season, due to which the trackers are afraid of falling due to difficulties and slippery. Remains From December to Farbury, due to the snowfall here, there are only four more snow, due to which it becomes difficult for the trackers to come here. You can enjoy nature here by coming here at the right season.

How to go Kinner Kailash Trek-

How to go Kinner Kailash By Air: The nearest airport to go on the Kinnar Kailash track is at Shimla. Flight facility to Shimla from New Delhi, Chandigarh and other places will be easily available to you. From here you can easily reach Thangi by booking a taxi from where you can start the track for Kinnar Kailash.

How to go Kinner Kailash By Road: The nearest bus station is Shimla to go on the Kinnar Kailash track. A bus will also be available to you directly to Chail village. If you do not get a bus to Chail, you can easily reach Shimla to Thangi by private vehicle or cab from where you can start the track for Kinnar Kailash.

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