A staggering revelation- Mount Kailash is not a destination, it’s a journey- Kailash Mansarovar Yatra beyond all form of human imagination that takes you to an elevation of 21,788 feet, and changes your life forever. It is a majestic epiphany and surreal phenomenon that helps in conquering formidable peaks, walking along arduous terrains, a sense of isolation envelopes you on more instances than one during this expedition. Overcoming this emotional upheaval while being constantly challenged physically, you return home a winner beaming with invincibility.
The Darchula-Lipulekh road is an extension of Pithoragarh-Tawaghat-Ghatiabagarh road. The road originates from Ghatiabagarh and terminates at Lipulekh Pass, the gateway to Kailash Mansarovar. In this 80 km road, the altitude rises from 6000 feet to 17,060 feet. Pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar will be less arduous and less time-consuming now with the opening up of the road connectivity from Dharchula to Lipulekh route by the defense minister Rajnath Singh.
Before the new road, Pilgrims from India can reach Kailash Mansarovar through three routes — via Sikkim, Uttarakhand, and Kathmandu in Nepal — all of which are long and arduous. The route via Uttarakhand involves three stretches. The first stretch is a 107.6 km-long road from Pithoragarh to Tawaghat, the second is from Tawaghat to Ghatiabgarh on a 19.5-km single lane, and the third stretch is the 80 km from Ghatiabgarh to Lipulekh Pass at the China border, which can only be traversed on foot. This stretch till the India-China pass takes five days to cover.
Official statement of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) who built the road “With the completion of this project, the arduous trek through treacherous high-altitude terrain can now be avoided by the pilgrims of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and the period of the journey will be reduced by many days.”
They added that this also ensures that the majority of the travel is in India (84 percent) as compared to other routes where 80 percent of the road travel is through China.