A most sacred place by both Hindus and Buddhists, every year thousands of pilgrims make their way to Mount Kailash, having been a pilgrimage destination for thousands of years. Some pilgrims believe that the entire walk by foot around Kailash should be made in a single day, a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. This is not easy. A person in good shape walking fast would take perhaps 15 hours to complete the 52 km trek. Some of the devout do accomplish this feat, little daunted by the uneven terrain, altitude sickness and harsh conditions faced in the process. The summit stands at 21,778 ft. in the Himalayas. In Buddhism, Mount Kailash is the home of Buddha Demchok who represents supreme bliss. In Hinduism, Mount Kailash is the home of the holy family of Shiva, consisting of Shiva (the destroyer of evil and sorrow), Parvati, Ganesha and Muruga.
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