For the first time in four years, Indian devotees were able to embark on a holy pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake, with the unique Aerial Darshan organized by Trip to Temples. This historic event marks a new chapter for pilgrims who were unable to undertake the traditional Yatra due to COVID-19 restrictions and visa complexities.
Before the pandemic, approximately 20,000 Indians undertook the arduous Kailash Mansarovar Yatra annually. However, recent years have seen no opportunities due to travel restrictions. The Aerial Darshan offered by Trip to Temples bridges this gap, providing a safe and accessible alternative for devotees, particularly senior citizens who may find the traditional trek challenging.
On January 29th, 2024, the inaugural flight took off from Nepalgunj, carrying 39 excited pilgrims from various parts of India. Soaring at an altitude of 27,000 feet, the aircraft offered breathtaking views of the majestic Mount Kailash (21,000 feet) and the serene Mansarovar Lake. To ensure an unparalleled experience, the flight circled the Nepal-Tibet border thrice, allowing for multiple darshan opportunities.
Trip to Temples collaborated with Shree Airlines of Nepal to make this innovative pilgrimage possible. The flight was captained by the experienced Shree Air pilot Praful Vaidya and officials from the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority closely monitored the journey.
To enhance the spiritual experience, a group hawan was organized for the pilgrims at the Bageshwari Devi Shati Peeth Temple in Nepalgunj by onlinepathpuja.com, specializing in Hindu rituals, provided each devotee with Mansarovar Jal, prasad, and souvenirs.
Vijay Kumar Sharma, a pilgrim from Rajasthan, expressed his gratitude: “Seeing Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake together in this one-and-a-half-hour flight was the greatest privilege of my life. I feel incredibly blessed and thankful to the organizers.”
The successful aerial Darshan marks a significant development in pilgrimage tourism. It opens up new possibilities for devotees who yearn for the spiritual experience of Kailash Mansarovar but face limitations due to various factors. As Trip to Temples CEO Vikash Mishra states, “This mountain flight has given Shiva devotees a new way to fulfill their desire for darshan.”
The first aerial darshan to Kailash and Mansarovar has been a resounding success, offering a glimpse of hope and fulfillment for countless devotees. This innovative approach paves the way for a more inclusive and accessible future for pilgrimage journeys.
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