Muktinath Darshan Tour (7 days)
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Muktinath Darshan Tours is one of the famous Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrimage tour in Nepal which takes you to the famous temple of Muktinath. Muktinath is situated in the district of Mustang in the north central part of Nepal, at an altitude of about 3710 meters from the sea level at a distance of 110 kilometers north of Pokhara. The Pagoda style of the temple signifies its reverence by Hindus as well as Buddhists. Hindus fondly refer to this place as Mukti chhetra, which means 'Place of salvation'. Similarly Buddhist calls this valley the Chumig Gyatsa (Place of 108 waterspouts). It is believed that Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) the scholar founder of Tibetan Buddhism once meditated and gained lifetime achievement of spiritual knowledge here while on his way to Tibet on 12th century. The Sanskrit name of this temple is synthesis of two words; “Mukti” meaning Salvation and “Nath” meaning Master/God/Provider. Muktinath (Provider of salvation) has been one such holy site, where thousands of devotees flock for attaining the much sought after Mokshya (Freedom) from the cycle of birth and rebirth. Hindus believes that this world is "MAYA" (an illusion) and its better one get outs of it and a visit to Muktinath will help them achieve that goal.
The temple of Muktinath is situated at the base of Khatang Kang (Thorang Peak) in Baraha Gaun (lit. Twelve village) in the district of Mustang in the north central part of Nepal, and it is about 20km northeast of Jomsom at an altitude of about 3800 meters from the sea level. It is a gate way to Mustang from Manang in famous Annapurna circuit Trek route. The holy shrine at Muktinath is in a grove of trees and includes a Buddhist Gompa and the pagoda style temple of Vishnu Temple, Containing an Image of Vishnu. This place is opened throughout the year but especially in Rishitarpani, Ram Nawami, and Bijaya Dashami thousands of pilgrims gather here to celebrate the festival.
Attractions at Muktinath Kunda
In front of Muktinath Temple there are 2 Kunda (Water ponds). This is generally used for holy dipping and is believed to hold the power to wash away negative karma and the results of one's past negative actions.
Jwala Mai Temple
A little below the Muktinath Temple you can see the Tibetan style Jwala Mai Temple. This Temple is famous for the water that it issues from a rock inside it. Inside this Temple behind a tattered curtain, are small natural gas jest that produce Continuously burning flame, the Jwala Mai temple has a spring and there are three eternal flames “Holy flame from soil”, “Holy flame from rock” and “Holy flame from water” fed by natural gas. Apparently two flames are continuously burning. The Hindus believe that this fire was lit as an offering made by Brahma himself, (the creator) as he set water on fire.
This is a monastery of Tibetan origin. Legend has it that the Syandol Lama, a monk from Tibet founded this monastery. This was actually used as a hostel for monks before collapsed and people of Khinga and Jharkot later restored it. The main deity’s Monastries are Sakyamuni, Chingresig and Guru Rimpoche. The monastery is situated at left from entrance gate of Muktinath temple complex, would be worth it.
A Hindu Guru by the name of Lord Shri Swaminarayan is generally associated with the Temple of Muktinath. Also known as a Satguru of Sabij Yoga, towards the end of the 18th century he practiced severe penance in Muktinath for two and a half months and attained the highest degree of proficiency in Nishkamvrat. In 2003 his followers funded the new wall around Muktinath and raised a small monument for him at Muktinath.
Another attraction for the pilgrimage is the River kali Gandaki from where one can collect fossils of the Jurassic age. You can also buy these fossils from the locals. Shaligram, a black stone fossil if found, is considered sacred and is kept in Pooja (prayer) room in the house. It is supposed to be symbol of Lord Vishnu. Gloriously described in Puranas as Krishnagandaki (Black Gandaki) as well as Chakranadi, and worshipped as one of the holiest rivers, Krishnagandaki consists of seven Gandaki rivers supposed to have sprung from cheek (Gandasthal) of Lord Vishnu.
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Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing Day
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara and boating at Phewa Lake
After breakfast you will drive for Pokhara and enjoy several stops during your travel also enjoy sightseeing and exploring villages. Or you can take direct daily flight operated from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Then you will be escorted to hotel, get fresh and head to Phewa lake and Explore lakesides by boating. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Pokhara to Jomsom and Drive to Muktinath
After breakfast you drive for Jomsom and then trail to Muktinath. trailing through the Jomsom, Kali Gandaki valley, Panga River we reach at a village, Ekle Bhatti, located on a bank of two rivers. History says it is a salt trade route to Tibet through upper Mustang. During the way you will see some black stones at Kali Gandaki beach, Hindus believes them as face of god, “saligrams”, and worship them. We drive through villages called Khingar and Jarkot. The journey will be with a special permit check through the river bank of Kali Gandaki up stream. There are lots of mountain and beautiful natural scenes which you can capture for your beautiful collections of trek. Further walk from dessert Jarkot leads to Pilgrimage site Muktinath Temple of lord Vishnu i.e. temple of Salvation. Both Hindu and Buddhist worship Muktinath temple. This temple has 108 stoned water taps and after taking bath from all those taps, believed that people will get salvation. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 5: Worshiping activities and Back to Jomsom
Early in the morning we head to Muktinath temple after taking good bath, wearing fresh clothes and without breakfast. You will worship the temple and ask wishes also pray for our bad works/sins. It is believed that one’s pray is fulfilled by Muktinath. After taking bath from all 108 stoned water taps it is believed that people will get salvation. After performing our religious tasks we explore it surroundings and head back to Jomsom and explore Jomsom Bazaar. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 6: Jomsom to Pokhara and Sightseeing and drive to Kathmandu
Today you will from Jomsom to Pokhara at morning and then go for sightseeing at Pokhara. You will visit David’s fall, Mahendra Cave, vistas of Mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and other, Brindabasini Temple and many more. Then drive back to Kathmandu. Stay overigh at hotel.
Day 7: Departure
Today your Muktinath Darsan Tour comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting, bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.
Necessary Local Transport by Private vehicle
Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara at standard hotels with breakfast.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide.
Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Jomsom/Muktinath
Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House in Jomsom with all Meals
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom - Kathmandu by Flight/ Private Car
Services exclude:Nepal entry visa fee international / any air fare.