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Muktinath

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Introduction: 

Muktinath literally means “Lord of Salvation”. It is a site revered by both the Hindus and the Buddhists equally.  Each year it witnesses thousands of devotees flocking for worship in a hope to receive moksha (salvation) from the cycle of birth and rebirth. 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 110 Km from Pokhara and 20 kms 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 Annapurana 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. The Hindus call it Muktichhetra (Place of salvation) is one of the four religious sites. Many Shaligrams (Ammonite) found here are considered by Hindu as incarnation of lord Vishnu and worship them. According to Hindu Myth lord Vishnu turned into Shaligram because of Brinda’s Curse.

Attractions at Muktinath

Kunda:
In front of MuktinathTemple there are 2 Kundas (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. Apparantly 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. 

Gomba Samba:
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 deities monastries are Sakyamuni, Chingresig and Guru Rimpoche. The monastery is situated at left from entrance gate of Muktinath temple complex, would be worth it.

Swaminarayan:
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.

Shaligram:
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.

Itinerary: 

Itinerary I

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu
Pick up from Airport, transfer to Hotel, Evening Visit to Pashupati Nath Temple after arati and puja back to Hotel, overnight.

Day 2: Kathmandu
After breakfast Kathmandu city Sight Seeing place to visit Pashupatinath, Bouddha Nath, Budhanilkantha, Swayambhu Nath stupa (Monkey's temple), Patan durbar squar and Krishna temple and back to hotel, Evening leisure, overnight

Day 3: Kathmandu - Pokhara 
AM Breakfast, Drive to pokhara ( If you travel by private car you will visit  Manakamana Temple by Cable Car on En-route) Arrival in Pokhara transfer to Hotel, Evening leisure, overnight.

Day 4: Pokhara - Jomsom
At Morning drive to Muktinath by 4 WD Jeep, through the river bank of Kaligandaki via Beni, Ghasa, Marfa,  Jomsom along the Kaligandaki Valley(10.00 hrs) Arrival Jomsom, evening rest, Overnight.

Day 5: Jomsom - Muktinath- Beni 
AM Breakfast drive Ranipauwa and walk to Muktinath temple, holy bath in Kunda, 108 waterspout and have visit & worship to Muktinath temple, drive back to Jomsom then drive back to Beni, Overnight.

Day 6: Beni - Pokhara 
Early in the morning drive back to Pokhara, Arrival, Check in Hotel. Breakfast afternoon Pokhara city Sight Seeing place to visit - Bindhabasini Temple, Seti River gorge, Gorkha Museum, Devi's waterfall, Mahadev Cave and visit the Barahi Temple by boat ride in Fewa Lake, Evening leisure, overnight.

Day 7: Pokhara - Kathmandu
Drive/Fly back to Kathmandu, Arrival Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel, overnight

Day 8:  Final Departure
AM breakfast, transfer to Airport and fly to yours onward Destination

Itinerary II

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu
Pick up from Airport, transfer to Hotel, Evening Visit to Pashupati Nath Temple after arati and Puja back to Hotel, overnight.

Day 2: Kathmandu
After breakfast Kathmandu city Sight Seeing place to visit Pashupatinath, Bouddha Nath, Budhanilkantha, Balaju water, Swayambhu Nath stupa (Monkey's temple), Patan durbar squar and Krishna temple and back to hotel, Evening leisure, overnight.

Day 3: Kathmandu - Pokhara
AM Breakfast, Drive / fly to Pokhara, Arrival in Pokhara transfer to Hotel, Evening leisure, overnight.

Day 4: Pokhara - Jomsom - Muktinath- Jomsom 
At Morning fly to Jomsom, drive to Muktinath by Jeep (1.30 hrs ) along the Kaligandaki Valley. After holy bath in Kunda,108 Dhara and have darshan /worship to Muktinath drive back to Jomsom by jeep (130 hrs.), Evening leisure, Overnight.

Day 5: Jomsom - Pokhara
At Morning fly back to Pokhara, Pick up from Airport transfer to Hotel After Breakfast Pokhara city Sight Seeing place to visit - Bindhabasini Temple, Seti River gorge, Gorkha Museum, Devi's waterfall, Mahadev Cave and visit the Barahi Temple by boat ride in Fewa Lake, Evening leisure, overnight.

Day 6: POkhara - Kathmandu
Drive/Fly back to Kathmandu, Arrival Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel, overnight.

Day 7: Final Departure
AM breakfast, transfer to Airport and fly to yours onward Destination

Itinerary III

Day 1: Arrival at Sounauli Bordar
Pick up from Sounauli Border  and  transfers to Hotel, Refresh and  Lumbini Sight seeing.  overnight at Lumbini.

Day 2: Lumbini - Pokhara
After Breakfast drive to Pokhara ot takes arround 5/6 hrs. by coach. Arrival at Pokhara refresh and  evening strill arround lakeside area. Overnightat Hotel.

Day 3: Pokhara -Muktinath
Early morning  flight to Jomsom then by jeep drive to muktinath  1.30hrs  drive  puja  and 108 water spot holy bath. Return back to Jomsom  arround 1.30 hrs by jeep . Overnight at Jomsom.

Day 4: Jomsom- Pokhara
Early in the  Morning  fly  to Pokhara . Arrival and transfor to  Hotel  Rest then Pokhara city sight seeing place to visit Bindhabasini Temple, Seti River gorge, Gorkha Museum, Devi's waterfall, Mahadev Cave and visit the Barahi Temple by boat ride in Fewa Lake, back to hotel, Evening leisure and overnight.

Day 5: Departure
AM breakfast,  departure transfer to  yours onward destination.

Itinerary IV 

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu
Pick up from Airport transfers to Hotel, Evening Visit to Pashupati Nath Temple for arati and Have a worship (Puja) back to Hotel, overnight.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
After breakfast Kathmandu city Sight Seeing places to visit Pashupatinath, Bouddha Nath, Budhanilkantha, Balaju water, Swayambhu Nath stupa (Monkey's temple), Patan durbar squar and Krishna temple, back to hotel, evening leisure, overnight.

Day 3: Kathmandu - Pokhara
Am Breakfast Departure to Pokhara enroute visit to Manakamana Temple by cable car, , after have darshan continues to Pokhara, Arrival Pokhara, Transfer to Hote, rest and overnight.

Day 4: Pokhara - Muktinath - Pokhara
At Morning fly to Muktinath by Helicopter, After holy bath, have worship (puja) & darshan Fly back to Pokhara. Pokhara city Sight Seeing place to visit - Bindhabasini Temple, Seti River gorge, Gorkha Museum, Devi's waterfall, Mahadev Cave and visit the Barahi Temple by boat ride in Fewa Lake, evening leisure, overnight.

Day 5: Pokhara - Kathmandu
AM breakfast drive/ fly back to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel, Evening Leisure overnight.

Day 6: Final Departure 
AM breakfast, transfer to Airport and fly to yours onward Destination.