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Muktinath Darshan

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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: 

Day 01: Kathmandu
In Kathmandu, you will be received at the airport and transferred to your hotel. A briefing by your tour leader and an overview about the whole program. Then evening you will be visit to Pashupatinath Temple for Aarati Darshan.

Pashupatinath Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this is Nepal's most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the subcontinent's great Shiva sites. The supreme holiness of the site stems from the Shiva linga enshrined in its main temple. It expresses the very essence of Hinduism as pilgrims, priests, devotes, temples, ashrams, images, inscriptions and cremation ghats intermingle with the rituals of daily life, all sprawled along the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple's origins are obscure. An inscription here dates from 477 AD, but the shrine may have stood there for 1000 years before that.

After darshan back to Hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Manakamana Temple then to Pokhara
You have breakfast being of the early morning. This morning you will be drive to Pokhara (200km), departure at 7:00 AM, approximately six hours away by private vehicle. En route, you could find Trisuli River, it is very famous for Himalayan wild river rafting and also you can find,

Manakamana Temple, can be visit by cable car it is a 1,302-m hill . The deity is one of the manifestations of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati who is believed to have the power to fulfill wishes. It is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Nepal. You will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara.

Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges it is most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world.

Overnight stay at Pokhara.

Day 03: Fly From Pokhara to Jomsom and drive to Muktinath - Jomsom.
You have breakfast being of the early morning. This morning you will be fly to Jomsom approx.25 minutes flights, Hotel Check In, then walk around 15-20 minutes to reach at Jeep Station and drive to Muktinath by Local Sharing Jeep (1.30 hrs) along the Kaligandaki river. To reach at Muktinath Temple needs to walk ascending around 30 mins. Those who can't walk can hire a motor bike (extra INR 300.00 per person)

Muktinath is god of Salvation; it holds great significance for all spiritual people in the south Asian sub continent. Muktinath (the provider of salvation) has been one such holy site, where thousands of devotees flock for attaining the much sought after moksha, have holy bath on 108 waterspouts, name of "Muktidhara". & Holy bath in Mukti Kunda (2 Kunda in front of Temple), Hindu devotees take bath under chilled water of 108 waterspouts "Muktidhara" & Mukti Kunda, its believing that it brings them salvation.

Have Darshan and worship to Muktinath Temple drive back to Jomsom by jeep Overnight Stay at Jomsom.

Day 04 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara Sightseeing Tour
In this morning you will fly back to Pokhara, Pick up from Airport and transfer to Hotel. After Breakfast proceed to Pokhara city sightseeing places to visit like:

Bindabashini Temple: Bindabashini is also one of the most popular temple in Pokhara. The temple is dedicated to goddess Bhagwati, another manifestation of Shakti. Bindabashini is the mother goddess who fulfills the wishes of her devotees.

Seti Gorge: Another of Pokhara's natural wonders that unfailingly interests visitors is the Seti Gandaki River. Flowing right through the city, the boisterous river runs completely underground at places. Amazingly, at certain points the river appears hardly two meters wide. But its depth is quite beyond imagination over 20 meters! provides a perfect view of the river's dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.

Devi's Fall: Locally known as the Patale Chhango (Hell's Fall). Devi's Fall (also known as Devin's and David's) is a lovely waterfall lying about two km south-west of the Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker (Devin, David.) was washed away by the Pardi Khola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.

Barahi Temple: The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storyed pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of' Ajima, the protesters deity representing- the female force Shakti. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying male animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity

Gupteswar Cave: Another cave famous for its religious importance located in the southern end of the city, Chorepatan. This cave is a sacred and natural cave; there is temple of Load Shiva.

In evening leisure, overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 05: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
You have breakfast being of the early morning. Then drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by private vehicle, which takes about six hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city.

Overnight Stay at Kathmandu.

Day 06 Kathmandu Sightseeing
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu city. Escorting by an English speaking guide (we can provide any language speaking guide on your request), try to give them a full taste of our culture, heritage and local people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Jaal Narayan Temple, Swayambhunath (Monkey temple), Kathmandu Durbar square and Patan Durbar Square.

Jaal Narayan (Budhanilkantha): Jaal Narayan popularly known as Budhanilkantha about 12 km north of Kathmandu, at the Shivapuri foothills is the largest Vishnu lying on a coiled five headed serpent carved in a single stone. Jalasaya Narayan is Lord Vishnu for Vaisnavas, Lord Shiva for Shivas, and Lord Buddha for Buddhists. This outstanding artwork of Lichhavi sculptures dates back to some 1500 years.

Swayambhunath Stupa: 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, this great temple is just on the outskirts of Kathmandu. No one actually knows who built it. Many believe that the Lichavis constructed it while others believe that emperor Asoka had already visited it in the 3rd century. The Swayambhunath complex consists of a giant Stupa, a large ensemble of shrines and temples, and also includes a Tibetan monastery, a museum and a library. This site has two access points: a long stairway, claimed to have 365 steps, leading directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east; and a car road around the hill from the south leading to the southwest entrance. The first sight on reaching the top of the stairway is the Vajra.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kathmandu's number one tourist attraction swarms with life. Though a few of the square's 50-plus monuments date from the 12th century, most are from the time of the Malla Kings. Probably the most famous building here is the Kumari Bahal, a building richly decorated with beautiful woodcarvings, which is home to the Royal Kumari, the Living Goddess and a manifestation of the great goddess Durga. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building.

Patan Durbar Square: The Durbar Square is a marvel of Newa architecture. The Square floor is tiled with red bricks. There are many temples and idols in the area. The main temples are aligned opposite of the western face of the palace. The entrance of the temples faces east, towards the palace. There is also a bell situated in the alignment beside the main temples. The Square also holds old Newari residential houses. There are various other temples and structures in and around Patan Durbar Square build by the Newa People

In Evening leisure, overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 07: Departure
After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.

Cost Includes: 
  • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private car.
  • Twin Bed Room hotel accommodation with breakfast at Kathmandu and Pokhara based on 2 star hotels.
  • Standard hotel accommodation at Jomsom.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by private car.
  • Manakamana Cable car Ticket.
  • Entrance Fees during Sightseeing.
  • Flight fare from Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Jomsom to Muktinath to Jomsom by local sharing Jeep.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP).
  • Trekkers Information Management System Permit (TIMS).
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara sightseeing is escorted by an English speaking guide.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private car.
Cost Excludes: 
  • Lunch/Dinner and Bar bills like mineral water, beer whiskey etc.
  • Tips.
  • Extra expenses in case of Jomsom/Pokhara flight cancellation.
  • Horse/Motor Bike at Jomsom/Muktinath.
  • Use of air condition in car.
  • Guide except for sightseeing.
  • Client's insurance, Items of personal nature.
  • Expenses incurred due to Medical evacuation, mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Rest of all not mentioned in cost include.