Holy Muktinath tour

Holy Muktinath tourMuktinath literally means “Lord of Salvation”. It is a place revered by both the Hindus and the Buddhists equally.  Each year it witnesses thousands of devotees flocking for worship in a hope to receive Mukti and 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 (literally 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 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 god Vishnu, 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 Muktinath Temple 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. 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. 

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’ monasteries 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.

There are several options for Muktinath trip. You can take a Helicopter tour from Kathmandu or Pokhara or take a regular flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and drive to Muktinath. Please let us know your desire option; we will organize your trip accordingly.

Muktinath Darshan By Helicopter

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu Airport,
transfer to the hotel. In the evening we will visit the temple of Pashupatinath for worship (puja), darshan at arati. In the evening we will return back to the hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Around Kathmandu
After breakfast we will take a city sightseeing tour. We will first visit the Boudhanath & Swayambhunath Stupa. After that we will visit the Kumari at Basantpur and the Krishna Temple at Patan. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Muktinath (by Helicopter)
After breakfast transfer to Airport, take a scenic helicopter trip to Muktinath. After Holy bath have worship (puja) and darshan back to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, free time for rest, overnight.

Day 4: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Airport and fly back to home.

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Muktinath Dharshan from Pokhara

Day 01. Pokhara
Arrive Pokhara. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Evening will be leisure time. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02. Muktinath by Helicopter
In the morning fly to Muktinath by Helicopter. After Holy bath, have worship (puja) darshan back to Pokhara, transfer to Hotel, free time for rest. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03.  Pokhara Sightseeing
After breakfast we will go for Pokhara sightseeing. 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 at hotel.

Day 04.  Depature
After breakfast, transfer to Airport and fly back to Kathmandu or drive to sunauli (Indian boarder).

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Muktinath Dharsan with Jeep drives and flights

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu Airport,
Transfer to the hotel. In the evening we will visit the temple of Pashupatinath for worship (puja), darshan at arati. In the evening we will return back to the hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
After breakfast we will go for sightseeing in Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Budhanilkantha, Balaju, Swayambhunath, Patan Durbar Square and Krishna Temple. Return back in the evening. Stay overnight at selected hotel.

Day 3: Pokhara
After breakfast. Drive/Fly to Pokhara. Transfer to your hotel. Leisure time in the evening. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 4: Pokhara-Jomsom-Muktinath
Morning fly from Pokhara to Jomsom on regular flights.  Drive to Muktinath by Jeep. After holy bath, have worship (puja) & darshan Drive back to Jomsom. Free evening. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Pokhara Sightseeing
In the morning fly back to Pokhara. After breakfast we will go for Pokhara sightseeing. 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 at hotel.

Day 6: Kathmandu
Today drives or flies back to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu transfer to hotel.

Day 7: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Airport and fly back to home.

Cost Information:
The trip cost will vary depending on the number of person in your group, trip duration and standard of services required. Please contact us or send us a quick inquiry with your details to obtain a quote.

Note: If above itineraries couldn’t meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as white water rafting and wildlife safari.

Nepal Visa info
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