Muktinath Pilgrimage Tour
Mustang, also known as the “The forbidden kingdom of the Himalayas”, is one of the most famous traveling places in Nepal. The Mustang officially opened in 1992 to foreigners. Mustang allows limited numbers of visitors each year in order to preserve and protect the local ancient style of Tibetan traditional environment. Mustang: A land where the soul of the man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on: a land said to be “barren as a dead deer” but where beauty and happiness abound in spite of hardship, was a part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830′s. The walled city of Lo Monthang, the unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom. Muktinath Tour offers the best value for money to all those who want to experience spiritual purity, marvelous landscapes, and adventure at the same time. Moreover, Duke Nepal also offers Upper Mustang Overland Tour for those who want to experience the luxury 4WD jeep ride in the late forbidden kingdom.
The early history to Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than recorded fact. Mustang maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Monthang still retains his title and he has been holding the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepal army.
Muktinath/ Muktinath Tour
Muktinath lies at the Muktinath valley at an altitude of 3710 m in the Mustang district of Nepal. Mukti means salvation, and Nath means god. This temple lies on the western side of Kalodanda in between Annapurna Himalayan (south) and Damodar Himalaya (north). Muktinath lies in the rain shadow area of the Great Himalaya and at the head of Jhong Khola (a tributary of Kali Gandaki) of the trans-Himalayan dry zone. In Hinduism Muktinath is popular as “Mukti Kshetra”. This temple is considered to be 106th among the available 108 Divya Desam (premium temples) considered sacred by the Sri Vaishnava sect. It is also one of the 51 Shakti meet hams. For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath is a very important place of dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers, and one of the 24 Tantric places. They understand the murti to be a manifestation of Avalokiteśvara, who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas.
Mustang is a pleasure to watch and experience as this place welcomes all travelers with serene beauty and amazing landscapes. Mustang is popular for religiously significant Muktinath temple, Marpha brandy & Hot Spring. Moreover, Muktinath Temple is one of the most famous and important temples that is worshiped by both the Hindu and Buddhist communities. Muktinath Temple welcomes a large number of Nepalese and Buddhist tourists annually. People worship Lord Vishnu in Muktinath Temple as it is one of the eight sacred shrines. Similarly, Mustang also offers a magnificent view of landscapes and one can also enjoy its environment and culture.
Jwaladevi Temple: It is said that there are 3 holes (pits) in the temple through which flames gush out burning rocks and water. The reference of this flame can be found in Mahabharata also. People take this flame as divine and worship as Jawaladevi.
Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang. The word Jomsom originated from the Tibetan language ‘Jong-Samba’ (which means new fort). Located at an altitude of 2,612 m from the sea level, it becomes the high altitude district headquarters in Nepal. No other district headquarters is situated at such a height in Nepal. Jomsom sits on the lap of the snow-capped Nilgiri, so it provides a heart-stealing panoramic view, A very ancient village called Thini is situated here. It has become the center of tourist attraction in recent years.
One can reach Muktinath via different means. We can take a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and can use different road transport from Jomsom. After taking flight from Pokhara to Jomsom one can trek to Muktinath for 7-8 hrs. Furthermore, Bus and Jeep service are also available these days as one can easily reach Muktinath from Kathmandu in 2 days. It takes 9 hrs drive to reach Beni from Kathmandu by Bus or Jeep. Four wheeler Jeep service is available to reach Ranipauwa, Muktinath from Jomsom and it takes 1.5 hrs drive. Moreover, there is a gravel road after Beni to Jomsom and one has to cross the Kaligandaki river to reach Muktinath temple. The private helicopter services are readily available from Kathmandu and Pokhara. Different airline companies operate regular flights to Jomsom from Pokhara.
Muktinath facilitates different clients with different levels of hotels and local lodges. Different tourist standard hotels are available to meet the demand of different clients. Locally produced organic food along with some exported food items are available to meet the expectations of both National and International tourists. Similarly, there are several and large numbers of hotels available in Jomsom, Beni, and Muktinath. The Mustang Potato, Mustang Buck Wheat( Phaphar), Sweet Potato, Yak Cheese, etc are some of the popular foods that are popular and available locally in Mustang. It will cost you $5-$10 for enjoying a meal.
Mustang area offers different forms of activities to nature lovers and both adventure seekers. Similarly, Mustang fascinates clients with Horse Riding, Rock Climbing, Shaligram Hunting, Mountain Biking, Off-Road Jeep Riding. Mustang offers adrenaline Mountain Biking experience to all adventure seekers. Naturally formed rocks and paths make it difficult and equally challenging for all experienced riders.
Finding Shaligram: It is a natural formation of any river worm or insect due to passage on the black stone or it used as a shell by the insect. This stone is used by Vaishnavas which is one sector of Hindu religion. Shaligram is worshiping for six values of human life Righteous living, wealth, protection, good health, pleasure and spiritual. Priest advice and suggests the pilgrims search the Shaligrams in the shore of Kali Gandaki.
Duke Nepal Adventure offers both Jeep Tour and Bus Tour to the guest wanting to experience once in a lifetime experience of visiting one of the religiously important shrines.