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Muktinath- Muktikshetra Place of Shalagramas and Abode of Lord Vishnu. It is also called Chumig Gyatsa (Hundred Waters) in Tibetan is a sacred place for both Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists at 3750 meters (12,300 feet). It is a great example of how two religions can share the same holy spot with mutual respect and support.
In Muktinath all the elements are represented; not only earth, air and holy water, but also fire. Beside trees are growing at an unusual altitude. For this and reasons unseen yogis from both religions do their meditation at Muktinath.
Shaligram stone, the black-coloured Ammonoid fossil is found only in Nepal, mostly to river Kali Gandaki near Muktinath. It is believed to be the representation of Bhagwan Shri Vishnu in Hindu religion. This river, also known as the Salagrami, is a few hours walking from Muktinath.
The famous temple of Lord Muktinath situated at 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 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. Named after highly referred Muktinath shrine the valley is one of religious place in Nepal for both Hindus and Buddhist.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.Similarly Buddhist calls this valley the Chumig Gyatsa (place of 108 waterspouts).
It is believed that Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambha) 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 valley has seven historic village: Putak, Jhong, Chhyonkhar, Purang, Jharkot and khinga. Ranipauwa (lit.queen's pilgrim hostel, named after queen Subarna Prabha Devi) is a new settlement founded by people of Purang. The main ethnic group of the valley is Bhotias. This place is opened through out the year but especially in Rishitarpani, Ram Nawami, and Bijay Dashami thousands of pilgrims gather here to celebrate the festival.
Arrive to Kathmandu, an exciting and memorable experience with the panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan range greets your sight.
Nepal Travel and Tour's Airport Representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara- approxmately 6 hours drive
Arrive Pokhara and transfer to Hotel. After check-in at hotel, leave for free sightseeing tour of Pokhara City and boating at Phewa Lake with darshan of Tal Barahi Temple.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Drive from Pokhara to Jomsom
Overnight in Jomsom
Jeep Drive from Jomsom to Muktinath. Muktinath visit and Darshan. back to Jomsom and stay. By jeep drive option, same day departure to Pokhara. You may stay into Tatopani too, the hot spring place. (price extra)
Jeep Drive from Jomsom to Pokhara then to Kathmandu.
(Alternate: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and to Kathmandu- Price extra)
Sightseeing tours of Heritages of Kathmandu including Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Durbar square, then drive to Airport for your final departure.
Pashupatinath Temple is One of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the world. The two storied pagoda houses a sacred lignum or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Although the temple dates back to the 4th century, it was brought into its present shape in the early 18th century. The temple is most noted for its gold-plated roofs and silver-coated doors.
Bouddhanath Stupa is the world's largest stupa of its kind. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal mandala design.
Our Airport Representative will take you to the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure.