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Book a Muktinath Tour and visit Muktinath temple in Mustang- the temple of salvation with other holiest Hindu temples and shrines located in Kathmandu.
The major highlight of our 6 Days Muktinath Tour is visiting the temple of Mokshya, located in the Mustang region of Nepal. You will arrive in Kathmandu and enjoy sightseeing tours of the holiest Hindu shrine, “Pashupatinath temple.” Pashupatinath temple is located on the bank of the Bagmati River. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is often known as the “abode of Shiva.” Only Hindus are permitted to enter the temple complex for worship; others can go to another side of the temple to see Hindu people’s rituals and morning activities.
You will also witness the rare funeral ceremony as per Hindu traditions at cremation ghats on the bank of the holy river Bagmati. If you are Hindu, you can go inside the temple and have the Lord Shiva darshan in the form of the four-face (Chaturmukha) linga.
You will also cover some of the Buddhist stupas which show the religious harmony in Nepal. Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal share as temples or stupas to pay homage to the gods. It is a rare example of the harmony between two religions. You will also visit the Boudhnath stupa, which is the best place to see Tibetan Buddhism and one of the largest Buddhist stupas of its kind.
The next day you will drive to Pokhara by visiting the Manakamana temple en route. Manakamana means temple of wish-fulfilling Goddess. You will visit this temple by cable car. In Pokhara, you will witness the natural beauty of Himalayan views and snow-fed lakes. Pokhara is also known as Himalayan Shangr-la and is one of the best places for relaxation. Pokhara Valley is a gateway for trekking in the Annapurna area and a base for Muktinath excursions.
The highlight of our 6 Days Muktinath Tour is the holiest Vishnu temple in the Mustang region of Nepal at an altitude of 3800 meters. Hindus call the site Mukti Kshetra, which means the “place of salvation,” It is one of the most ancient temples of the God Vishnu and the Vaishnava tradition in Nepal. The shrine is considered to be one of the eight sacred places known as Svayam Vyakta Ksetras (the other seven being Srirangam, Srimushnam, Tirupati, Naimisharanya, Totadri, Pushkar, and Badrinath), as well as one of the 108 Divya Desam, or holy places of worship of Lord Vishnu. Additionally, it is also one of the 51 Shakti Pitha goddess sites.
The small temple contains a human-sized golden statue of Vishnu as Shri Mukti Narayana. In addition to Mukti Narayana, the temple has bronze images of Bhoodevi (the Earth-goddess form of Lakshmi), the goddesses Saraswati and Janaki (Sita), Garuda (the mount of Vishnu), Lava-Kusa (the sons of Rama and Sita) and the Sapta Rishis (Seven Sages created by Lord Brahma).
Behind the temple is a semi-circular wall with 108 stone faucets at seven feet. The faucets all have the exact shape of a bull’s head and are separated by approximately one foot. Water from the ice-cold Kali Gantaki River has been diverted to flow through the mouths of these bulls, and hardy pilgrims who visit the temple often stand beneath each spout.
The Kali Gantaki riverbed downstream from Muktinath is the sole source of the rare Shaligram stones required to establish a temple of Vishnu anywhere in the world.
Muktinath temple is equally crucial for Buddhist followers. You might be amazed to know that the priest at Muktinath temple is Buddhist, and this sets a perfect example of the respect and care of both the Hindu and Buddhist religions in Nepal.
Highlights of the Muktinath Tour
Tour Type: Pilgrimage Tour
Duration: 5 Nights/6 Days
Destination: Kathmandu, Pokhara & Muktinath
Group Size: 1 & above
Arrival city: Kathmandu
Departure City: Kathmandu
Meals: Daily Breakfast
Price: Budget & Standard
Muktinath Tour Itinerary
Arrive in Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by an airport representative waiting at Kathmandu airport with a signboard and your name just outside the arrival hall. You will be assisted and transferred to your hotel.
Afternoon, you will proceed with a sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath temple, located on the bank of the Bagmati River. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is often known as the "abode of Shiva." Only Hindus are permitted to enter the temple complex for worship; others can go to another side of the temple to see Hindu people's rituals and morning activities. You will also witness the rare funeral ceremony as per Hindu traditions at cremation ghats on the bank of the holy river Bagmati.
After a visit to Pashupatinath temple, you will proceed to Boudhnath stupa, located 3 Kilometers away from the temple. Boudhnath stupa is also known as "Mini Tibet" and is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in Nepal. Tibetan settlements and monasteries surround this stupa. You will witness Buddhist rituals and traditions at the Boudhnath area, which is en-circle by Buddhist prayer flags and manes. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Morning drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is famous for its beautiful views of the Himalayas and its snow-fed lakes. The reflection of Mt. Fishtail & Annapurna range on Lake Phewa is breathtaking. Pokhara is also a base camp for trekking on the Annapurna region, with other day hike tours around the valley rim.
En route, you will visit Manakamana temple, known as the temple of the wish-fulfilling Goddess, by Cable car. After darshan, continue to Pokhara and check in at the hotel. Free day on your own to stroll around the Phewa Lakeside area. Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara
Transfer to Pokhara airport to board a flight to Jomsom. Upon arrival, meet the local guide and check in at the hotel. Proceed for Muktinath darshan sharing local jeep. Return to Jomsom for an overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel in Jomsom
Fly back to Pokhara. Transfer to your hotel. Later enjoy a sightseeing tour of Pokhara, visiting Bindabashini temple, Seti Gorge, Devi's Fall & Gupteshwor Cave. Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara
Morning, drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free, or you can take optional tours at extra cost. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Transfer to Kathmandu airport in time to board flight back home.