Muktinath is a popular Vishnu temple, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, located in Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorang La mountain pass in Mustang, Nepal. It is the one of the highest temples in the world (built at an altitude of 3800m). It is a great example of how two religions can share the same holy spot with mutual respect and support. Within Hinduism, it is known as Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the 'place of liberation (moksh)'. Besides trees are growing at an unusual altitude. For this and reasons unseen yogis from both religions do their meditation at Muktinath.
According to Hindu Myth, it is a belief that this world is "MAYA" (an illusion) of a life cycle of birth and rebirth. Everybody seeks to get rid of this cycle and get nirvana. A visit to Muktinath will help to achieve this goal. There are 108 waterspouts in the backyard of this temple called as Muktidhara where frozen water is continuously flowing from the bullhead and two Kunda (ponds in front of the temple). Taking bath in these 108 waterspouts and two Kunda (ponds) believes to bring salvation.
The temple is very small. Muktinath is one of the most ancient Hindu temples of the God Vishnu. The murti is of gold and is tall enough to compare with a man. The prakaram (outer courtyard) has 108 bull faces through which water is poured. The sacred water that flows in 108 pipes around the temple complex denotes all the sacred Pushkarini waters (Temple Tanks) from all the 108 Sri Vaishnava Divya Desams, where the devotees take their sacred bath even in freezing temperatures. The worship is conducted by Buddhists, with a Buddhist monk present. A local nun manages the pujas (prayer rituals) in the temple. Pilgrims who go there are expected to offer a prasad (religious offering of food) to the deity. The number 108 is believed to represent the entirety of existence, a number found repeatedly in nature: The distance of the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun; 108 pressure points have been identified on the human body; Indian medicine has pointed 108 energy lines throughout the body; at 108 degrees Fahrenheit a human’s vital organs overheat. In Hindu astrology, twelve zodiacs and nine planets lead to a total of 108 potential combinations, and the prayer beads you’ll see in the hands of Hindu priests are made up of 108 beads. Yoga practitioners perform nine rounds of sun salutations, each twelve postures each, to align mind and body. These aren’t just found in Asia; the circle of stones laid at Stonehenge is 108 feet in diameter.
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara
After breakfast, you will drop from your destination and drive you to Pokhara, 200kms west of Kathmandu via tourist bus or private vehicles along with the Trishuli River. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal, tourist's paradise with lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can enjoy in the Phewa Lake with the views of the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The glimpse view of mountains-Annapurna, Mannchapuchhre, Manalsu, and Dhaulagiri attract everyone. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 02: Drive Pokhara to Jomsom
After breakfast we will drive to Jomsom along with world deepest Kaligandakhi canyon. The trail follows the Kaligandaki River and passes Tatopani, Talbagar, Ghasa, Kalopani and Naurikot to meet the Marpha. Marpha is famous place for apple farm and its local brandy (made from apple). We will leave Marpha village to reach Jomsom and overnight stay in Jomsom.
Day 03: Jomsom to Muktinath and Back to Jomsom to Stay
After breakfast, drive about 1 hour 30 minutes to Ranipauwa from Jomsom then hikes for 15 minutess flat and 15 minutes ascending way up to the Muktinath temple. After grasp to the temple, you will perform worship to the God and, can take holy bath in the sacred 108 water spouts surrounding the temple. We will also visit to Jwala Mai, Patal Ganga, Shiva mandir. There is Mukti Kunda in front of this temple. It is a belief that the one who dips into it will be free from his past sins or negative activities. Another point of attraction is 108 water spouts or Muktidhara around the temple. The water here continuously flows from Kaligandaki River. We took a bath in each of these MuktiDhara with the hope that it brings us salvation. A special celebration also exists here in Janai Purnima. Then drive back to Jomsom following the same route. In Jomsom we can search the Shaligram in the bank of Kali-Gandaki River. Overnight stay at Jomsom.
Day 04: Return Back to Pokhara From Jomsom
After breakfast, you will drive back to the Pokhara from Jomsom following the same trail. The speculator view of hills and mountains have been the fruitful one. You will arrive at Pokhara, take refreshment and overnight stay at Lakeside Pokhara.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Pokhara and Back to Kathmandu
After having your breakfast, you will enjoy some attractive tour points in Pokhara and drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by vehicle, which takes around seven hours. You will follow to the Damauli, Muglin and Kurintar with Manakamana Temple, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The green sceneries, mountain views, rice fields, vegetable fields and many more attract you. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes only 25 minutes.
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