Muktinath: Mukti (Salvation) Nath (god) holds great significance for all spiritual people in the south Asian sub continent. Muktinath (the provider of salvation) has been one such holy site, where thousands of devotees flock for attaining the much sought after moksha.
The famous Muktinath is a sacred place both for hindu and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley lies in the district of Mustang and is situated about 18 kms. Northeast of Jomsom in the north central part of Nepal, at an altitude of about 3800 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas). The site is close to the village Ranipauwa, which sometimes mistakenly is called Muktinath as well.
Named after highly referred Muktinath shrine the valley is one of religious place in Nepal for both Hindus and Buddhist. Hindus call it Muktichhetra (Place of salvation) is one of the four religious sites & It is also one of the 51 Sakti peetams.
Some people called this place Salagrama, Many Shaligrams 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 which in Tibetan means ‘Hundred Waters’. For Tibetan Buddhists Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa 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 Avalokitesvara.
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindu & Buddhist. The holy shrine at Muktinath is in a grove of trees and includes a Buddhist Gompa and the pagoda style temple of Vishnu Temple, Containing an Image of Vishnu.
The temple is very small. Muktinath is one of the most ancient Hindu temples of God Vishnu. The Pagoda style Muktinath Temple is symbol of the religious symbiosis between both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindu regards Muktinath as Vishnu where as Buddhists regard as Buddha. The main shrine of Muktinath is a pagoda – shaped temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. The statue is of gold and is tall enough to compare with a man. The Statue is of gold and is tall enough to compare with a man. The depicts metal statues of lord Vishnu, goddess Laxmi, Saraswoti, Janaki, Garuda, Lava-Kush and Sapta Rishis.It is believed that one should visit this temple after completing pilgrimage of four special religious sites, Chardham Yatra of India; Muktinath must be visited once
Behind the temple there are 108 waterspouts (Dhara) name of “Muktidhara”. The 108 faucets in the shape of a head of a bull, closely arranged in a semi-circle with a gap of hardly a foot between the faucets, at a height of seven feet. The water from Gandaki River continuously flowing through the mouth of the bull. Pilgrims who visit the temple take a holy bath in each of these spouts. But as the water is ice cold it requires burning desire and courage to take a holy bath here. Hindu devotees take bath under chilled water of 108 waterspouts “Muktidhara” believing that it brings them salvation.
Continuously burning flame “Jwala Mai Temple” sound of flowing river is situated south of Muktinath Temple. 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. Currently two flames are continuously burning. Hindu believes that this miracle of fire lighting was offering made by Brahma, Hindus worship the fire as Jwala Mai (Lit. Goddess of fire).
It is believed that one should visit this temple after completing pilgrimage of four special religious sites, Chardham Yatra of India; Muktinath must be visited once
It is quite difficult to travel because of tough weather conditions. Only those who are willing to undergo physical discomfort and rigour can go to Muktinath. Above all, one should have the Grace of the Lord to visit Muktinath.
There are many ways to reach Muktinath. One can fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then from Pokhara to Jomsom Airport. From there, one can either trek for 7-8 hours all the way or take a jeep to Muktinath. The charter helicopter services are available from Pokhara & Kathmandu all the way to Muktinath which takes around forty five minutes to reach from Pokhara and 1.30 hrs from Kathmandu.
Trek all the way from Pokhara through Kali-Gandaki valley, a trekking route one of famous treks name of Muktinath, Which takes 7/8 days.
We suggest you as following Itinerary for your Idea.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport pick up from airport, transfer to Hotel. After short preparation visit Pashupathinath Temple World heritage site, oldest temple Top of Hindu temple (God Shiva) Pashupatinath , Have darshan and Worship at Evening there will be Arati at 6.00 PM, After see arati and have darshan back to Hotel and overnight.
Day 02: After breakfast drive to Pokhara -210 Km/5-6 hrs, on the way you will visit Manakamana (Hindu goddess of willing) is a temple of one of the manifestations of the Hindu goddess Bhagwati. Bhagwati is believed to have the power to fulfill wishes. Where to go by cable car, it is 2.8 Km from down station to upbeat station It takes 12 min for one way. After puja & darshan continues drive to Pokhara, Arrive and transfer to Hotel. Evening free time for individual activities. Overnight.
Day 03: After early breakfast, transfer to Airport fly from Pokhara to Jomsom by Schedule flight -25 min, Arrival at Jomsom (2700 Mtr), transfer to Hotel, after short preparation walk to Jeep stand (10-15 Min.) and drive to Muktinath by Jeep 20 km /2.30 Hrs. Arrival at Ranipauwa 3710 Mtr. walks to Muktinath temple 3800 Mtr. /40 Min. arrive in temple, Muktinath is god of Salvation, it holds great significance for all spiritual people in the south Asian sub continent. Muktinath (the provider of salvation) has been one such holy site, where thousands of devotees flock for attaining the much sought after moksha, have holy bath on 108 waterspouts, name of “Muktidhara”. & Holy bath in Mukti Kunda (2 Kunda infront of Temple, Hindu devotees take bath under chilled water of 108 waterspouts “Muktidhara” & Mukti Kunda, Have darshan and worship to Muktinath god its believing that it brings them salvation, walk to Jwalamai Temple, Continuously burning flame, the Jwala Mai temple has a spring and there are three eternal flames, The Hindu believes that this miracle of fire lighting was offering made by Brahma himself, (the creator of universe) set water on fire. And walk back to Ranipauwa and drive back to Jomsom by Jeep (2.30 hrs), Arrival Jomsom. Walk back to Hotel Overnight at Jomsom
Day 04: After cup of tea Transfer to Jomsom airport for Schedule flight to Pokhara. Arrive and transfer to Hotel, After short preparation proceed for sightseeing places to visit Bindhabasini Temple, Bindhabasini is the mother goddess who fulfills the wishes of her devotees, Seti River, it is provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow Devi’s Waterfall is locally known as the Patale Chhango (Hell’s Fall). Devi’s Fall (also known as Devin’s and David’s) is a lovely waterfall, Gupteswor Cave is a sacred and natural cave there is temple of Load Shiva, So that is known Mahadev cave, The Barahi Temple is the most important monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storyed pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of’ Ajima where to go by boat ride in Fewa Lake. Fewa Lake, the second largest lake of the country, is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. Return to Hotel. Evening free time for individual activities, overnight
Day 05: Early in the morning go for Sunrise from Sarankot by Private vehicle, This place is situated in 1592 m from sea level, you will see the clearly the most stunning of Pokhara’s sights is the spectacular panorama of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Stretching from east to west, Fist-tail, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal, Mt. Annapurna I, II are in Annapurna range and other mountains, and feel like touch the mountain from here. Drive back to hotel. After breakfast fly or drive back to Kathmandu, arrive and transfer to Hotel, Evening free time for individual activities, overnight
Day 06: After breakfast, you will proceed to Kathmandu Sightseeing places to visit Bouddhanath, the holiest shrine for the Buddhist culture in Nepal, Budhanikantha is a place of pilgrimage for all Hindus, sleeping Vishnu /Jal narayan, colossal statue of lord Vishnu reclining on a bed of snakes on Water pond. Syambhunath, famous world heritage site with magnificent views of the Kathmandu valley and tribute to Buddhism, Kathmandu Durbar Square (Center of City ). This square is famous for old palaces, temples, Kumari Ghar and another durbar square of Kathmandu valley is Patan Durbar Square is known as the city of fine arts. The square is full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings. The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. And Krishna Temple-Built in the seventeenth century, the temple of Lord Krishna holds a commanding position in the palace complex of Patan – 5/6 hrs and back to hotel overnight.
Day 07: AM breakfast, free time till departure, Transfer to Airport by private vehicle for final departure and fly to your destination