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Muktinath Temple – Best time to visit with Jeep drive

Muktinath Temple

Muktinath temple popularly known as Muktichhetra is the most renowned religious place situated in Nepal. Devotees from all around the world come to visit the popular religious Muktinath. Here you will know about the Muktinath temple tour package. There is various way of getting to Muktinath temple. We will provide you can choose between aerial treks to Muktinath temple or you can commence driving to the temple.  There are various adventurous activates that you can experience during the trek to Muktinath.  The cable car ride of Muktinath is widely famous among the people. People of older age visit Muktinath more as a religious tour.

Trekking to Muktinath is easy if keep calm and acclimatize properly. This trek is suitable for people of all ages. Although Muktinath is a Hindu, the temple also holds an important belief in the Buddhists community. During the trek, you will have to go through the longest pass in the world Thorong La pass, which is a thrilling experience. Hindu people call Muktinath Mukti Kshetra, which means “Place of Liberation” also call “moksha”.  Muktinath is one of the Char Dham in Nepal. The Chaar Dham include some sacred temple of Nepal Pashupatinath Kshetra, Ruru Kshetra, Baraha Kshetra, and Mukti Kshetra.

It is also called Mukti Ksherta

Muktinath is also very sacred as it is the 106th among the total 108-premium temple by Lord Vaishnava in his time.  This  is the Shiva temple and the Gandaki river nearby is the only source of Saligram Shila. |Temple is famous among Nepalese as the holy place for salivation. That is why people from all over the country have a dream of visiting the Muktinath temple. People believe that bathing in Muktinath will heal your soul.  There is an eternal flame in Muktinath temple, which has been burning continuously for ages. The priest on the temple says Lord Brahma burnt that flam in his period.

Muktinath temple is a sacred temple for Buddhist people in Nepal. Buddhists people of Muktinath take this place as very important.    This is one of the four 24 tantric places and the murti in the temple are the manifestation of Avalokitesvara.  The legend of Buddhism Guru Rinpoche who is also known as Padmasambhava came to Muktinath to meditate. Guru Rinpoche was the one who introduced different aspects of Buddhism in Tibet.

JOMSOM & MUKTINATH

When we say Muktinath, Jomsom is the place that we must visit. This is the perfect place for adventurous geeks and trekkers. The landscape and diverse culture of Jomsom will make all your stress go away. The trekking route is full of pine, oak trees, and a continuous view of the High Mountain and peak. This is the highlight of the Muktinath trek you will get the view of high mountains as well as the deepest gorge in the world.  Local people in the Muktinath region say that the kali Gandaki River was origin in the Tibetan plateau, which connects this river into the Holy Gang in India.

A Muktinath trek is very relaxing with a clean and remote environment. The villages in the Muktinath region are untouched by urbanization.  As most of the Himalayan region in Nepal, mostly people of Gurung and Sherpa community have a habitat upper part.  The local people wear their traditional attire and promote them.

Almost all the houses in the Jomsom region are in traditional style with hand-carved arts and Buddhist flags on the route.  While moving Jomsom from Muktinath the most of the trek is the part of fabulous Annapurna circuit trek.  Therefore, you will get amazing glances at the snow-capped mountain.  Going to Ghorepani is optional in this trek, so if you can get to watch the world’s highest Mount Everest. Along with this, there is various small and big Buddhist monastery on this trek.

108 Faucets

There is a certain power that people follow while worshipping in Muktinath.  First, visit the main temple you take pictures, and roam around the temple. After that, you must visit Merbar Lha Gomba, which is a small monastery near the entry gate of the main temple. People call Muktinath “Micarolous fire” as it is built of the memory of guru Rinpoche.

Another interesting thing about the temple is the wall behind which is the shape of the head of a bull. The wall connects with the 108 faucets in the semi-circular form. In addition, from the mouth of tat bull water of the Kali Gandaki flows. The water on these faucets is extremely so the pilgrims stand beneath each spout. They say if stand behind each sport then you will get rid of your sins in this life.  Each of the 108 faucets has its significance in eastern philosophy. According to Hindu astrology, there are 27 Nakshatras. The Nakshatras are used in astronomy. In addition, the faucets represent the 12 zodiac and 9 planets giving 108.

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Location

Muktinath temple lies in the Manang district of Nepal at an altitude of 3,750 meters above sea level. Muktinath temple is surrounded by the high snow-capped mountains from behind and is the most sacred place for Hindu people. As you walk reach Rani Pauwa there are a few small houses, which is the gateway to the Mount Annapurna circuit. People visit Muktinath for freedom and liberation from their sins.

Along with the trekking and site, seeing there are many adventurous activities that you can do on the Muktinath tour.

You can take a jeep ride from Pokhara, which stops a kilometer away from the temple, from there you will have to trek a bit, but if you cannot walk on the tough road then you can get to Muktinath by horse riding. Horses are an important source of transporting in the Muktinath region.  Apart from the trekkers, Muktinath is the major attrition of Sadhus.  Sadhus are the people from India who walk barefoot to Muktinath in the winter season.  Pilgrimage sing, dance, and chant Om Namo Shiva while worshiping.

 

Highlights of Muktinath Temple tour

  • Thakali culture

You can explore around different cultures during this trek. In the Muktinath region, you can get the original and untouched taste of Thakali culture. Their typical Thakali khana set and their traditional dress promote Thakali culture in the world.  Thakali people are the primary people who have been living in the Muktinath region and Jimson of Mustang.

  • Dhumba Lake

This Lake amazing yet unrated lake, which flows along the Kali Gandaki gorge.  Dhumba Lake lies at an altitude of 2,830 meters. Mount Nilgiri of the height of 7,125 meters is at the upper part of the Dhumba region. The eater of this lake is extremely cold.

  • Saligram

Ammonite called, Saligram is the fossils, which are only found in Kali Gandaki River. Saligram is the black stone and symbol of lord Vishnu in Hinduism.

  • Jimson view tower

Jimson view tower is another highlight of the Muktinath trek, which lies in the beautiful Thini village of Jimson. The motive of building this view tour is for the attraction of local tourists. From the top of the tower, you will get the best view of the entire Jimson region. In addition, the view tower also provides a thrilling view of Mt.Dhaulagiri, Mt.annapurna, and Tlicho peak.

 

Places to visit near Muktinath

  • Jawala Mai Temple

Jawala’s Mai temple lies on the southern side of Muktinath temple.  Inside the temple, there are three eternal burning flames, which represent rock, soil, and water. Lord Vishnu to pay tribute to Jawala man who is the goddess of flames lighted these flames. Therefore, the flame makes her presence in today’s time. You can feel the spiritual energy inside of this temple, which is why a large number of people visit this temple.

  • Pokhara

It is the best place to experience all the adventure, as is the main city for tourists. Pokhara lies on the bank of Phewa Lake.  Pokhara is the gateway for trekking the Himalayas of Nepal, with different quirky cafes and a clean environment. Paragliding here is regarded as the best paragliding experience in the world. in addition to this river rafting, skydiving, zip flight, ultralight flight bungee jumping, and boating in Phewa lake are some of the adventurous that you can experience in Pokhara.

  • Marpha

Marpha village is another remote village in mustang valley near Muktinath temple. As the name, Mar means hard work and PHA means people so the people of Marpha are hardworking and humble. However, Marpha is a tourist destination but the lifestyle of local people is very simple. The streets are paved everywhere with clobber stones. Tourists refer to the street of Marpha as Roam and Italy with the spectacular scenery of the mountains. Marpha being a small valley is a small world in itself.

  • Kagbeni

Kagbeni is a beautiful village on the bank of Kali Gandaki n the upper mustang region. You can find the real meaning of natural beauty, the surrounding of the village is a high snow-capped mountain, green landscape, and flowing Kali Gandaki. Kali Gandaki is referred to as the cold desert of Nepal with grey loose rock everywhere. If you want to get time away from the hectic life then, Kagbeni is the perfect place to find inner peace and rejuvenate.

 

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  • Tansen

This is one of the few places in Muktinath, which has a lush green environment. It is at a lower altitude region compared to Muktinath temple.  Tansen temple provides the best view of the Kali Gandaki River, along with that you can roam around Rani Mahal, Naran Temple, Sital pati, and Rikeshav Temple. The best time to visit Tansen is during the winter season, snowfall makes the surroundings more beautiful and picturesque.

 

Here are frequently asked questions for Muktinath temple visit

  1. How to go to Muktinath Temple?

Although Muktinath is far away from Pokhara, you can reach mustang with 15 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Jomson. From Jomson, you can take a half-hour drive to Rani Pauwa and from here; you can trek to about 20 minutes to the temple. Another way of going to Muktinath is hiring a jeep from Kathmandu that takes 3 days and from Pokhara, it takes 2 days to Muktinath. You can also take a flight directly from Kathmandu to Muktinath, which takes about an hour

  1. Do I need to obtain any permits to visit this temple?

Normally while trekking to the Himalayan region of Nepal you will have to get a permit. Forgoing to Muktinath temple you will have to collect two trekking permits. One of them is ACAP, which is for entering the Annapurna region, and another permit is TIMS. You can collect this trekking permit from the Tourism board Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  1. Is there any risk of altitude sickness?

Muktinath is the world’s highest temple lies at an altitude of 3,710 meters. However, this trek is not hard if you stay calm. There is no such record of altitude sickness on the Muktinath tour. Although there is no risk, you will have to take some necessary precautions.

Is there any direct flight from Kathmandu to Muktinath?

There are various ways of getting to Muktinath. One of them is a direct flight from Kathmandu to Muktinath. You can also get a direct bus from Kathmandu to Muktinath.

  1. How is the road condition?

If you are traveling by road then the road from Kathmandu to Beni is 306 km and Kagbeni to Muktinath is 12km, driving roads up to Rani Pauwa are all blacktop but from Rani Pauwa the trail is slightly hard to trek. If you are trekking from June to September there might be a chance of a landslide.

The best time to visit Muktinath is March to June and December to January. During this time, you can catch a spectacular view of the mountain. The weather also became fine and perfect for trekking during this time of the year.

  1. What should I carry during Muktinath Tour?

Muktinath tour is very normal as other Himalayan tours. You must carry a wind sitter, warm jackets, thermals, gloves, and clothes according to the weather you are traveling. In addition, the hotels in the Muktinath area are very basic.

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