Muktinath Nepal Tour
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Overview

Muktinath (3,710m), Nepal, is the popular Vishnu temple located at the first highest altitude in the world (second is the Tungnath in India, 3680m) is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas) in Mustang, Nepal. The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which is sometimes mistakenly called Muktinath.

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Nepal

Day 9 Muktinath Nepal Tour

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU

It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your Hotel. The representative will help you check into hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Later visit Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple

We carry on the sightseeing tour of the Boudhanath: the world’s largest stupa. It is a site of great reneration to the Buddhists. Bouddhanath is the center of Tibetan culture in Nepal. The 36-meter-high stupa of Bouddhanath is one of the largest stupas in South Asia. Bouddhanath Stupa was renovated by Licchavi rulers in the eighth century. The mandala design in Bouddhanath is a copy    of the one in Gyangtse in Tibet.

The stupa is located in the area of ancient trade route to Tibet where Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many decided to live around Bouddhanath. Hence, a complete township has developed around Bouddhanath. The stupa is said to entomb the remains of a Kasyap sage venerable both to Buddhists and Hindus. Smaller stupas are located at the base. Gompa monasteries, curio shops, and restaurants surround Bouddhanath.

 

Pashupatinath: Pashupati Temple stands in the center of the town of Deopatan, in the middle of an open courtyard. It is a square, two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth, and it stands 23.6 meters above the ground. Richly ornamented gilt and silver-plated doors are on all sides.

On both sides of each door are niches of various sizes containing gold-painted images of guardian deities. Inside the temple itself is a narrow ambulatory around the sanctum. The sanctum contains a one-meter high linga with four faces (chaturmukha) representing Pashupati, as well as images of Vishnu, Surya, Devi and Ganesh.

The priests of Pashaputinath are called Bhattas and the chief priest is called Mool Bhatt or Raval. The chief priest is answerable only to the King of Nepal and reports to him on temple matters on a periodic basis.

The struts under the roofs, dating from the late 17th century, are decorated with wood carvings of members of Shiva's family such as Parvati, Ganesh, Kumar or the Yoginis, as well as Hanuman, Rama, Sita, Lakshman and other gods and goddesses from the Ramayana.

 

Pashaputi Temple's extensive grounds include many other old and important temples, shrines and statues. South of the temple, for instance, is Chadeshvar, an inscribed Licchavi linga from the 7th century, and north of the temple is a 9th-century temple of Brahma. On the south side of Pashupati temple is the Dharmashila, a stone where sacred oaths are taken, and pillars with statues of various Shah Kings.

The Bagmati River, which runs next to Pashaputinath Temple, has highly sacred properties. Thus the banks are lined with many ghats (bathing spots) for use by pilgrims. Renovating or furnishing these sites has always been regarded as meritorious.

Arya Ghat, dating from the early 1900s, is of special importance because it is the only place where lustral water for Pashupatinath Temple can be obtained and it is where members of the royal family are cremated. The main cremation site is Bhasmeshvar Ghat, which is the most-used cremation site in the Kathmandu Valley. The preferred bathing spot for women is the Gauri Ghat, to the north.

Check In and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: DRIVE TO NAGARKOT

After breakfast drive to Nagarkot, en-route visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changunarayan temple.

Bhaktapur city: Also known as city of devotees, Bhaktapur is the home of medieval art and architecture. Lying 14 kilometres/9 miles east of Kathmandu City, this place was founded in the 9th Century and is shaped like a conch shell. The city is at the height of 4,600 ft. above sea level. In Bhadgaon, you will visit the Durbar Square with the Palace of 55 windows built by King Bhupatindra Malla. The famous five-storied Nyatapol temple on the terraces of which stands a pair of figures - two goddesses, two strong men, two elephants, two lions and two griffins is the tallest temple in the valley and was also built by King Bhupatindra Malla. It is one of the best examples of Pagoda styled temples.

The ancient Hindu temple of Changu Narayan is located on a high hilltop that is also known as Changu or Dolagiri. The temple was surrounded by forest with champak tree and a small village, known as Changu Village. The temple is located in Changunarayan VDC of Bhaktapur District, Nepal. This hill is about 8 miles east of Kathmandu and a few miles north of Bhaktapur. The Manahara River flows beside the hill. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Visnu and held in especial reverence by the Hindu people. This temple is considered as the oldest temple in Nepal.

Nagarkot: is situated about 32 km east of Kathmandu and from here one can see beautiful view of Himalayan peaks (subject to weather permit). It is located between Kathmandu valley in the west and Indrawati in the east. The top of Nagakot commands accelerating views in all direction. The altitude of Nagarkot is 2229 meter above sea level.

Enjoy Himalayan Views from Nagarkot.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 03: DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU. VISIT KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE AND SWOYAMBHUNATH STUPA

After breakfast at the hotel, drive back to Kathmandu. Later visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambunath Stupa.

KATHMANDU CITY: Kasthamandap, the source of the name Kathmandu means ‘made from the timber of a single tree’. Also known as Kantipur, the capital Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's art and culture. It is a place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments.  Kathmandu Durbar Square with its arrays of temples, Seto Machhindranath and the ancient palace of the former Nepali Royals enriches your experience of the centuries old civilisation.

SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA: Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hill. The main stupa is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire crowned by a pinnacle of Copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The hill of Swayambhunath is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. You’ll get a scenic view of Kathmandu city from there.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: DRIVE TO POKHARA

After breakfast at the hotel drive to Pokhara…

Morning after breakfast drive to Pokhara. En-route visit cable car station (100 km & 3 hours drive from Kathmandu). Take a cable car ride of approximately 12 minutes to visit famous Manokamana Temple.

Situated atop a 1300-meter hill, the Manakamana Devi temple is a highly venerated sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. The name Manakamana is derived from two words, Mana, meaning heart and Kamana meaning wish. It is believed that the Goddess Bhagwati rewards those who make the pilgrimage to her shrine by granting their wishes.

After worship return to cable car station for lunch. Continue drive to Pokhara (210 km & 3 hours) & transfer to hotel.                     

Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panaromic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of the lakes and the magnificence of the Himalaya rising behind them create the ambience that has made Pokhara such a popular place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Tourism focuses on the districts of Damside and Lakeside (or Pardi and Baidam, in Nepali, respectively). These two areas, packed with hotels and restaurants, are a few kilometers southwest of the main Pokhara bazaar.

Evening walk around the lakeside area.                

Dinner & overnight at hotel.

Day 05: FLY POKHARA-JOMSOM. VISIT MUKTINATH TEMPLE

Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight to Jomsom. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.

Jomsom, also known as Dzongsam or New Fort, is a town located at an altitude of 2800m in Mustang Nepal. It extends over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Along the banks of Kali Gandaki river there are rocks holy to the Hindus. The soaring peaks of Dhaulagiri. and Nilgiri form a backdrop. As the district headquarters, it is primarily an administrative and commercial center with government officials and merchants rubbing shoulders with the local residents of the region, known as Thakalis.

Excursion to Muktinath Temple by sharing jeep/coach.

Muktinath is one of the sacred places of worship for the Hindus in the Himalayan ranges of Nepal. The famous temple of Lord Muktinath lies in the district of Mustang and is situated about 18 kms northeast of Jomsom at an altitude of about 3800 meter. The main shrine is a pagoda shaped temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This is one of the 106th sacred Muktichhetra (assured of salvation) of 108 sacred places of Vaishnavs, where Lord Vishnu got free from the curse of Sati. Here is a largest Shaligram. Here is also a Jwaladevi, a divine flame is continuously burning since thousands of year.

Muktinath is the most sacred Hindu site in Nepal after the temple of Pashupatinath in Kathmandu. Hindu pilgrims come here to bathe in the 108 water spouts shaped as cows’ heads and Buddhists come here to pay homage at a shrine enclosing an eternal blue flame. Pilgrims take bath in holy water spouts to purify their bodies before visiting the main Temple for worship.

After puja at Muktinath Temple return to Jomsom for lunch.

Rest of the day at leisure for relaxation.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: FLY JOMSOM-POKHARA

Fly back to Pokhara & transfer to hotel.

Later leave for the sightseeing tour of Davi's fall, Gupteshwor Cave, Bindebasini Temple & Seti River.

Devi’s Fall: Locally known as Patale Chango (Hell’s Falls) also known as Devins and Davids is a lovely Waterfall is about 2 km south West of Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker by the name of Davy, was washed away by the Padi Khola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.

Gupteswar Cave: Gupteswar Gupha, a sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway leading southwest from the city. The entrance is right across from Devi's Fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. This cave holds special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. Taking pictures inside the cave is prohibited.

Bindyabasini Temple:

Locally called the Bindhyabasini Mandir, this white dome- like structure dominates a spacious stone – paved courtyard built atop a shady hillock. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, yet another manifestation of Shakti.

Seti River George:

The roaring Seti River passes right through Pokhara, but you won’t see it unless you go looking. The river has carved a deep, narrow chasm through the middle of town, turning the water milky white in the process.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: IN POKHARA

Early morning Sunrise excursion to Sarangkot. Drive back to hotel for breakfast.

Later visit World Peace Pagoda. We drive from lake side to Kalimati then gradual ascend to World Peace Pagoda with view of green forest hills and Pokhara valley. Once at top of the hill in front could visible huge white stupa of world peace pagoda, where has mentioned the four seen of Lord Buddha in four cubical direction where he born at Lumbini, where he enlightened at Bodhgaya, where he teach most of his life time at Sarnath and where he got Mahaparinirvana at Kushinagar.

We can witness the awesome view over Himalaya (subject to weather condition), view of Pokhara, Fewa Lake while people are rolling their bots and View of paragliding in the sky like Vultures flies. After taking capture fantastic view of surroundings in camera and mind. Then gradual down through dense queen’s forest and taking boat via Barahi Temple to Lakeside.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU

After breakfast at the hotel drive back to Kathmandu.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 09: DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the hotel.

We ensure that you will leave Kathmandu with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime.

Our representative from our office will drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home. 

 

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