Muktinath Tour


6 Days | 5 Nights

Overview

Muktinath, situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters (12,172 feet) in the Mustang district, Muktinath is a highly venerated sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus call the site Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of salvation" and 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.

Short Itineraries

  • DAY 1:
    Arrival in Kathmandu. Sightseeing of Pashupatinath and Aarati.
  • DAY 2:
    In Kathmandu. Sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan Durbar Square
  • DAY 3:
    Drive to Pokhara (6 – 6 ½ hours). En route visit Manakamana. Sightseeing around & Boating in Phewa lake in evening
  • DAY 4:
    Fly to Jomsom (20 min). Then Drive to Muktinath (approx. 1 ½ - 2 hours).
  • DAY 5:
    Fly back to Pokhara and connect flight to Kathmandu. Sightseeing of Boudhanath.
  • DAY 6:
    Departure

Detailed Itineraries

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you are welcomed & assisted by our representative. Then you will be transferred to hotel as booked.

Later visit Pashupatinath Temple dating back to 400 A.D. is one of the oldest Hindu Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is for the Hindus what Mecca is for the Muslims. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in Pagoda Style with gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. You’ll also be able to see cremation grounds that lie on the bank of Bagmati behind the temple.

Late evening you can also witness one of the most mesmerizing rituals at Pashupatinath Temple -The Pashupati Bagmati Aarati. Bagmati is the holy river that flows through the temple. The river divides the temple into two sides, with the main Pashupatinath Temple being on one side and the location of this Aarati on the other.

Meals: None
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
DAY 02: - IN KATHMANDU. SIGHTSEEING OF KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, SWAYAMBHUNATH AND PATAN DURBAR SQUARE.

After your leisurely breakfast at the hotel, start your day sightseeing with UNESCO Heritage sites Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.

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 Swayambhu is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. You’ll get a scenic view of Kathmandu city from there.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: 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 and the ancient palace of the former Nepali Royals enriches your experience of the centuries old civilization.

Patan Durbar Square: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu, Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Patan is believed to have been built in the 3rd century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty later expanded and enriched by the Lichhavi and the Malla rulers in the medieval period. Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former Royal palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a beautiful museum.

Meals:- Breakfast
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
DAY 03: - DRIVE TO POKHARA (6-7 HOURS). ENROUTE VISIT MANAKAMANA. SIGHTSEEING OF DAVIS FALL, GUPTESWOR MAHADEV CAVE AND BOATING IN PHEWA LAKE.

Today after your breakfast at the hotel, drive to Pokhara (approx. 6 – 6 ½ hours). En route visit Manakamana Temple in Cable car. Manakamana Temple lies 12 km south of historic town Gorkha and located on a prominent ridge (1302m) overlooking the river valleys of Trisuli (south) and Marshyandi (west). The unique location of the place is dramatized during winter when the ridge appears as island above the sea of morning mist. People believe the Goddess here, fulfils the wishes of her devotees, thus she is regarded as Manakmana, the wish fulfilling deity.

Continue to Pokhara. Once in Pokhara, check in to the hotel. Then visit Davi’s falls & Gupteshwor Mahadev cave.

Davi's fall: Locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell's fall), Devi's fall (also known as David's) is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen. An interesting modern legend says that a foreigner named David was skinny dipping in the Pardi Khola (river) when the floodgates of the dam were opened, sweeping him into an underground passage beneath the fall, never to be seen again.

Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave: Located close to Davis Falls on the other side of the World Peace Stupa the Gupteshwor Mahadev cave is Nepal's most famous cave. The cave is said to be have been discovered in the 16th century. The main cave contains two chambers with several shrines located throughout. The largest of these shrines is dedicated to Shiva. Evening is followed by leisure time or boating in Phewa lake. The ultimate lake for boating where an island temple is located at the middle of the lake. Another attraction is the reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna range on the crystal-clear water of the lake. While boating in Phewa Lake, you can see several varieties of fish. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake. It’s hard to escape the draw of Phewa Lake and any visitor with even a few spare minutes should endeavor to take a boat out on the water to fully experience the wonderful views of reflected mountains. Paddling out into the middle of the lake is a nice way to spend a quiet afternoon.

Meals:- Breakfast
Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
DAY 04: -FLY TO JOMSOM (20 MIN). THEN DRIVE TO MUKTINATH (1 ½ – 2 HOURS).

After breakfast you are transferred to Pokhara airport for flight to Jomsom. Once in Jomsom, drive to Muktinath on Jeep. Visit Muktinath temple and spend some time exploring around then drive back to Jomsom.

Muktinath, situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters (12,172 feet) in the Mustang district, Muktinath is a highly venerated sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus call the site Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of salvation" and 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.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at hotel in Jomsom.
DAY 05: - FLY TO POKHARA AND THEN CONNECT FLIGHT TO KATHMANDU.

After breakfast fly back to Pokhara and from Pokhara airport connect flight back to Kathmandu.

Later afternoon, visit Boudhanath. One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal; Boudhanath is one of the holiest structures imposing a height of 36 meters with three massive level Mandala style platforms. It is surrounded by colourful buildings housing families creating a friendly enclosure. The Stupa is visited every year by tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.

Meals:- Breakfast
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
DAY 06: - DEPARTURE

After breakfast you will be transferred to International airport for onward flight.

Meals:- Breakfast

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