There are two ways to get to Muktinath either take a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and hike for 7-8 hours from Jomsom or trek all the way from Pokhara through Kali-Gandaki valley, which takes 7/8 days. It is believed that one should visit this temple after competing pilgrimage of four special religious sites in India . This temple held sacred by Hindus as well as Buddhists. The Jwala Mai temple nearby contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural gas underground. Jomsom is a major center in the Annapurna region.
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 him 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.
The construction in 1815 of the Buddhist-Hindu temple of Vishnu and Chenrezig at Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa was initiated by the Nepali Queen Subarna Prabha who considered Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa Salagrama.
The central shrine of Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa is considered one of the eight most sacred shrines for Hindu Vaishnavas known as Svayam Vyakta Ksetras which is said to have risen on its own, the other seven being Srirangam, Srimushnam, Tirupati, Naimisharanya, Totadri, Pushkar and Badrinath. It is also one of 108 Vaishnava shrines. There is an old Buddhist monk present in the temple. The worship is conducted by Buddhist nuns.
Here in the early 19th century the Hindus consecrated a Vishnu temple and named is Muktinath – Lord of Liberation. Against a backdrop of incredible starkness, you can sit and stare at the south the snow covered Annapurna range, or to the north the Tibetan plateau.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. O/N
Day 02: After breakfast, Kathmandu sightseeing: Pashupatinath Temple, BoudhanathStupa, SwayambhunathStupa (Monkey Temple), Kathmandu Durbar Square. O/N
Day 03: After breakfast, drive to Pokhara (210 kms) by private a/c vehicle. Transfer to hotel. O/N.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom via Pokhara airport. Jomsom to Muktinath drive by Jeep (22 Kms), Muktinath Temple visit and back to Jomsom. O/N
Day 05: Fly back to Pokhara via flight. Pokhara Sightseeing: Sarankot, Phewa Lake, Gupteshwori Cave, Bindabashini Temple. O/N
Day 06: Drive to Kathmandu (210 kms). Shopping in the evening. O/N
Day 07: Drop to airport. Departure.
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