Revered equally by both Hindus and Buddhists, Muktinath temple (elevation 3710m) is located at the foot of Thorong La mountain pass in Mustang district of Nepal. Hindus call this place Mukti Kshetra, which literally translates as the â€˜place of salvation or mokshaâ€™. Similarly, Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, meaning â€˜Hundred Watersâ€™ in Tibetan.Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, meditated here while on his way to Tibet.
Built in pagoda-style, amodest-looking main temple houses a life-sized golden image of Lord Vishnu as Mukti Narayana, along with other images of Hindu gods and goddesses. The outer courtyard of the temple contains 108 bull-faced faucets through which ice-cold water flows. Hardy devotees can be seen taking a sacred bath from the spouts. The temple premises and surrounding area also holds other important artifacts of Hindu and Buddhist significance. The worship at the temple is conducted by Buddhist nuns.
Our trip begins from Kathmandu, and en route to Pokhara, we visit Manakamana Temple by cable car. We arrive Pokhara later in the evening. Next day, we take a domestic flight to Jomsom, followed by a jeep ride to Muktinath temple. We then retrace our way back to Kathmandu using the same mode of transportation.
Breathtaking mountain views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges awaits you in this trip. This outing involves a mix of diverse landscapes, rugged mountainous terrain, local Buddhist culture, and of course the trip evokes a sense of spirituality and peace of mind that comes with a visit to such a venerated place like Muktinath.
This trip does not involve high altitude trekking, nor does it involve strenuous treks over the mountains. Whether you are interested in the mountains and nature or your visit is purely for religious reasons, this is an excellent getaway trip, where you donâ€™t have to labor physically.