Muktinath Tour Package - Overview
"Our Religious Muktinath Tour Package main objective is to ease devotees in visiting Muktinath Temple located in the remote area of Nepal from Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chennai, Bangalore or Delhi providing various travel options. Here you can get all the information about the temple, its attraction, and various ways to get there, roadmap, the best time to travel, required permits and suggested tour itinerary."
Almost every Muktinath Yatra Package commence with either driving (206 km & takes 6/7 hrs) or flying (25 mins) from Kathmandu to Pokhara. On the way, visit Manakamana Devi Temple via Cable Car Ride (15 mins). Next day, either drive (175 km & takes 7/8 hrs) or fly (15 mins) to Jomsom. Afterward, drive to Ranipauwa (20 km & takes 1 hr) and hike for half an hour to reach up to the temple. Visit an ancient sacred Muktinath Temple, take a holy bath in 108 waterspouts & two holy Kunda (ponds) then follow the same route back to Kathmandu.
About Muktinath Temple:
Muktinath Temple word is derived from Mukti and Nath. "Mukti" means "Salvation or Nirvana" and "Nath" means "God or Master". Mukti Holds great significance for all spiritual people in the south Asian sub-continent. Muktinath this Sanskrit name itself has religious overtone and a sort of emotional ring to it for the devout Hindus. The name is a synthesis of two words - (the provider of salvation) has been one such holy site, where thousands of devotees flock for attaining the much sought after moksha (Freedom) from the cycle of birth and rebirth. It is an ardent wish or a dream if you may say, of every Hindu to get Mukti-Nirvana from this cycle taking births over and over again. It is a belief of the Hindus that this world is "MAYA" (an illusion) and the earliest one gets out of it the better and a visit to Muktinath will help them achieve that goal. Since then it called Muktinath. The Hindus call it Muktichhetra (place of salvation) is one of the four religious sites. Many Shaligrams (Ammonite) found during Muktinath Yatra over here are considered by Hindu as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and worship them. According to Hindu Myth lord Vishnu turned into Shaligram because of Brinda's Curse. Muktinath Temple is opened throughout the year but especially in Rishitarpani, Ram Navami, and Bijay Dashami thousands of pilgrims gather here to celebrate the festival.
Muktinath Temple (Chumig Gyatsa):
The Pagoda style Muktinath Temple is a symbol of the religious symbiosis between both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindu believes that Lord Vishnu got salvation from the curse of Brinda (wife of Jalandhar) here. Therefore he is worshipped as Muktinath (Lit. the lord of salvation). The holy shrine, which is said to have risen on its own, is one of eight such shrines (the others include Srirangam, Sri Mushnam, Tirupati, Naimisaranyam, Thottadri, Pushkaram, and Badrinath). It is also one of 108 Vaishnava shrines. 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.
Attraction around Muktinath Temple:
- Mukti Kunda: Two holy water ponds known as "Laxmi Saraswati Kunda" located in front of the temple. Taking the plunge here is believed to rinse away your sin.
- Mukti Dhara: 108 waterspouts (Bull-headed shape) in the backyard of this temple where holy water (chill) from Gandaki River flows continuously. Taking bath under all these 108 Muktidhara is believed to bring salvation.
- Jwala Mai Temple: Continuously burning holy flame from a rock located inside Dhola Mebar Gompa is just five minutes walking distance, situated in the south region of the temple.
- Mharme Lha Khang Gompa: Monastery located in the north region of the temple is dedicated to Guru Rimpoche also known as Padmasambhava.
- Swaminarayan: Satguru of Sabij Yoga.
- Shaligram: Fossils of the Jurassic park age that is found in Kali Gandaki River. This black stone is the symbol of Lord Vishnu and kept in the prayer room in the home.
Muktinath Travel Guide:
How to go to Muktinath Temple from Kathmandu & Pokhara?
- By helicopter (1:30hrs each way): Muktinath darshan by helicopter can be done in just one and half hour from Kathmandu airport. After having darshan/pooja at Muktinath Temple either flies back to Kathmandu or to Pokhara as per your choice. Please note: There is not any regular helicopter schedule service from Kathmandu and Pokhara instead; one single helicopter needs to be chartered for the package. There is five and six seated helicopter is available to be chartered. So, it's a good idea to gather five, six people and share the Muktinath tour package cost.
- By road and flight (3-7 days): Muktinath tour by road and schedule flight is another comfortable way to visit Muktinath Temple. The route goes like this: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (206 km - 6 hrs.) halt overnight. The morning flies Pokhara to Jomsom (15-20 minutes) then hike for a half hour up to jeep station, drive another one and half hour from Jomsom to Muktinath by jeep. Again hike for half an hour to reach Temple but people who can't walk can ride on a horse. Have darshan and stay overnight at Jomsom. Next day fly back to Jomsom and either take a connecting flight to Kathmandu or stay at Pokhara.
- By road only (4-8 days): Muktinath yatra by jeep route goes like this: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (206km - 6 hrs.) stay overnight. Drive Pokhara to Jomsom via Beni, Tatopani, Ghasa, and Marpha (170 km - 9 hrs.) stay overnight. Drive Jomsom to Muktinath have darshan and directly drive back to Pokhara, stay overnight. And drive back to Kathmandu.
- By fight only (3-6 days): Firstly, fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (25 minutes - starts at 8-9 am). Since Pokhara to Jomsom flight is operated in the early morning only, one night needs to be spent at Pokhara. Next day fly to Jomsom, drive to Muktinath and back to Jomsom, stay overnight there. Take the earliest flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and connecting flight to Kathmandu. Kathmandu to Muktinath by flight is another easiest way to visit the temple.
Muktinath Darshan Road Map:
Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Muktinath Driving Road Map on Google Map.
Best Season for Muktinath Yatra:
March, April, May, September (mid), October, November, and December are considered as the best time to visit Muktinath Temple. During these months the weather used to be clear all day and snow-capped mountains will be welcoming you with a big smile.
Muktinath Travel Permits:
Before beginning your journey from Pokhara to Muktinath by road, trek or by flight, you shall require collecting two permits. They are:
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP): This permit can be collected from Nepal Tourism Board located at Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu or at Pokhara &
- Trekker's Information Management System Permit (TIMS). This permit can be collected from TAAN located one at Saatghumti, Thamel and another at Mali Gaun, Kathmandu or at Pokhara.
[Note: Four passport size pictures and a copy of your passport are required for this Muktinath Tour to collect required permit.]
Latest updates about Muktinath:
- As per the NOTAM issued by Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Jomsom airport will be closed from 08 June to 22 June 2019 for Fixed Wings aircraft. Jomsom Airport is the nearest airport to reach Muktinath Temple. An alternative way to reach Muktinath Temple is via 10 hours bumpy road drive from Pokhara. Senior citizens are suggested to postpone their trip for another month.
- Good news for the overland traveler: From Kagbeni to Muktinath about 12 km road has now been black-topped and become comfortable to travel. Now you can save half an hour driving.
- Beni to Jomsom road is also going to be upgraded. The government has planned to widen the road and finish the black-topped road in 2022. Road construction is going at high speed.
- Motorcycles are no more available to carry you from Ranipauwa (Jeep Station) to Muktinath. Instead, the local residency has replaced it with horses. This action has been taken to reduce sound and air pollution around Muktinath Temple.
- Motorable Bridge has been built to cross the Gandaki River replacing the old narrow wood bridge at Jomsom. This helped to drive on a single jeep up to the Ranipauwa and no more required to change another jeep at Jomsom to reach Muktinath Temple.
- Muktinath Cable Car project has got approvable to construct a cable car that connects Pokhara and Muktinath through a ropeway. As per the proposal, the cable car will be built in 5 sections. The first stop will be Birethanti then Ghorepani, Tatopani, Jomsom and finally connecting Muktinath. So, in the near future, Muktinath Yatra will be more adventurous, scenic, comfortable, wonderful and breathtaking.
Please contact us for further travel guide regarding Muktinath Trip, tour cost from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Pokhara or Kathmandu by helicopter, flight, jeep, road, motorbike or by bicycle and weather condition.
Muktinath Tour Package Itinerary
Most of the Muktinath Tour Package Itinerary covers sightseeing of Pashupatinath Temple, Sleeping Vishnu God Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa, and Krishna Temple at Kathmandu. Manakamana Devi Temple on the way to Pokhara. Similarly, Bindabasini Temple, Seti Gandaki River, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Devi's Fall, and Barahi Temple at Pokhara. And of course, holy bath in 108 waterspouts and two holy Kunda (ponds) at the main destination, sacred Muktinath Temple in Mustang, Nepal.