Muktinath Temple Tour In Nepal - Why When How And More Such Details

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The Himalayas have been the home to many mysterious and mystical beings for millions of years. Urban legends and divine power invisible to the naked human eye is said to live in the nooks and crannies of this massive mountain ranges that cover thousands of miles from East to west.

It is not a very common sight where a single spot is of great value to 2 religions. Muktinath Temple is one such rare commodity that holds equal importance to the people of Hindu and Buddhist faith. Regarded as a UNESCO world heritage site, the temple complex holds of immense significance to pilgrims, historians and archaeologists alike.

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Why choose to visit Muktinath Temple Complex?

Situated in the protected Annapurna Conservation area, the Muktinath temple is a small Pagoda styled temple complex dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Though the exact date of origin of the temple is not known, its historical presence has been noted as early as the ancient era.

Lord Vishnu is regarded as the creator of the universe according to Hindu mythology. Muktinath temple is believed to be a place of salvation or Muktishetra for the Hindus for this reason. For the Buddhists, the temple is the place where ancient Bodhi Monk Padmasambhava attained enlightenment. Thus according to Buddist mythology, this is the place for Bodhitsatva or attainment of supreme knowledge.

The temple complex is the home to the promising 108 holy water sprouts or Mukti Dhara, which is fed by the water channels of the River Gandaki. Besides the Mukti Dhara, the iconic ever-burning flame of Jwala mai Temple is also another breathtaking site, that makes this temple complex a place of great importance.

Mharme Lha Khang Gompa dedicated to Guru Rimpoche is also located near the temple. The Gompa is of significant importance to the people of the Buddhist faith.

When is the best time to visit the Muktinath Temple?

The best time to visit Muktinath either between March and June or between September and First week of December. The snow-capped Himalayan range is best and most visible during these months.

These months are perfect for trekking and helicopter rides as the sky is clear and the weather is also very mild. It is neither too cold nor wet, thus making it easy to travel through.

How much does it cost to take the Muktinath Yatra?

The 7 to days Muktinath Temple Tour takes anywhere between 25,000 INR to 40,000 INR depending on the route and mode of transport opted for.

To travel and visit the Muktinath temple, one needs to attain two special permits mandatorily. Without them, no one will be allowed to go anywhere near the Annapurna Conservation area.

These are -

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Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP): This permit should be collected directly from any of the 2 locations of Nepal Tourism Board at Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu or at Pokhara Trekker's Information Management System Permit (TIMS). You can collect this permit from TAAN (Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal) which has its locations as Saatghumti, Thamel, Mali Gaun, Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Can elderly and senior citizens go on the Muktinath Temple tour sapa?

Since Muktinath Temple is of great religious importance to both the Hindus and Buddhist alike, it is definite that many elderly and senior personnel would want to visit the temple. To make it easier for such pilgrims, there are numerous tour operators who have special packages that include Jeep rides and Helicopter rides to and fro the temple complex.

These kinds of unique tour packages have made it easier for seniors and physically incompatible travelers to travel to the Muktinath Temple.

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