Kathmandu and Muktinath tour (4 days / 3 nights)

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Muktinath Tour starts after your arrival at Kathmandu. This 4 days Kathmandu and Muktinath tour is designed for those who have constraints of time. People who wish to take short and more comfortable journey can join Kathmandu and Muktinath tour. We fly Kathmandu – Muktinath – Kathmandu by chartered helicopter.

Muktinath Temple, situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters (12,172 feet). It is a highly venerated sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus call the site Mukti Kshetra (place of salvation), one of the most ancient temples of the God Vishnu and the Vaishnava tradition in Nepal.

Muktinath Tour to Muktinath Temple

The Kali Gantaki riverbed downstream from Muktinath is the sole source of the rare Shaligram stones. Shaligram stones are considered as very powerful and has religious and spiritual significant.

Swami Narayan then known as Nilkantha had picked this spot as his austerity heaven. He laid out his deerskin on a hill and spent 6 month standing on one leg, meditating and chanting Surya mantra tirelessly amidst snow, storms and torturing weather. On the night of Prabodhini Ekadashi, Surya Dev presented himself as a celestial being.

The sky filled with the Devas. They hailed young Nilkantha for his severe austerity and unfaltering brahmacharya. They showered flower petals from their celestial chariots. Nilkantha raised his hand to bless them as they departed. Surya Dev bowed in reverence and returned to his abode. (Information source – BAPS Sri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir, Neasden, London and book “Bhagwan Swaminarayan The Story of His Life” by Yogi Trivedi).

We also offer 7 days / 6 nights Package for Kathmandu – Pokahara- Muktinath Tour.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. PM - Visit Pashupatinath Temple.
Day 02: Fly Kathmandu – Muktinath – Kathmandu by helicopter.
Day 03: AM – Everest flight
PM – Sightseeing tours
Day 04: Free until transfer to airport for departure flight to your next destination.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. PM - Visit Pashupatinath Temple.
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel by private vehicle. PM - Visit Pashupathinath Temple, a World Heritage Site and most sacred for hindus, dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is Arati in evening every day, After worship and watching Arati drive back to Hotel.

Evening - Briefing on Muktinath tour. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Fly Kathmandu – Muktinath – Kathmandu by helicopter.
After early breakfast: transfer to domestic airport for chartered helicopter flight to Muktinath. This 1 hour 30 minutes flight offers you magnificent view of Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, Gorkha Himal, Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himal. Besides this, view of villages, Kali Gandaki river and deepest gorge in the world is remarkable. From the helipad distance to Muktinath temple is 15 minutes walk or 10 minutes by pony (subject to availability).

Muktinath Temple, situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters (12,172 feet) in the Mustang district of Nepal, Muktinath is a highly venerated sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus call the site Mukti Kshetra (place of salvation), 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. Additionally, it is also one of the 51 Shakti Pitha goddess sites. The temple is small and contains a human-sized golden statue of Vishnu as Shri Mukti Narayana. In addition to Mukti Narayana, the temple has bronze images of Bhoodevi (the Earth-goddess form of Lakshmi), the goddesses Saraswati and Janaki (Sita), Garuda (the mount of Vishnu), Lava-Kusa (the sons of Rama and Sita) and the Sapta Rishis (Seven Sages created by Lord Brahma).

Additionally, Swami Narayan had picked this spot as his austerity heaven. He laid out his deerskin on a hill and spent 6 month standing on one leg, meditating and chanting Surya mantra tirelessly amidst snow, storms and torturing weather. On the night of Prabodhini Ekadashi, Surya Dev presented himself as a celestial being.

The Tibetan Buddhist tradition states that Guru Rimpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, meditated here on his way to Tibet. Behind the temple is a semi-circular wall with 108 stone faucets at a height of seven feet. The faucets all have the same shape of the head of a bull and are separated by approximately one foot. Water from the ice-cold Kali Gantaki River has been diverted to flow through the mouths of these bulls and hardy pilgrims who visit the temple often stand beneath each of the spouts.

The Kali Gantaki riverbed downstream from Muktinath is the sole source of the rare Shaligram stones that are required to establish a temple of Vishnu anywhere in the world. Saligram is considered as very powerful stone and has religious and spiritual significant.

After completing prayers and worship at the Muktinath temple many pilgrims, both Hindu and Buddhist, visit Mebar Lha Gomba, the small monastery of `miraculous fire', which is situated near the entrance gate of the temple. This monastery dedicated to Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) and containing a statue of the Buddhist deity Chenrezig (Avalokitesvara), is famous for its continuously burning natural gas fire, which Hindus worship as Jwala Mai, the Goddess of Fire. It is believed that this miracle of fire lighting was offering made by Brahma himself, (the creator of universe). After completing the visit, walk back to Rani Pauwa for lunch and fly back to Kathmandu by helicopter.

Upon arrival, meet, assist transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: AM – Everest flight

Early morning transfer to airport for flight to Mt. Everest.

From your flight from Kathmandu Muktinath and back, you have enjoyed the view of western range of Himalayas including Annapura, but missed Mt. Everest the highest mountain in world as it is in the eastern range of Himalayas.

This one-hour daily Mountain flight is operated by domestic Airlines between 6.30 and 9.30 AM, to view the mighty Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest. This is the closest one can go to the peaks without having to trek. Kindly note that the flights do not land anywhere all you will be offered is an aerial view. Duration of the flight will be around 45 minutes to an hour. The aircraft is pressurized with 32 - 72 seats, but only 50% seats are used to provide individual window to each passenger. The operation of the flight is subject to weather condition. The peaks seen are Gosaithan, Ganesh, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Chugimago, Gaurishanker, Karyolung, Cho-oyu, Gyachungkang, Pumori, Nuptse, Number and of course Mt. Everest. After the flight, transfer back to Hotel.

PM – Visit Guhehwswari Temple, Budhanilkantha Temple, Kathmandu City and Boudhanath Stupa.

Guhehwswari Temple is one of the revered holy temples in Nepal. This temple is also a Shakti Peeth. The goddess is also called Guhyekali. It is the main temple, dedicated to Guheswori. It is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindu and especially for Tantric worshipers. In :Lalitha Sahasranama the 707th name of Goddess is mentioned as Guhyarupini (The form of Goddess is beyond human perception and it is secret. It is believed that Sati’s corpse’s parts fell here when Shiva took it and roamed around the world in sorrow.

Budhanilkantha Temple, is a Hindu open air temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is situated below the Shivapuri Hill at the northern end of the Kathmandu valley and can be identified by a large reclining statue of Lord Vishnu. The temple's main statue of Budhanilkantha is considered the largest stone carving in Nepal. It is also known as Jal Narayan. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu City- Nowhere in the world can one find the same concentration of culture, art and tradition that exits in Kathmandu valley. Once known as Kantipur, Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. The city is a concentration of temples. In the Durbar Square is the residence of Kumari the Virgin Goddess who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence also Kasthmandap Temple, the source of the name of Kathmandu, Hanuman Dhoka the ancient palace of the Nepalese Royalty.

Boudhanath Stupa, located about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in the world.

The influx of large populations of refugees from Tibet has seen the construction of over 50 Tibetan Monasteries around Boudhanath. It is recognized as World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist sites in Kathmandu. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Buddha. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 04: Free until transfer to airport for departure flight to your next destination.

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