The perfect religious symbiosis of Buddhism as well as Hinduism, Muktinath Temple is the highest elevated temple in the world (nestled at an altitude of 3710 meters above the sea level). Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Muktinath Temple is reckoned as one of the most popular Vaishnava sites and also among 51 sacred Shakti Peeths. However, the temple is not so big and is average in height and it is adorned with a golden statue of Lord Vishnu and the idol is tall like average human height. Apart from Shri Mukti Narayan idol, there are several other idols installed in the shrine and some images are also there to increase the beauty of this sacred shrine.
The temple also boasts of a Buddhist monk and it is seen that the puja rituals or worship performed here is done by Buddhist nuns. If we talk about the architecture of this gorgeous shrine then there is a semi-circular wall standing behind the wall and is studded with 108 stone faucets embedded at a height of 7 feet. These faucets are constructed at a gap of one foot and all of them are in the same shape i.e. the shape of the bullhead. The key attraction of these faucets is the gorgeously flowing water from the mouth of these bulls.
It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism meditated here on his way to Tibet and this is why there is a small monastery named Mebar Lha Gomba dedicated to Rinpoche. There is a continuously burning natural gas fire worshipped by Hindus as they believe it to be Jwala Mai, the Goddess of Fire. If you are also a Hindu or Buddhist or inspired by the teachings of Lord Buddha then you must visit Muktinath and our Muktinath Yatra from Chennai will surely make it a worth visit.
Day 01: Arrival in Chennai
Reach Chennai one day before you fly for Kathmandu so upon your arrival in Chennai, check-into the hotel room (for those who are not from Chennai) and if you wish then you can enjoy the city life of Chennai.
Day 02: Arrival in Kathmandu
On reaching Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, your trip starts with us and our representative will pick you from there and then transfer you towards one of your pre-decided hotels in the city. Our representative will tell you the complete schedule of the trip today and then for the rest of the day, you are not left with any schedule so spend the day you wish to.
Day 03: Kathmandu Sightseeing and then drive towards Pokhara
Get up a little early and binge on the Nepali cuisine in breakfast and then get ready for the first schedule of the trip that starts with your visit to Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilkantha Temple. After visiting these holy sites drive back to the hotel and gorge upon lunch and then leave for Pokhara and believe me this is going to be a wonderful traveling as throughout this road distance you are going to witness the impeccable charm of scenic vistas. On reaching Pokhara you will be taken to the hotel booked for your overnight stay so post-check-in at the hotel, freshen up and then in the evening move towards the lakeside areas.
Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and go for Muktinath Darshan
You will be transferred to the airport from where you will board the flight for Jomsom where you will meet our representative who will transfer you to the hotel. Post taking breakfast, drive towards Muktinath bus station from where you will have to walk for at least 20 minutes to reach the holy shrine of Muktinath Temple. Perform puja rituals after taking bath in the holy lake surrounding the temple and then proceed towards Jwala Mai Temple and after visiting the temple move back to the bus station from where you will be picked up by our driver who will then take you to Jomsom. We will try arranging some light snacks near the Muktinath Temple as you need some energy in the form of lunch so that you can stay fit for covering the long driving distance to reach Jomsom where you will be spending your night.
Day 05: Jomsom – Pokhara Sightseeing
Post a relishing breakfast set out to drive towards the airport to catch your flight for Pokhara and on reaching the destination, you will be picked up by our representative at the airport. Post gorging upon the afternoon meal, our representative will assist you for the sightseeing tour of Pokhara that includes Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave, Barahi Temple, Pokhara Valley, etc. Drive back to the hotel for dinner followed by a relaxing overnight stay.
Day 06: Pokhara – Chitwan
After serving yourself with a healthy breakfast at the hotel, drive towards Chitwan and then upon your arrival in Chitwan, check-into the hotel room where you will gorge upon the relishing meal and then set out for the Elephant Safari in Chitwan National Park where you can marvel at one-horned rhinoceros and several other rare birds and animals. Later in the evening participate as an audience in the local Tharu Cultural Dance Program.
Day 07: Chitwan to Kathmandu
After treating your taste buds with a healthy breakfast drive towards Kathmandu en-route which you will be visiting Manakamana Temple Darshan by the cable car ride. As you are leaving home early morning, so you will be offered a packed lunch but if you don’t want to take it with you then take lunch at any nearby restaurant but at your own cost. Later in the evening, check-into the hotel room in Kathmandu and freshen up. For the rest half of the day, you are free for shopping and relaxing in the cozy hotel room.
Day 08: Departure from Kathmandu
After you binge on the morning meal, leave from Kathmandu hotel and our driver will drop you at the airport from where you will take the flight for your further journey.