“Mukti” and “Nath” are the two words that comprise Muktinath and these words mean “Salvation or Nirvana” and “God” respectively so Muktinath means God of Salvation. Amongst other popular religious destinations in the South Asian continent, Muktinath holds a special and important place in Hinduism as well as Buddhism. Millions of devotees belonging to the Hindu or Buddhist community flock here to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu. Pilgrims visiting this holy site come with unflinching faith in the deity that if they come here with a pure heart then the god blesses them with lifelong prosperity and wealth and also makes them free from all their committed sins. As the name suggests that it is the place where one can attain salvation or liberation from the cycle of birth and death and it is also seen in Hinduism that they believe the world is full of illusion and one who visits the site get a proper opportunity to make their life easy and also achieving goals become easy for them.
One who covers this divine Yatra gets to visit several ammonites and is so believed as the sacred incarnations of Lord Vishnu so they make their halt at these Shilagrams and worship them. There is interesting and popular mythology behind these Shilagrams which states that due to the curse of Brinda, Lord Vishnu turned into Shilagrams. However, the temple is located at an insane location yet it is opened throughout the year for the public visit and is crowded the whole year but during the festive season of Vijayadashami, Ram Navami, and Rishi Tarpani the pilgrimage is crowded enough.
Day 01: Arrival in Hyderabad
If you are a non-resident of Hyderabad then reach Hyderabad on time so that you can explore the wonders of this beautiful city. On reaching the city drive straight to the hotel where you can relax for a while and then set out to enjoy the city life of Hyderabad.
Day 02: Fly for Kathmandu
Early morning leave from Hyderabad and fly towards Kathmandu. On setting your foot at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted and welcomed by our tour representative. After picking you up from the airport he will take you directly to the hotel booked for your accommodation in Kathmandu. After relaxing for a few hours, drive straight towards the destinations settled in and around Muktinath and after completing a half-day sightseeing tour in the city, return to the hotel for savoring the mouth-watering night meal followed by a relaxing overnight stay.
Day 03: Drive towards Pokhara
Kick Start your day with a relishing breakfast served at the hotel and drive towards Pokhara which is reckoned for its bewitching beauty and has been one of the most favorite places of a travel writer. The serene lakes, snow-peaked mountains, and the greenery all around make the area looks gorgeous and stunning and a remarkable natural place. Pokhara is believed to be one of the most significant places for relaxation and from the Pokhara Valley you can witness the charm of the Annapurna region and after completing the excursion of these places, drive back to the hotel.
Day 04: Fly towards Jomsom or cover the distance by driving
There are two ways to access Jomsom from Pokhara, one by flight and the other one is to cover the distance between the segments by covering the road distance. After reaching Jomsom, take the taxi or the sharing jeep to reach the Muktinath Temple, however, the vehicle doesn’t drop you at the gate and drops you at a certain distance from the shrine which you can easily cover by walking. After completing the puja rituals at Muktinath, return to the hotel to binge on night meal which is then followed by an energizing overnight stay.
Day 05: Back to Pokhara and Sightseeing
Check-out from the hotel in Jomsom after completing the breakfast and then head back towards Pokhara and on reaching the destination city; complete the excursion of places that were left at the beginning of the journey.
Day 06: Drive back to Kathmandu Temple and visit Manakamana Temple
Give a perfect start to your day with a healthy breakfast and then continue your drive towards Kathmandu where en-route you can visit Manakamana Temple, established in the Gorkha district in Nepal. This magnificent temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, a manifestation of Goddess Parvati and the holy site holds great importance in Hinduism as it is believed to be a wish-granting temple (as the name suggests). So, post completing the puja rituals and paying offerings to the deity drive back to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 07: Departure from Kathmandu
You can start your day a little late today as there is no specific schedule for the final day of the trip except dropping you at the airport from where you can board the flight for your hometown or any further planned destination.
Exploring the serene lakes, lofty mountain peaks, and the greenery in Pokhara along with capturing some amazing moments of your travel.
Visiting the Muktinath Temple and completing the puja rituals.
Covering the holy site of Manakamana Temple and seek the blessings to make your wish come true.
Enjoy the nightlife and go shopping (if time and your budget allow you).