A sojourn to Muktinath

Posted in Travel & Places at 9:59 pm by www.PHALANO.com

By Rishi Amatya & Bhusan Timla

Muktinath, located within the famous Annapurna Circuit Areas, is one of the most famous and respected shrines in the country. The beautiful aspect of the shrine is that followers of both Hinduism and Buddhism regard the shrine with utmost respect. Pilgrims come to pay their homage to the god all throughout the year.

With the harsh and arid landscape of the path that leads to the temple, the trek was previously limited to serious trekkers. However, a newly construed road (It’s slated to complete later this year) is intending to change all that.

The Holy Area of Muktinath attracts people from all walks of life, from pilgrims to the adventure seekers. Pilgrims come to bow before the god, while the adventurous one more excited by the wonderful journey they have just had. But granted that everyone is looking for an experience of some sort—be it religious or otherwise—all of them return with the blessing and get what they came looking for in the foothills of the mountain: the adobe of the gods.

Kali Gandaki flows by Larjung Village

Panoramic view of the Kali Gandaki River Basin. Largunj Village nestling along her banks.

Golden hues of the dawn in the Dhaulagiri Range

What it likes to see it from close? Close up of Dhaulagiri Range

In the foothills. A village rests under the shelter of the Dhaulagiri Peak. Dhaulagiri Range and Naurikot Village

Dhaulagiri Range as seen from Tharsang Village Resort, Naurikot.

Marpha, the famous place for good apples and excellent brandy .

What a view! The road to Jomsom.

Evening slowly engulfs Kagbeni Village.

Kagbeni at day.

Steep climb at the Kagbeni. The treacherous trail leads to the top of the mountain where there is a vantage point for sight seeing. Even though the climb is way too steep for comforts (you’ll have to ride on horseback to get there), the views from the top is something that is able to dispel all worries.

Jharkot Village en route to Muktinath.

Fiery sunset as seen from Rani Pauwa.

Panoramic view of the Rani Pauwa village at dawn.

A tale of villages and a pond. Ancient villages as seen from the road that leads to Muktinath temple.

Panoramic view of the surrounding of the Muktinath temple, taken from the outer boundary of the temple premises.

Vishnu Paduka temple in the premises of Muktinath temple.

The famous & holy temple of Muktinath.

Prayer flags flutter by in Muktinath while magnificent Himalayan Range provide the excellent backdrop.

Apples left to dry in the winter sun in the temple premises. It is one of the most sought after local delicacy.

Solar installation in Rani Pauwa. Solar installations like these help to conserve the local natural diversity by cutting the need of firewood for cooking and other purposes like water heating.

A solitary calf wander along the newly constructed road to Jomsom.

Back to Pokhara. Machhapuchchhre & the Annapurna range greets the viewers at Sarangkot.

All pics by Bhusan Timla


  1. sudeep/usa said,

    February 11, 2008 at 8:23 am

    IS the road to Jomsom IS COMPLETED?

  2. Suresh/Sydney said,

    February 13, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Oh thanks a lot for posting these photos guys. It reminded me of my childhood coz I’m actually from there. After seeing these photos, all those memories just started to flash back. also the dry apple, oh man, my mouth is already watering.

    great job…..

  3. anmol/kobenhegan said,

    February 13, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    awesome pics.its the glory of nepal n m glad to b a nepali.n looking this i rember the song, mali lai lagcha afni desh payaro,by nima.and this ez mindblowing thankx ton ,phalano team.

  4. dharan said,

    February 20, 2008 at 10:10 am

    oh, thanks a lot for posting these lovely photo. I am eager to travel to mutinath area after seeing these photo. what a lovely place of Nepal.

    great job and thanks a lot
    sanjay shrestha

  5. durga bahadur thada magar,BAHRAIN said,

    February 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Dherai Dherai Dhanebad Rishi ji ra Bhusan ji.malai mukti nath ko sabai photo haru yekdam man paryo.maile visit nagare pani afno desh nepalma raheko harek ramaila ramaila photo haru herna payekoma aafailai bhagyesali thandachhu. aasa gareko chhu nepal pharke pachhi awasya visit garne chhu.muri muri dhanebad rishiji ra bhusanji bye……………..bye

  6. DOL R PANDEY Washington d c USA said,

    February 21, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Hello Mr rishi & Bhusan
    Thank you guys very much for providing, especially, about
    muktinath, the holy pilgrimage place. I was really wondering
    to know about it. In future, I hope, I will get chance to read more about temple.
    Om namah siwaya…..

  7. Binod/ sydney said,

    February 27, 2008 at 7:37 am

    thanks for the scenic nepal // wow
    I really enjoyed this beauty
    thanks u, who ever took these pic. and wow…
    speach less

  8. sunita, singapore said,

    March 10, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    WOW, landescape, sharpness everything perfect and u caught the best moment. great job.

  9. Arjun Paudel Bangalore said,

    March 12, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Here is Ar jun from nepaljung now in bangalore. Iam satisfisd and make me glade that i am Nepalise. The picture show the real nepal &its religious. here i remember the point “sano cha tara sorga cha alpa cha tara eankho cha chuta cha tara bisha cha dur cha tara eanphai bisha cha. Thanks for doing a wanderfull deeds.

  10. Fred and Terry, Pocatello Idaho USA said,

    March 22, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Thank you for these wonderful pictures. They remind us of our trek to Muktinath in 1979. We will always remember the hospitality of the people we stayed with along the way.

  11. DBGurung ( Japan ) said,

    March 22, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Weldone for great JOB you published for World and its own people living every corner of today……In my point of views better if you put the altitude of different places will be more interesting Its like perfume in gold beause people cant imagine people living such altitude since long time…..
    Thats all ,

    Keep it continuing…….

  12. manohar paudel/ india said,

    March 31, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    woooooow dai … jai nepal
    ur photo r natutal tranquil … the fragnance of divine beauty ……

    we ve the potent to make our nation rich rich and develpoed through our resourses … bro we ll make our country okay….

  13. mumbai said,

    April 11, 2008 at 12:09 am


  14. kumar pokhara said,

    May 8, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Hey I am too glad that trekking in nepal has got a good future.
    I hope to see every thing good in the future.

  15. bijaya, Maryvilli,illinois,usa said,

    May 10, 2008 at 4:22 am

    much more thanks for these awasome pictures

  16. coimbatore,tamil nadu,india said,

    May 18, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    best beautiful place in world ( MUKTINATH TEMPLE, NEPAL) , and happy journey EVERHOOOOO! , I didnot go ! but my friend with other 4 GUYS went (MUKTINATH TEMPLE, NEPAL) that 4 GUYS are life members and devote of INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF KRISHNA CONSIOUSNESS ( ISKCON) ,he spends days for 10 to 20 days in happy journey

  17. russsia sainpeterburg said,

    May 25, 2008 at 1:52 am

    It’s really a very wounderful pictures that i have ever seen.It took me back to my country and made me nostalgic once again.

  18. sanju shrestha,tokyo japan said,

    May 26, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Its amazinggggggggggggg


    May 30, 2008 at 12:50 am


  20. saman shrestha said,

    May 31, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy this is my chimaki district i am from myagdi and this is mustang district it’s beautiful place it’s the heaven. so enjoy it

  21. gobinda melbourne said,

    June 4, 2008 at 8:23 am

    it is the most holly place as well as natural beauty. thanks for the pic which give us reality in the world
    wow really nice pic.
    thanks to the photographer a lot………..
    jay jay muktinath,,,,,,,,,,,
    hami sabaiko rakshya gara………..

  22. Bhoj/Durga, Ramnath, Hira said,

    June 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks for your great photos it shows we are very proud of our natural beauty.

  23. Devendra Pun, Hong Kong said,

    June 14, 2008 at 10:11 am

    So much thanks for your great job. Gulmi and Palpa area are realy beautiful. I want to know about historical Ridi temple. Where and what kind of is it? I also love nature and culture which are my heart. So I never want to missing my culture and beautiful contry Nepal. Thankyou,

  24. Mahendra Chokhal said,

    June 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Kali gandaki and Mukhtinath is very very nice. actually iam proud of my natural beuty country and i wanna give to thanks god.

  25. santosh dhimal qatar said,

    June 28, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    oooooooooooooooo kasto ramroo yar yasto ramro view haru chha nepal maa vaneera malae thaha nai thyee na

  26. bishal/raichur india said,

    July 25, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I want to visit muktinath this year n may be at the time of dashain or tihar .
    Is any one who know better , how to travel there and which time is most suitable to go there ?

  27. Rajendra Giri Bajhang, said,

    July 25, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I really pleasure to see the attrective view of phalano.com .yes the tourism developement of the nation increase thus. But it suggested that overall countries seens should be compect with this website . Then it will be certain prqcess for intresting approch of the group.
    Thanks to the phalano.com team.

  28. Rajendra giribajhan, said,

    July 25, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    very beautiful and wonderful views, i like them not only, also all viewer of the world. I hope that they makes bright future of Nepal;s tourism Approch.

  29. Devendra Arghakhanchi Know Qatar said,

    August 5, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Relly i miss you nepal you are own in own in the world .

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