Muktinath Darshan Yatra By Land from Gorakhpur

Overview

The well-known pilgrimage site of Muktinath lies at the foot of Mustang’s Larkey mountain. It is one of the highest places of worship in the world, standing at almost 3800 meters. In Nepal, it is a holy location that is a must-go site. To enable you to see this magnificent temple, Nebira Holidays has a terrific offer. The Muktinath Darshan Yatra by Land is what we offer you.

This trip primarily takes you through various cities around Nepal, destined mainly towards Muktinath. The journey will mainly be by road on our private vehicle booked for the trek. We will be done with ten days worth of traveling.

To kick off our Muktinath Darshan Yatra by Land, we will first receive you at Gorakhpur. The trip will begin from this delightful Indian city near Nepal’s border. From Gorakhpur, we will take a jeep heading towards Lumbini. You will also get a chance to do sightseeing in the region. Then from Lumbini, we will head to Pokhara. Pokhara is the main gateway to the Mustang region. From Pokhara, we will finally head towards Jomsom and to our main destination, Muktinath.

After we are done with our visit to Muktinath, we will return to Pokhara. A day for sightseeing in the Pokhara region is also on the itinerary. Then, we will head toward Kathmandu from Pokhara. In Kathmandu, we will visit the many attraction sites the valley offers. After finishing our Kathmandu tour, we will head back to Gorakhpur from Kathmandu again. We will bid you goodbye from Gorakhpur as you return to your homes.

Trip Highlights

  • Travel and explore popular cities like Pokhara, Lumbini, and Kathmandu and their attraction points.
  • Know the birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini, along with its culture and history.
  • Visit the vibrant city of lakes, Pokhara, and enjoy the lakeside stay.
  • Get to know the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, up and close.
  • Learn Tibetan as we as Nepali sect of Buddhism throughout the long tour.
  • Visit the ethereal Muktinath temple for worship.
  • Travel the Annapurna circuit trails without doing strenuous treks.
  • See the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains up close.

Itinerary

Gorakhpur’s altitude - 75 meters

Overnight stay at Gorakhpur

The first day of this tour will kick off in Uttar Pradesh in, India. We will gather the group for the travel to the city of Gorakhpur. Gorakhpur is near Nepal's borders and lies alongside the Rapti river. The journey to Nepal and to Lumbini in the southern borders will be easy from here.

We will meet in the town first and check into a local hotel. We will sleep in our designated rooms after dinner and prepare to head to Nepal for the next day.

Lumbini’s altitude - 150 meters

Travel hours - 3 hours to 4 hours

Distance traveled - 123 km

Overnight stay at Lumbini

Today we will kick off the day by leaving Gorakhpur early in the morning to head for Lumbini. We will take a swift drive through the Sunauli border to reach Lumbini. Lumbini is relatively closer to India, and we will reach the destination within just 3 to 4 hours of driving.

Lumbini welcomes you with a series of religious sites, temples, and monasteries. The tourist sites are very peaceful and mostly consist of sites in the UNESCO world heritage sites. Before exploring the area, we will quickly check into our hotel. Then we will put on our explorer’s hat and stroll around the city.

The major sites of attraction lie in the Lumbini development zone. We will find the Mayadevi temple to commemorate Siddhartha Gautam’s mother. The temple also houses a small lake with the same name alongside it. We will also find the World peace pagoda as well as Ashoka Pillar here. The southern end of the area houses the “eternal flame” that lies in the Lumbini garden.

After a long day of observing Lumbini, we will head back to our hotel for dinner. We will spend the night and get rest for the long journey for the next day.

Pokhara’s altitude - 822 meters

Travel hours - 2 to 3 hours

Distance traveled - 111 km

Overnight stay at Pokhara

Today we will leave Lumbini and head toward Pokhara. Pokhara will be the main gateway to the Mustang region and Muktinath. The road leading up to Pokhara from Lumbini first passes through Butwal. Then we will climb up to Palpa across a beautiful Newa hill town called Tansen. From Tansen, we will swiftly reach Pokhara through somewhat windy roads.

With around three hours in our vehicle, we will arrive at Pokhara. In Pokhara, we will travel to the lakeside area and check into a hotel there. You can take your well-deserved rest after your long tour of Lumbini. But you can also stroll around the streets of the lakeside area. You need not hurry to catch up and visit sites just yet. We have a day reserved for sightseeing around Pokhara once we return.

We will have dinner, sleep well in our hotel rooms, and prepare for Muktinath. The final steps to reach our main trip destination will commence tomorrow!

Muktinath’s altitude - 3710 meters

Travel hours - 7 hours to 8 hours

Distance traveled - 176 km

Overnight stay at Muktinath

We will complete the major part of the trip, Muktinath darshan, today. Early in the morning, we will leave Pokhara, heading towards Muktinath. The trip first starts with the road taking us to Tatopani via Kusma and Beni. The natural hot spring of Tatopani and Galeshwor temple lies in this area. Then we head through the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki gorge. We pass through the hamlets of Larjung, Tukuche, Marpha, Jomsom, Kagbeni, and Jharkot. Then we arrive at Ranipauwa. The roads are a little rugged throughout the journey but get better as we pass Beni. Throughout the trip, the mountain vistas of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna look spectacular.

After around 8 hours of driving, we will finally arrive at the Muktinath temple. You will get an ample amount of time for Darshan and exploration of the temple. Then we will head to a local lodge and settle for the night. This marks the end of day four of the Muktinath Darshan Yatra by Land trip.

Pokhara’s altitude - 822 meters

Traveling hours - 7 hours to 8 hours

Distance traveled - 176 km

Overnight stay at Pokhara

The major part of our trip, the Muktinath Darshan, is now done. Today we will leave this sacred place to head back to Pokhara. We will take the same route we took to get here. There will be a lot of descents as we make our way down to the hills from the mountains. The same Himalayas and rocky landscapes pass all the way through your journey. We will reach Pokhara once again after a whole day of travel.

We will check into our hotel on the lakeside and get enough rest. The Muktinath journey will be tiresome; we need good sleep for the sightseeing tomorrow.

Pokhara’s altitude - 822 meters

Overnight stay at Pokhara

Our sixth day of the trip will be full of marvelous destination exploration around Pokhara. We will go to the Sarangkot viewpoint early in the morning to watch the sunrise. The sun's rays hitting the Himalayas early in the morning will be a majestic site. On our way back to the hotel, we will visit the Bindabasini temple for early morning worship. Then we will get back to our hotel and have our breakfast.

Then we will make a short boating trip to reach the TaalBarahi temple. After that, we leave the lakeside to visit Gupteshwor Mahadev's cave. We will also briefly see Devi’s fall, Seti gorge, and the bat cave. We will end the day by visiting the world peace pagoda and watching the sunset.

After completing a day full of touring, we will head back to our hotel and call it a day.

Kathmandu’s altitude - 1400 meters

Travel hours - 7 hours to 8 hours

Distance traveled - 204 meters

Overnight stay at Kathmandu

We will head towards the capital city of the country, Kathmandu, today. Bidding farewell to Pokhara, we hop onto our vehicle early in the morning. We will take the Prithvi highway that joins the road between these two cities. First, we will notice the mountains disappearing as Pokhara leaves our sight. Then we slowly but surely pass alongside the massive Trishuli river. The winding roads show us various tiny settlements along the hills. The journey, nonetheless, will be very scenic.

Once we arrive at Kathmandu after hours of traveling, we will settle into our hotels.

Kathmandu’s altitude - 1400 meters

Overnight stay at Kathmandu

Our day today will be packed with a lot of exploration around the valley. We will climb the long stairs up to Swayambhunath early in the morning. Then we will head towards Manjushree park to observe the gorge that separates the Kathmandu valley. The park also houses Basuki Naag Temple, which you can visit.

Then we will try catching up with the Durbar Squares of the valley. The Patan and Kathmandu durbar squares will be our priority. These sites are ancient Malla dynasty king’s palaces. They serve as local attraction sites in current Nepal. These palaces' medieval art and architecture are a sight you must not miss.

Then we will head towards Bauddhanath to observe the beautiful stupa. Although the stupa gives a very quaint energy, the place it lies in is quite loud and busy. It is a very amazing place to stroll around. Then we will head towards the Pashupatinath temple to catch the evening aarti.

After we are done with a whole day of the Kathmandu tour, we head back to our hotel and call it a day.

Gorakhpur’s altitude - 75 meters

Traveling hours - 10 hours to 12 hours

Distance traveled - 334 kilometers

Overnight stay at Gorakhpur

We head back to Gorakhpur and bid farewell to Nepal today. The journey will be quite long as we travel through hills, down to plains, and to India. We head towards the west of Kathmandu through the Prithvi highway. We make a trip passing through Bandipur and to Chitwan. We will then take around 4 to 5 hours worth of driving, heading to Gorakhpur. Passing through the Sunauli borders, we will finally reach Gorakhpur. It will take almost a whole day to finish this journey.

We will check into our overnight stay and mark the day’s end.

Day 10 :
Departure

This is the end of the itinerary for our Muktinath Darshan Yatra by land. After such a wholesome journey around Nepal’s cities, our journey comes to an end. From here on, you will depart to your home city from Gorakhpur.

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in a basic guest house or lodge during the trip.
  • Meals during the trip (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • All necessary permits and entrance fees for the trip.
  • English-speaking tour guide.
  • Bottled water during the trip.

Cost Excludes

  • International and domestic airfare.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, and tips.
  • Additional meals and drinks not included in the itinerary.
  • Any additional expenses caused by unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters, political unrest, or flight delays.
  • Any expenses related to emergency evacuation or medical treatment.
  • Any expenses not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.

FAQs

How long will the journey to Muktinath Darshan by land be?

The journey will last for about ten days, including your arrival and departure from Gorakhpur.

Where will we be staying in the various stops we make around Nepal?

You will be staying in the hotels of the city during your trips. The hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Lumbini will be more facilitating. However, in Muktinath, you will stay in locally available lodges. For this, you have to be a little more accommodating.

What type of food will we get during this trip?

You will get local Nepali staples during the trip. It includes meals with rice or rotis, lentils, vegetable curry, and pickles. Options for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals will be available. However, if you have special dietary needs, you should inform us beforehand.

Is this trip suitable for family vacations?

Yes, we strongly advise this trip if you’re considering taking your family to Muktinath or elsewhere in Nepal. For the most part, we travel for the trip via scheduled road trips. They hardly ever require any physical labor. Furthermore, our team has already taken care of your hotel and food. As a result, planning logistics and child care won’t be a major burden for you.

Can old people or people with physical limitations consider joining this trip?

Yes, this is the goal of the land-based Muktinath Darshan Yatra. The trip to Muktinath is really challenging. Therefore, we go above and beyond to optimize logistics to benefit everyone. This tour is open to anyone who is physically unable to travel often or who is too old to do so. It is 100 percent safe.

What is the furthest we go on this trip?

Our most remote destination will be the Muktinath temple. It lies at an altitude of 3710 meters near the northern Tibetan borders.

Do we need any permits for the trip?

You will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permits for the trip. This is necessary as we are traveling within the Annapurna region’s protected area. We also advise you to carry identification, like a passport, just in case.

Best time to do the Muktinath Darshan Yatra By Land

The best time for treks around Nepal is during spring and autumn. The same applies when you ask for the best time to make this trip. Although you need not walk much during the trip, the autumn and spring weather make your trip much better. These seasons are suitable climate-wise and bring in very stable weather. Turbulances caused due to snowfall, or heavy rainfall is minimized. Road blockages due to heavy snow or muddy trails also decrease these months. Moreover, traveling during these months is not too cold or hot. Packing will be much easier for a short 10-day long trip.

However, we are available all year round for this package. Winter trips to Mustang are quite popular as the snow looks majestic this time. The Himalayas look enchanting when snowfall is at its peak. If you choose to travel to Muktinath during such a time, we will accommodate you.

Reasons to do the Muktinath Darshan Yatra By Land

Travel around many places in Nepal in a single trip

Although the main focus of our trip is Muktinath, we will make stops in various places. It is a pass for a short sightseeing trip to major cities of Nepal. You will visit the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, Lumbini, and get a chance to observe many historical sites. Places like the Mayadevi temple and world peace pagoda are its major attractions.

Along with Lumbini, you also get to visit the beautiful city of Pokhara. The city is filled with beautiful nature, mountains, lakes, and viewpoints. The mountains like Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchre give beautiful vistas around the city. The mountain’s reflection looks enchanting in the midst of Phewa lake. Boating around the lake is a popular tourist activity in the area. Pokhara also has the Sarangkot viewpoint. It is a popular place to observe the panoramic views of these mountains.

After Pokhara, we will also get a short trip around the Mustang region. We will have traveled to the south plains in Lumbini, the hills of Pokhara. But the Mustang region is unique to the previously visited destinations. It lies within the Tibetan borders and reflects a mixture of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist cultures. The journey towards the Mustang region also gives you a chance to be in a great climactic scene. Also, the views of the Himalayas of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna are a sight for sore eyes in Mustang.

You will also get a chance to visit the heart of Nepal, Kathmandu. The Kathmandu valley holds great significance in Nepal. It is the capital city of the country and has many tourist destinations.

Visit Muktinath without long-duration treks.

People hike a considerable distance to see the Muktinath temple or the Mustang region. You must travel through several remote high-altitude hamlets in order to reach Mustang. If you want to travel on foot to Muktinath, you must finish the Annapurna Circuit Trek. To reach Muktinath, the Thorang La pass must be crossed in several variations of the Annapurna circuit journey.

Such hikes are challenging and dangerous. You must get ready with a ton of trekking gear and paperwork. Additionally, you need to decide the proper time, guides, and lodging close to the trails. However, such preparations are not required for our packaged tour. You won’t have to expend all of your efforts on these things if you travel by land for the Muktinath Darshan Yatra. The accommodations and travel itineraries, along with food, will be included in the package.

Best for family trips and accessible to everyone

Conventional travels to Muktinath is not suited for everyone. Trekking to Muktinath does not fit everyone’s bill. Neither does planning long itineraries and travel management. It is difficult for the elderly and people with disabilities to travel to rural locations like Muktinath. The Muktinath Darshan Yatra by land solves this issue.

It can also be difficult to embark on lengthy hikes if you also plan a family vacation. Therefore, a trip to Muktinath, mostly by road, is very convenient for a family vacation. If you haven’t been to Muktinath because of physical limitations, this is a great chance for you.

Muktinath and its significance

Muktinath is highly regarded in both the Hindu and Buddhist religions.

Muktinath is the 108th Divya Desam out of 196, as determined by the Sri Vaishnava school of Hinduism. Hindus consider Divya Desam, often known as the “divine realm,” to be a sacred location. Muktinath is the sole Divya Desam to exist outside of India. Additionally, it is a part of one of Nepal’s Char Dhams.

Some people refer to Muktinath Temple as “Mukti Kshetra” or “Liberation arena”. People thus believe visiting a temple will provide them moksha, or liberation. The temple is more than just this treasured idea; it has a history. According to Sri Vaishnava literature, the temple’s previous name was Thiru Saligramam. The Gandaki river is considered the source of the Saligram Shila, a statue of Vishnu placed on the site.

Buddhists from the area refer to Muktinath as Chuming Gyasta, Tibetan meaning “Hundred Waters.” The Muktinath is highly regarded by the Tibetan school of Buddhism. According to them, the statue represents “Avalokitevara.” This personifies all Buddhas’ generosity.

Therefore, Muktinath is a noteworthy destination that has influenced both Buddhists and Hindus in this way. We strongly advise adding visiting a place with such religious significance to your bucket list.

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Muktinath Darshan Yatra By Land from Gorakhpur
  • Gorakhpur
  • Spring and Autumn
  • Gorakhpur
  • 30% Cancellation Charge (Personal Reason)
  • Available
  • Covered
  • Private/Public Vehicle