Muktinath Temple is a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists, located in the Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters (12,172 feet) in Mustang district, Nepal. It is a place of great religious significance and is believed to be one of the 108 Vaishnava shrines, where Lord Vishnu is worshipped. The temple is also considered to be one of the 24 Tantric places, where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced.
The temple complex consists of a main shrine, a Buddhist Gompa (monastery), and numerous other shrines and sculptures. The main shrine contains a golden statue of Lord Vishnu as well as other Hindu and Buddhist deities. There are also 108 water spouts within the temple complex, which are believed to be sacred and capable of curing various ailments.
Muktinath Temple is a popular destination for both domestic and international pilgrims. Many Hindus believe that taking a bath in the nearby Mukti Kunda (holy pond) will cleanse their sins and bring them salvation. Similarly, Buddhists believe that circumambulating the temple and reciting mantras will bring them enlightenment.
Best time to Visit
September to November is the best time to plan a muktinath temple visit in Nepal. The trekking trails are full of trekkers during thes months. It will be quite easy and worthy to visit muktinath temple during the autumn season. spring season is also the best time to visit Muktinath at mustang,Nepal.
How to reached Muktinath Temple
Muktinath Temple can be easily reached just in one day by taking 15 minutes flight from Pokhara to Jomsom then, one and half hour jeep drive up to the Ranipauwa and walk for 20 minutes up to the temple. One can also hire a single 4W Jeep from either from Kathmandu (3 days) or from Pokhara (2 days) to Muktinath.