Places to Visit in Mustang
Combining natural beauty, cultural heritage and a rich history, Nepal is one of the most culturally appealing places in the world. Historical cities and temples are surrounded by the broad mountain ranges that hug the country and run through its landscape. Rich fertile soils reward the land with an incredible and diverse ecosystem, and a wonderful array of ethnicities and cultures await to be discovered. Nepal is a place like no other.
Jomsom at an altitude of 2800m, is more correctly known as Dzongsam or New Fort. It spreads over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki. The towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form an attractive backdrop. Being the district headquarters, it is primarily an administrative and commercial center with government officials and merchants rubbing shoulders with the local inhabitants of the region, known as the Thakalis. It has a wireless station, a police station, a bank, a hospital and a veterinary hospital. A company of the Nepalese Army is stationed here. Nearby is an airfield, from where flights operate regularly. However, due to the strong winds that buffet the area in the afternoons, the airfield is functional only in the forenoon.
Jomsom is served by 6-8 flights a day. Regular visitors know that the flights are dependent on weather conditions. Though this is a remote area, private initiative in the form of many domestic airlines operate frequent flights to the area. Flight reliability and frequency are generally higher to Jomsom than to any other remote area in Nepal. This is not a run-of-the-mill destination. Leave the concrete jungle behind with the hope that you will experience nature in its most primitive form. Be ready to let your mind and spirit free in wide-open spaces. Be prepared for harsh climatic conditions, glaring sun during the day, heavy winds and cold nights. This is a unique experience for the more than 50,000 visitors to Jomsom in a year - most of them repeat visitors. We invite you to 'Discover a New World' called Jomsom!
Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas), Mustang district, Nepal. The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which sometimes mistakenly is called Muktinath as well.
Within Hinduism , it is called the sacred place Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of liberation or moksha". This temple is considered to be the 105th among the available 108 Divya Desam, which are considered sacred by the Sri Vaishnava cult. The ancient name of this place in Sri Vaishnava literature, before Buddhist origin, is Thiru Saligramam. This houses the Saligrama shila considered to be the naturally available form of Sriman Narayana - the Hindu Godhead. It is also one of the 51 Shakti peethams. The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means 'Hundred Waters'. Although the temple is has a Vaishnava origin, it is also revered in Buddhism. For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa is a very important place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers and one of the 24 Tantric places. They understand the murti to be a manifestation of Avalokitesvara.
Lo Manthang is located in the district of Mustang, which offers a range of exotic cultural experiences. Lo Manthang has only relatively recently been visited by foreigners, and the numbers of visitors to Upper Mustang are still restricted. Due to this, the culture here is almost untouched, making it an incredible site to visit. When visiting, you will most likely walk the direct trade routes from the 15th Century, and explore some of the richest Buddhist culture to be found in the country. The annual Tiji Festival usually takes place in May, and is one of the most important events on the cultural calendar. This three day ritual is centred around the Tiji myth, and is well worth attending if you arrive at the right time.