Muktinath ( Nepali मुक्तिनाथ Muktināth - Chumig Gyatsa , also Muktichetra ) is a Village Development Committee (VDC) in the Mustang District , the former Kingdom of Mustang , as well as a place of pilgrimage in central Nepal .
The VDC Muktinath extends on the eastern side of the upper Kali Gandaki valley . The main town of VDC Muktinath is Ranipauwa , located at an altitude of . The pilgrimage site of Muktinath is a both Hindu and Buddhist sanctuary ( ).
The place is on one of the most famous hiking trails in Nepal, the Annapurna Circuit . The oldest remains of paths through the gorge of Kali Gandaki , which lead to Muktinath, date back to around 1000 BC. Estimated, since then the sanctuary has also been visited.
108 springs that spring from a wall are sacred to Hindus, while a burning natural gas flame that springs from a spring is sacred to Buddhists. The two religions coexist here without any problems.
Muktinath is the destination of trekking tours and pilgrimages by followers of Hinduism and Buddhism. The journey to Muktinath can be made from Pokhara via an unpaved road (passable for jeeps and motorbikes) via Jomsom . Alternatively, you can fly to Jomsom airport and then walk to Muktinath on foot in a one-day stage or by jeep.
In Jharkot Monastery, Buddhist monks give children schooling and training in classical Tibetan medicine (for 14 years). The children live there in a kind of boarding school.
At the 2011 census, the VDC had 628 inhabitants (301 of them male) in 198 households.
Villages and Hamlets
Mutkinath consists of several villages and hamlets :
- Chhuchhumb ( )
- Gumba ( )
- Jharkot ( )
- Khinga ( )
- Kunjok ( )
- Lhatuk ( )
- Lupra ( ), Lupra is located on the Panda Khola river between Jomsom and Muktinath
- Muktinath ( )
- Purang ( )
- Ranipauwa ( )
- Tonga ( )
- National Population and Housing Census 2011 (PDF) Central Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original on July 31, 2013.
- District: Mustang. List of Settlements (PDF) In: Index of Geographical names of Nepal . National Geographic Information Infrastructure Program. www.ngiip.gov.np. Archived from the original on February 6, 2016. Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved April 15, 2014.