redemption in the reclusiveness “The Forbidden Kingdom”

Duration : 11 Days 10 Nights

Category | Air / वायु

Description

The isolated and inaccessible snowy Himalayas, the confluence of holy rivers, the sacred lakes, the pristine forests and the solitary mountain caves were the most preferred destinations for the sages, ascetics and yogis whose quest for nirvana (spiritual enlightenment) and mokshya (salvation) led them to places of serene solitude. We will take you to this unperturbed Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang often called as Kingdom of Shambala, a place where man lives in peace with fellow man and in harmony mother earth to engage in penance and self-realization.

Get ready to board the universe of motion-Air. Here you will experience an existence without a form.

 

Itinerary

Your guide will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying a Mystical Journeys signboard outside the airport terminal. You will then be transffered to your respective premium hotel in our private tourist vehicle and the rest of the day is at leisure to recover from the flight. We will host you welcome dinner in Kathmandu. After dinner you will be dropped to the hotel.

This is a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.  We start at 8 AM and much of the day to day life of Kathmandu takes place in the bazaar-a fascinating mixture of people selling fruit, vegetables and spices; potters spinning their wheels to produce small household bowls and containers for temple offerings; devotees visiting their favourite gods at temples and small shrines dotted along the sides of alleyways; rickshaw wallahs honking their horns and the ever present sacred cow wandering amongst it all. In the afternoon we plan to visit the Temple of Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River, the holiest Hindu shrine in Nepal. We will also visit and also Bodnath, the largest stupa in the country and a destination for Buddhist pilgrims from all over Nepal.

Overnight at the hotel. Breakfast included.

After breakfast, we will drive to the airport (5 km) for an AM flight to Pokhara which takes about half an hour. Flight to Pokhara is spectacular with Himalayan view all along its route. The natural richness of the valley in pure natural beauty combines with serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificent summits like Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) (6977m) and the five peaks of Annapurna range rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic.

We'll also visit Tashiling, a long established settlement of Tibetan refugees. We spend some time here watching wool being sorted, dyed and eventually made into Tibetan carpets which are exported all over the world and then visit the village's Buddhist monastery.

Overnight in a premium hotel. Breakfast Included. 

Early morning we are flying Northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snow covered peaks of Annapurna and Daulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the deepest gorge on this planet.

Straddling the Kali Gandaki, Jomsom (2760m), or more correctly Dzongsam (New Fort), is the region's administrative headquarters and the main travel for hub for onward travel to Upper Mustang. At this end of town, a concrete stairway leads to the Mustang Eco Museum, which is worth a visit for its displays on Tibetan herbal medicine (amchi) and its recreated Buddhist chapel.

Chhuksang ( 2980m) is 4 hours drive and you will see many beautiful white washed houses and agriculture fields. There are three separate parts to this village and some ruined castle walls on the surrounding cliffs. Across the river from Chhuksang are some spectacular red eroded cliffs above the mouths of some inaccessible caves.

We will spend the night at a basic lodge in Chhuksang pleasantly. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Geling (3540m) is about 4 hour drive from Chhuksang. Set in a green oasis of barley fields, the village of Geling stands in stark contrast to the barren landscape that surrounds it.Like in all settlements of Mustang, the white and ochre-painted houses in Geling are constructed using mud and stones. The roofs are made of twigs, straw and a mixture of mud and pebbles.

Evening visit old Upper Mustang palace and monastery. 

Overnight at a basic lodge. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

After breakfast we drive to Lo Manthang (3810m) for about 4hours. Here we get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so we circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north-east corner.

Over night at Lodge. 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

It takes around 2 hours to Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situates on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery for the local community, also serving as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lomanthang.

We spend the day exploring this ancient city, capital of the kingdom and the center of its culture. Monasteries, temples, and ancient structures tell the story of the ancient Tibetan culture and the monastic traditions that are still alive here. Visit the huge seated Buddha in the Champa Lhakang that dates back to the 15th century and examine the beautiful frescoes of the Thugchen Gompa. The Raja may well be in residence at the Raja’s Palace, the largest building in Lo Manthang.

Overnight at Lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

Today, you are free to explore the fascinating city of Lo Manthang. The city contains about 150 houses, as well as residences for its many lamas. There are four major temples within the city and one of these, Champa Lhakang, contains a huge clay statue of Buddha as well as elaborates mandalas painted on the walls. The king's palace is an imposing building in the center of the city and is occupied by the current King and Queen. Although his duties are largely ceremonial, the King is respected by the people. Throughout the kingdom, the villagers continue to seek his advice regarding many issues. It is possible to hire horses to visit these valleys, but this short tour will incur extra costs.

Overnight in a lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.

We start early morning drive, it takes about 6 - 7 hours drive to reach Jomsom. Here we end our entry point to Mustang and 4 Wheel Drive experience visiting all the surprises of the human effort in this corner of the World of such an isolation and solitude. Arrive to Jomsom to celebrate the last day of the redemption in the reclusiveness “The Forbidden Kingdom”, with your guide.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included.

Morning flight from Jomsom takes you to Pokhara and afternoon flight from Pokhara on the same day brings you to Kathmandu. We will honor you with farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included.

Depending on your schedule of your flight your guide will take you to the airport for your flight back home.