Upper Mustang: A Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal and Heaven of Northern Nepal
Annapurna region of Nepal is the best in the world for the complete package of the nature’s walk and cultural holiday. There are numerous alluring natural wonders to gaze on and unlimited multiethnic cultural showcases. From Tiji Festival to the world’s deepest gorge and from the grassy green meadows to the Himalayan desert the Upper Mustang journey is full of the exotic thrilling atmosphere. The visit of the holy shrine of Muktinath and Nunnery of the lower Mustang en-route to the place would be the bonus holiday in Annapurna region of Nepal.
The valley of Upper Mustang is also called as the village beyond hills “himal paari ko gaun” as the trekkers or the tourists can see the mountains in the unusual southern side. This is the last place of Nepal towards the border of China in the Tibet. The culture and lifestyle of the people are heavily influenced by their Tibetan counterparts as it is closer to it. Most of the trading and household needs are fulfilled or traded from the Tibet. However, the construction of the motor able roads from the lower Beni to the Upper Mustang following the Jomsom Muktinath Trekking route has made the transportation lot easier. The visitors can choose to go Upper Mustang by trekking, jeep driving or by flying. If you have to take the flying route helicopters can take you directly however the chance of getting caught with the altitude sickness is very high. The flight to the windiest town of Nepal in the heartland of the Thakali people in Jomsom then trekking or pony ride or jeep drive will take you to Upper Mustang. The visit of the Muktinath temple as well as the ever flaming flame in the nunnery too can be accommodated in your journey of Upper Mustang. The deepest gorge which is featured in the National Geographic Channel together with the mystical holes in the hills will welcome you to this forbidden kingdom. The region is under the restricted zone of Nepal trekking as you have to acquire the special permit for the entrance.
Tiji Festival is celebrated every year between April and May for three days which is the major cultural festival of Upper Mustang. Marking the victory of the good against the evil festival is very colorful and vibrant. The prayer chants, dances and procession inside the monasteries worth every penny spent for the trip. Furthermore, the unique cremation technique of the people too is treat to watch.
The capital town of Upper Mustang Lo Man Thang which means city inside walls holds significant importance in the cultural activity of the region. Embark today for the heavenly and fascinating experience to see the perfect blend of nature and culture in Upper Mustang. No wonder Upper Mustang holiday will by your mystical journey up in the Himalayas.
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