After our volunteering work in Kathmandu Valley, we traveled to the Annapurna range in the Himalayas to hike and explore the area for 7 days. The diverse landscape and culture found along this trekking route give marvelous insight into the way of life of Nepali people of various ethnic groups.
The final destination for our hike is Muktinath, the famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists as well as Hindus. To Hindus, Muktinath is a sacred place of salvation. They believe that bathing in the waters here guarantees salvation after death. The Hindu god, Brahma, is said to have lit the eternal flames that burn at Muktinath. To Buddhists, Muktinath is a place where the great sage Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) who brought Buddhism to Tibet, came to meditate.