Damodar Kunda Tour offers a Helicopter Yatra to Damodar Kunda, which is a specially designed tour for Pilgrimage People who wants to Visit Damodar Kunda and also visit Muktinath temple at the same time in a short time period. Damodar Kunda Helicopter tour takes you to the holy lake Damodar Kunda in the high Himalayas in the Upper Mustang area of Nepal.
A holy Lake Damodar Kunda lies in the Upper Mustang area which is in the Northern Himalayan range of Annapurna Nepal. Damodar Kunda lies at an altitude of 4890 meters. Damodar Kunda is a cold and windy place. It is an area of Tibetan plateau landscape in the remote area of Nepal near Tibet. It is believed that people should reach once in a lifetime and take a holy bath there. Bath in Damodar Kunda takes away from all sins done in a previous and current lifetime. The main source of Gandaki River is Damodar Kunda. It is also a good place to find Shaligram. Damodar Kunda in Upper Mustang is a restricted area by the Nepal government. A special permit is applied in this trekking area. This place is very difficult to travel to but equally thrilling. Though it’s difficult, the panorama you get to see here is out of this world. You can enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the Himalayas in Nepal such as Damodar Himal, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, etc.
Damodar Kunda Helicopter Tour Package
History and Mythology of Damodar Kunda?
According to myth, God Shiva and Goddess Parvati left some parts of the Garments in Damodar Kunda. It is believed that if people took bath in Damodar Kunda in Damodar Kunda yatra, they can get wash their sins. In the second column of Barah Puran, Kuber`s Sons bathed in Damodar Kund and washed away their sins. Also, Lord Krishna was tied to a tree by his mother Yashodha when Lord Krishna used force, the trees fell. The trees cut down by Krishna were Kuber`s son Nal Kuber, who rooted as a tree, was cursed by Narthi. It is written in mythology that Narthi cursed him to be the root of the tree because he was ridiculed.
While Nal Kuber who was rooted like a tree, prayed for salvation, Narthi said that only the touch of Lord Krishna of the Dwapar era would free him from the curse. Therefore, as Lord Krishna was dragging the rope tied by Yashodha Mata, Nal Kuber flew in the air as there were demons around him sitting in the form of a tree. After this, Lord Krishna told Nal Kuber to visit Damodar Kund as the dam of Kush thrown from Vrindavan used to fall into Damodar Kund. So, he went there to be saved. It is mentioned in the Puranas that Nal Kuber was saved by bathing in the same tank. Thus, because of the rope thrown by Krishna into this place from Vrindavan, it is known as Damodar and the origin of the reservoir in this place has named Damodar Kund.
How to reach Damodar Kunda by Helicopter?
As Damodar Kunda is a very difficult place to travel to, many people desire to visit Damodar Kunda Via flight to Pokhara and then another route by Helicopter. A special Permit is required to visit Damodar Kunda. Normally Helicopter tour of Damodar Kunda takes about one and a half hours from Kathmandu and one and a half from Pokhara. At a time only 3-4 passengers will be accommodated in this tour as the helicopter in Nepal does not carry more than 4 people at one time. Helicopters cannot take big groups at one time because of the high altitude as well. So joining other groups is not possible for the Damodar Kunda tour. The Damodar Kunda Helicopter tour starts from Kathmandu Tribhuban Airport taking a Helicopter flight Via Muktinath. After reaching Muktinath, the Helicopter stops at the helipad near the temple. You can enjoy the religious place and worship and pray to God a couple of times. After finishing the prayer we will head towards Damodar Kunda.
Damodar Kunda and Muktinath Helicopter Tour Video
· Damodar Kunda Lake
It is believed that for people who take bath in this Damodar Kunda Lake, their all sins will wash away.
· Muktinath Temple
Muktinath is a Vishnu temple, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath valley at the foot of the Thorong La mountains pass in Mustang.
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· View of Snowcapped Mountains
The beautiful views of Snow-capped Mountains such as Dhaulagiri and Annapurna can be seen while traveling by helicopter.
· 108 sacred Water taps at Muktinath Temple
The water of these taps directly flows from the Puskarini waters (Temple Tanks) from the 108 Sri Vaishnava Divya Desams, where devotees take their sacred baths even in freezing temperatures. It is believed that bathing in these 108 taps keeps us healthy and prosperous.
Muktinath Helicopter Tour Video From Pokhara
Damodar Kunda Yatra Helicopter Tour Highlights
Requirements for Damodar Kunda Yatra by Helicopter
Damodar Kunda is part of the Upper Mustang. So, you have to pass through the restricted region for which you must obtain the special Restricted Area Permit of the Upper Mustang. Besides these, the solo trek to Damodar Kunda is Banned by the Government of Nepal. Thus, you must hire a professional guide and plan your trip with a local trekking agency in Nepal. Likewise, Your group must contain at least 2people excluding a guide and porter.
Damodar Kunda Helicopter Tour Best Season/Best Time
March to May and October to November is the best time to visit Damodar Kunda.
Permits for Damodar Kunda Tour
Damodar Kunda is in the Annapurna region of the Upper Mustang area. Visitors need a special permit for the upper mustang and Annapurna conservation area permits. To make this permit a minimum of two people are compulsory to join the local company to make the permit. The cost of the upper Mustang permit is 500 USD for ten days and an extra per day 50 USD. Annapurna conservation area permit costs Rs. 1000 for SAARC nationality and for other nationalities the cost is Rs.3000.
Damodar Kunda Helicopter Tour Duration from Kathmandu, Pokhara, Jomsom?
Normally, a Helicopter tour of Damodar Kunda takes about 4-5 hours from Kathmandu and 3 hours from Pokhara whereas from Jomsom it takes 1.5 hours time duration to reach Damodar Kunda.
How can we complete Damodar Kunda and Muktinath Darsan at same time?
The Damodar Kunda Helicopter tour starts from Kathmandu Tribhuban Airport taking a Helicopter flight via Muktinath. After reaching Muktinath, the Helicopter stops at the Helipad near the temple. The temple is about 2-3 minutes far from the Helipad. You can do Muktinath Darsan a couple of times. After finishing the prayer we will be heading towards Damodar Kunda, which takes around 1.5 hours time duration to reach.
Why Damodar Kunda Yatra by Road is not Possible?
Damodar Kunda Yatra by road is difficult and takes 22days to complete the yatra, whereas by Helicopter it can be possible within a day. Damodar Kunda yatra by road starts after flying to Jomsom from Pokhara. Kathmandu to Pokhara is either by flight or by drive. The first day of trekking is about 3 hours only and stay a bit longer time in your first day at altitude (2800m). Kagbeni village is the doorway of the Upper Mustang. Likewise every day we need to trek to reach Damodar Kunda. Some people may get their energy down due to the regular trekking and also the weather there is too windy and very cold during the winter season. So, the Damodar Kunda yatra by road may be difficult as compared to the Helicopter tour.
Damodar Kunda Tour by Trek
Pokhara to Damodar Kunda Helicopter tour
Pokhara to Damodar Kunda Helicopter tour starts from Pokhara airport and initial land in Muktinath. Take Darsan of Muktinath and take holy in 108 scared water taps. The flight then flies towards Damodar Kunda. This lies in higher Pony space, an altitude of 4890 meters. Take much time to require a holy bath and explore the surroundings and fly back to Pokhara. Pokhara to Damodar Kunda helicopter flight costs 3500-6000 USD depending on the number of passengers.
Kathmandu to Damodar Kunda Helicopter Tour
Damodar Kunda Helicopter tour starts from Kathmandu airport, the helicopter ride takes you over the stunning Lang tang and Annapurna range to Jomsom airport for fueling and then land in Muktinath, which is scared place for both Buddhists and Hindus. You can have a Darsan at Muktinath and then after a short visit to Muktinath, we resume our helicopter ride to Damodar Kunda. After finishing all the rituals at Damodar Kunda we return back to Kathmandu which takes 3-4 hours time duration. Kathmandu to Damodar Kunda helicopter flights costs 3500-6000 USD depending on the number of people.
Clothing and preparation during the Damodar Kunda tour by Helicopter
Is an oxygen cylinder needed during Damodar Kunda Helicopter Tour?
Some people with altitude sickness may need an Oxygen cylinder as Damodar Kunda is at the upper Mustang with a high altitude of 4890 meters.
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