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Himalayan Pilgrimage Video Part 1
Kali Gandaki River Valley & Dhaulagiri Himalayas

Himalayan Pilgrimage:
The Kali Gandaki river lies in Nepal and is the deepest river-gorge in the world, flanked on one side by the Dhaulagiri mountains and on the other by the Annapurna range. The height difference from the top of these mountains peaks is 26,246 ft.

The river flows into the Mustang region of the Himalayas, which remains one of the most remote Indo-Tibetan communities in the world. For more than 30 years, no westerner was allowed to visit this forbidden kingdom and it was only recently opened to foreigners. A unique Buddhist and Hindu culture remains there, much as it did in ancient times.

Taking a light engine plane at 10,000 ft, the additional walk to Lo-manthang, the capital of Mustang, is a 14 day trek. Mustang was also the stronghold for Tibetan freedom fighters during the 1950’s and 60’s until their defeat by the Chinese. The area contains one of the oldest and highest Hindu temples in the world called Muktinatha, where it is believed that sages lived and meditated thousands of years ago, and where the divine revelations of the sacred scriptures were revealed to them.

Muktinatha Temple              

The Gandaki river is also considered to be one of the most holy rivers by Hindus who make the arduous trek there to obtain the sacred Salagrama-stones that are found on the riverbed. The Salagrama is believed to be a natural manifestation of Vishnu and is worshipped by all brahmana-priests in India.

In this documentary we will follow in the footsteps of pilgrims through the Gandaki Valley - a place frozen in time.

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