Himalayan Pilgrimage Video
Gandaki River Valley & Dhaulagiri
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.
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.
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 1950s and 60s 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.
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 this documentary we will follow in the
footsteps of pilgrims through the Gandaki Valley
- a place frozen in time.