Muktinath Temple to be closed for Modi visit
4th May, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, May 04: The famous Muktinath Temple at Mustang is undergoing rapid cleanup in preparation for the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM is visiting Nepal on May 11, during which he will also be visiting the temple on helicopter.
CDO of Mustang district, Shishir Paudel, said that preparations are ongoing to better organize the visit of the Indian Prime Minister. Besides the cleanup of the Muktinath Temple, arrangements are also being made to accommodate the landing of the helicopter that Modi is visiting on.
As the Muktinath Temple lies on the Annapurna trekking route, trekkers will also face some strictness in checking for security reasons. According to CDO Paudel, trekkers walking from Manang through Thorang La Pass and coming into Muktinath will be stopped on their journey from three days before the Modi visit.
"We are preparing to stop trekkers coming through Thorang La Pass to Muktinath," said Paudel, "Trekkers can be held at Chame or Manang Village. We are coordinating with the Manang authorities to make this happen." The plan also includes barring entry into the Muktinath Temple to all other tourismts on the day of the Modi visit.