The Forbidden Kingdom!

The Forbidden Kingdom!

After 4 hours of bumping our heads and bodies inside the jeep from Chhusang, the three of us were finally in the Lo-Manthang Village, Upper Mustang. The view that we witnessed from there made us completely forget about  the tiring jeep ride. We were afraid if it might rain but Driver Dai told us that the people of Upper Mustang get rain only two/three times last year. Then the most amazing thing happened. When we got out of the jeep, two snowflakes gently landed on my palm. I couldn’t believe what I saw. It was the first time I had ever felt the snow and it was amazing.  But then it stopped. We later thought that maybe it was just a nice gesture, a warm welcome to the ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’. Lo-Manthang was previously known as ‘Kingdom of Lo’ and was prohibited to Tourists until 1992, which has made it one of the most preserved regions in the world. The people here still speak their native Tibetan Languages and follow centuries old Tibetan Culture. With the growth of Tourism, people have learned to speak foreign Languages and have started hospitality businesses. They provide really good services to the people who travel to witness the beauty of Upper Mustang Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista is the last official and current unofficial king of Mustang and is currently said to be in the Kathmandu Valley. The locals are very friendly and we were very much happy with the hospitality provided. You might presume the lodging and fooding at such a  remote  place is surely expensive but guess what! It isn’t. It’s almost the same as Jomsom and a cheaper than Muktinath. People are all very kind and it...