Lo-Manthang: Capital of the forbidden Kingdom

Lo-Manthang, the capital of forbidden kingdom, THE MUSTANG MADNESS is a highlight event in the stage MTB race, Mustang is a place full of history, culture and ancient traditions. It is Located in Mustang district, which lies in the Western Development Region, the capital is surrounded by canyons and cliff on all sides, the High Himalayan Desert plateau is home to ethnic Lohbas (any diverse amalgamation of Sino-Tibetan-speaking tribespeople). The Kingdom had maintained its hereditary rules despite the unity of Nepal by the Shahs of Gorkha, the Kingdom and capital lost its title in 2008 after the establishment of Republican Government in Nepal. Despite losing his title, King Jigme Palbar Bista has been by many Mustang residents and lives in the former Palace.

The capital of the Forbidden Kingdom of Lo, Lo-Manthang.

The capital of the Forbidden Kingdom of Lo, Lo-Manthang.

The Royal palace Lo-Manthang is the most visited site in the area. Built around the 1400s, the palace is four stories tall. At the entrance of the capital of once the Forbidden Kingdom, a religious Shrine is erected. Locals offer Khatas(a traditional ceremonial scarf in Buddhism) at the Shrine at ceremonial occasions such as birth, death, funeral, graduation and arrival and departure from the capital.

Royal Palace at Lo-manthang

Royal palace at Lo-manthang

Along with the palace, Lo-Manthang accommodates some of the oldest Gompa(Buddhist temple) in the region. The oldest of Gompas is Jampa Gompa which was built in the early 15th Century compared to Thubchen Gompa built in the late 15th Century blood pressure medicine lisinopril. Other gompas in the capital are Chodey Gompa which is now taken as the main Gompa and Chopra Gompa known as “New Gompa”.

Religious Shrie at Lo-Manthang.

Religious Shrie at Lo-Manthang.

One could feel the essence of the past linger in the alleys of Lo-Manthang. The preservation of ancient architecture, culture, and art is one key factor in such feeling.