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Lo Manthang
Lo Manthang
was the walled capital of the Kingdom of Lo from its founding in 1380 by Ame Pal who oversaw construction of the city wall and many of the still-standing structures.[1] After the Shahs of Gorkha forged Nepal
Nepal
out of numerous petty kingdoms in the 18th century, Lo became a dependency but kept its hereditary rulers. This arrangement continued as long as Nepal
Nepal
remained a kingdom, until republican government began in 2008 and Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista
Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista
(c. 1933–2016) lost his title.[2] His protector King Gyanendra suffered the same fate, however the Raja
Raja
or gyelpo of Mustang was 25th in a direct line of rulers dating back to 1380 A.D. Gyanendra was only the eleventh Shah ruler since Prithvi Narayan Shah
Prithvi Narayan Shah
conquered Kathmandu in 1768. More prosaically, Lo Manthang
Lo Manthang
is a Village Development Committee in Mustang District, Dhawalagiri Zone
Dhawalagiri Zone
of northern Nepal. The 1991 Nepal census counted 876 people living in 178 households.[3] The population includes ethnic Lhobas.[4] Lo is the culturally and linguistically Tibetan northern two-thirds of Mustang District, while the southern third is called Thak, the homeland of Thakali people
Thakali people
who speak a different language and have a synthesis of Tibetan and Nepalese culture. Recently a series of at least twelve caves were discovered north of Annapurna
Annapurna
and near the village, decorated with ancient Buddhist paintings and set in sheer cliffs at 14,000 feet (4,300 m) elevation.[4] The paintings show Newari influence, dating to approximately the 13th century, and also contain Tibetan scripts executed in ink, silver and gold and pre- Christian
Christian
era pottery shards.[4] Explorers found stupas, decorative art and paintings depicting various forms of the Buddha, often with disciples, supplicants and attendants, with some mural paintings showing sub-tropical themes containing palm trees, billowing Indian textiles and birds.[4]

Contents

1 Transport 2 Tourism and access 3 Gallery 4 See also 5 References 6 Bibliography 7 External links

Transport[edit] Main article: Upper Mustang
Upper Mustang
§ Transport Lo Manthang
Lo Manthang
is 20 kilometres (12 mi) by unpaved road from a border crossing into Zhongba County
Zhongba County
of Shigatse Prefecture, TAR. This road continues about 50 kilometres (31 mi) from the border to China National Highway 219, which follows the valley of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Nepal
Nepal
is building a road north along the Kaligandaki River, to within 9 kilometres (6 mi) of Lo Manthang
Lo Manthang
as of 2010. There are also scheduled flights from Kathmandu to Jomsom
Jomsom
Airport, 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of China . Tourism and access[edit] The village is noted for its tall white washed mud brick walls, gompas and the Raja's or Royal or King's Palace, a nine-cornered, five story structure built around 1400.[5] There are four major temples: Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the "God house"; Thubchen Gompa, a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of Jampa Gompa; Chodey Gompa, now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa, which is popularly known as the "New Gompa".[6] Even though foreign visitors have been allowed in the kingdom since 1992, tourism to Upper Mustang
Upper Mustang
remains limited, with just over 2000 foreign tourists in 2008.[4] The Nepalese Department of Immigration requires foreign visitors to obtain a special permit, which costs $50 per day per person, and liaison (guide) to protect local tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment.[7] Gallery[edit]

The Royal Palace in Lo Manthang

Lomanthang

The settlement of Lo Manthang

Nepal
Nepal
Tourism Center, Upper Mustang

See also[edit]

Gandaki River Kali Gandaki Gorge Kali Gandaki River Jomsom
Jomsom
Airport Mustang Caves Mustang District Upper Mustang

References[edit]

^ Peissel, Michel (1992) [1967]. Mustang - A Lost Tibetan Kingdom (2nd ed.). Book Faith India, Delhi. pp. 227–31.  ^ China View news ^ " Nepal
Nepal
Census 2001". Nepal's Village Development Committees. Digital Himalaya. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2009. . ^ a b c d e Gopal Sharma, Explorers find ancient caves and paintings in Nepal, Reuters, May 3, 2007, Accessed October 28, 2012 ^ Mustang: The Forbidden Kingdom Archived 2007-06-30 at the Wayback Machine., Royal Mountain Travel, 2004, Accessed May 3, 2007. ^ Upper Mustang
Upper Mustang
Trek Archived 2013-06-02 at the Wayback Machine., Osho World Adventure Pvt. Ltd., Accessed June 2, 2013. ^ Nepal
Nepal
Trekking Permit Fees Archived 2013-07-15 at the Wayback Machine., TAAN Nepal, Accessed June 2, 2013.

Bibliography[edit]

Maïe Kitamura, La cité fortifiée de Lo Manthang, Mustang, Nord du Népal. Paris, Éditions Recherches, 2011. 214 plans & drawings, photography. ISBN 978-2-86222-077-2. [1]

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lo Manthang.

UN map of the municipalities of Mustang District The Himalayan Cultural Conservation Campaign Nepal Restoring a temple on Nova (series) Lo-manthang Photo Gallery

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Mustang District

Headquarter: Jomsom

Charang Chhonhup Chhoser Chhusang Dhami Jhong Kagbeni Kowang Kunjo Lete Lo Manthang Marpha Muktinat

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