Mustang Kingdom is a part of Nepal, politically. But it also called Tibet as this kingdom’s culture is mostly Tibetan, and the people here have managed to foster that culture even after the Chinese invasion in 1951.
Brief History of the Mustang Kingdom
Mustang Kingdom was formerly known as the Kingdom of Lo and it measure 85 km long and 45 km wide. Livelihood here is mostly trading and animal husbandry.
The region of this kingdom is easily accessible from the Himalayas side and due to its strategic location; this location has served as battle field during many wars. And because of such wars and invasions, different religious practices and cultures have thrived in this kingdom.
Before the Nepalese government gained full control in the 18th century, Mustang Kingdom used to be a very sovereign kingdom. Culture and language here are closely related to Tibet’s and trading here during the 15th to the 17th centuries was actually extremely thriving because the people of Mustang have the advantage of having easy access to India and the Himalayas.
The Kingdom Opened its Gates to the World
It was in 1970 when the kingdom welcomed the world inside their community, but it was not until the 1990s that tourists were allowed to enter this tightly sealed kingdom. Despite such tourism liberty, there are still some strict rules that are being maintained in upper Mustang. Tourists must first secure a special permit in order to gain entry to the kingdom; ten days of stay inside the kingdom will cost roughly around 500USD.
Mustang Kingdom Now
Mustang Kingdom is now known by the world as the Kingdom on the Edge. Visiting this kingdom will allow visitors to; see the great palace where the King still reside and experience culture that is more Tibetan than in Tibet.