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The Kingdom of Lo

Lo (Mustang) was once an independent kingdom, in the Nepalese Himalayas & northward onto the Tibetan plateau. It was closely tied by language&culture to...
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Lo (Mustang) was once an independent kingdom, in the Nepalese Himalayas & northward onto the Tibetan plateau. It was closely tied by language&culture to Tibet. From the 15th-17th century, its strategic location granted Mustang control over the trade between the Himalayas & India. At theend of the 18th century the kingdom was annexed by Nepal. Though still recognized by many Mustang residents, the monarchy ceased to exist on Oct 7,2008, by order of the Government of Nepal. The last official and current unofficial king (raja or gyelpo) is Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista (born c.1933), who traces his lineage directly back to Ame Pal, the warrior who founded this Buddhist kingdom in 1380. Ame Pal oversaw the founding and building of much of the Lo and Mustang capital of Lo Manthang, a walled city surprisingly little changed in appearance from that time period.
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