Mukteshwar is another gem in Nainital district, Kumaon Uttarakhand. Located at an altitude of 2,285 meters, Chota Hamlet is the name of a 350-year-old temple, Mukteswar Dham, whose main deity is Lord Shiva. The location of the Mukteश्वरvara temple from the top of the mountain also gives you 180 degree view of the expanse.
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There is much more to Mukteshwar’s unmatched beauty and then some more! It is believed that Jim Corbett visited the place to hunt tigers and yet fell in love with the natural tot.
Major peaks like Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Nandaghunti, Trishul and Panchachuli are clearly visible from here. On one side, you will witness Mukteshwar covered in dense forest, but on the other – there is an amazing view of the valley and the far-off peaks.
Mukteshwar was developed by the British in 1893 as a Research and Education Institute (IVRI). Till 1893 – this area remained mostly in hollow areas and was known for ancient temples. The earliest mention of the place is in Jim Corbett’s book “The Temple Tiger” as Mukhtar.
The current name and its association began after 1947. Nobel Prize winning scientist – Robert Koch visited Hamlet in the 1900s and built a cold room using only organic materials! It is a beautiful specimen and a must visit museum in the region!
According to Hindu mythology, Shiva waged a fierce battle with a demon at Mukteshwar. When the demon was killed, Shiva granted him the boon of liberation – immortality. Therefore, this region is known as Mukteshwar – Mukti + Ishvara, or God-given immortality.
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The weather of Mukteshwar is pleasant and the weather is never hot in summer and winters are small. It is truly a magical wonderland with temperatures ranging from 25-30 degrees (maximum) in the summer months to -5 degrees (minimum) in the winter months. Remember to carry enough layers with you as the sun can be a mischief in the hills!
Best time to visit Mukteshwar
This destination is quite safe to visit throughout the year. In fact, even in the monsoon months – you can drive to Mukteshwar. However, this effort should be made when you are an experienced hill driver.
How to reach Mukteshwar
Mostly associated with Important cities of Uttarakhand, It is easy to reach this small village. Located about 336 KM from Delhi, you can reach Mukteswar by air, rail or road.
The nearest airport to Mukteshwar is Pantnagar, about 90 km from the village. You can easily get a taxi and a bus from here to Mukteshwar. Pantnagar has 4 direct flights (and round trips) from Delhi every week.
The nearest railway station is 57 km away in Kathgodam. Then, you will easily get cabs (shared and private) as well as buses from Kathgodam to Mukteswar.
from the way
Buses are easily available from ISBT to Haldwani, Nainital, Almora and Mukteswar. Taxis are also easily available to reach Mukteshwar. Many private buses also operate luxury buses to reach the village.
Trip idea: You can also Trip to Binsar, Which is also an offbeat place in Uttarakhand and is beautiful nearby.
Things to do in Mukteshwar
If you are looking for natural and natural connectivity, this is a wonderful place. But, if you too are looking for adventure and adventure – Mukteshwar has a ton here too!
Given the stunning natural location, rock climbing and rappelling in Mukteshwar is quite a lot of fun. Overhauling rocks near Mukteshwar – Chauli ki Jaali – is a popular rock climbing destination. Paragliding is another great activity to participate in.
Camp in mukteshwar
Bang in the lap of nature – if you have a foolish plan to set the area under the starry sky, given the magical, mysterious location between the dense cedar trees of Mukteshwar Is a great camping site.
Trekking / Hiking
Mukteshwar has a number of footpaths – such as Mukteswar from Pora, or Almora from Pera as well as Artola from Binsar.
Places to visit in Mukteshwar
Small hamlets are blessed enough to do in and around the region. Let me break it down for you –
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is an ancient temple after which the village is named. This 350 year old Shiva temple is situated at an altitude of 2,312 meters above sea level and offers an amazing view of the real scene.
while The temple boasts of courteous and simple architecture The Shiva Linga has great religious significance – leading to the heavenly abode of the deity with a stone stairway. This temple is considered to be one of the 18 important Shiva temples.
As I said above, Chauli Ki Jali also known as Chauthi Jali is a visitor attraction located behind the rock of Mukteshwar Temple. It is located at a distance of 250 meters from the temple. ‘Chauli’ means rock and ‘Jaali’ means hole. Truly a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers – the experience of climbing here is out of the ordinary!
Situated at an elevation of 7,000 feet, Dhanachuli is only a few kilometers from Mukteshwar. With the Himalayas, dense forests, and gardens all around – Dhanachuli provides the perfect companion for your nature connectivity.
Other places nearby
While there is so much space to roam around in this area, there is so much more –
Located 50 km from Mukteshwar – Nainital needs no introduction. The lake district is dotted with lakes – Nainital, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Khurpatal, Sattal. Especially at nighttime, the city feels that there is another under stagnant water body.
Located 25 km from Mukteshwar, Ramgarh is at an altitude of 1789 meters and provides a very serene environment. With a view to keeping you company with gardens filled with gardens and stunning snow-laden mountains – Ramgarh A Best Himalayan Experience.
Where to stay in Mukteshwar
Given its proximity to Nainital and Ranikhet etc. – Mukteshwar has a set of options for accommodation. These range from luxury to budget or guesthouses and options include the entire diaspora. Ever trustworthy.
If you are looking for a luxury stay (read for honeymoon etc.). It has some of the most stunning views and will give you the most stunning views each morning. value for money!
what to eat
All types of restaurant food are available in Mukteshwar, from Chinese / Tibetan to North and South Indian. Continental cuisine is also available in addition to all regional cuisines.
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Other Travel Tips
- Mukteshwar is a destination that can be visited all year round.
- Mukteshwar receives its fair share of snowfall from the last week of December to the middle of February.
- Ideally, you should spend at least 3 days in the area to fully immerse yourself in the experience.
- The taxi from the railway station to Mukteswar is around INR 100.
- ATM facility is available in the city as well as other services such as hospitals, phone connectivity, etc.
- Buy Rhododendron Juice carefully while you are here!
Perfect extended weekend getaway or Even an off-beat honeymoon destination – The place has a lot to offer everyone equally. Whether you like adventure or trying to reconnect with nature, head to Mukteshwar for a perfect rejuvenation and relaxation experience.
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Still untouched by commercial tourism, the place retains its charm and manages to preserve while packing a punch. I hope the above guide has been helpful in your planning for a weekend getaway. However, if you require any more or specific information, please feel free to reach out and I will be happy to guide you!