• District: Nainital
  • Famous for/as: Fruit Orchards
  • Languages: Kumaoni, Hindi
  • Best Season: Feb-Apr, Sep-Oct

Situated at an altitude of 1706 m on the main Haldwani – Almora – Ranikhet road, Bhowali is a major health resort, also known for its breathtaking Himalayan views. Bhowali is 11 km away from Nainital town. It is also a major export centre for apples, apricot, plums, pears etc.

Right on the motorable road to Kathgodam and Almora, its healthy climate made it an ideal location for the opening of the first T.B. Sanatorium in the State. Four kms from Bhowali are the famous Golu Devta Temple and Sainik School in Ghorakhal.


Sainik School

This army school is renowned all over India. Students come here to study and for their all round development, in a healthful atmosphere.


A fascinating hill station and a famous health resort known for fruit orchards, mushrooms, honey and butterflies.

Beyond Bhowali


At an altitude of 2286 m Mukteshwar is one of the prettiest Himalayan resorts, at a distance of about 53 km from Nainital. Surrounded by fruit orchards and thick coniferous forests it was developed by Britishers as a centre of research and education in veterinary sciences in 1893. It is a celebrated scenic spot overlooking extended Himalayan ranges.

An old Shiva temple (Mukteshwar Mahadev) exists in a spout like rock is the highest spot of the small township. Foreign scientists used to call it the ‘Wish Temple’. There are a P.W.D. inspection bungalow, a Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam rest house and number of private hotels to accommodate visitors. Mukteshwar is a small hamlet offering basic facilities only. It is connected with outside world with Radiotelephone, besides the normal line telephones, which gets snapped in winters due to snow.

Getting there

By Air: The nearest airport, Pant Nagar, is at a distance of 71 km.

By Train: The nearest Railhead Kathgodam, which is connected to Delhi and other North Indian cities, is just 34 km away.

By Road: Nainital is just half an hour drive. Buses ply every half an hour. Taxis ply frequently from Nainital (11 km), Kathgodam (34 km), Ranikhet (50 km) and Almora (55 km).