Mukteswar

  • District: Nainital
  • Famous for/as: Hill Station
  • Languages: Hindi, Kumaoni, English
  • Best Season: March-June

Mukteshwar is a small hill town mostly known for adventure sports such as rock climbing, rappelling etc. and the amazing view of Himalayan ranges you get from there.It gets its name from a 350-year-old temple of Shiva, known as Mukteshwar Dham, situated atop the highest point in the town, on the veterinary institute’s campus. Mukteshwar is a silent paradise, where you can spend your days and nights immersed completely in nature to detoxify your body and soul. On the sunshine days you can easily see the surrounding peaks as far as to Nepal border. You can also do easy hiking to nearby places and explore the area and nearby temples with various stories attached to them.

The major attractions of this sleepy town are the IVRI laboratories (experiments on tiny rats, gold-plated books, cattle-sheds), orchards of the Central Institutes of Temperate Horticulture-Regional Station, an expansive deodar forest (Himalayan cedar) measuring 15 square miles, 22 pristine snow-peak views, and the adventure of living among wildlife such as tigers and bears are. The charm of visiting Mukteshwar lies in enjoying nature, listening to air gushing through deodar forests, bird watching, meditation, and seeking peace. The cleanliness, solitude, and nature attract people escaping urban life.

Sightseeing

Mukteshwar Temple:

Mukteshwar Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is adorned at Mukteshwar in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The Mukteshwar town owes its name from this 350 years old Shiva temple. This hill temple is perched at an elevation of 2,312 metres above sea level and offers an enchanting view of the surreal landscape.

Chauli Ki Jali:

Chauli Ki Jali also known as Chauthi Jali is a visitor’s attraction located behind the cliff of Mukteshwar temple. It is located at a distance of 250 metres from the Mukteshwar temple. ‘Chauli’ means rock and ‘Jali’ means hole.

Distance

  • Delhi to Mukteshwar: 336 km

Getting there

By Air: Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport, which is located about 94kms from Mukteshwar. Taxis are easily available from the airport to Mukteshwar. Pantnagar is connected to Delhi with four round trips flight per week. Pant Nagar Airport is well connected by metalled road with Mukteshwar.

By Train: Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest railhead to Mukteshwar situated at a distance of 62kms. Kathgodam is well connected by major cities of India like Lucknow, Kolkata, Delhi, etc. There are two trains that run daily between Delhi to Kathgodam and vice-versa. Trains are frequent to Kathgodam as it is the gateway of Kumaon region. Taxis and buses are easily available from Kathgodam to Mukteshwar.

By Road: Mukteshwar is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Kumaon and cities of northern India. Buses are easily available from ISBT Anand Vihar to Haldwani, Nainital, Almora. Many private bus service providers operate luxury buses between Delhi to Kathgodam and Nainital from where you can easily get a taxi to Mukteshwar.