Mukteshwar is a scenic hill station in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand famous for temples, waterfalls, hills, orchards, meadows, and coniferous jungles. The place is named after a 350-year-old temple Mukteshwar Dham dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Mukteshwar in Uttarakhand offers mesmerizing views of snow-clad Himalayan mountain ranges (Nanda Devi, Trishul, Panchachuli, Neelkanth). From this place, tourists can get a breath-taking view of Nanda Devi, the second highest peak in India.
In the year 1893, the Britishers converted this hill station into a research and educational hub. The fascinating novel "Man-Eaters of Kumaon " by the famous British hunter and naturalist Jim Corbett has made Mukteshwar very popular. The famous British hunter killed six endangered Kumaon tigers, including the Champawat tiger and the Panar cheetah, which were responsible for killing hundreds of residents of the region.
In addition, verdant trails and narrow lanes make it an ideal place for trekking. Rock climbing, rappelling, and paragliding attract adventure lovers to this hill station. Little cottages and homes exhibit British colonial style, which captivate history buffs. Every year lakhs of tourists flock here to see the scenic beauty away from the mundane city life and spend a few moments of relaxation in the lap of nature.
It is believed that Lord Shiva bestows "moksha" on the devotees. As per legend, Lord Shiva fought a fierce battle with a demon and killed him. Later the deity gifted him with salvation(Mukti). Thus, this place came to be known as Mukteshwar.
Mukteshwar is located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand (Uttarakhand). Mukteshwar Height from Sea Level is 2171 meters in the Kumaon Hills. Mukteshwar Tour Packages from TrueHAB cover all the major attractions in and around Mukteshwar.
Visit various tourist places in Mukteshwar and appreciate its beauty. Let us learn more about some of the hidden gems in the hills.
Mukteshwar Shiv Temple
Mukteshwar Temple or Mukteshwar Dham is a Shiva temple on top of a hill. Devotees climb 100 steps to reach the temple. The idols of Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati, Hanuman, and Nandi are installed along with Lord Shiva. It is believed that there was a war between the goddess and the demon. Along with this, Kalki, the future incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is also seated here.
The kings of the Katyuri dynasty built the temple in the 10th century at an altitude of 2315 meters amidst beautiful natural scenery and tall deodar and oak trees. The hill town is named after this ancient temple. It is believed that this entire temple was built in a single night. Devotees offer bells in the temple when their wishes are granted. It also serves as a picnic spot among tourists.
Mukteshwar Temple Timings: 06:00 am to 08:00 pm
Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow
The inspection bungalow of the Public Works Department (PWD) is a major tourist attraction near Mukteshwar Temple. Here, you can take in the beauty of sunrise views in the Himalayas and enjoy holiday accommodation. The eminent British hunter "Jim Corbett" had spent time here while strategizing the plan to kill the tigers. Nanda Devi peak can be seen completely and tourists coming to Mukteshwar should see a glimpse of this attractive beauty. It exhibits colonial architecture.
Chauli ki Jali or Chauthi ki Jali
Chauli ki Jali is situated on the top of the highest mountain. A short walk through the temple leads to Chauli ki Jali or Chauthi ki Jali. This place gives a panoramic view of the entire Mukteshwar city, Almora, and the snow-clad hills. One of these rocks has a big hole in the middle of the rock. It is believed that if a childless woman passes through this hole on Shivratri, then she will definitely conceive and have a child. You can unwind at this place during morning hours.
Timings: 06:00 am to 06:00 pm
Brahmeshwar Dham Temple
Brahmeshwar is a Shiva temple, situated above the Chowli ki Jali. The temple harbors four other temples on its premises. Small pond and intricate sculptures are the main attractions.
Bhalu Gaad Waterfall
Bhalu Gaad is a picturesque waterfall at Mukteshwar in the Nainital district. It is 10 kilometers from Mukteshwar, and you have to trek 2 kilometers through a dense green forest. This natural waterfall is a hot spot for fishing, picnics, and nature walks.
Entry Fee: INR 20, Guide Charges: INR 200
Timings: 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI)
Indian Veterinary Research Institute(IVRI) is an important center for veterinary medicines. It lies at the intersection of Gagar and Gangolihat ranges of Kumaon hills at an altitude of 7620 feet. The center was established in 1885 at the recommendations of Col. J. H. B. Halan. British Museum, library, and courtyard garden are the main attractions. It is a good place to get information about animals.
Timings: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
Dhanachuli is a perfect holiday spot near Mukteshwar at an altitude of 7000 feet. It is famous for apple orchards, dense forests, and the beautiful hills of the Himalayas.
Sargakhet is birder’s paradise. This place attracts bird lovers for a variety of birds. Besides, it is a hot spot for adventure activities of hiking, paragliding, and camping.
Sitla (Sheetla Village)
Sheetla Village is 5 kilometers away from Mukteshwar. It is famous for trekking, bird watching, and photography. You can marvel at 180-degree views of Nanda Devi, Panchchuli, and Trishul Peaks from here. Api and Nahapa Mountains at the end of this area lie across the Nepal border.
Ramgarh is a small town around 17 kilometers from Mukteshwar. It is famous for the fruit market, where you can buy peach, apple, apricot, and Poolam. The Nobel laureate Guru Rabindranath Tagore composed Gitanjali. That is why the place has got the name Tagore Top. The famous poet, Mahadevi Varma, used to live in Ramgarh, and Mahadevi Varma Srijanpeeth was founded in her memory.
Peora is an eco-tourism spot in Kushyakutoli tehsil of Nainital. It is 8 kilometers from Mukteshwar. It is regarded as the fruit bowl of Uttarakhand. The entire village is ringed by sal, deodar, oak, barun, kapal, and Rhododendron trees. Bird watching, viewing Himalayan Ranges, and trekking are popular activities.
Nathuakhan is a small village in the Kumaon hills of Mukteshwar. Small wooden and stone country clubs adorn the landscape of this beautiful village. It is 19 kilometers from Mukteshwar.
Rajarani is an ancient temple built in the 11th century. It is famous for intricate stone sculptures.
Kilmora shop is an ideal place to buy winter wear, toys, cereals, herbs, spices, and fruit processed products. Kilmora Apricot Oil and hand-woven shawls are the best items to purchase.
Mukteshwar has numerous budget lodges, guesthouses, hotels, and resorts to suit all pockets. You can choose the best one as per your requirements.
Mukteshwar Luxury Resorts- Diganta Resort, Dyo-The Organic Village Resort, Ojaswi Himalayan Resort, Frozen Woods Resorts, Mukteshwar Heritage, etc.
Mukteshwar 5 Star Hotels – Adrushya Estate by Vista Rooms, Writers Retreat in the Himalayas, Vayu Retreat.
Aloo ke Gutke, Sisunak Saag(leafy vegetable), Kappa(green curry), Rus, and Bhaang ki Khatai are local Kumaoni delicacies. You can get Chinese and continental cuisines at some select restaurants. The majority of restaurants serve North Indian food.
Mukteshwar is conveniently accessible to other parts of India by a network of buses, trains, and airplanes. Mukteshwar from Nainital is 51 kilometers. Haldwani is 72 kilometers, and you may have to travel 343 kilometers from Delhi.
The nearest domestic airport is 100 kilometers at Pantnagar, and Delhi is the nearest international airport to Mukteshwar. Mukteshwar has regular flights from Delhi. Reserve a prepaid taxi to Mukteshwar from the airport.
Kathgodam is the nearest railhead to Mukteshwar 73 km away. Kathgodam has trains from Delhi, Dehradun, Agra, and other major cities of India. After arriving at Kathgodam, you can catch a taxi or bus to reach the hill town.
Regular government and private luxury buses ply to Mukteshwar from neighboring cities, such as Kathgodam, Delhi, Haldwani, Nainital, etc. You can hire a cab to get here.
You can visit Mukteshwar any time of the year for its pleasant climate. Between March and May, nights are cool with warm days. The temperature reaches a maximum of 27°C.
During your excursion at Mukteshwar, you can take part in various exciting activities to make your vacation interesting in the hill town: