Mukteshwar is a gorgeous hill station with its own unique charm and easy accessibility. It is now famous for the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Mukteshwar Reserve Forest and the Mukteshwar Temple. Its pleasant climate and panoramic view of the Himalayas make it a splendid hill resort.
Location of Mukteshwar
Located at an altitude of 2,286 m above the sea level, Mukteshwar, a beautiful hill station is situated in the Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand.
Places to see in Mukteshwar
Mukteshwar Temple: The Mukteshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated at an altitude of 2,315 m above sea level and is accessible by stone stairs. It has a marvelloous lingam all in white marble. The idols of Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati, Ganesh, Nandi and Hanuman surround the lingam.
Chauti Jaali: Just next to Mukteshwar temple is Chauti Jaali, a natural latticework on the rock. There is belief that women who cannot conceive are blessed with a child after touching this jaali. Apart from the main outcrop, there are other protuberances.
Indian Veterinary Institute: Established in 1898, Indian Veterinary Institute comprises of a large campus with various departments like Research, Animal Nutrition, Genetics and Bacteriology. It also houses a museum and a library.
Methodist Church: The Methodist Church lies on the narrow path that has been cut in rock and polished over the years by the people who walk over this place to visit the church. The church is homely keeping in line with the old colonial structures around the city.
What to do in Mukteshwar
When in Mukteshwar, the best thing you can do is take long walks along thick coniferous forests and rows of fruit orchards like apples, plums, peaches, apricots and pears.
Excursions from Mukteshwar
Nathuakhan: Part of Kumaon's orchard country, Nathuakhan lies 20km from Mukteshwar. The entire stretch between Nathuakhan to Hartola is dotted with lovely country homes. You can get a fabulous view of the Himalayas and an excellent view of the Almora by night.
Ramgarh: 26km from Mukteshwar, it was in Ramgarh Rabindranath Tagore started writing Gitanjali. Tagore Point lies at a height of 8,500 ft. Ramgarh is today more famous for its orchards of apple, pear and peach.
Accomodations Hotels in Mukteshwar
The best option in Mukteshwar is the KMVN Guest House. Some interesting and old farmsteads include Somerset Lodge, Camp Purple, and Hotel Red Roofs.
Best time to visit Mukteshwar
You can visit Mukteshwar all round the year especially during summer months when temperatures range between 27º C to 10ºC.
How to reach Mukteshwar
By Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is Kathgodam about 35km from Mukteshwar.
By Road: Mukteshwar is well connected with important towns and cities like Haldwani, Kathgodam, Nainital, Moradabad, and Delhi.