A beautiful hill station far away from City’s noise with least of the sound and air pollution and full of greenery and majestic mountains. It is an untouched yet to explore place by many of the travellers. Mukteshwar is a town and a tourist destination in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India.
Mukteshwar gets its name from an 350-year-old temple of Shiva, known as Mukteshwar Dham, situated atop the highest point in the town. The sunrise view from government run PWD guest house is an amazing experience. Drive on curve road and climbing on the mountains make it a perfect travelling destinations. Mukteshwar is also the abode of a saint — Shri Mukteshwar Maharaj ji — who lived at the Top Cottage Temple where his samadhi is. One of his disciples, Swami Sanshudhanand ji, now stays there. The whole temple complex is a Tapovan and an ideal place for meditation. If you are the one looking for more comfortable place to stay with lot of other activities falling in your budget then you should go for Club Ten Pine Lodge.
The unspoiled beauty of Mukteshwar has lot to offer. Waking up with the chirping of birds and sun rays kissing the cliffs will make you morning a beautiful experience. Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Nandaghunti, Trishul and Panchachuli are the major peaks visible from Mukteshwar. One side of the Mukteshwar is a dense forest and the other side gives you a splendid view of the enchanting valley and Himalayas.
Mukteshwar Temple: The Shiva temple also known as Mukteshwar Dham is one of the most famous attractions of this place. An approximate 350 year old Temple is the heart of this place and a must visit to have blessings of Lord Shiva. This sacred shrine holds an immense importance in Hindu religion. Mukteshwar Temple is situated atop a hill from where you can have an amazing view of mountains. Chauli ki Jali is also situated near to this Temple. The trek to Mukteshwar Temple is a life long experience.
Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI): It is a British legacy and one of the leading advanced research facilities engaging in live stock research and is dedicated to the development of the region. This institute has a library and a museum inside the campus.
Chauli ki Jaali: It is a fascinating place situated on the cliff behind the Mukteshwar Temple. Leaning on the edge of the cliff, you can have an enthralling and panoramic views of splendid Himalayan range and enchanting valley of Kumaon region.
Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow: The PWD inspection bungalow is also a must visit place due to its architectural wonder. Situated close to the Mukteshwar Temple, it is also a landmark in the town. Surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful views which makes it a must-see in the hill station. If you are planning to stay in Mukteshwar for a couple of days, we recommended to book you stay here only.
Himalayas Views: It gives panoramic and breathtaking view of Himalayas range and a never to forget memories. Snow covered Himalayas range gives an immense thought of how mighty the nature could be.
- Air: Since it is a hill station, it does not have a direct air connectivity. The nearest airport is located at Pantnagar, which lies at a distance of 111 kilometers. However most of the air traffic to Pantnagar airport includes private chartered flights. The second nearest airport is in New Delhi which is approximately 345 kilometres away. Delhi airport is well-connected to different cities across the globe. You can hire private taxis from the airport which will charge you around Rs. 5000 to 6000.
- Train: The nearest railway station is Kathgodham which is located at a distance of 72 kilometres. Kathgodam railway station enjoys good connectivity to important places such as Delhi, Lucknow and Howrah, with daily trains running to New Delhi.
- Road: A well connected place by road which enjoys excellent road network with most of the major cities of North India. Several tour operators operate daily bus service from New Delhi to Mukteshwar via Nainital. Bus travel includes options like air-conditioned, non-air-conditioned, sleeper and Volvo buses. Boarding an overnight bus is the most convenient way to head to Mukteshwar.
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- State: Uttarakhand
- District: Nainital
- Famous for/as: Mountains, Nature, Trekking, Sightseeing
- Languages: Hindi, Kumaoni
- Best time to visit: March, April, October
- Weather: During the summer season, from March to May the weather is pleasant enough for sightseeing and the trees are full of fruits. During the monsoon months between July and September, Mukteshwar receives heavy rainfall hence avoid visiting it during this time. Winters months are cold with temperature varying between a maximum of 17°C and a minimum of 3°C and Mukteshwar receives heavy snowfall. However the roads get blocked during heavy snowfall, so plan accordingly.
- Pincode: 263138
- STD code: 05942
- State Govt. tourism website: http://uttarakhandtourism.gov.in/utdb/?q=mukteshwar