Mukteshwar, a town situated in Nainital district, is one of Uttarakhand’s beautiful hill stations. It is known for adventure sports such as rock climbing, rappelling etc., besides an astounding view of the Himalayan Ranges. The town derived has its name from the ancient temple of Lord Shiva and is filled with fruit orchards, coniferous forests and rolling meadows at a height of 7500 ft.
The Energy and Resources Institute has also developed a renewable park in Mukteshwar for generating solar electricity. Jim Corbett wrote his novel “The Man Eaters of Kumaon,” here. Mukteshwar offers you a peaceful and mind-refreshing holiday. Because of its serene and peaceful environment, it is often called “Silent Town.” Here a few places which one shouldn’t miss on a trip to Mukteshwar:
• Mukteshwar Dham: Mukteshwar Dham is an ancient temple, which is around 350 years old and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the most popular shrines, perched on top of the highest point in Mukteshwar. It lies approximately 2312 mts above the sea level and is classified as one of the few most important temples devoted to Lord Shiva in the Hindu Sculpture. It is located at a distance of 1km from the Mukteshwar market in Nainital and is well connected by roads.
• Sitla: Sitla is a hill station in Uttarakhand, popular for its Colonial-style bungalows. At a height of 6000 feet, it engages tourists in different trekking expeditions of various difficulty levels organized by the resorts in the area. It gives you a pleasant experience of nature at its very best.
• Indian Veterinary Research Institute: The Institute was established when the country was under the British Rule. The Institute includes a huge science library and veterinary exhibitions which gives you a deep insight into the history of veterinary sciences. The institute is encircled by a thick range of flora and fauna, which is usually visited and studied by the researchers and explorers.
• Chauthi Ki Jaali: It is one the exquisite places of Mukteshwar, and is situated in the proximity of the Mukteshwar Temple. This site offers an imperial view of the entire Kumaon Valley as is located on a cliff. It is an attractive spot for adventure lovers, as it’s dotted with some exceptional variety of rocks and has also got an interesting mythology attached to it. Chauthi ki Jaali offers activities like mountain climbing and rappelling.
• Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow: It has to be one the most attractive and important landmarks of this town. The Bungalow has a legacy attached to it. In 1929, Jim Corbett, the famous tiger hunter, stayed in this very bungalow on his visit to Mukteshwar. One can witness breath-taking views of peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti from the outskirts of this bungalow. This place is a perfect combination of peace, divinity, adventure and history.
• Methodist Church: The Church is located in the heart of thick green Cedar Forests of Mukteshwar. The route to this Church involves congested treks and rock-cut stairs, so it is a bit tricky and challenging to reach it. It was built in the early 1900s, and is one of the oldest buildings in the town. One should note however that this church is open only for two hours on Sundays, so one needs to plan accordingly.
The places mentioned above are worth visiting places in Mukteshwar and will surely give you a lifetime experience. The serenity of this town is a tempting invitation to all the nature and peace lovers and those seeking a rest from the gruelling life of the cities.
The swiss village stunning wather and its mountains at your doorstep, indulge in breathtaking views, elegant accommodations, and the nearby Mukteshwar Dham.