Blessed with the charisma of soaring high Himalayas, the Devbhoomi Uttarakhand is never short of amazing travel destinations. This North Indian state has something for every type of traveller to escape from the monotony of an urban lifestyle.
Tucked between serene Kumaon Himalayas, Mukteshwar is a charming hill retreat, located at an elevation of 7500 ft above sea level. This less travelled hill town in Uttaranchal is decorated with orchard trees, thick coniferous forest and impressive snow-clad Himalayan peaks in the background. The term Mukteshwar is a combination of two Sanskrit words – ‘Mukti’ means salvation and ‘Ishwar’ means God. Blessed with all-time pleasant weather, Mukteshwar offers a much-needed solitude to rejuvenate in the lap of nature.
Discovered by Britishers during colonial period, the beauty of this quaint hill station in Uttarakhand was penned down by the famous hunter Jim Corbett in his book ‘The Man Eaters Of Kumaon’.
Roadtrip To Mukteshwar
Located at 72 kms from Haldwani city, Mukteshwar can be reached easily by using public transport such as bus, shared/private cabs or your own vehicle. The road trip to Mukteshwar offers breathtaking vistas of Kumaon hills and quaint villages. There are two routes to travel to this beautiful place amidst Himalayas – via Nainital and Bhimtal. But, the later one is preferred more due to the shorter distance.
The road journey from Bhimtal to Mukteshwar via Padampuri is truly delightful, passing through tall pine and oak trees, serpentine roads and thrilling shear turns at few parts.
While travelling, you will come across few small waterfalls where you can take a halt and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Also, you can choose to travel Mukteshwar via Bhowali instead of Padampuri.
Holiday Rentals In Mukteshwar
Mukteshwar is dotted with numerous budgeted as well as luxurious hotels and holiday homes with a little colonial touch. You can choose to stay either near main Mukteshwar town or an offbeat location. Set amidst surreal environment, Club Ten Pine Lodge is a perfect accommodation option for peace seekers. I stayed at this comfy cottage in Mukteshwar offering stunning views of hills and terraced valley.
Away from all the hubbub of urban life, this quaint hill treat in Uttarakhand is just best for spending a peaceful weekend. Relax in the balcony, looking at the sun bidding goodbye to Mukteshwar hills. It was mesmerizing to see zillion glittering stars at night during my stay at this wonderful cottage in Mukteshwar.
Bonfire along with lip-smacking snacks is the best way to enjoy evenings in Mukteshwar. Stay at this elegant boutique cottage and get soaked in the tranquility offered by the nature.
Situated in the lap of Kumaon Himalayas, this quaint hill retreat in Uttarakhand provides few options for sightseeing. Have your breakfast and head out to explore some major and lesser-known attractions in Mukteshwar.
Nestled on the top of the hill, Mukteshwar Dham is an ancient shrine blessed with the holiness of Lord Shiv. As per the legends, Shivji killed a demon here and blessed him with salvation or mukti. Highly revered by the locals, Mukteshwar Temple offers a picturesque view of hills and Kumaon valley. Therefore, it is a must visit place for nature lovers and devotees. The divine sound of temple bells and chirping birds is very peaceful. Start your day in Mukteshwar by seeking blessings from the sacred white marble Shivling installed inside the temple premises.
If you are an adventure and nature lover, then do take a small nature walk amidst lush forest area surrounding Mukteshwar Temple. It’s amazing to breathe fresh smell of coniferous woods unlike the contaminated air in cities like Delhi. Wear good sports shoes for a hassle-free experience.
Just next to Mukteshwar Temple, a small trail amidst lush forest area goes towards Chauli Ki Jali. ‘Chauli’ means rock and ‘jali’ means hole. It is believed by the locals that if a barren woman crosses the hole of Chauli Ki Jali during Shivratri, then by the grace of Goddess Shakti she is blessed with a child. The beautiful landscape and cool mountain breeze will refresh your wandering soul.
A small trek from Chauthi Jaali will take you to a quaint place called Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow built during colonial period. This beautiful holiday abode has served Jim Corbett during his visit to Mukteshwar, thus of great historical importance.
From here you can see the magical view of mighty snow-clad Himalayan Peaks namely (from left to right) Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Trishul East ridge, Mrigthuni, Nanda Devi, Sunanda Devi, and Nanda Kot.
Bhalu Gaad Waterfall is a lesser-known attraction in Mukteshwar and ideal for bird watching and adventure lovers. Lies at 7 kms from Mukteshwar to Dhari Village, a short nature trail (2 kms) to this waterfall passes through dense forest and pristine mountain streams.
Bhalu Gaad waterfall trek is a less-travelled and offbeat place. It was quite amazing to walk on this unbeaten path surrounded with nature’s bounty. I recommend you to wear comfortable and nice sports shoes to travel this unbeaten path near Mukteshwar.
Other Places To Visit
Methodist Church, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Sitlakhet, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal and Ranikhet. If your stay in Mukteshwar is for a longer duration, than you can also visit Nainital, Ranikhet and Jageshwar Dham.
Let yourself be surrounded by nature at its best, calm yourself, focus and let magic do the rest.
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