Perched at an elevation of 2,286 meters in the Kumaon hills of Uttarkhand is a beautiful town named Mukteshwar. It is a peaceful and relaxing tourist destination in the pristine state of Uttarakhand that offers magnificent Himalayan views. This quaint place got it’s name from a famous Shiva Temple popularly known as the ‘Mukteshwar Dham’. This 350-year old Shiva temple is one of the famous pilgrimage spots where thousands of devotees come and pay their regards every year.
This scarcely explored town is covered with a blanket of lush greens and magnificent mountains. It offers you a splendid experience with the presence of vibrant birds chirping across this quaint village. Mukteshwar is known for its gorgeous views of the snow-capped Himalayas, deep valley views and dense forestry. While spending your leisure time in peace and sipping a steaming cup of tea/coffee will give you a completely surreal experience of this quaint village.
Table of Contents:
- Best time to visit
- How to Reach
- Food in Pahaad: The Pahadi Cuisine
- Tourist Attractions in Mukteshwar
- Explore Chauli ki Jali
- Go for Adventure Sports
- Visit the Ultimate Mukteshwar Dham
- Explore Dhanachuli
- Visit IVRI
- Must explore the Fruit Orchards
- Go for Souvenir Shopping
- Eco stays in Mukteshwar
Best Time to Visit
This peaceful hamlet enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year due to its high elevation. The cold breeze during the summers as compared to other lower-lying towns is the best perk of living at the hill station.
Summers are slightly warm with colder nights and moderate rainfall, while the monsoon season gets colder and Mukteshwar receives heavy rains. Winters can be cooler and the temperature may even go beyond zero-degree. Occasional snowfall is received in the area in December, January and February.
How to Reach
By Air: Nearest airport to Mukteshwar is Pantnagar Airport. The distance is approximately 90 km from the Airport to Mukteshwar.
By Train: Mukteshwar is located at a distance of 67 km from the nearest railway station i.e. Kathgodam Railway Station. From Kathgodam, you can book a taxi to Mukteshwar or travel by bus (The bus stop is around 1.5 km from Kathgodam station).
By Road: Buses and Taxis are readily available for Nainital and Mukteshwar from Delhi. With an approximate distance of 360 km from Delhi, travelers can choose the travel time according to their suitability. Tourists can also drive to Mukteshwar by taking short halts in between.
It will take about 8hrs to reach Mukteshwar from Delhi by driving your vehicle.
Food in Pahad- The Pahadi Cuisine (CAFÉ & RESTAURANTS IN MUKTESHWAR)
For sumptuous food choices in Mukteshwar, you can find many cafes and restaurants in this quaint town. Nirvana Organic Kitchen, Cafe Chaandi Maati are a few of them. You must also try the bakery items from Royal Bakery and if you’re looking for authentic Kumoani Cuisine we would recommend you to try the restaurant of Viable Inn, Mukteshwar.
Tourist Attractions in Mukteshwar
1. Explore Chauli ki Jali
Being one of the most popular tourist spots in Mukteshwar, Chauli Ki Jali is a beautiful cliff point that gives you a vast view of the entire valley. Stunning views and amazing sunsets can be captured from here.
2. Visit the Ultimate Mukteshwar Dham
Every year thousands of devotees visit the famous temple of Mukteshwar which is popularly known as the Mukteshwar Dham. The peaceful hamlet of Muteshwar got it’s name from this 350-year old temple. The Mukteshwar temple is perched at an elevation of 2300 meters above sea level and offers enchanting views from the surroundings.
3. Go for Adventure Sports
If you’re an adventure lover you can surely try adventure sports like zip-lining, Rappelling, or rock climbing at Chauli ki Jali. You can also enjoy paragliding in Naukuchiatal and Bhimtal areas. Mukteshwar offers you several short-hiking trails to go hiking with friends and family. You can capture the beautiful sunrise and sunset views with the complete panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas.
4. Explore Dhanachuli
Another tranquil place to visit in the pristine hills of Kumaon, Uttarakhand is Dhanachuli. It is located at an elevated point of 7000 ft (2,134 meters approx) above sea level. Dhanachuli is a perfect place to spend your leisure time with friends and family. One can explore a wide range of Eco-resorts and Cottages on the Dhanachuli belt.
5. Visit IVRI
Built by the Britishers, the Indian Veterinary Research Center( IVRI) is a research facility that has been engaged in the research of livestock and the development of the Kumaon region. It also has a museum and a library inside the campus.
6. Must explore the Fruit Orchards
The surreal town of Mukteshwar is filled with several fruits orchards that you’d love to explore. Taste the delicious and juicy fruits like plum, peach, apple or pears and enjoy the fresh flavour. However, we have a small request to all the tourists visiting the fruit farms to kindly not litter around the place.
7. Go for Souvenir Shopping
You can explore the famous Souvenir shops in Mukteshwar; The Nirvana Organic Store and the Kilmora Handicraft shop that lies in the close vicinity. If you’re a cheese lover, you must try out the freshly-made natural artisan cheese at Darima Farms.
Eco stays in Mukteshwar
Mukteshwar is the most beautiful and peaceful place to enjoy the surreal experience in the Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand which will leave you in awe. It offers amazing weather, a wide range of properties and Ecostays in Mukteshwar can be explored, fantastic scenic views and the sun-kissed Himalayas is the added bonus.
Here are some of the Ecostays in Mukteshwar:
- Viable Inn
- Darima Birdhouse
- Moksh Eco Inn
Mukteshwar is a surreal and soothing place to visit and a perfect spot for a weekend retreat in the hills of Uttarakhand. You can best enjoy it when you have your vehicle at your disposal. From fruit orchards to vibrant chirping birds, from dense valley views to gorgeous sunsets, from the magnificent Himalayas to adventure sports, this place has it all! So, when are you planning your trip to Mukteshwar.