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The world has known Uttarakhand as the Dev Bhumi (land of God) for many special reasons. Innumerable pilgrimage sites strewn across the state undoubtedly makes Uttarakhand as the heart of the Indian pilgrimage circuit and when it comes to listing them, Mukteswar too comes into special consideration. The special pilgrimage connection links Mukteswar to a 350 years old temple of the lord "Shiva". Popularly known as the Mukteswar dham, this temple signifies an age old mythological connection. The name was derived from the Hindu saint Shri "Mukteshwar Maharaj ji" who used to reside in the temple. Apart from this connection, the place is an ideal meditation retreat.

The scenery around Mukteswar is a combination of breathtaking woods and fruit orchards with a lofty mountainous backdrop which gives out the impression of a sleepy hamlet in the early hours of both dawn and dusk. When the sun goes down on its knees in the evening sky, the only visible thing around Mukteswar remains is the Nanda Devi peak.

Activities and Excursions

Situated at a distance of just 51 km from Nainital, Mukteshwar is a popular adventure sports destination as well. Rock climbing and rappelling at Mukteswar is the best salvation task for adventure enthusiasts. The " Chauli-ki-Jaali cliffs " offer an excellent site for rock climbing. Bird watching, wildlife spotting and seeking inner peace-Mukteswar offers many explorable options. Mukteshwar also houses the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) famous for its contribution to the field of biological research in the Himalaya region. a 'Renewable Park' that uses solar electricity for most of its electricity needs is also developed in Mukteswar by TERI. There are many government-owned as well as private accommodation facilities to stay in Mukteswar. The old world charm of this small town reminds of a British bygone era like most of the Himalayan hill stations.

Best Time To Visit :

Mukteshwar is best visited during autumn and spring seasons. Untouched by the hustle bustle of city life, Mukteswar serves as a perfect weekend retreat. As the name suggests the salvation of the soul lies within the breath taking sceneries of Mukteswar and a vacation spend in the lap of sweet smelling fruit orchard and potato fields definitely brings a change to routine life. Sitla Estate, 9 kilometers away from Mukteswar makes a good picnic spot. It was in these green forests where legendary hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett hunted half a dozen of the famous man-eating tigers of Kumaon. There are many nearest day-out spots a few paces away from Mukteswar that compliments the charm of this serene setting.

Mukteshwar is otherwise the ideal location to buy the local products like candles and woollen shawls and mufflers. April is the best time to holiday in Mukteshwar as this the season of many festivities.

How To Reach :

The nearest airport is at Pantnagar, and nearest railway head is at Kathgodam, 65 km from the town, from where vehicular transport is easily available, as from neighboring towns of Bhimtal, Bhowali, and Nainital.