Uttarakhand has many hidden wonders; it is one of the regions with the backdrop of the Indian Himalayas. Though some places are very popular and often crowded, you can find some unexplored destinations that give a tranquil feeling. Mukteshwar is one such hill stations that hide under the splendour and beauty of Nainital district.
View of the Himalayas from Mukteshwar
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History of Mukteshwar
An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva lends its name to the hill station. Mukteshwar Temple is around 350 years old and one of the prime attractions in Mukteshwar.
Legend of Mukteshwar
This hill town came to be known as Mukteshwar because Lord Shiva gave mukti to a demon. Meaning, Shiva killed an asura (demon) who was troubling the locals. Hence, the region became Mukteshwar.
Unlike other hill stations, Mukteshwar has fewer tourist attractions. However, a day at this hill station will be pleasant and worthwhile.
Sunset at Mukteshwar
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Tourist Places in Mukteshwar
Chauli-ki-Jali, a viewpoint is one of the most important tourist attractions in Mukteshwar. A short trek to this viewpoint through the woods makes it a refreshing trip.
Another major attraction is the view of the Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi engulfs the hill station. The mesmerising view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks from the quaint Mukteshwar looks just great. In fact, it is not wrong to stay that Mukteshwar is a paradise for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.
Mukteshwar is still an offbeat site but it has all the potential of becoming a popular tourist place in Uttarakhand.
A view from Mukteshwar
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The lush green forests covering the hilly slopes of Mukteshwar is the best place to feel closer to nature. The hill station is less crowded since it is an offbeat destination and therefore apt for those who are looking for a beautiful yet a silent retreat.
The pleasant climatic conditions further support tourism at Mukteshwar. It is one of the best options to have a rejuvenating weekend.
How to Reach Mukteshwar
Mukteshwar is around 50km from Nainital and 330km from Delhi.
- By Road: Mukteshwar is well-connected by road from Nainital and other surrounding towns of Bhimtal and Bhowali. Buses or private transports are available from Nainital and Kathgodam to reach the hill station.
- By Train: Kathgodam which is 60km from Mukteshwar is the nearest railway station to this hill station. Travel by train to Kathgodam and from there you can hire taxis to reach Mukteshwar.
- By Air: Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Mukteshwar. Pantnagar is one of the famous towns located around 90km from Mukteshwar.
Decent stay options are available in Mukteshwar. Better to do proper research and book a hotel or lodge before visiting this hill station.