Mukteshwar is a small town in Nainital district, Uttarakhand. The earlier pilgrim town is now a hill station with tourists from all over the world.
Tourist Attractions in Mukteshwar-
- Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple- The temple is located on highest point of Mukteshwar.
- Indian Veterinary Research Institute Museum.
- Trekkers paradise with Chauli-ki-Jali having opportunity for rappelers, zipliners and rock climbers.
- Bird watchers also visit this place to catch glimpse of Himalayan birds.
How to Reach Mukteshwar-
- Nainital (51kms-2hrs approx), the nearest city is well connected by roads (State buses available).
- Closest Airport- Pantnagar (97kms-3hrs approx)
- Nearest Railway station- Kathgodam (56kms-2hrs approx.)
Best time to visit Mukteshwar-
- March to May (Summer)
Wanderer’s Eye Tips-
- Visit small post office which is operational since 1905 and was mentioned by Jim Corbet in his writing.
- Try the Famous Rhododendron Juice which tastes sweet yet spicy to throat.
- Talk to Kumaoni people(locals), they are very friendly and try to visit their homes. They have very cozy home with crafted windows and doors which give them a rich look. The best thing is small fire places which are always lit.
- Carry a sweater or pullover in summers too. Also do not forget shoes for small trek to Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple.
Climate of Mukteshwar-
- Summers extend from March to Mid-June and temperature ranges from 10℃ to 23℃.
- Monsoon extends from July to September having mild showers.
- Winters can be extremely cold with temperature ranging from 2℃ to 18℃.
History of Mukteshwar-
- The name is derived from the Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple, located on the hill top.
- This temple is said to be built by Pandavas (Characters from Mahabharat) during their exile.
- Earlier Mukteshwar was known as Muktesar only after 1949 the name got changed.
- Mukteshwar in 1893 was chosen to be production center for serums to protect animals from Cattle plague.
- Though this laboratory was had accidental fire in 1899, a year after its set up was complete. It was then reconstructed and post-independence was converted into Indian Veterinary Research Institute. This again was shifted to Izatnagar and now maintains a small museum.
Culture of Mukteshwar-
- People of Mukteshwar are ever Smiling and hard working. The main source of income still remains to be orchard agriculture.
- Hindi is the main language spoken with few people still speaking Sanskrit. English is also spoken by some people, mainly people having tourist interaction.
- The homes of these people have Likhai crafted doors and windows.
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