Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand.

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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