At an altitude of 2286 meters above sea level in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand is the scenic and popular hill retreat of Mukteshwar. Popular for its many temples the town is popular for its lush green forests, fruit orchards, and the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI). The town falls under the Nainital district which is about 51kms away. The other key destinations include Haldwani about 42kms away and Delhi which is nearly 310kms away.
The serene town became popular when Jim Corbett hunted half a dozen man eating tigers and leopards like the Champawat tigers and Panar leopards. The town was later developed into a research and education institute in 1893.
This charming hill station offers some breath-taking views of Himalayas and its surrounding ranges and the lush green environment offered by the Deodar trees add to its pristine beauty.
Mukteshwar is accessible by all means of transport - air, rail and road. Pantnagar is nearest domestic airport while Delhi is the closest international airport. The nearest rail head is Kathgodam about 75kms from Mukteshwar. One can hire cabs or take state run buses to reach Mukteshwar from Kathgodam or Delhi.
Mukteshwar experiences a pleasant climate all the year round. And hence people visit this beautiful destination throughout the year.
Mukteshwar has much to offer for nature lovers, wild life enthusiasts and even pilgrims. Situated at an altitude of 2315 meters above sea level is the popular Mukteshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The linga in the temple is made of white marble and is surrounded by the idols of Brahma, Vishnu, Ganesh, Parvati, Nandi and Hanuman. There is also a quiet village which is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva provided immortality to a demon while killing him. Another popular place is the Chauli Jail made of natural latticework on the rock and is believed to have power of blessing barren women with a child on touching it.
The wild life attractions include the tigers, Himalayan black bears, rhesus monkeys, langur, jabbers, deer and spectacular bird species like Himalayan ruby throat, white crested laughing thrush, red billed leothrix and black winged kite apart from many other rare mountain birds like the Himalayan Mountain Quail.
The destination is surrounded by dense forests and orchards of plums, apples, peaches, apricots and pears along with veterinary institute and some colonial bungalows. One can trek, take nature walks, do rock climbing and rappelling in this charming destination