Mukteshwar is quiet hilltop in the Kumaon hills around 7,513 ft above sea level 25 kms from Ramgarh in Uttarakhand.
How to reach Mukteshwar
By Air - Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport, which is located about 100 km from Mukteshwar.
By Rail - The nearest railway station is Katgodham 70 kms away.
By Road - The route via Bhimtal , Bhowali and Ramgarh can be taken. At Chanfi after crossing Bhimtal you may take a right and enjoy the beautiful ride along the Padampuri road via Dhanachuli to reach Mukteshwar
March to June is the best time to visit. Post monsoon can be avoided.
What to see
The charm of Mukteshwar is said to have captured Jim Corbett when he came here to hunt a tiger. The 7,500ft high Kumaon hills are a beauty in itself being covered by the tallest conifers and orchards of apple, peach, plum, apricots. The Himalayan snow peaks at a distance and the twinkling stars clearly visible at night is all a unique way to relax and have a quiet weekend here. 180 degree view of the Himalayas is a photographers delight, take trekks to temples and mountains. Or even visit the orchards with permission.
The Mukteshwar temple is about a century old Shiva temple. There is a ashram besides of Baba Maharaj Garge. One has to climb the stone steps to reach the top to the temple and the ashram. Shivratri is the main festival celebrated here. After Mukteshwar when you walk forward a little is Chauti Jali which is a rock cliff protruding out nearly 500ft. On the cliff you can look down to the depth below, but you have to be very careful as its too risky and slippery. The local folks believe that a wish made here comes true.
When the sky is clear the Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The major peaks are Nand kot, Nandaghunti, Trishul, Nanda devi all tower the sky typically snow clad. The Api and Napha peaks in Nepal can also be seen on clear days.
Its a seasonal camp open from March to December, there is no electricity and is managed by solar lamps and laterns.
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More to see
Sitla village is 5 kms away either you can trek down or take the road. The Sitla estate has rooms ranging from Rs 4000 to Rs 5500/- give a much more closer view of the mountains. The old English style bunglow borders the reserve forest where spotting animals is quiet common.