Mukteshwar, a secluded mountain retreat is perched at an altitude of 2300 m above sea level in the Kumaon hills in Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) state of north India. It is 35 km away from Nainital. Delhi, the capital of India is located 235 km away from Mukteshwar.
This town is closely related to a legend of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology, Mukteshwar is a place where Lord Shiva bestowed a demon, which he slew, with salvation or Mukti. The town obtained its name from this.
Mukteshwar is surrounded by deep thick forests. Rhesus monkey, langurs jabber, deer, mountain leopard and black bear are spotted very often here. Col. Jim Corbett hunted half a dozen maneating tigers in these forests. Several birds can also be spotted in this evergreen, deciduous forest.
Mukteshwar Temple:This is located at an altitude of 2315 m. Tourists can reach it by stone stairs. Its sanctum sanctorum houses a white marble idol of Lord Shiva. Also several other Hindu deities are located within the temple. Devotees bathe in the nearby pool and worship the Lord, to be bestowed with salvation or mukti. Mukteshwar temple is the major sight here.
Indian Veterinary Research Institute:
This institute was established in 1898. There are various departments for research, animal nutrition, bacteriology and genetics. It has its own library and museum. This place is worth visiting. Tourists should get a special permission to enter the campus.
Here tourists can have an awesome view of rocks which project from the hill face in a strikingly-unconventional manner. This is an apt place for bird watchers where they will get a glimpse of feathered beauties. Also devotees believe that barren women will become pregnant, if they touch this Jali.
It is located 26 km away from Mukteshwar. Tourists can walk leisurely through the fruit orchards here. This picturesque hillock is set amidst apple, plum, peaches and apricot orchards. This fruit belt is known for its juicy fruits throughout India. Travelers can have a panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan ranges from here.
This place was once a British cantonment. The famous poet Rabindranath Tagore had established his ashram in Ramgarh.
If tourists really want to stretch their body and have some nice herbal massages, then they must visit Bhowali health resorts. It is 40 km away from Mukteshwar on the Haldwani-Almora road. It lies at an altitude of 1706 m.
Gollu Devta Temple:
This temple is located in Ghorakhal, 37 km from Mukteshwar. The temple is dedicated to an important deity of Kumaonis.
Tourists must visit the Sat Tal or seven lakes, located 21 km from Nainital and 56 km from Mukteshwar.
The nearest airport to Mukteshwar is at Pant Nagar (111 km). The nearest railhead is at Kathgodam (72 km) and from here tourists can reach all major cities of India.