Mukteshwar: Pilgrimage in the wild
Mukteshwar: Pilgrimage in the wild
Surrounded thick forests of conifers and fruit orchards, Mukteshwar is yet another place of the Garhwali Himalayas which boasts of its Scenic beauty. Seated on the hilltop in the Kumaon region, this place offers a panoramic view of the Majestic Himalayan mountain range, including Nanda Devi, India’s second highest peak.
This is the place where it is believed that Lord Shiva had a fierce battle with a demon, who presented him with ‘Mukti’, or the boon of salvation after getting annihilated Shiva. That’s where the name comes from, which further describes the religious importance it holds among the hearts of pilgrims all around the world.
This place was then developed in 1893 the British to make it a centre for research.
Places To Visit In Mukteshwar
Mukteshwar is nicely seated at an altitude of almost 2290 meters above sea level in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand. It is situated around 50 kilometres from Nainital, the administrative headquarter of the district, 70 kilometres from Haldwani, the largest city in Nainital, and almost 340 kilometres from the country capital of Delhi.
Due to its proximity to all these major cities, Mukteshwar has become popular over the last few years among tourists. Some spots of tourist interest include:
- Mukteshwar Temple
Mukteshwar temple is undoubtedly the most important location in Mukteshwar because the town derives its name from this four-centuries old temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is located at an altitude of 2300 meters above sea level and offers a stunning view of the enchanting Himalayas. Although it is ancient, the Mukteshwar temple has a simple architecture with stone steps leading to the actual temple premises.
Mukteshwar temple and its surrounding area are known as ‘Mini Haridwar because people can immerse ash in the Ravi river that flows this dham.
This tiny hamlet which is located at an altitude of around 7000 feet from sea level, is situated in very close proximity to Mukteshwar. Dhanachuli is blessed with a serene environment with scenic beauty which makes it perfect to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
- Chauli ki Jali
Chauli ki Jali is yet another well-known attraction in Mukteshwar. It gets its name from ‘Chaul’ and ‘Jali’, which means rock and hole respectively.
Located behind the cliff that houses the holy Mukteshwar temple, this place is considered a paradise for nature lovers and adventure. seekers because it allows a multitude of adventure activities like mountain climbing, bungee jumping, etc.
- Methodist Church
This ancient homely church was built in order to keep the town friendly to the natives. The church is open only from 3 to 4 pm on Sundays and is otherwise nicely preserved.
Likewise, some other places of tourist interest include:
If you like to explore offbeat places, then Sitla will be an ideal place for you in Mukteshwar. Here, you can engage in hiking, trekking, camping and stay in colonial-style bungalows built the Britishers overlooking the picturesque peaks of the Trishul, Nanda Devi and panchachuli ranges. After all, who can deny a day trip to sitla surrounded lush greenery and colonial-style palaces?
- Nanda Devi Peak
Nanda Devi is known for being the second highest peak in India, and you can experience it best from Mukteshwar. Whether it is the sunrise from the peak or the 180-degree view of the Himalayan ranges, espec ally when it is covered with snow in the winters, you can never match that heavenly experience with anything else.
- Bhalu Gaad WaterfallThis waterfall is 60 feet in height and the gorge has the shape of a horseshoe at the bottom which makes it an ideal spot for photographers and hikers. Locals also call this the ‘rainbow waterfall’ because it forms a beautiful rainbow at the end of the fall.
Although this place is a newly discovered attraction, tourists consider t extremely cosy because the water i crowded than any other waterfalls in Uttarakhand. clean and the region is less
Apart from all these attractions, you must try to visit some major places of interest that are situated in the vicinity of Mukteshwar, such as:
Things To Do In Mukteshwar
There are a lot of fun things you can do while you are visiting Mukteshwar, such as:
- Trekking & Camping
Just like any other hill station up north, Mukteshwar provides beautiful camping and trekking facilities.
- Bird Watching
Bhalu Gaad Waterfalls is especially famous for it.
- Heritage Walks
Since Mukteshwar is a home to some major religious and colonial abodes, you can take a walk into the town and explore its importance.
Paragliding in Mukteshwar is suited for the people who love to explore different kinds of adventure sports because the views you will get while flying are worth cherishing. Whether you want a solo flight of a tandem, the experts will take a training session before exploring the sky.
In addition to all these activities, you can engage in rock climbing, rappelling, nature hiking among the rich orchards, go cafe hunting, or shopping for souvenirs and similar other relaxing activities.
Best Time For Visiting Mukteshwar
The weather in Mukteshwar is pleasant all around the year, which is the best part about exploring it. Even summers are bearable and the maximum temperature goes up to about 27°C since it is a hill station. So, you can come here anytime between March and June.
But if experiencing snow and a sparsely white landscape is in your mind, then you must plan your visit during December and January, October to February are winter months when the temperatures stay between 3 to 16 degrees.
The monsoon season is from July to September and if you are okay with a little downpour, it will be a good time to explore all the greenery.
All in all, a weekend is enough for a quick getaway. But if you want to stay a little longer, a whole week is good for exploring everything.
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