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Mukteshwar

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Mukteshwar is in Uttarakhand, India. Situated at little over 2150m (7000 ft), Mukteshwar is a small town made famous by Jim Corbett who penned the novel "The Man Eaters of Kumaon".

Get in[edit]

There are up to three daily trains from Delhi to Kathgodam (KGM), which is the closest train station to Mukteshwar. From Kathgodam you can book a taxi to Mukteshwar, the trip should take about 2 hours as you climb the mountain roads. You can also get one of the many shared-cabs to Bhowali, and then change for Mukteshwar. If you're travelling in the morning expect to have a large and interesting local crowd travelling with you on your way to Mukteshwar from Bhowali. People can be rather reserved but are generally friendly if you wish to break the ice. The vehicles are used to transport not just people, but also essential goods such as milk, newspapers and an abundance of local flowers.

There are also regular bus services from Delhi Anand Vihar Bus station to Haldwani, which is very close to Kathgodam. Taxis are available from Haldwani to Mukteshwar.

By car from Delhi, you can take the NH24 and travel through Hapur road, Brijghat, Muradabad, Rampur, Bilaspur, Rudrapur, Haldwani and finally Kathgodam. The roads are generally good until Rampur. From Rampur to Rudrapur the roads tend to be less well maintained. Mukteshwar is about 70km from Kathgodam and will take you about two hours as you climb to about 2450m (8000 ft) but its worth taking the pain.

If you are not comfortable on mountain roads, try to get a seat in the front. The roads are rather twisty and can cause discomfort to some people.

Get around[edit]

Mukteshwar is a tiny hamlet, and is best seen on foot. Take leisurely strolls along the main road - which is no more than 2 meters wide at any point - from the IVRI till the PWD House whilst taking in the spectacular views of the mountains.

See[edit][add listing]

  • IVRI and 350 year old temple of lord Shiva.
  • All that you perhaps need to do is walk outside your hotel room to see the Himalayan range
  • PWD bungalow which provides a panoramic view of the Himalayan range, and also is the place that Jim Corbett stayed at many times during his hunt for the man-eating tiger.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Mukteshwar is a great place to do Rock Climbing and Rappelling as it offers high and straight rock faces at Chauli Ki Jali. Any resort can do the necessary arrangements for the same.
  • Bird watching and wildlife spotting
  • Forest walks
  • Village visits to discover the Kumaoni culture and folklore
  • A quiet spot for yoga and meditation
  • A step into the Higher Himalayas for those who wish to undertake longer treks

Buy[edit][add listing]

This is a small town, with just a handful of hotels and shops in the area as construction is restricted. There are no touristy buys, but several local shops and NGOs in the area support the local people by selling local produce such as rhododendron juice and preserves, locally made apricot scrubs and oils, and knitted and woven goods.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Mukteshwar has got some good commercial centers and “Shri Hari Store” is leading one. You can get all your daily need items from the Shop. From mineral water, wafers, cosmetics, Snacks to all the house hold items.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Piping hot tea is available from the few small family-owned stalls. The one at the entrance to the IVRI is popular with the locals.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

The northern side of Mukteshwar is occupied by IVRI and perhaps the PWD Circuit House is one of the places to offer good Himalayan sight. There also is the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam tourist hotel which has a terrific location, next to the PWD circuit house. The circuit house, by the way, has housed Jim Corbett for long stretches in the past.

Shreehariresort is another quiet place to live. The resort is the only accommodation available at Mukteshwar (0 Milestone), which is surrounded by thick coniferous forest as seen from the front side of the rooms.

You may choose instead to stay at scenic Sargakhet a few kilometers outside of Mukteshwar. There you will find some quaint, quiet forest lodges such as Oak Chalet or Somerset Lodge. There are a several other places to stay outside of Mukteshwar. Mountain Trail is one of them, and there is Krishna Resort. The former is pretty well located for scenic views.


You can also stay at Peora which is about 10 km from Mukteswar on way to Almora and good apartments are available for staying in comfort (Resort Sequester). Peora offers excellent Himalayan view with its snow capped ranges.

  • Oak Chalet, Gahana Orchards, Sargakhet, Mukteshwar, +919837787501, [1]. Oak Chalet is a quiet, eco friendly, forest lodge guesthouse in Mukteshwar, Nainital, in the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India. This off-beat, family run accomodation offers panoramic views, natural beauty, traditional mountain craft, comfort, hospitality and adventure. INR 2000. (29.448214100229,79.65455819734507) edit


Get out[edit]

Nainital - the lake city, Almora the ancient capital of Chand rulers.


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