Mukteshwar, derives it’s name from Lord Shiva, is a calm and seclude town and tourist destination in the Nainital District of Uttarakhand, India. The town’s name derives from two Sanskrit word. ‘Mukti’ means eternal life and ‘ishwar’ another term for God, and refers to an ancient legend in which a demon battle with Shiva, though the demon is defeated, he attains immortality.
The town is situated in Nainital district at a distance of 51 km from Nainital, the district’s administrative headquarter and 72 km from Haldwani, the largest city in Nainital. This enchanting town is situated in a height of about 7500 feet in the Kumaon Hill. The town has many tourist attractions apart from Mukteshwar temple in its account, Chauli ka Jali is one of the famous attraction.
Mukteshwar was previously Muktesar. The name changed after 1947. Until 1893 the place was known for its shrines and temple before it was selected for serum production to protect animals from cattle plague. On the recommendation of the Cattle Plague Commission, the Imperial Bacteriological Laboratory had its genesis on 9 December 1889 at Pune and relocated to Mukteshwar in 1893 to facilitate segregation and quarantine of highly contagious organisms.
Surrounded by a magnificent oak and rhododendron forest, Mukteshwar commands a breathtaking view (380 km.) of Garhwal, Kumaon & Nepal snow ranges which include BANDAR POONCH, CHAUKHAMBA, NEEL KANTH, TRISHUL, NANDADEVI, PANCHACHULI, Mt. API, NAMPA to name a few.
The town also offers a relaxed atmosphere replete with leisure and during the fruit season orchards laden with apples, peaches, pears, chestnuts & plums. The major attractions of this beautiful town are the IVRI laboratories (experiments on tiny rats, gold-plated books, cattle-sheds), orchards of the Central Institutes of Temperate Horticulture-Regional Station, an expansive deodar forest (Himalayan cedar) measuring 15 square miles, 22 pristine snow-peak views, and the adventure of living among wildlife such as tigers and bears are.
The town is rich in scenic beauty, with magnificent views of the Indian Himalayas including India’s second-highest peak, Nanda Devi. There is also a Renewable Park developed by The Energy and Resources Institute generating solar electricity for most of its electricity needs.
Places to Visit in Mukteshwar:
- Mukteshwar Temple : Devoted to Lord Shiva, Mukteshwar temple in Nainital is one the most popular and ancient shrines.
- Chauthi Jaali
- View Of Nanda devi
- Mukteshwar Inspection Bunglow
- Indian Veterinary Research Institute
The town has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The maximum temperature rises to about 26°C – 27°C and the minimum temperature falls to about -2°C -4°C. The best time to visit Mukteshwar is between March and July.
How To Reach Mukteshwar:
The nearest airport to this town is located 100 km away in Pantnagar. Delhi International Airport is the nearest international airport to this hill station. Delhi and Pantnagar are connected to each other with regular flights. Flights fly from Delhi international airport to other major cities of the country and the world. Taxis can be rented from the Pantnagar airport to Mukteshwar.
Mukteshwar Distance From Major Cities:
- Delhi: 336 kms
- Meerut: 282 kms
- Moradabad: 165 kms
- Chandigarh: 517 kms
- Bareilly: 164 kms
- Kanpur: 433 kms
- Lucknow: 411 kms
- Shimla: 616 kms
- Jaipur: 600 kms