Uttarakhand Kumaon Hills are dotted with many numbers of gorgeous hill stations, each with its own special charm and easy accessibility. One such splendid hill resort is Mukteshwar, 2300 m, a secluded retreat blessed with pleasant weather and heart-stopping vistas of the Himalayas.
The town of Mukteshwar is associated with a legend of Shiva who gifted immortality or Mukti to a demon that he slew. Mukteshwar was a quiet mountain hamlet till the turn of the last century. It owes much of its present day status to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, which possesses a large part of the land and most of the deep forests that surround Mukteshwar. Rhesus monkeys and langurs jabber in the trees, deer and birds abound, and the occasional mountain leopard and Himalayan black bear can be spotted.
It was in the forests of the Kumaon region that Jim Corbett hunted half a dozen of the famous man-eating tigers of Kumaon, including the notorious Champawat Tiger and the Panar leopard that had killed hundreds of people The evergreen forests and deciduous woodlands are home to the Himalayan ruby throat, white-crested laughing thrush, red-billed leothrix, black winged kite and a host of other mountain birds. The elusive Himalayan Mountain Quail was last seen in the Nainital vicinity near Mukteshwar. Beyond the forests, past fields and farms are lush fruit orchards that grow apples, plums, peaches, apricots and pears.
From Mukteshwar there is a divine view of the Himalayas, each peak with a sacred identity and myth of its own. See the 6596 m high Neelkantha (Blue-throated Shiva), the 7120 m Trishul (Shiva’s Trident), Nanadadevi, 7817 m (Goddess of Bliss), Nanadaghunti 6310 m (the Veil of the Goddess) and the five-pronged chimneys of the Panchuli peaks Another awe-inspiring view is from Chauthi Jali, where rocks jut out from the hill face at a bizarre angle. This is a great place to observe eagles and other feathered scavengers as they swoop down at their prey. Ramgarh, 26 km away, has blissful fruit orchards, Bhowali, 40 km is a health resort and Ghorakhal, 37 km has the temple of Gollu Devta, an important deity of the Kumaonis. Other excursions are the Devidhura temple, 120 km, the Reetha Sahib Gurdwara and the Punyagiri temple.
Summer Season in Mukteshwar (April to June)
Summer season in Mukteshwar begins with the month of April and ends with June. While the days remain warm during this time, nights are cool. It is a great season to enjoy the scenic views of the place.
Monsoon Season in Mukteshwar (July to September)
Mukteshwar experiences mild showers during the monsoon season which falls between July and September. It is a good time to enjoy the natural beauty of the place amid the rains.
Winter Season in Mukteshwar (October to January)
Winter season in Mukteshwar brings in cool and pleasant weather which is perfect for sightseeing at its attractions. The weather during this season ranges between 3°C to 17°C. The town also receives heavy snowfall with the end of this period. During this season, you get to enjoy, looking at the snow capped mountains which form the backdrop of this place.
6000 ft high, Sitla is a hill station popular for its colonial style bungalows. Tourists can engage in trekking expeditions of varying difficulty levels organised by the resorts in this area.
One of the most popular shrines, Mukteshwar temple, is an ancient temple which is almost 350 years old and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Perched on top of the highest point in Mukteshwar (which is a beautiful hill station that got its name after the shrine), the temple lies approximately 2312 m above the sea level. This grand temple is identified as one of the eighteen most important temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in the Hindu scripture.
The location of Mukteshwar Temple atop a hill makes it a perfect place for clicking some wonderful pictures and capturing memories. The nature lovers must surely visit the temple and enjoy the breathtaking view one is likely to get from there. A white marble Shiva Linga is also present here which has a copper yoni. In addition to the Shiva Linga, there are idols of other deities as well including Lord Ganesha, Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati, Hanuman, and Nandi. The Mukteshwar temple is considered vital and holds a lot of significance for the committee of iron ore miners known as ‘agaries’.
Chauli ki Jaali
Next to Mukteshwar temple is Chauli ki Jaali, and area where it is believed that a Demon and a Goddess fought a battle. The place is marked with what is believed to be faint outlines of a sword, a shield and a trunk of an elephant.
People also hold it as a belief that women unable to bear children will be blessed with children when touched by the natural lattice around the rock.
Rates are not valid for Festive peak season.
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Rates are subject to change if there is any Fair and Festival, Major conference, events in travel destination.
Early check in / late checks out is subject to availability of rooms. In Chardham sector maximum hotels are preferring 12:00 Noon Check in and Check out timing.
Cancellation charges would be as per the company policy.
Vehicle confirmed will be as per Itinerary and not at disposal.
All sightseeing mentioned are subject to weather conditions, political conditions and traffic conditions in the destination.
Any cancellation or delay in hotel check in due to third party services (like helicopter / pony / palaki ) , the retention will be charged. The next allocation for the hotels on same destination is subject to the availabilities.
Any sightseeing missed due to natural calamities / weather conditions / for any unforeseen reasons is non-refundable or non-adjustable.
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It is not advisable to travel in night, if necessary supplement charge applicable
Deposit of 25% of the package cost at the time of booking.
Need 50% payment of the package cost, 30 days prior to departure date.
Need 100% payment of the package cost, 15 days prior to departure date.
10% of full tour cost – 45 days prior to arrival.
25% of full tour cost – 30 days prior to arrival.
50% of full tour cost – between 15 and 29 days prior to tour.
75% of full tour cost – between 14 and 7 days prior to tour.
100% – within 7 days prior to tour.