Somerset Lodge Oak Chalet Mukteshwar Heritage homestay Uttarakhand India

Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar is a quaint town in the Kumaon Himalayas set at an altitude of 2286 meters (7500 feet), with mesmerizing views of the Kumaon Himalayan peaks, situated 51 km from Nainital, 70 km from Kathgodam, and 343 km from Delhi.

It is said that Jim Corbett, the world renowned hunter and nature lover came to shoot a tiger here and fell in love with its natural beauty. Set amidst the conifer forests and orchards, Mukteshwar offers the most majestic view of the Himalaya and its snow bound peaks. Abundant with apple, plum, peach, and apricot trees, this place is a hidden beauty, mostly unexplored. Mukteshwar's colonial past is vivid in many an old British bungalows as if telling many a stories...

The dense forest around Mukteshwar is home to wild cats such as leopards and various mountain birds including the Chakors, Magpies, Mynas, Jungle fowl, Babblers and Whistling thrush.

As you go exploring Mukteshwar do visit the the Mukteshwar temple area. Take the paved path which offered an awesome valley views as you approach the Chauli ki Jali - an over hanging cliff - a natural latticework on the rock. As per local legends it is believed that if a childless women touches this jali she usually is blessed with a child soon. It is at this rock cliff most of the rappelling and rock climbing is carried out. Its panoramic views are sheer magic difficult perhaps to capture its beauty is mere words.

Gahana Orchards

Spread over several acres of mountain terrain, Gahana Orchards located in Sargakhet Village in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, is the ancestral home of the Mehra family. It is truly a heritage property built by former ADC Bacchi Singh Mehra, aide to the Maharaja Jind of Patiala, from 1942-55. The property, which lies 3 kms ahead of Mukteshwar, was opened to visitors some 20 years ago. It has two guest houses - the Somerset Lodge and Oak Chalet -- that are today run by Bacchi Singh ji's grandson Manoj.

Oak Chalet

Oak Chalet is a secluded guest house nestling deep in the woods. It is a fine example of fast-disappearing traditional missionary art. It has four rooms, each of which offers an uninterrupted view of the Himalayan valley below. The dense forest around is home to wild cats such as leopards and various mountain birds including the Chakors, Magpies, Mynas, Jungle fowl, Babblers and Whistling thrush.

Somerset Lodge

Somerset Lodge is a hillside cottage. It has two suites and three rooms, with attached washrooms. Common dinning area doubles as a conference room, with a modern running kitchen on the side. Oozing old world charm, Somerset Lodge is a cosy mountain retreat that was once the family home of ADC Bacchi Singh Mehra, aide to the Maharaja Jind of Patiala, from 1942-55. Some 20 years ago, it was opened to travelers who wanted to enjoy the tranquil environs of the higher Himalayas.

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