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.
Thereafter, visit the Mukteshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a 'lingam' made of white marbels. The idols of Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati, Ganesha, Nandi & Hanuman surround the lingam. In fact, Mukteshwar gets its name from this 350-year-old temple of Shiva, known as Mukteshwar Dham, situated atop the highest point in the town, on the Indian Veterinary Research Institute's campus. paying your obeisance to the Lord do sit in the serene environment for quite some time meditating.
After that holy communion move a litle further up-hill to the ultimate spot of Mukteshwar. The PWD guest house is located on a ridge and beyond which is sheer wilderness in the backdrop of a jaw dropping views of the almost 280 degree views of the Himalayan snow peaks. Lines of peaks stood out including the Nanda Devi (25,646fts.) Nanda Kot (6926mtr.) Nandaghunti (6380mtrs.) Trishul and the Panchachuli range. Even beyond the Nepal Himalayan ranges can be clearly viewed from here. Soak yourself in this heavenly environment for a long long time and try connecting to the higher self.