These are a saying that when you are stuck into something, just pack your bag (not bags) and escape to a place you have never been. My trip to Mukteshwar got started with the same thought.
Talking about the route, the journey to Mukteshwar is 333 km from New Delhi, the capital of India. Despite being a popular hill station at a sky-high altitude of 7500 feet above sea level, the place is well connected and easily accessible to Delhi by road, rail and air.
How to Reach Mukteshwar (Uttarakhand)
Mukteshwar by Air
Pantnagar, the place having the world famous Govind Ballabh Pant University, has the nearest airport and it is located about 94 km from Mukteshwar. Cabs and buses are simply available from the airport to Mukteshwar.
Mukteshwar by Train
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station from Mukteshwar and it is at a distance of 62 km. It is well connected to the major cities (Lucknow, Kolkata, Delhi etc.) of India.
Two trains run on the daily basis between Delhi and Kathgodam. Again, Taxis and buses are available round the clock from Kathgodam to Mukteshwar.
Mukteshwar by Road
Although you have a choice to go by any means, a road journey always has more n unlimited to explore rather than any other means of travel. The journey to the destination is about 7 hours by car and you will cross many major cities to eventually reach to the destiny place.
Route: Delhi – Ghaziabad – Moradabad – Rampur – Haldwani – Mukteshwar
Although the journey till Haldwani will let you look at many new things, it’s the sky kissing mountain valleys at not far (but still far away) that take your heart right away. It seems that nature is calling you to play on its lap.
Once the plains (till Haldwani) are crossed, the real adventure begins. The next 70 km hilly ride is full of winding and twisting roads from one mountain to other and other and other. The road to Mukteshwar will go via Bhimtal and Bhowali.
Although this journey will take about 2 hr 30 min, it’s full of bliss. The sky-scraping mountains seem to be full of life. The scenic views are just mind-blowing.
It seems that nature is welcoming you with its both hands. All-in-all it’s the journey that steals your heart and also the destination. There are a number of points on the way where you can stop and take pictures to update your FB and Instagram profile.
Things to Do in Mukteshwar (Uttarakhand)
Vikas Bhawan The place where all the city offices are situated. The whole area looks in sync as the buildings are constructed in a well-planned manner.
Bhimtal The Bhimtal lake is a place where you can have an awesome boat ride. Although it is less crowded than the one in Nainital, you will get the same ambiance. This place was named after Bhima, the macho man of Mahabharata.
Suicide point (of course you are not going to do that) To get the spine-chilling feeling of deep valleys.
Himalaya Darshan Points The place from where you can watch a little part of the snow clad mountain range of great Himalaya.
Going through all these points and enjoying the on-the-way sights, here comes the tiny hamlet, Mukteshwar. Here is the well-researched list of all the sightseeing options in Mukteshwar you must visit.
The 350-year-old temple of Lord Shiva is a place where you get to see the spectacular view of mountains. The temple is located at an elevation of 7500 ft and is also a great place to do Rock Climbing, Fox Jumping, Rappelling and many other adventurous activities.
Chauli Ki Jali
Also known as Chauthi Jali, this place is located on the cliff of Mukteshwar temple. The high and straight rock face at Chauli ki Jali is a paradise for people who love adventure.
This nearby town is a paradise for travelers and is surrounded by lush green forests, dense woods, and apple orchards. You can also have an enchanting view of the beautiful Himalayan range.
All these places are free to visit provided you want to do the adventurous activities offered there.
Places to Stay
More than 40 hotels of all types are available in Mukteshwar if you want to stay at the holy place. The price range could be anything between Rs. 800 – Rs. 4500, as per your convenience.
You can find anything and everything on the way to keep your full belly. From simple tea to vegetable magic and from malta juice to dal – rice, everything is available for you.
Do not miss the delicious rajma – chawal served by local persons at the very nominal price at Mukteshwar temple. It has the taste to be remembered forever.