This beautiful place is 2286 meters (7500 feet) in altitude
and 51 Kms. from Nainital, 72 km from Haldwani, and 395
km from Delhi. Surrounded by fruit orchards and thick coniferous
forest it was developed by the Britishers as research and education
institute (IVRI) in 1893. It is the celebrated scenic spot overlooking
long ranges of Himalaya. An old temple of Lord Shiva exist on
the top of a rock.
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. Mukteshar also offers a relaxed atmosphere
replete with leisure and during the fruit season orchards laden
with apples, peaches, pears, chestnuts & plums.
Mukteshwar is an offbeat destination & one of the
best resort for various eco-activities.
Mukteshwar is where Noble laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore started
Originate of Mukteshwar :-
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.
Mukteshwar has served as a retreat and also carries much religious
significance. According to local belief and folklore the Pandavas
as well as many gods and Devtas of the Hindu pantheon have graced
it with their presence.
Birth of the town Mukteshwar :-
Mukteshwar itself was put on the map by the establishment of
the IVRI (Indian Vertinary Research Institute, by Britishers
in 1893. which owns most of the land around the town, including
acres of dense virgin forest.
On the recommendation of the Cattle Plague Commission, the Institute
then known as the Imperial Bacteriological Laboratory had its
genesis on December 9, 1889 at Pune, and later relocated to
Mukteshwar in 1893 to facilitate segregation and quarantine
of highly contagious organisms. Later it was developed into
the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), which later
moved its headquarters to Izatnagar. Still Mukteshwar serves
as the hill campus of IVRI, including various facilities such
as an experimental goat farm. The noted nobel winner scientist
Robert Koch visited this place on request of then GOI. The microscope
used by him and other historical articles are kept in the museum
maintained by IVRI. Hill carved cold room in 1900 is a place
of attraction for visitors. It was made to store biological
Because of the hilly topography, agriculture in the area consists
chiefly of potato fields and fruit orchards on terraces cut
into the hillsides. Robert Koch visited IVRI Mukteswar to work
on cattle plague.
Nature around Mukteshwar :-
Mukteshwar is surrounded by beautiful and dense reserve forest
of Deodar, Banj, Kharsu, Tilonj, Kafal, Pine, Utis and Mehal.
Beside these trees there are wild fruit berries (Kilmora, Ghingary
Its evergreen vistas of exquisite beauty and the sapphire of
encircling hill blend with deep blues cloudless skies. These
have a charm of their own against the background of great Himalayan
peaks glittering in the distance.
Geography of Mukteshwar
Mukteshwar is located at 29.4722 °N 79.6479 °E. It has an average
elevation of 2,171 metres (7,123 feet).
Mukteshwar is rich in scenic beauty, with magnificent views
of the Indian Himalayas including India's second-highest peak,
Weather - Climate of Mukteshwar
Mukteshwar enjoys a pleasant weather conditions which remain
throughout the year.
Summers March to May temperatures ranges from 25° c
to 10°c. Summers offers majestic sceneries with the trees heavy
Monsoon or Rainy Months July, August and September.
Winters are cold with temperature varies between 18°C
to a low 1°C. Heavy snowfalls occur during winters. Imposingly
snow covered during winters and at the best greeneries during
Time To Visit Mukteshwar
Best time is all through the year, may avoid heavy rainy season
and snowy winters.
Traffic blocks and flight delays may happen during rainy and
heavy snow falling days.
to Wear :- : For summer light woolens are required but for
winter heavy woolens are necessary.
Local Attractions Near Mukteshwar - PLACES AROUND Mukteshwar
| Mukteshwar Sightseeing | Visiting Places In Mukteshwar |
Mukteshwar gets its name from an 350 year old temple
to Shiva, known as Mukteshwar Dham, situated atop the highest
point in the town. The Mukteshwar temple has a white marble
Shivling with a copper yoni. The Shivling is surrounded by idols
of Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati, Hanuman, Ganesh and Nandi. As narrated
in Puranas, it is one of the eighteen main temples of Lord Shiva.
Since ancient times the “Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple” has been
a place of worship for iron ore miners as “Agaries”. The followers
of “Maheshwar” community who worship “Lakulis” as their god
and conducted important rituals and ceremonies here. It is also
believed that couples longing to be blessed for a child with
mud lamps in their hand also offer prayers here.
Mukteshwar Temple is at an altitude of 2,312 m and can be approached
by stone stairs.
scenery can be viewed from Chaulli ki Jaali, where rocks jut
out from the hill face at a bizarre angle.
Chauli ka Jali is situated adjacent to the Mukteshwar temple
in the hilltop of the calm and seclude city of Mukteshwar. as
per mythology, it is believed that a Demon and a Goddess fought
a battle in this place, and there are faint outlines of a sword,
a shield and a trunk of an elephant which stands as the testament
of the battle.
It is a natural lattice around the rock. Lots of people throngs
to this place, as it is believed that barren women who came
and touched the lattice were blessed with a baby It is also
said if anybody passes safely from the “Chauli ki Jali” is blessed
by Lord Shiva and all his prayer are answered by the almighty.
It is also believed that in olden times pilgrims going to “Kailash
Mansarovar” used to surrender themselves to the almighty.
Ki Jali - Chauthi Jaali - Standing on steep edged
rock forming a round hollow
This is a great place to observe eagles and other feathered
scavengers as they swoop down at their prey. Chauli Ki Jali
- Chauthi Jaali is known for its strange rock formation with
numerous rocks jutting out like spikes at an angle. Since they
are located at such a high altitude one can get a glimpse of
the base of mountain and the town of Ramgarh below. A stunning
view of the setting sun from here is worth the trip to Chauli
Chauli Ki Jali - Chauthi Jaali - Photo Gallery
Sonapani : Sonapani
is 8 km away from Mukteshwar. Sonapani is a wonderful place
to enjoy the rustic feel of Kumaon.
Vertinary Research Institute (IVRI) Mukteshwar
from various travel destinations to Mukteshwar in Uttarakhand.
Distance chart from Delhi Haldwani Kathgodam Nainital
Ramgarh Bhimtal Ranikhet Almora to Mukteshwar Uttarakhand
Distance between Mumbai to Mukteshwar - 1590 Kms
Distance between Pune to Mukteshwar - 1620 Kms
Distance between Kolkata to Mukteshwar - 1430 Kms
Distance between Delhi to Mukteshwar - 405 Kms
Distance between Kathgodam to Mukteshwar - 72 Kms
Distance between Kathgodam to Ranikhet - 75 Kms
Distance between Mukteshwar and Haldwani - 78 Kms
Distance between Nainital and Mukteshwar - 52 Kms
How To Reach Mukteshwar
How to Reach Mukteshwar by Air :-
The nearest airport at Pantnagar 100 km which is un operational.
The closest International/National airport is New Delhi's Indira
Gandhi International Airport - Palam Airport.
How to Reach Mukteshwar by Rail :-
Take your train from Old Delhi railway station or from Nizamuddin.
Nearest Railway Station is at Kathgodam. Kathgodam Railway Station
is about 72 km away from Mukteshwar city. The distance from
the railway station to Mukteshwar can be covered in nearly 2
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between New Delhi-Kathgodam-New Delhi twice a week (Friday
& Sunday) during summer vacations.
NOTE:- For precise details of dates,
timings and fares of all the above trains, we request
you to kindly confirm with the Indian Railways before
From Kathgodam the drive to Nainital takes approx One
Hour and from Lal Kuan the drive to Nainital is approx
Note :- Though
time varies to reach Nainital as it depends on the traffic,
time of the journey (morning daytime or evening) and
the mode of Transportation.
by road from nearest Railhead
How to Reach Mukteshwar by Bus :-
Mukteshwar is well connected by state owned bus services. Bus
services connect Kausani to other hill stations like Almora,
Ranikhet, Nainital and Pithoragarh. Many overnight buses owned
by private companies ply between New Delhi and Mukteshwar. Take
the correct bus from I.S.B.T. it is a 10 hour journey which
connects the route including other hill resorts Ranikhet, Almora,
Gwaldam, Pittoragarh and Nanital. Kindly Note : Private Bus
service mostly operate during the season period.
Charm of visiting Mukteshwar lies in enjoying nature, listening
to air gushing through deodar forests, bird watching, meditation,
and seeking peace.
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