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Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar is a quaint and peaceful hill town in Kumaon - Uttarakhand surrounded by thick coniferous forest; it offers 180 degree panoramic views of the mighty Himalayan peaks Neelkanth, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Panchchuli. Famous hunter Jim Corbett mentioned Mukteshwar in his 1944 AD classic book ‘The Man Eaters Of Kumaon’.

The Himalayan peaks towering above the skyline of Mukteshwar are Neelkanth, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Panchchuli. Dense coniferous forests and fruit orchards add to the beauty of the place. The peaks of Api and Nampa in Nepal are also visible from here on a clear day.

Mukteshwar is situated on one of the highest ridges in this region. It derived its name after a legend of Shiva who granted immortality or Mukti to a demon here.

Mukteshwar was developed by British when they established a research and education institute of vetinary sciences called IVRI. British influence is still visible in many colonial bungalows around Mukteshwar.

There is a reserved forest managed by the institute. This forest has an abundance of pine, oak and deodar trees along with many aromatic and medicinal herbs. The animals here include Indian deer, barking deer, bear, leopard and fox.

One can indulge in bird watching as variety of avian species can be spotted here. Eagles, minivets, magpies and woodpeckers are amongst the 200 odd species of birds resident in the area.
 
Mukteshwar is quaint and tranquil and still mostly undisturbed by the foot-print of commercial tourism. It is easy to lose yourself in the lap of nature..
Apple, plum, peach and apricot orchards are all over the place. A PWD Inspection Bunglow surrounded by lush greenery offers excellent views of the orchards.

At Supi near Mukteshwar, The Energy And Resources Institute (TERI) has opened a water harvesting and research centre to train the local farmers in the latest agricultural techniques. The main crops grown here are potatoes and fruits.

Mukteshwar temple
Situated atop a hill at the altitude of 2312m is the ancient Shiva temple. This temple has a white marble Shivaling. A flight of stone stairs takes you to this temple. This lingam is surrounded by the idols of Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati, Ganesh, Hanuman and Nandi.
Chauli Ki Jaali
This is an example of natural latticework on the rock. The path to the Jaali is adventurous and offers breathtaking sights of the Himalayan valley. The path starts at the base of the Mukteshwar Temple and is about 500m long.
PWDI Bungalow
Jim Corbett stayed in this beautiful colonial bungalow while hunting a man-eating tigress in 1929. From its well maintained lawns it offers a magnificent views of the surrounding seven Himalayan peaks – Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nanda Devi East, Nanda Kot and Panchachuli.
Ramgarh
Situated at an altitude of 1790m, Ramgarh has an abundance of fruit orchards. It lies 25 km from Mukteshwar. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and social activist Narain Swami had their ashrams here. Rabindranath Tagore started penning his famous Nobel Prize winning collection of poetry called Gitanjali here. A view point called Tagore point is situated at an altitude of 2,590MT. Several beautiful bungalows have been converted into hotels here.
Nathuakhan
Surrounded by fruit orchards, this place offers great views of the Himalayas and an excellent view of Almora city by night.
There is a shop Kilmora, a venture of Kumaon Grameen Udyog that sells natural apricot oil, scrub and kitchen herbs made by the local villagers.
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A long time ago Kumaoni queen Padmini was smitten with the scenic vista of this hill town leading to her king Sukhdev naming the area queen’s meadow or Ranikhet. Ranikhet still retains the unspoilt charm and sylvan surrounding that provides panoramic views to the Himalayan peaks.
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Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 16 °C 28 °C
Winter 0 °C 21 °C
March to June and mid-September to November are the best months to be here, though Mukteshwar has a bracing climate throughout the year. Winters are cold with temperatures dropping to freezing points in the night.
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