Mukteshwar

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It just takes 7 hrs. from Delhi to reach Mukteshwar via Gajraula, Rampur, Haldwani and Bhowali. Summer months (March to July) are the best months to visit Mukteshwar. If you want to experience snow, visit during Jan or Feb when the whole area is covered in snow and looks stunningly beautiful. 

If you happen to visit this place around the month of June, the harvesting season, you’d find many fruits like peaches, plum and apricot. And if you still did not have your fill, Mukteshwar has many fruit orchards and you might get lucky to get offered the fruits just plucked from the trees by villagers. The taste of crunchy fresh peaches plucked from a road side tree of an orchard that belonged to a generous local who gladly offered us to pluck as many as we want, is still fresh in my mouth. Mukteshwar has recently got very popular among those looking for holidays in offbeat destination and hence there is a wide range of options to stay starting from camps to budget hotel to boutique hotels. 

Mukteshwar is a small town perched at an altitude of about 2287 metres above sea level a top of the Kumaon hills in Nainital district. For stunning views of the mighty Himalayas, taste of the pahadi Aloo (potato) grown on terrace gardens, a break from the chaos and noise of city life, you must make a trip to this magical land. Legend has it that Lord Shiva killed a demon king here and granted him salvation. That’s how Mukteshwar got its name. Mukteshwar temple, located on top of the Chauli ki Jali hills is 350 years old and believed to be the place where the Pandavas asked Lord Shiva for salvation. You don’t have to be religiously inclined to appreciate the serenity and beauty of this place. It offers splendid views of the Kumaon Himalayas peaks like the Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi and also the mighty peaks of Adi Nampha of Nepal.

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