Mukteshwar is a hill station situated in the northern state of Uttarakhand. It is located in the Kumaon Hills. The main attraction is the Mukteshwar Dham Temple, a 350 years old temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Other attractions are Sitla, Chauli ki Jaali, Mukteshwar Temple, Bhalu Gaad Falls, and Nathuakhan. This place gives a breathtaking view of Nanda Devi (India’s second highest peak) and the Himalayas. Rappelling, rock climbing, and paragliding are the adventure sports the tourists can enjoy. Animal and bird species like langur jabber, deer, mountain leopard, Himalayan black beer and the black-winged kite can be spotted in the forests of Mukteshwar.
Mukteshwar Temple– The Mukteshwar temple located in the hilly terrain is one of the best Mukteshwar attractions that one can visit. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and commands a lot of respect from the followers of the deity. It has a white marble Shivlinga with a copper yoni in the main chamber. The temple is made more auspicious by the presence of the idols of Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati, Hanuman, Ganesh, and Nandi, alongside the Shivlinga.
Indian Veterinary Research Institute– Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) was established in 1893 and has special significance in the development of veterinary sciences in India. The institute is responsible for carrying out high-end research in animal nutrition, genetics, and bacteriology. The campus is spread in a large area and British architecture is reflected in all its buildings. A library and a veterinary museum are other popular attractions of the site, which reveals historic events to the travelers.
Sitla– It is one of the popular tourist attractions, is situated at an average elevation of around 7,000 ft above the sea level. Located away from the hustle of the city, the site is an ideal hill station renowned for offering beautiful views of the Himalayan ranges. Spread over an area of around 39 acres, the site is dotted with numerous dense areas comprising oak and pine trees.
Housing a British stone bungalow of over hundred years old, the site is frequently thronged by travelers for its beauty and natural surroundings. It has been a center of activities of CHIRAG, a rural development organization, which is working at this place since 1987. Tourists can engage in trekking expeditions of varying difficulty levels organized by the resorts in this area.
Chauli ki Jaali– It is located near the Shiva temple in the serene and beautiful hill station, Mukteshwar. It is also known by the name of ‘Chauli Ka Jali’. Legends say that a demon and a goddess locked horns at this place and the faint imprints of that battle can still be seen. In actuality, Chauthi Jaali is a natural lattice around a rock formation and it is a common belief that women who can’t reproduce can be blessed with children if they trustfully touch this lattice.
Nathuakhan– Nathuakhan is a cloistered village enveloped in the Ramgarh block of Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It is adorned at a height of 1,940 meters above sea level in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand.
This Village offers alluring views of the sun-kissed Himalayan ranges which are dotted with lofty trees of pine, oak, birch, and Kafal trees. The rustic wood cottages also add five stars to the beauty of this place. One can go for nature walks and trek in and around the villages.
Bhalu Gaad Waterfall – The Bhalu Gaad fall is a 60 feet high fall from the undiscovered source. It is a mixture of horseshoe and plunge shaped waterfall. The water flows continuously throughout the year maintaining contact with the rock bed before turning to Plunge at the bottom. Indeed, the waterfall completely turns to plunge shaped when the water flow increases during the rainy season. There is a rainbow seen at the bottom of Bhalu Gaad Waterfall, so it’s locals name it a Rainbow waterfall. The word Bhalu Gaad comes from two words Bhalu and Gaad where the word Bhalu means Bear and Gaad means stream in the Kumaoni language. So, it is believed to be a good location for Bear sightseeing. The hike is a beautiful walk through the dense jungle with continuous ascents, and descents. The river flows along the trail and birds chirp throughout making the whole walk and place idyll. We crossed three streams in between the trek and at the end, there are huge rock boulders, which need to be climbed up and down to touch the natural clear pool filled with chilling water.
Mukteshwar is famous for-
- Mukteshwar is also famous for the peaches, Khamani, Pulam and apple gardens.
- In every season there is a paradise of nature, Mukteshwar, but there is a different charm here. IVRI is spread over an area of 25 km in the area of three thousand acres, so many dense forests of barley, turmeric, tilongus, and parse cannot touch the sunshine even in the day. In these forests, waterfalls are accompanied by drops of rain.
- Mukteshwar is famous for British architecture, the unique view of the sunset is visible. The Mukteshwar Temple, the lily-clad eyes of the Chali’s mesh and snow-covered peaks, gives heavenly joy.
- IVRI, which was established by Dr. Alfred Lingard in Mukteshwar in 1899, means the Institute of Indian Veterinary and Research, where ever animal diseases were made of anthrax vaccines and now there are many other animal diseases including Khurpaka-Mohhipka.
- It is said that near the Mukteshwar temple, there is still present near the Red Cave, that is ‘Yagna Ki Bedi’, where Shiva-Parvati worshiped after marriage. In snow-covered Mukteshwar in winter, it is similar to Shiva’s Dham Kailash.
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