People living in the northern part of India are quite lucky, I must say! Weekday boredom, relationship woes or any other issues, nothing bogs them down! Why? Because they have gorgeous mountains, just at close vicinity. Travelling to other cities might need some thinking, rethinking or excuses. But travelling to mountains is more than just a mere hobby, it is a passion for many. In this article, let us explore an unexplored gem, Mukteshwar, a charming village, located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The village owes its name to a 350-year old temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, known as Mukteshwar Dham. If you love nature, adventure and excitement, then Mukteshwar is the right place for you.
For nature lovers, Mukteshwar is no less than a heaven, replete with natural beauty and serenity. There are long nature trails available for those who wish to enjoy personal moments with nature. The area is rich in flora and fauna. All along the nature trails, you will be greeted by rare birds and exotic vegetation. Nature trails or trekking is recommended during the day time. Popular nature trails go all the way from Peora to Mukteshwar, Peora to Almora or Binsar to Artola. The forest cover is thick around and can seem and sound crazily overwhelming once darkness sets in. There are certain areas that are not well-lit at night. So, getting extra adventurous in the evening is not recommended.
However, if you wish to take a part of Mukteshwar along, we suggest taking home pine cones, which are strewn across almost everywhere. They can be used as decorative pieces at home and will always remind you of your adventures at Mukteshwar.
Another fun way to explore nature and its surroundings is by camping. There are different camping options available for every type of traveller/adventurer. Some camping options that you can choose from include survivalist camping, winter camping, historical camping, boutique camping, along with a few more options. The place is a must-visit for nature lovers, owing to its unpolluted environs and less cosmopolitan nature. The world-renowned hunter Jim Corbett, after whom the popular wildlife reserve Jim Corbett National Park is named, had visited Mukteshwar and loved its pristine beauty.
There are plenty of adventure sports activities that you can choose from - rock climbing, rappelling and paragliding. A popular spot amongst rock climbers for overhanging cliffs in Mukteshwar is ‘Chauli Ki Jali’. Do not miss this! You can find trained instructors along with ample of safety gear for all your adventurous activities.
Shopping options are limited in Mukteshwar. You can find several variants of the popular plant Rhododendron in the form of jams, juices and squashes. Additionally, there are options to buy pure-wool goodies for friends and family.
So, if you are looking for a unique vacation in northern India, then Mukteshwar could be a good option. Located at a distance of 352 km from Delhi, Mukteshwar is well-connected by flights, trains and buses/private vehicles. For a journey that promises fun, adventure and relaxation, head to Mukteshwar. The place offers affordable travel in and around the nearby areas such as Nainital, Almora, Ranikhet, Sattal and Auli. These are all lovely places that can be explored if you have extra time in your hands. Think no more! Get ready for nature, adventure and excitement at Mukteshwar!
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