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Mukteshwar is a town and tourist destination in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. It sits high in the Kumaon Hills at an altitude of 2286 meters, 51 km from Nainital, 72 km from Haldwani, and 343 km from Delhi.

Located in the Nainital district of Uttaranchal, Mukteshwar is a hilly region encompassed by coniferous forests and fruit orchards. Mukteshwar is another name of Lord Shiva, which literally means ‘One who offers Moksha’. The famous

‘Mukteshwar Temple’ whose main deity is Lord Shiva is a famous attraction here. Besides Mukteshwar Temple, there are many attractions in Mukteshwar such as Chauli ki Jali. The picturesque town is adorned with small homes of reddish roofs, ancient style window frames and picket walls. The region is home to Renewable Park developed by The Energy and Resources Institute and The Indian Veterinary Institute Campus.Mukteshwar is a town and tourist destination in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. It sits high in the Kumaon Hills at an altitude of 2286 meters, 51 km from Nainital, 72 km from Haldwani, and 343 km from Delhi.

Located in the Nainital district of Uttaranchal, Mukteshwar is a hilly region encompassed by coniferous forests and fruit orchards. Mukteshwar is another name of Lord Shiva, which literally means ‘One who offers Moksha’. The famous

‘Mukteshwar Temple’ whose main deity is Lord Shiva is a famous attraction here. Besides Mukteshwar Temple, there are many attractions in Mukteshwar such as Chauli ki Jali. The picturesque town is adorned with small homes of reddish roofs, ancient style window frames and picket walls. The region is home to Renewable Park developed by The Energy and Resources Institute and The Indian Veterinary Institute Campus.

Mukteshwar is a tiny hamlet and is best seen on foot. Take leisurely strolls along the main road - which is no more than 2 meters wide at any point - from the IVRI till the PWD House whilst taking in the spectacular views of the mountains.

Mukteshwar Dham Temple

The 350-year-old Shiva temple in Mukteshwar Dham is situated on top of a hill. The stone stairs lead you to the deity’s abode. It is believed the lord Shiva killed a demon here and granted him salvation (Mukti), hence the name Mukteshwar. Mukteshwar Dham was an abode to Saint Shri Mukteshwar Maharaj ji, who lived here in a cottage. One of his disciples, Swami Sanshudhanand Ji, now stays there. A temple complex is an ideal place for meditation. You can either drive to the temple or chose to trek. It’s not a well-paved trekking trail but a narrow mud path through the fruit orchards and coniferous forest that locals use. A beautiful nature walk of around 2 hours will take you to the hilltop. It’s an easy trek and can easily be done by the beginners. When I visited in June, the forest was lush green and the path was covered by brown dry pine needles that made it slippery. So we needed to be extra careful. On the way, many wild berries can be found. I was intrigued by the range of flora on this trek. You get a wonderful 180-degree view of the mighty Himalayas from here. Nandadevi, Nandakot, Nandaghunti, Trisul, and Panchachuli are the major peaks visible.

Mukteshwar Dham Temple

Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple

Mukteshwar Temple is an age-old shrine that houses the idols of Lord Shiva along with Lord Ganesha, Brahma, Vishnu, Hanuman and Goddess Parvati. Perched on the banks of River Ravi, the cave temple has its roots firmly established in the era of Mahabharata. It is said to have been used by the Pandavas as one of the refugees during their period of exile. Situated atop a hill, the temple, and the caves are carved out on the rocky hills. Standing tall on top of the hill, this temple serves as an important landmark in the Pathankot region. The holy shrine houses a marble Shivling, marked by a copper yoni surrounded by rest of the idols of Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Hanuman, Ganesha and Goddess Parvati.

Pro Tip: This temple is open 24 hours

Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple

Mukteshwar Chauli ki Jali

A rocky path running along the side of the temple leads to a huge cluster of rocky cliffs, locally known as Chauli ki Jali. The cliffs hang out to the deep valley below making it a spectacular location that offers a fascinating view of the Himalayan ranges and the Kumaun Valley. Just sit quietly looking at the valley and the horizon, indulge in adventure sports or observe Himalayan birds; this is the place where you can easily spend the day alone. The location and the rocky cliffs make this place ideal for activities like rock-climbing, zip-lining, and rappelling. The cliffs overlook the forested valley and thus provide a perfect spot to wildlife enthusiasts for observing raptors like the Himalayan eagle and other scavengers as they pray. It is believed by locals that couples having problems in conceiving should visit the place to get blessed with a child. Avoid visiting this place on weekends as it gets crowded by local visitors. This place is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Mukteshwar Chauli ki Jali

Bhalu Gaad Waterfall

India is a home to some of the magnificent waterfalls. The falls are torrents which can carve, shape or break the rocks, smash the trees and logs coming in between to make the way for gushing water but we still feel they are the most captivating marvels of nature. The sight of the flowing crystal clear water, thundering roaring sound; not only brighten up eyes and soul but makes body relaxed and rejuvenated after the tiring day too. On our recent trip to Mukteshwar town, we visited one such newly discovered, endearing fall known as the 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. Being recently discovered it is cleaner & less touristy as compared to other waterfalls of Uttarakhand.

But slowly the Mukteshwar town is gaining attraction, and the fall will enlist in the attractions of Mukteshwar. There is rainbow seen at the bottom of Bhallu Gaad Waterfall, so locals name it a Rainbow waterfall.

Bhalu Gaad Waterfall

Dhokane Waterfall

Dhokane Waterfall Our summer house. This waterfall is our very lovely companion, which gives coolness even in the summer. The distance from Nainital to this waterfall is about 30 Kms.

Dhokane Waterfall

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