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Mukteshwar Kumaon, Uttarakhand
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Mukteshwar is a beautiful small town, perched  at altitude of 8000 ft in the Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand. It gets its name from a 350-year-old temple of Shiva, the Mukteshwar Dham, situated atop the hill in the premises of the IVRI campus.

 

This tiny hamlet is fascinating with splendid view of the Himalaya, the quaint cottages with picket fences the reminiscences of British Raj, the dense coniferous forests and fruit orchards abounding with avifauna. The overhanging straight and high cliffs, the Chauli-ki-Jali, close to the Shiva temple is a great place for rock climbing and rappelling, with an excellent view of the valleys below. The town was made famous by Jim Corbett in his novel "The Man Eaters of Kumaon".

 

It is an ideal weekend getaway and excellent base to explore the Tal region.

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Mukteshwar Temple is a sacred shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and holds immense importance amongst the locals. The Shivling is surrounded by idols of Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati, Hanuman, Ganesh and Nandi. The trek to temple is a memorable experience. Situated at a height of 2,312 mts with captivating vistas and ethereal charm entices the devotees trudge along to seek the blessings of the Lord.

 

Chauli ki Jaali or Chauthi Jaali, situated on the cliff behind the Mukteshwar temple. The rock face has natural lattices, 'jaali'. It is a mesmerising place with panoramic views of splendid Himalayan range and the enchanting valley below.

 

According to myths a group of devotees on their way to Kailash Mansarovar, were astounded by the sheer and dangerous climb en-route, they prayed to Lord Shiva for help. Lord Shiva blessed the guru with magical powers and bade him to strike the rock four times. A hole appeared on the hard rock surface when the guru struck it the fourth time. It is believed, if infertile women put their heads through a hole in the rock lattice, they are is blessed with a child.

 

Mukteshwar is full of memories, most notably of Jim Corbett, who in 1929 hunted and killed the man-eating tigress that had long terrorised the area. The PWD bungalow, where he stayed is still well maintained and is must on every tourist's itinerary. He wrote of Mukteshwar in 'Man-Eaters of Kumaon' with elaborate and thrilling accounts of his experiences in the jungle.

 Getting there

Location / Distance

26 km ahead of Ramgarh, in the upper Kumaon Hills.

 Fast Facts
Name Mukteshwar Best Time To Visit October to June
Location Kumaon   Uttarakhand   North   India  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Hill Station
Temperature Summar   25-30C      Winter   0-8C      Rainy   22-26C
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