Nainital City Guide
The small hillstation of Mukteshwar is famous as an excursion from Nainital. The hilltop is also known for the Mukteshwar temple, dedicated to lord Shiva. The temple has white marble idol of Shiva.
The Mukteshwar is located 51 Km from Nainital, in Kumaon district of Uttaranchal.
Mukteshwar- a Unique Hillstation
Mukteshwar is known for being a tourists destination, apart from being known as temple town. The hillstation is a lush green cover of coniferous forests. Facilities for trekking and mountaineering are also available in the town. Mukteshwar is also known for its evening and bird-watching. Its a scenic picnic spot, which fulfills all the tourists' requirements and leaves him longing for more. The best season to visit Mukteshwar is during March to August. Though it starts raining from mid July, the place looks stunning in the first few showers of monsoon.
The Mukteshwar Temple
The temple of Mukteshwar is dedicated to lord Shiva. Set on a height of 2300 mt, the temple represents a pristine sense of devotion. Lush green surroundings, mesmerising hilltop, beautiful temple and the thick vegetation of fruit orchards and coniferous forests gives a heavenly experience to the traveler. The temple enshrines a white marble idol of Shiva, in the form of Shiva-linga. There are many other idols, including Vishnu, Brahma, Parvati, Ganesh, Nandi and Hanuman around the linga.
Myths and Religious Attachments
Mukteshar has been popular as a tourists destination. Due to its proximity with Nainital, Mukteshwar gained immense popularity as a tourism destination, rather than a pilgrimage. But the temple has been a centre of high devotion amongst the locals. Chauthi Jali, near the temple, is another place of intrest. The structure has rocks cut out from the hill, facing at a bizarre angle. It is believed if a married lady touches the stones, she will be very soon blessed with a child.
Mukteshwar can be reached by road from Nainital and Haldwani. Nainital is 51 Km and Haldwani is 49 km from Mukteshwar. Nearest railhead is Kathgodam, 72 Km away. Regular taxis and buses are available from Nainital, Haldwani and Kathgodam to reach Mukteshwar. The town is 330 km from New Delhi.
Accommodations in Mukteshwar is not a problem. There are few very good hotels in the town, which provide with luxury and spiritual stay at Mukteshwar. Alternatively, one can stay at Nainital and make trip to Mukteshwar.