hills in Uttarakhand are dotted with any number
of gorgeous hill stations, each with its own
special charm and easy accessibility. One such
splendid hill resort is Mukteshwar, 2300 m, a
secluded retreat blessed with pleasant weather
and heart-stopping vistas of the Himalayas.
Mukteshwar''s evergreen forests and deciduous
woodlands are home to the Himalayan ruby throat,
white-crested laughing thrush, red-billed
leothrix, black winged kite and a host of other
mountain birds. The elusive Himalayan Mountain
Quail was last seen in the Nainital vicinity
near Mukteshwar. Beyond the forests, past fields
and farms are lush fruit orchards that grow
apples, plums, peaches, apricots and pears.
Mukteshwar owes much of its present day status
to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute,
which possesses a large part of the land and
most of the deep forests that surround it.
Rhesus monkeys and langurs jabber in the trees,
deer and birds abound, and the occasional
mountain leopard and Himalayan black bear can be
The town of Mukteshwar is associated with a
legend of Shiva who gifted immortality or Mukti
to a demon that he slew. It was in the forests
of the Kumaon region that Jim Corbett hunted
half a dozen of the famous man-eating tigers of
Kumaon, including the notorious Champawat Tiger
and the Panar leopard that had killed hundreds
By Air :
Pantnagar airport is the
nearest airport, which is located about 100 km
from Mukteshwar. Pre-paid taxi services charge
about Rs 1700 from the airport to Mukteshwar.
Pantnagar is connected to Delhi with daily
flights. Delhi is the nearest major
international airport, which is connected to
most of the Indian cities and cities abroad.
Nearest Railhead is Kathgodam station, which is
73 km away from Mukteshwar. Kathgodam is well
connected with other major cities in India by
rail. Taxi cabs cost about Rs 1200 for one way
journey from Kathgodam to Mukteshwar.
By Road :
State owned bus services
connect Mukteshwar with other cities in the
state. Many private bus service providers
operate luxury buses between Delhi and Kathgodam.
Buses start from Delhi’s ISBT Vivekananda