The Kumaon 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 spotted.

Historically Speaking

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 of people.

Accessibility :
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.

By Rail
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 terminal.

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