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Mukteshwar Tourism And Travel Guide
21.4° C / 70.5° F
March to June
2 to 4 Days
Pantnagar Airport (96 kms)
Kathgodam (62 kms)
7500 feet above sea-level, nestled amongst fruit orchards and the gorgeous Himalayan Mountains, Mukteshwar is a charmign hill-station found in the Nainital distrcit of Uttarakhand. The town enjoys fantastic weather throughout the year, but it is in the summer (March - June) when the tourism in Mukteshwar really booms. Hiking, camping and a variety of other outdoor activities are all possible during this period. The town is also home to the famous Mukteshwar Dham, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, nearly 350 years old.
The town is easily reachable via road, rail or air, with the well-connected network of roadways being the best way to reach. This hidden gem is the perfect weekend getaway for visitors of all ages. To learn more about the weather, how to reach and things to do, check out this detailed travel guide to Mukteshwar.
How to Reach
Pantnagar Airport is the neighbouring airport to Mukteshwar (96 km). There are several prepaid taxis and busses on offer from the airport to Mukteshwar and back.
An extremely efficient and well-connected roadway network makes this the best way to reach Mukteshwar. There is a high frequency of state and private-owned vehicles on offer if visitors do not wish to drive down themselves.
Kathgodam station is adjoining to Mukteshwar, only 62 km away. There is a high frequency of taxis and busses available for visitors from this station to Mukteshwar.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Summer (March – June):
Summers in Mukteshwar are characterised by clear skies and a cool evening breeze, making it the best time to visit the hill station. With an average weather of 20° to 27°C during this season, it is perfect for outdoor activities.
Monsoon (July – September):
The rainfall received in the monsoon borders low to moderate. The weather is decent enough for visitors to travel here and the surrounding vegetation blossoms throughout this period.
Winter (October – March):
With an average climate of of 3° to 16°C visitors flock here through winter time. Snowfall turns this place into a winter wonderland and gives the town a unique charm of its own.
Things to Do
Trekking and Camping:
The exceptional landscape, adjoining natural splendour and jaw dropping views of the Himalayan Mountains makes this the best and most popular thing to do in Mukteshwar.
A truly unique activity, this is best done during the summertime when the skies are clear, and the weather is a bit hotter.
Rock climbing and Rappelling:
Another set of outdoor sports, these activities are primed for adventurous travellers as well as first time climbers who are curious to explore their daring side.
Sunrise/Sunset at Nanda Devi:
The second highest peak in the country is visible from Mukteshwar and on a clear day visitors can be peak as the sun rises and sets, with the valley in the backdrop. This is one of the most incredible sights in all of India.
Restaurants and food options in Mukteshwar are quite limited. There are some local dhabas and hotels serving a variety of different cuisines. However, the local Kumaoni and North Indian cuisine is not to be missed. The local delicacies include dishes like Bhang ki Khatai (curry dish), Aloo ke Gutke and various dal preparations that are extremely popular with visitors.
Other than the famous Kilmora Shop, there are no supermarkets or shopping malls in the area. Visitors are however recommended to stop by the Kilmora handicrafts store to pick up a souvenir if possible. The shop houses some of the most intricate and unqiue Kumaoni designs including scarves, jackets, socks and other clothing items. Other products on sale include handmade jewellery and artefacts.