Activities in Mukteshwar
Adventure Sports: Mukteshwar is popular for adventure activities like rock climbing and rappelling. The overhanging cliffs situated near Mukteshwar, known as ‘Chauli-ki-Jali’ is a popular spot for rock climbing. Paragliding is another popular sport at Mukteshwar.
Trekking/Hiking: For adventure souls, Mukteshwar does offer various options for trekking. There are many trekking trails in and around Mukteshwar. One can trek from Peora to Mukteshwar or Peora to Almora as well as Binsar to Artola.
Camping: Camping is another good way to spend time with your family and friends to spend some quality time in the lap of nature. Being situated amidst the dense deodar trees, Mukteshwar is an ideal place to camp and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Staying in Mukteshwar
Due to its proximity to other popular hill stations like Nainital and Ranikhet, plenty of accommodations have mushroomed in Mukteshwar in recent years. One can find luxury hotels and resorts with excellent amenities as well as budget guesthouses with limited facilities at Mukteshwar. Since Mukteshwar is a place which can be visited all year, options for stay are readily available.
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Mukteshwar Food Guide
Mukteshwar has quite a few restaurants and eating joints which offer multi-cuisines ranging from Chinese, continental to the scrumptious Indian cuisine – both North Indian and South Indian. Additionally, there are local restaurants and roadside dhabas serving popular north Indian dishes. Luxury resorts and hotels have in-house restaurants and bar.
History of Mukteshwar
The former name of Mukteshwar was 'Muktesar' as cited in Jim Corbett’s book “The Temple Tiger.” However, the place came to be known by its present name after 1947. Mukteshwar remained in the hollows until 1893 and was only known for its ancient temples.
Even the famous Nobel Prize winner scientist, Robert Koch has visited this place. The scientific equipment used by him are showcased at the museum managed by IVRI. The visitors attraction includes, the Hill carved cold room of the 1900s which is made up if biological materials.
Mythology of Mukteshwar
As per a Hindu legend, Lord Shiva had a fierce battle with a demon at Mukteshwar, when the demon was annihilated Shiva gifted him the boon of immortality or ‘mukti’. Therefore, the place came to be known as Mukteshwar meaning ‘Mukti+Ishwar’.