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Some Interesting places at Mukteshwar


Mukteshwar gets its name from an 350-year-old temple of Shiva, knownas MukteshwarDham, situated atop 8000 Ft ASL, the highest point of the quaint little hamlet, within the veterinary institute's campus.


Just below the temple are an outcrop of rocks, an overhang with a sheer drop of approx. 2000Ft., great for rock climbing, rappelling and paragliding, providing an enchanting view of the deep wooded valley and sunset vistas. Locally known as the Chauli-ki-Jali, This is a great place to observe raptors like the The Himalayan Eagle and other feathered scavengers as they fly around majestically at eye level and below as you stand atop 8000Ft.

PWD Guest House or The Jim Corbett's Bungalow:

Walking distance from the Mukteshwar Temple is this beautiful colonial Bungalow which retains the old world charm and both from the inside out seems to be frozen in time. The only spot in Kumaon from where you can enjoy a 180 Degree panoramic view of the Himalayas range. This Guest house has housed Jim Corbett for longstretches whilst his hunting sprees for the man eaters, the details have been written by Jim Corbett himself in his book 'Man Eater ofMukteswar' when he shot one of the most infamous man eaters in thosedays.


The Imperial Bacteriological Laboratory or as now know as The Indian Veterinary Research Institute had its genesis on December 9,1889 at Pune and relocated to Mukteshwar in 1893.Initially thelaboratory at Mukteshwar was completed in 1898 but got destroyed by firein 1899. It was resurrected in 1901.IVRI is responsible for preservation and maintenance of one of the dense most forests of Kumaon rich in flora and fauna, home to Leopards, Black Bear, Wild Boar, Deer and over 250 species of birds.

Bhulmaria Forest:

Located inside the dense IVRI controlled forest a small trek leads youto this 1905 constructed colonial structure.Apparently,Jim Corbett shot the infamous Man eater at this spot.

BhaluGarh Waterfalls:

A small trek leads you to this secluded and pristine water fall,about60 feet high.Its an ideal day picnic spot for nature lovers.

Vishnu Temple/Dol Ashram:

In the vicinity of Mukteshwar,Vishnu Temple is an important religiouscomplex surrounded with beautiful deodar forest.

Managher Trek:

If you are interested in anature trek through a dense coniferous forest then this is a great trek to go on with rare Rehsel Pine trees populating most part of the thick green. In the right season you will also be pleasantly surprised with a small waterfall inside the forest.

Kapileshwar Temple:

An ancient Shiva temple, constructed by Katyuri kings around 8th-10thcentury.This secluded temple is situated on the confluence of Kumiyaand Sakunirivers.A nice drive in the forest and a small trek willlead you to Kapileshwar Temple.


Located at an altitude of 2450 meters. Devasthal peak is an emergingoptical astronomical site for Indian telescopes. Currently, a 130-cmoptical telescope is working at the site. The sites are managed by theAryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital.

Mukteshwar is located very close to the lake towns of Nainital, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal and Sattal which are just 1.5 Hrs driving distance. The Almora Town and Jageshwar Temples can be done in a day tour. The Jim Corbett National Park however would need at least a night’s stay to enjoy the wildlife safaris, Jim Corbett’s Museum and The Corbett’s waterfall. Thanks to it’s height of 8000 Ft above sea level it has the best sunset, sunrise and Himalayan views. The widest angle can be seen from the guest house which is the dead end of the road. The Cliff at Mukteshwar is a great for spotting raptors especially the Himalayan Eagle.