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  • A small hill town in Uttaranchal famous for its adventure sports; also shows a side with many popular places to visit in Mukteshwar. Mukteshwar is a town known for rock climbing, rappelling and many more adventure sports in addition to the beautiful view of Himalayan ranges. The tourist places in Mukteshwar include its fruit orchards, coniferous forests, rolling meadows, temples and of course the waterfalls to name a few. 

    Other than these Mukteshwar is also known for its little house and cottages built in Colonial style, giving an exotic touch to the town and almost all the places provide to its visitors a sound peace, freshness, solitude and a window to escape from the rush of city life.It brings an explicit joy to the heart while experiencing the amazing view of wind gushing through the coniferous forests, and birds chirping on the deodar trees. 

    Have an opportunity to catch Sitla, Bhalu Gaad waterfalls, Mukteshwar temple to satiate all the desires of being at a hill station.The best way to explore all these places is to walk on foot. This will help in the deep exploration of details and let you immerse into the love of environ.


    Here are some of the best places to visit in Mukteshwar:

  • 01The beauty of Sitla

    The beauty of Sitla

    A hill station at 6000 ft high, Sitla is famous for its colonial style bungalows. Sitla has rather panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks — Panchachuli, Trishul and Nanda Devi and is full of dense forests and verdant orchards, making it a wonderful sightseeing opportunity to tourists. 

    Tourists can also enjoy trekking expeditions and bird watching according to their interest. These activities are arranged by the resorts that are in the estate area.

    Location: The ride to Sitla in taxis is of somewhere around 2 hours from Kathgodam, the nearest railway station.
  • 02Chauli ki Jali

    Chauli ki Jali

    Chauli ki Jali or also known as Chauthi Jali is one of the famous tourist places in Mukteshwar, behind the Mukteshwar Temple. Chauli ki Jali is bliss for nature lovers and anyone who seeks adventure. 

    Tourists find it good for sightseeing, rock climbing, and rappelling experiences, with an amazing view of Himalayan ranges from the edge of the place.This place also holds great religious value to the Hindus as it is believed that a great battle was fought on this site between the goddess and a demon.

    Location: Chauli ki Jali is 1.5 km from the main market in Mukteshwar and 250 m from the Mukteshwar Temple itself.

  • 03Bhalu Gaad Waterfalls

    Bhalu Gaad Waterfalls
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    Bhalu Gaad Waterfalls is a newly discovered tourist place in Mukteshwar. Being a new place to visit in Mukteshwar, the falls are less touristy and hence cleaner than other falls around the state. It is a 60 ft high waterfall with an undiscovered source and takes a mixed shape of a horseshoe while plunging at the end. The waterfall is said to have a continuous flow of water throughout the year and therefore can be visited in any season.

    The place is a beautiful sight and a paradise for bird lovers as well. Anyone who loves a hike and enjoys nature's beauty will find it enthralling to visit this place. At the bottom of the waterfall emerges a rainbow, therefore giving it the name Rainbow falls amongst the locals.

    Location: The waterfall is at a distance of 10 km from the main town of Mukteshwar. One has to park their vehicle at Dhari, a place 2 km away from the waterfall. The 2 km trek is a scenic walk with ascents and descents throughout.

    Fees: The best time to visit the waterfall is between the sunrise and the sunset. Although the entry to the waterfall itself is free, one can hire a guide for the trek in a minimal fee of 200/-.

    Timings: 8.30 AM to 5.00 PM
  • 04Mukteshwar Temple

    Mukteshwar Temple
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    The town gets its name from this Lord Shiva Temple which his 5500 years old and, is one of the most ancient places to visit in Mukteshwar. The temple has an amazing landscape view and an even better tale about its history. It is said that the temple was built by the Pandavas during the 12 years of their exile life. 

    The temple top is reached by finishing a scenic and peaceful trek, with beautiful deodar and pine trees on the sides. Or you can also choose to climb 90 steps, whichever path suits you the best.

    Location: The temple is 1.5 km from the main market and near to Chauli ki Jali, which is another one of the important tourist places in Mukteshwar.

    Entry fees: The entry to the temple is free.

    Timings: Gates are open for visitors from 6 a.m. in the morning to 8 p.m. after sunset. 
  • 05Indian Veterinary Research Institute

    Indian Veterinary Research Institute

    The place was established in 1893 and is credited for significant development of Veterinary science in India. It has a huge imprint left from the colonial era with the campus itself is spread in a huge area of and is a peaceful place to visit in Mukteshwar.

    The architecture of the place deeply reflects the British style of architecture. It also has a rather large library and museum, both attracting travelers and providing them with knowledge of the history of the institute.

    Location: The institute is located close to the Mukteshwar Temple.

    Timings: The timings of the place are from 9:30 am - 6:30 in the evening

    Entry fees: Entry to the place is free.
  • 06Nanda Devi peak

    Nanda Devi peak
    You can enjoy the view of Nanda Devi peak, the second highest peak from the Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow. The view is mesmerizing and one to remember for a lifetime.

    As Mukteshwar gives a 180° view of the Himalayan Range, one can definitely see the beauty of this peak. It is such a moment to see the snow-covered peak that you take those memories with you for a lifetime.

    Location: The Nanda Devi peak is located in Chamoli, Uttarakhand.
  • 07Ramgarh

    Ramgarh

    A small town; Ramgarh is a tourist attraction for anyone who wants to spend leisure time around orchards.The town which was a cantonment during the British era is divided into two regions namely, upper and lower regions called Malla Ramgarh and Talla Ramgarh. 

    The main orchard attractions of the town are of apple, apricot and peach, all of them found in abundance. The small town was home to renowned writers like Padma Vibhushan Mahadevi Verma, Narayan Swami, and Rabindranath Tagore.

    Location: 17 km from Mukteshwar. Travelers can easily visit this town as it is connected with Mukteshwar via road.

  • 08Nathuakhan

    Nathuakhan

    A small solitary village located in the Kumaon hills of Mukteshwar, blessed with such a beauty of nature that captivates its visitors. A clear view of astonishingly beautiful Himalayan Ranges and trekking amidst oak, pine, and kaphal trees. 

    The village is also decorated with small wooden and stone country club and, adding beauty to the landscape.

    Location: 19 km from Mukteshwar
  • 09Peora

    Peora
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    Peora is the fruit bowl of Uttarakhand, located in the Kosyakutoli Tehsil of Nainital district. This eco-tourism spot offers beautiful views of the Himalayan ranges. The entire village and its surroundings are adorned with sal, pine, oak, buruns, kaphal and rhododendron trees. 

    Bird watching, game watching, and trekking are the popular activities enjoyed by the travelers visiting Peora.

    Location: The small village is located in the Kumaon hills 8 km away from the Mukteshwar city.
  • 10Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow

    One of the most beautiful places in the town, Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow has a great history attached to it. It is an architectural wonder situated close to the temple and is blessed with nature's beauty in its surroundings.

    If you plan on staying this might be one of the best places to visit in Mukteshwar for your stay. It gives a view of many astonishing peaks and has an amazing green surrounding.

    Location: It is located in Mukteshwar Mahadev Rd, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand.

Sightseeing in Nainital

Adventure in Nainital

Attractions in Nainital

Trekking in Nainital

Nature and wildlife in Nainital

Camping in Nainital

Attractions

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Nainital

If lush green plains and misty clouds allure you to nestle in a hammock and read a good book, far away from the city life then you need to head to Nainital, a stellar getaway place near Delhi for trekkers and nature lovers alike! Situated in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Nainital is also known as the 'Lake District' of India.

 It has also been termed as a pious place for Hindus and is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi due to its fascinating hills, picturesque plains, enjoyable climate and stunning lakes.  Adventurers engage in trekking activities and hike to the top of the beautiful hills just to witness the beautiful view and the wispy sky.

Distance from Delhi: 278km

Best time to visit: March to June and October to February.

Attractions: Nainital Lake, Governor's House, Eco Cave Gardens, Naini Peak and Snow View Point

Activities: Lake Visits, Village and Wildlife tours, Cable Car Rides, Rock Climbing and Trekking

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Bhimtal Lake

It is a famous lake located in the town of Bhimtal. The reason why it is so famous is because of the masonry dam built in the year 1883 which enabled a good storage facility. It has a catchment area of around 17.12 sq km which is quite large.

Location: The lake is located in Bhimtal, which is a famous town in Nainital. It is more than 22 km away from Nainital. If you want to reach a railway station from here, the nearest one is Kathgodam which is at a distance of 20 km from the lake.

Highlights: The Bhimtal lake is the largest lake in the region of Kumaon, which is popularly known as the lake district of India owing to the density of lakes present here. This lake helps in providing drinking water as well as makes sure that the different species of fishes are habitable here.
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Nainital Lake

Nainital Lake is one of the best natural freshwater bodies in the state of Uttarakhand. Being a lake in midst of a bustling township, it receives huge tourist attraction. It is a crescent shaped lake with Naina Devi Temple at one end.

Location: It is located in the city of Nainital which lies in Uttarakhand. The Sukhatal and Tallital bustands are nearby and thus you can choose to opt for roadways while travelling to the place in public transport.

Highlights: There is a famous Nainital Boat Club which offers yachting facilities at the lake. You can enjoy boating through the lake with the calm and serene atmosphere.

Price: The Nainital Boat club charges Rs. 350 for boating you around the lake. If you want to pedal the boat yourselves, you will get them for Rs. 150 per hour. Other boatmens will boat you for Rs. 210 in the Nainital Lake.
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High Altitude Zoo

The High Altitude zoo is a place every animal lover must visit. It has some of the most endangered as well as reserved animals which you can't see elsewhere. It was opened in the year 1995 and receives around 125,000 annual visitors.

Location: It is located at a distance of just 2 KM from the Tallital bus stand but many visitors chose to climb up the hill without any transportation.

Highlights: You will see there are many endangered animals from the Himalayas. Some of the famous animals include the Royal Bengal Tiger, Tibetan wolf, sambar, leopard cat and Himalayan bear. It was also home to India's only Siberian tiger but he died in the year 2011.


Best time to visit: The zoo is open from Tuesday to Sunday and the timings are from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Plan your trip accordingly so that you can visit the place while it stays open.

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Eco Cave Gardens

It is one of the most popular gardens in Nainital which tourists often visit and apart from the visitors, even the residents come here often because of its nice atmosphere. The natural park is maintained and taken care by the local administration.

Location: It is located at the Sukhatal region of Nainital and falls on the Kaladungi road. Reaching here is not a hassle as most of the transportation facilities are nearby.

Highlights: There are many interconnected rocky caves as well as hanging gardens. The garden makes the most out of the hilly regions in which it is located. Even for children, it is a lot of fun due to the presence of a lot of activities on offer.

Price: The price for adults is Rs. 20 and that for children is Rs. 10. If you want to carry a camera along, you have to pay a fee of Rs. 25 for the same.
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Khurpatal Lake

As the region of Nainital is famous for its lakes and various water bodies, Khurpatal lake is one such body which plays an essential role in supplying water to the town. These lakes make sure that residents can drink safe water and never fall short of it. There are hills and tall trees surrounding the lake which makes the location look more beautiful.

Location: It is located in the Khurpatal town of Nainital. The place is just at a distance of 10 km from Nainital.

Highlights: You can spot a lot of fishes here because it provides a natural habitat for many fish species. Even fishing activities are carried out here which suffices the need of fish eating habits in the region. If you notice, the lake resembles the color of an emerald. This is quite interesting for the tourists and they love to take pictures of this beautiful natural lake.

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Mukteshwar Temple

It is a 350 year old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a famous tourist destination in Uttarakhand. There are many such temples throughout various states in India.

Location: It is situated in the Kumaon Hills and is 51 KM from Nainital. Usually tourists prefer road vehicles to get to the place. However, if you prefer airways, the nearest airport is at Pantnagar and the nearest railway station is at 65 KM from the town.

Highlights: From the temple, you will get a beautiful view of the Himalayas. People tend to enjoy the nice atmosphere and the stunning view from over the mountain top.

Best time to visit: The summers are warm with moderate heat and a little rainfall sometimes. The place receives heavy rainfall during the rainy seasons. Winters usually have freezing temperatures. So, you can decide the best time for you to visit the place as per your preferences.
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Kainchi Dham

It is one of the most famous ashrams in our country. There are many followers of Kaninchi Maharaj who believe in his teachings. If you want to go through a spiritual journey, this place is a must visit.

Location: It is at a distance of 9 KM from Bhowali and 17 KM from the town of Nainital.

Highlights: The place was visited by tech legend Steve Jobs in his earlier days. He also advised Mark Zuckerberg to have a visit here. It is believed that the place enhances spiritual enlightenment of oneself and thus most of the people visit for the same reason. In the annual Bhandara held on June 15, more than 1 lakh people are fed at the place.

Best time to visit: You can visit the place during anytime of the year however, if you want to stay inside Kanchi Maharaj-ji's ashram, you have to personally write a letter to the manager.
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Snow View Point

If we check out the most visited tourist spots in Nainital, Snow view point is surely the most visited and loved spot by people all over. The mountain also has a temple to which residents worship. While you move in the cable rope, you can have a great view of the Nainital lake.

Location: The point is around 3 Km from the town of Nainital and you can travel there through either cable rope or your car. If you are comfortable, you can also visit Snow view point by walking there or book a taxi if you prefer it.

Highlights: From the top of the mountain, you can have a full view of the city which looks just marvelous. If you notice, there will be a place which says The highest mountain in the British empire. Before Sikkim became a part of India, Naina Devi was India's highest peak.
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Astronomical Observatory

This observatory known as the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences is a place for doing astronomical studies. It was built in the year 1955 to enhance the study in this field. This institute is funded by Department of Science and Technology.

Location: The observatory is at a 4.5 KM distance from Nainital which you can easily reach through any means of transportation.

Highlights: If you are interested in astrophysics and related domains, this place is something you must surely visit. With proper permission, you can have a look at the various celestial bodies through the telescope in the observatory.

Best time to visit: The observatory is only open from 7 to 9 in the evening. If you want to visit the place, make sure that you visit it in the given times. You must plan your trip accordingly so that you don't miss out on this amazing place.
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Sariyatal

This is one of the most beautiful lakes in the city of Nainital. Residents and tourists both just love the place for the tranquil ambience it provides. It also has a Himalayan Botanical garden nearby which you can visit if you are interested in different varieties of flowers. It is a great place for the study of botany and science.

Location: The place is 5 KM from the main town of Nainital. It falls on the way to Kaladhungi.

Highlights: Although this lake is a bit small compared to other big lakes, it is quite beautiful and one of the places tourists love to visit. It is calm, serene and makes you feel better. The lake is surrounded by nature in the form of trees which makes the experience even better.

Price: The entry ticket is just Rs. 20 but it is totally worth it and for tourists, it is a must visit place.
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Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

Kilbury bird sanctuary is the ultimate destination for anyone who loves watching birds. Due to this reason, it is also called as the bird watcher's paradise. Most of the people who visit the place are frequent visitors who take time out of their lives to watch birds and fulfil their desires. This sanctuary is placed in midst of the reserved forest of Nainital.

Location: Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is at a distance of 12 KM from Nainital. You can choose to reach here through any convenient public transport or your private vehicle. Many affordable options like taxis are available from Nainital to bring you here.

Highlights: The bird sanctuary has more than 580 different species of birds which is a delight for all the bird lovers. Some of the most famous birds which are a part of this sanctuary include Brown wood owls, white throated laughing thrushes, forktails and many other birds.
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Naina Peak

Want a stunning view of the snow capped Himalayas from Nainital? Naina peak is the place you must head to. The road which gets you there is through a pleasant forest of deodar, cypresses and rhododendrons. It is quite a beautiful experience both reaching there as well as on top of the mountain.

Location: The peak is at a distance of 6 KM from Mallital where you can get a bus or some other public transportation facilities to take you to the top.

Highlights: What people love most about the place is the view of snow capped Himalayas from Naina peak. It is something which makes the whole experience worthwhile. Naina peak is also the highest peak of Nainital through which you get a bird's eye view of the whole city, the Himalayas and the Kumaon hills. The atmosphere there is calm and serene which makes the experience even better.
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Lands End

If you want to have a stunning view from a mountain top, Lands end is probably one of the best places to head. The best part about this spot is that visitors don’t need to climb much and can reach the place which is rightly named as Lands end.

Location: Lands end is at a distance of around 4 KM from the town. Transportation and reaching there is not a hassle and you can easily get to the place. You can walk up to the top or simply ride on a horse back to reach the Lands end.

Highlights: The view is something which people visit the place for. The top view from the mountain is exhilarating and lets you view the plains and the Khurpa Tal. Overall, the mountain is surrounded by beautiful villages and pine forests all over. The place will get you a nice touch with nature if you haven't had it lately.
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Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)

Among the various picnic spots in Nainital, this is one of the most loved spots for tourists and residents alike. The Tiffin top is also famously known as the Dorothy's Seat. This place was built by the British Army officer Col J.P. Kellet. The name of the place was decided as such because people used to come here to have their food.

Location: It is located at a height of around 2300 meters on the Ayarpatta hills. The place is around 4 KM drive from the Nainital town and it is quite convenient to get there.

Highlights: From the place, you can have a look of the Nainital town in a 360 degree view. Also, you get a stunning view of the Kumaon hills from the Dorothy's seat.

Best time to visit: You can visit the place any time you want as it has no time restrictions. You must consider the climatic conditions before going to the place.

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