[Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India] The Irresistible Allure of a Small Town in the Hills

Of forests and mountains. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Of forests and mountains. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Where you can forget about “to-do” and “to-see” lists.

Where you can leave watches and phones behind.

Where you can (temporarily, at least) disregard worry and hurry.

 

Where you can set out to stroll with no specific destination in mind.

Where you can pause on a narrow village trail to gaze at the beautiful valley below.

Where you can rest your feet at a small tea stall and engage in a lively conversation with a local resident.

 

Tucked away in the hills in a picturesque corner of Kumaon, Uttarakhand, is the small town of Mukteshwar.

Of charming hillside towns. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Of charming hillside towns. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

 

From Ranikhet, we hired a taxi to take us past several quaint villages and pretty orchards in the hills to reach our destination, Mukteshwar. Our home for the next couple of days was KMVN’s TRH Mukteshwar, situated at a height of approximately 2200 m above sea level.

My kinda balcony. TRH Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

My kinda balcony. TRH Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

And here’s how we spent our time in Mukteshwar:

We walked to the PWD house nearby and admired the splendid vista from the viewpoint there. Although we couldn’t catch a glimpse of the Himalayas, we weren’t complaining.

What lies beyond? PWD rest house, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

What lies beyond? PWD rest house, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Vibrance. PWD rest house, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Vibrance. PWD rest house, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

We strolled along the main road from the PWD house to the IVRI (Indian Veterinary Research Institute) entrance. Spotted some monkeys swinging in the trees.

Walking toward IVRI. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Walking toward IVRI. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

We sat on a bench at a small tea stall and chatted with a local resident about life in the quiet hillside town. Over cups of piping hot tea.

Find a seat, travel back in time. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Find a seat, travel back in time. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

We went on a short “forest walk” from TRH to Chauli ki Jaali. Forest trails are the best!

Birdsong and fresh air. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Birdsong and fresh air. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

At Chauli ki Jaali. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

At Chauli ki Jaali. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Rough edges. At Chauli ki Jaali. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Rough edges. At Chauli ki Jaali. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

We wandered along a hillside trail that led to a small church. And sighted several birds as we ventured along this path.

Following a hillside trail. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Following a hillside trail. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

We climbed several steps to visit Mukteshwar Dham, the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Announcing our arrival. At Mukteshwar Dham, Uttarakhand, India.

Announcing our arrival. At Mukteshwar Dham, Uttarakhand, India.

We sauntered down the street and gushed over the vibrant flowers in the gardens of cute cottages.

Onward. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Onward. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Pausing to admire the blooms. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Pausing to admire the blooms. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Tilting the balance. In Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Tilting the balance. In Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

 

Looking for a tranquil holiday in the hills? Visit Mukteshwar. And choose your trail.

Choose your path. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.

Choose your path. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.


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