Things to do in Mukteshwar for a Little Adventurous Retreat


Top things to do in Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar is another one of Uttrakhand's beautiful little hill station. Tucked amidst the mighty mountains and boasting of gorgeous views of the hills and the valleys, the town also has a number of exciting adventure activities to offer to its guests. From rock climbing, to rappelling, camping, paragliding and trekking, there is no dearth of thrilling things to do in Mukteshwar. You can also visit the age old temples and admire the architecture or enjoy spectacular views of the magnificent Nanda Devi Temple. Have a look at the elaborate list of things to do in Mukteshwar given below.

Here is the list of 11 Things to do in Mukteshwar for a Little Adventurous Retreat

1. Trek Up to Sitla for Scintillating Panoramic Vistas

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6000 ft high, Sitla is a hill station popular for its colonial style bungalows. Tourists can engage in trekking expeditions of varying difficulty levels organised by the resorts in this area. It is one of the most popular attractions in the region and visiting here is one of the topmost things to do in Mukteshwar.

2. Experience Trekking & Camping

One of the most exciting things to do in Mukteshwar is trekking the winding trails. Enveloped in dense woods, the small hill town offers ample opportunities to scale the hills at trekking and hiking. You can also camp in or around the woods and light a bonfire. There are several camping options available for you. If not, you can set up one of your own. Camping in the tranquil atmosphere is going to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

3. Admire the Architecture of the Mukteshwar Temple

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One of the most popular shrines, Mukteshwar temple, is an ancient temple which is almost 350 years old and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Perched on top of the highest point in Mukteshwar (which is a beautiful hill station that got its name after the shrine), the temple lies approximately 2312 m above the sea level. This grand temple is identified as one of the eighteen most important temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in the Hindu scripture. Visiting here is one of the top things to do in Mukteshwar, not just among the pilgrims but also among the tourists.

4. Enjoy a Spectacular View of Nanda Devi

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Nanda Devi is the 2nd highest mountain peak in India and overall 23rd in the world. It stands as tall as 7,816 m above the sea level. This mountain peak is clearly visible from Mukteswar and tourists visiting Mukteswar must have a clear look at this mesmerizing beauty.

5. Get an Adrenaline Rush at Paragliding

Paragliding is one of the most exciting things to do in Mukteshwar. Besides giving you a feeling of euphoria, exhilaration and a high adrenaline rush, it is a surreal experience to float above the valley and glide amidst the clouds. In addition to offering gorgeous 360 degrees bird's eye view of the place, it is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. It is usually offered with a camping package with several other adventure sports options.

6. Enjoy a Gorgeous View from the Mukteshwar Inspection Bunglow

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Complete with scenic views of the sunrise across the Himalayas, the Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow near the temple offers accommodation for a serene holiday. The place is also ideal for trekking. Besides, it offers beautiful 360 degree panoramas of the valley. Be sure to include visiting here in your bucket list of things to do in Mukteshwar.

7. Savour the Local Kumaoni Cuisine

A few places will offer food across various cuisines, though mostly one will find delicious and fresh Kumaoni Cuisine. Just a handful of places also serve Chinese and Continental cuisines. The local delicacies of Uttarakhand that you might find here include Bhaang Ki Khatai, Kappa (a green curry), Sisunak Saag(a dish prepared with green leafy vegetables and many local ingredients), Aloo ke Gutke( a Kumauni potato dish), Rus ( a preparation of many dals) and more.

8. Try Your Hand at Rock Climbing & Rappelling

Rock Climbing and Rappelling are two other activities that make place in the list of top thrilling things to do in Mukteshwar. The hilly- rocky terrain provides ample opportunities for rock climbing for both the amateurs and professionals. If you are a beginner, you can take assistance from the professional guides.

9. Visit the Ancient Chauli ki Jaali

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Next to Mukteshwar temple is Chauli ki Jaali, and area where it is believed that a Demon and a Goddess fought a battle. The place is marked with what is believed to be faint outlines of a sword, a shield and a trunk of an elephant. People also hold it as a belief that women unable to bear children will be blessed with children when touched by the natural lattice around the rock.

10. Take an Informative Tour of the Indian Veterinary Research Institute

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The Indian Veterinary Research Institute is a deemed university which was established in 1885. Its foundation was laid by the recommendation of Col. JHB Hallen. The campus at Mukteshwar covers an area of 3450 acres of land and comprises of Division of Virology and that of Temperate Animal Husbandry. Since it is situated at the height of 7620 ft on the intersection of Gagar and Lohaghat ranges of the Kumaon hills, the location adds to the scenic beauty of the place and makes it even more beautiful.

11. Shop Kumaoni Handicrafts from the Kilmora Shop

Kilmora Shop is a tiny outlet store situated a little on the outskirts of the town. The shop sells traditional Kumaoni clothes and knick knacks. It is considered the best place to shop souvenirs for. You can also purchase hand knitted woollens, hand woven shawls, socks, gloves, cosmetics and other products. Visiting here is one of the most fun things to do in Mukteshwar.

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