Mukteshwar is a town and tourist destination in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. It sits high in the Kumaon Hills at an altitude of 2286 meters and 51 km from Nainital.Mukteshwar is rich in scenic beauty, with magnificent views of the Indian Himalayas including India's second-highest peak, Nanda Devi.
Mukteshwar gets its name from a 350-year-old temple to Shiva, known as Mukteshwar Dham, situated atop the highest point in the town, on the veterinary institute's campus. Close to it, there are the overhanging cliffs, locally known as Chauli-ki-Jali, used for rock climbing and rappelling, with an excellent view of the valleys below. This is a great place to observe eagles and other feathered scavengers as they swoop down at their prey. The sunrise point is at the government-run PWD guest house.
One can also visit the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI). Mukteshwar is the abode of a saint - Shri Mukteshwar Maharaj ji - who lived at the Top Cottage Temple where his Samadhi is. One of his disciples, Swami Sanshudhanand ji, now stays there. The whole temple complex is a Tapovan and an ideal place for meditation. T
he IVRI laboratories (experiments on tiny rats, gold-plated books and cattle-sheds), 16 mile x 14 mile wide deodar forest, 22 pristine snow-peak views, and the adventure of living among wildlife like tigers and bears are some of the major attractions of this sleepy town. The charm of visiting Mukteshwar lies in enjoying nature, listening to air gushing through deodar forests, bird watching, meditation, and seeking peace. The cleanliness, solitude and nature can bore people who like urban excitement.