Mukteshwar is a beautiful destination situated at an elevation of 2285m above sea level in Nainital district of Uttarakhand state. Mukteshwar got its name from a 350-year-old temple Mukteshwar Dham where the Lord Shiva has been worshipped since centuries.
As per Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva fought a fierce battle with a demon at Mukteshwar. When the demon was completely devastated, Shivji granted him with salvation – the boon of immortality. Hence, the region came to be known as Mukteshwar i.e., Mukti + Ishwar, or immortality granted by God.
Mukteshwar was developed by the British as a research and education institute (IVRI) in 1893. Nobel prizewinning scientist – Robert Koch (who discovered bacteria responsible for tuberculosis and cholera diseases) had visited the hamlet in the 1900s and created a cold room, using only biological materials.
The unspoiled beauty of Mukteshwar has worth to offer.Up until 1893 – the region mostly remained isolated and was known for ancient temples. The famous “Jim Corbett” mentioned this place as “Muktesar” in his book “The Temple Tiger”. It is believed that Jim Corbett had visited this place to hunt tigers and fell in love with the generosity of this place.
Major peaks such as the Nanda Devi (second highest peak in India), Nanda Kot, Nandaghunti, Trishul, and Panchachuli are clearly visible from here. On one side, you’ll witness Mukteshwar covered in dense forest, but on the other side – there is a stunning view of the valley and the mighty Himalayan Peaks.