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Mukteshwar Travel Guide

The Kumaon hills in Uttarakhand are dotted with any number of gorgeous hill stations, each with its own special charm and easy accessibility. One such splendid hill station is Mukteshwar, 2300 m, a secluded retreat blessed with pleasant weather and heart-stopping vistas of the Himalayas.

Mukteshwar's evergreen forests and deciduous woodlands are home to the Himalayan ruby throat, white-crested laughing thrush, red-billed leothrix, black winged kite and a host of other mountain birds. The elusive Himalayan Mountain Quail was last seen in the Nainital vicinity near Mukteshwar. Beyond the forests, past fields and farms are lush fruit orchards that grow apples, plums, peaches, apricots and pears.

Mukteshwar owes much of its present day status to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, which possesses a large part of the land and most of the deep forests that surround it. Rhesus monkeys and langurs jabber in the trees, deer and birds abound, and the occasional mountain leopard and Himalayan black bear can be spotted.

Mukteshwar was a quiet mountain hamlet till the turn of the last century.

Go trekking! With thick coniferous forests, quaint villages and fruit orchards, Mukteshwar offers endless walking opportunities. Submerge in the beauty of the Kumaon Hills!


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