A few days in Mukteshwar
I always wanted to visit this stretch of mountains . Though I barely touched it this time around, I have vowed to come back at least a couple of times. One during full bloom where we could see the might of apricots, peaches and rhododendron , and another for a long term where I would to make Nathua Khan my base and stay there for at least three months . In fact I am drooling about Nathua Khan already . The nondescript village is barely a few kilometers from Mukteshwar,our destination for this trip.
An evening in NathuaKhan
Temple Goers, Mukteshwar
Mukteshwar is three hundred and twenty kilometres from Delhi. To be honest, there’s not much to do in Mukteshwar. An odd temple ( you can always fine one in an Indian town !! ) , resorts which are becoming more fashionable and are not cheap ( not home-stays) and being close to Nainital is what you will find here. But then this is why one should go there. Quiet evenings, nature trails and incredible views. Though we could n’t see the white peaked Himalayan range due to haze, we were not disappointed. Nature is well versed with the surroundings and somewhere people here have found their peace with nature.
Blossomed (poolan ka pedh)
We took the following route to reach Mukhteshwar
Delhi – Hapur via Hapur bypass (75 kms) – Moradabad –via bypass (75Km) – Rampur (55Km) – Vilaspur (35Km) – Rudrapur (10Km) – Udhamsingh nagar – Haldwani (25Km) –Kathgodam (5Km) – Bhimtal (25Km) – Bhowali (9Km) – Malla Ramgarh (12Km) – TallaRamgarh (10Km) – Nathwakhan (8Km) – Satkhol (6Km)
Further ahead of Mukteshwar one can reach Almora (though it isn’t a pretty picture after you stay in Mukteshwar),Binsar and ahead .
The folks in mountains can be quite friendly, hard working and can be chatty. In Nathua Khan we met Mr. Shub-Shub ,who told us his date of date was already known to him the day he was born. When we asked him ,he uttered 30th Feb and gave a hearty laugh. In Mukteshwar ,I gate crashed a wedding and was invited for a lunch feast .
Sonu, March 2016,Mukteshwar
In fact our first night spent at Frozen Woods was quite lively . We met JP who’s an avid photographer and Manoj who runs Frozen Woods in Mukteshwar and chatted like long lost friends. As a staying option one could look at Frozen Woods, run by a very passionate Manoj ji and extremely helpful and friendly staff. And yes, it is not expensive to stay there .
There’s more to Mukteshwar ,and had we more days we could have gone for more trails, birding options and just gazed at nature.