As from the last story in Nainital, We were planning to cover other offbeat nearby villages in Nainital. Today there were three of us, my cousin joined me the next day. Then on breakfast, our hotel owner decided to gave us an offer that we couldn’t refuse. He told that we rent his car at a very nominal price to Mukteshwar. So off we went on a road trip to Mukteshwar.
Mukteshwar is a small town made famous by Jim Corbett who penned the novel “The Man-Eaters of Kumaon”. Mukteshwar is a tiny hamlet and is best seen on foot. On the road trip, however, we planned to stop at all the important location we could find alongside the road.
Our first stop was Golu Devta Temple. Lord Golu is the legendary God of the Kumaun and is worshipped a deity. The devotees make petitions at the temple, using stamp papers. On accomplishment of their wish, the deity is shown gratitude by hanging bells. Seeing uncountable bells in the temple, I came to the conclusion that probably all the petitions were granted by the lord.
Bhimtal lake from Golu Temple
Bells in the Temple
Rays of sun reaching the Temple
Next Stop was Tea Garden. At a ticket of 20 INR, we visited the lush green Tea Gardens. Apart from that, there is not much here, but it is very serene and worth a visit.
Visiting Tea Factory
Fresh Tea Leaves
Next up on a hairpin bend, we came across this beautiful panorama of the Himalayas, that we parked the car on the side. The views from this place are enchanting. The vivid description of this view of the Himalayas is justified only by bare eyes. I noted down the OYO Hotel that was facing the Mountains. Oyo 4761, If you are visiting Mukteshwar or want to enjoy the beautiful sunrise and sunset with the Himalayas, book this OYO.
Nanda Devi Twin Peaks
Marigold flowers in bloom
Eastern Peaks [Panchachuli]
Our last place was Mata’s Temple and Chauli ki Jali. Chauli ki Jali is a cliff that has mythological relevance. Amazing views of the valley can be seen from here.
Temple In Mukteshwar
One of many Lizards in chauli ki jali
chauli ki jali