Mukteshwar is a small town and tourist spot in Nainital district, Uttarakhand, India. It is located in the Kumaon (or Kumaun) region at an altitude of 7500 feet, 51 km from Nainital and 343 km from Delhi. Uttarakhand is divided into two regions: Kumaon (or Kumaun) and Garhwal.
After lots of confusion, discussions and conflicts of choosing the destination between Chopta (Tungnath/Chandrashila trek) and Mukteshwar, we, group of five colleagues, finally decided to travel to Mukteshwar. Since it was snow fall in mid-March across the northern parts of India, the weather report of Mukteshwar was pleasant.
On 24th March, we started our journey from Noida at 4:45 a.m. by our manager’s car. The journey was started with breaking seal of the liquor bottle. As we were carrying it from Delhi, it’s not advisable to carry unbroken one. We stopped at Garhmukteshwar (a small town in Hapur district, Uttar Pradesh). It is the closest place from Delhi of habitation to the Ganges river. After the drive of few hours, we had breakfast at Maharaja Palace near Uttarakhand border. A bit headache was started to me as we were heading towards Mukteshwar. May be it was because of the circular mountain routes.
At 1:30 p.m., we reached to the resort, Mountain Trail that we had already booked for two days. Camping options are also available at Mukteshwar. We had kept two options for the stay in our mind, Camp Purple was the second one. At the resort, the resort manager did ‘Tikka‘ (Tikka is a mark worn on the forehead by Indians) and offered welcome drink made with rhododendron (Rhodo) or Buransh flower. My headache had gone after drinking two glasses of it. Rhododendron trees are majorly found in Uttarakhand. It’s red flower has many medicinal properties.