Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna

Tripoto
26th Jan 2017
Photo of Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna by Kopal Pareek

Amidst the hustle-bustle of the Republic day in the capital, we planned to chuck everything and leave town for our undying love for the mountains. This love has no boundaries and I mean it. The aroma of fresh morning air, the bright sunlight beaming through the mountains is incomparable.

Photo of Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna 1/1 by Kopal Pareek
Sunlight beaming through the forest mountains , definitely a delight to watch!
Day 1

Started around 7:00 am in our polo into the windy January chill for nearly 7 hours of driving on decent roads, along with stoppages for the most yummiest dhaba food, we finally made it to Nainital.

view from our hotel balcony. mesmerizing!

Photo of Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

Who would want to wait in the hotel when you have an enormous Nainital lake (Naini lake) waiting outside for you. Nature has its way of treating you well. It started to rain outside! Layers of clothes and an umbrella in hand enough for two, we walked towards the market known as the Mall Road, which was not so far from the hotel.

A 2- minute walk from the lake and you will find the Naina Devi temple, situated on the banks. It is believed that the Naini Lake is one of the 64 Shakti Peeths (religious sites). The goddess Shakti is worshiped at the Naina Devi Temple, known by locals as Naini Mata Temple on the north shore of the lake.

Naina Devi Temple located in the periphery of the lake

Photo of Naina Devi Temple, Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

It was already dusk and with our hunger pangs on, we went on to relish ourselves with some really good coffee and paranthas and some more coffee and more paranthas! Affordable, hot and enough to keep ourselves full for some night winter walk.

Photo of Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna by Kopal Pareek

Night view of the Naini lake. Extraordinaire!

Photo of Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna by Kopal Pareek
Day 2

Our morning started doing soul-searching for an amazing mid-morning breakfast and it was surprisingly delicious followed by some cloudy morning strolling along the banks.

Photo of Embassy Restaurant, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek
Photo of Mall Road, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

View of the Jama Masjid located on the Mall Road, with the snow capped mountain in the background

Photo of Jama Masjid Mosque, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

Hills aye aur snow nahi dekha to kya dekha? I was so lucky to actually see snow around me for the first time in my life! feel me little?

Snow View Point is the best view point in Nainital. An excellent views of snow capped mountains like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot. Snow view point is well connected by road and locals are available around to take you there. An adventurous ride in aerial ropeway from Mallital is always worth it. We hired a local to drive us all the way to Snow point, narrow road, inclined and quite high!

passing through the narrow lanes for the Snow point

Photo of Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna by Kopal Pareek

Snow, snow everywhere!

Photo of Snow View point, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek
Photo of Snow View point, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

surprisingly rainfall made a visit. again!

Photo of Snow View point, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

Once in a lifetime feeling, for me at least! is that what it looks like ?

Photo of Snow View point, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

You roam around the snow point and you find the air full of Maggi masala ki khushboo! Tempting, isn't it? Small shops with best street food. Samosa, kachori, aloo puri you name it. Coffee & tea of best flavors to save you from the chilly snow and impress your taste buds.

Local shops & eateries at snow view point. Look out for some amazing pakodas!

Photo of Snow View point, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

thank god for bonfire!

Photo of Snow View point, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

After almost 2 hours of strolling at the snow point, we made our way back to the Mall road. It was time for our boat ride and we quickly made our way to the ticket counter and then towards our nauka. Trust me, it was such an amazing feeling to experience the nature's finest work.

Photo of Nainital Lake, Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

tried our hands on boating and failed

Photo of Nainital Lake, Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek
Photo of Nainital Lake, Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

view of the mountains definitely give you some serious wanderlust goals

Photo of Nainital Lake, Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

This Mall road market is no less than the mall road's of other hill stations. Lots of shops and much variety for shopping, eating joints, ice cream parlors etc.

Mall road market in the background

Photo of Mall Road, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

Another day ended so well walking around and eating some really good dinner. Nainital has some really amazing restaurants and small food joints.

Day 3

It was time to experience some wildlife. Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo is a high altitude zoo situated on the Sher Ka Danda hill at a height of 2,100 metres (6,900 ft) above sea-level. The only High Altitude Zoo in north India, besides those in Darjeeling and Sikkim. AMAZING! Isn't it?

It's always exciting to visit a zoo and relive the childhood memories

Photo of G B Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek
Photo of G B Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek
Photo of G B Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

view from an eating joint in the zoo

Photo of G B Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek
Photo of G B Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek
Photo of G B Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

The zoo has several endangered species of animals in the Himalayas, and animals like Royal Bengal tiger, Tibetan wolves, sambar, leopard cat and Himalayan bear. It also has a vast collection of high altitude birds, like kalij pheasant, Lady Amherst pheasant, rose ringed parakeet, golden pheasant and red junglefowl.

Photo of Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna by Kopal Pareek
Photo of Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna by Kopal Pareek
Photo of Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna by Kopal Pareek
Photo of Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna by Kopal Pareek
Photo of Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna by Kopal Pareek
Photo of Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna by Kopal Pareek

some hot food and coffee at a food joint outside the zoo.

Photo of Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna by Kopal Pareek

For the love of hot parathas and coffee

Photo of Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna by Kopal Pareek

We headed towards our next stop, Eco Cave Garden located in Sukhatal. It's famous for its inter connected rocky caves, hanging gardens and the musical fountain.

Photo of Cave Garden, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek
Photo of Cave Garden, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek
Photo of Cave Garden, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek
Photo of Cave Garden, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

Our next much awaited destination, Mukteshwar!

Photo of Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

A place high in the kumaon hills and views of the majestic Himalayan range. It will give you a memorable experience that you would treasure forever.

Mesmerizing!

Photo of Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

Himalayan Range at 180 degree view. Evening sunset shot

Photo of Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

Late evening shot of the snow capped mountain. Sheer bliss!

Photo of Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

It's really hard to put into words our drive to Mukteshwar. Late evening drive, pleasant roads, good music and an amazing company! Checked into a hotel and it was pretty dark already with a quite environment outside. The cherry on top has to the be view from the window the next morning.

Day 4

A beautiful sunrise!

Photo of Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

If you are in Mukteshwar, you have to make a visit to the Mukteshwar temple, also known as Mukteshwar Dham, located in the hilly terrain. As the name suggests, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Photo of Mukteshwar MahadevTemple, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek
Photo of Mukteshwar MahadevTemple, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

Located behind the cliff of Mukteshwar temple is Chauli Ki Jali also known as Chauthi Jali. A must place to visit for some amazing views of the hills. Its at a distance of 250 meters from the temple. Trekking is recommended.

Walking down towards Chauli ki Jali

Photo of Chauli Ki Jali, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

what a view! phew!

Photo of Chauli Ki Jali, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek
Photo of Chauli Ki Jali, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

when mountains call. you definitely must go!

Photo of Chauli Ki Jali, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek
Photo of Chauli Ki Jali, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India by Kopal Pareek

Back on the roads to Delhi.

Photo of Nainital - Mukteshwar : Nature's finest flora & fauna by Kopal Pareek

I hope it was a visually pleasant treat for you to some extent as much as it was for me. Looking forward to know your share of experiences. Keep exploring!

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Loved your writing and detailed description - I have not been to Mukteshwar yet and going to be my next destination. Your experience will certainly gonna help me.
Thu 07 06 17, 11:16 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you for appreciating! I am really happy I could be of some help to you and I hope you have a wonderful experience on your visit. Do share your experiences. Thanks.
Fri 07 07 17, 06:48 · Report