Altitude: ~2,171 Mts.
How to reach:
By Air: Pantnagar, about 100 KM away is the nearest airport from Mukteshwar. Pre-paid taxis can be booked easily till Mukteshwar.
By Train: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Mukteshwar which is located at a distance of 73 km from the hilltop. Taxis available from this railhead to Mukteshwar, promise a comfortable journey to the tourists. Kathgodam through the rail network is connected to the major cities of the country.
By Road: Mukteshwar is well connected by motorable roads from Kumaon cities as well as from major points of North India. Buses ply regularly from Anand Vihar, ISBT, New Delhi.
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I visited Mukteshwar on 8th November, 2014, as part of my first office trip. Fresh out of college, I was working in Convergys, Gurgaon at the time. Little did I know that the learning I'd get & the memories I'd make, would be imbibed in my heart forever.
The guilt of not joining the earlier trip to Chakrata, was weighing on my shoulders. Like the last one, this trip was also organized by our technical lead, Mr Saurabh Khurana. If someone is actually wanderlust, then its him.
Since all of us worked night shifts at the time, we embarked our journey in the wee hours from Unitech Cyber Park, Sec 39, Gurgaon. Google Maps estimated a ride time of 8-9 hours from Gurgaon, however we reached in about 10 hours. But that's only logical as one breaks down the journey in two halves, separated by Lunch.
We reached around 4 PM and quickly dispersed to explore the area around the cottage.
A bonfire was planned at night. We absorbed the glorious mountain view from the rooftop until the sun set. & as the sun went down, party mood kicked in.