The best escape in mountains : Mukteshwar

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I was bemused whether to go for a college trip or not . Without thinking much I made a decision that travelling is always fun let’s not drop the idea . When you travel you actually return to your life . Without enthusiasm , energy and passion you cannot lead your field you need to lighten up . Travelling makes you feel exhilarate . Come let’s have a look at what all places I visited .

We reached at New Delhi Railway Station 6 in the morning which was chock -a – block with people . Everyone was waiting for their train on one platform or the other . Finally , our train arrived and we were settled . It was five hours train journey till Kathgodam followed by bus . We reached Kathgodam , which is a town in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand and is located on the foothills of Kumaon Himalayas at an elevation of 554 mts above sea level . Kathgodam is an important station for tourists places like Nainital , Mukteshwar , Ranikhet and much more . We were heading towards Mukteshwar which takes three hours of journey by bus .
Mukteshwar is a pleasing destination in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand . Muktwshwar sits high in the Kumaon Hills at an altitude of 2286 meters , 51 Km from Nainital and 343 Km from Delhi . It is famous for it’s scenic view and peaceful atmosphere . As we were heading upwards we could see glistening mountains and stellar view left me gasping .
We reached around 2:00 p.m at Ojaswi Himalayan Resort . The resort location is so perfect as it shows you mesmerising landscape , the evening sun spreading it’s dying colours on the snow clad mountain peaks .
After taking few hours rest we were asked to leave for our first visit . I was excited for our visit to Kumaon Vani – Community Radio Station . TERI launched it’s first Community Radio station ‘ Kumaon Vani ‘ in March 2010 . It was established to use radio as a tool to promote sustainable development among the local farming community . The main objectives of introducing this to help farmers improve their livelihood by providing them pertinent information and knowledge , spread awareness on health , education , water and sanitation . The radio station is attached to TERI’S knowledge centre TRISHA .
It was our educational visit where we saw live broadcasting . It is very helpful for farmers where they can listen radio at work and keep updated . It is fun if you have interest in it and to know the history of radio station .
After that we returned to our resort . There is slightly decrease in the temperature at night . Walking alone on the grass and gazing stars at night is just amazing . You could actually feel yourself . The view from top was marvellous . At that time the urge to wander and explore the world was solidified .
DAY 2
Next morning waking up at 6 in the morning along with sun is something you must experience in your life . Mountains looked more glorious at that time . Reading book along with some good music is the perfect start of the day .
After some time we left for our next destination CHAULI KI JALI which was 8km from our resort . We reached their by trekking within the forests which was so serene and peaceful .
Chauli Ki Jali is a visitor’s attraction located behind the cliff of Mukteshwar temple . It is located at a distance of 250 meters from the Mukteshwar temple . ‘ Chauli ‘ means rock and ‘ Jali ‘means hole . This place is paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers . One can have a mesmerising view of the Himalayan range and Kumaon Valley from the edge of Chauli ki Jali . There are many amazing facts about this place . There is myth that if you cross the hole of chauli ki jali whatever you wish for you will get it . Besides this , I was stunned to see the names of people written on the rock . Those names were written by people before commiting suicide and reason along with . Many people commited suicide over there which is strange . I got mixed kind of feelings after looking at that .
Mukteshwar temple which is 500 meters away from Chauli ki Jali is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva . The Mukteshwar town owes it’s name from this 350 years old Shiva temple . This hill temple is perched at an elevation of 2,312 meters above sea level and offers an enchanting view . There is nothing much happening in the Mukteshwar temple , but the way from Nainital is worth going for . If feels like you are out of the world when you reach there . Sitting there for quite a moment, taking deep breath and thinking deeply about your goals will actually make you feel boisterous and energetic .
By the end of the day , most of were punch drunk . So , we slept .
DAY 3
After having breakfast we left for Nainital . Like most hill stations , Nainital has a bustling mall road , warm cafes and very busy Tibet market . The mall road houses shops selling candles with intricate desings , wooden knick knacks and colourful woollens . Do bring something as keepsakes .
The afternoon brought with it a bright sunny sun . It was warm in the noon . We moved to BHIMTAL which is named after mythological character of Mahabharat . Bhimtal is like any other small district with row of shops , dhabas . Bhimtal Lake is another nice lake in nainital surrounding . Although not much to see , but there is something here which you will not find at any of the lakes – Kayaks . Kayaking here is the simplest thing although I didn’t do that .
So , this was the last day of our trip . Best time to visit Mukteshwar is from April to June and October . We didn’t visit many places because of shortage of time . We reached Kathgodam station at 3. 30 p .m and journey comes to an end .
Through out this trip I realised company matters a lot with whom you are travelling . Surround yourself with good people , be outrageously energetic and madly alive . I stepped out beaming with little memories that will linger .
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