Only 32 km from Padampuri is one of the most beautiful places in the whole of Kumaon. Mukteshwar is an alluring destination which is situated at an altitude of 2,285mts above sea level in Nainital district of the state of Uttarakhand. The town is named after a three hundred and fifty year old temple, ‘Mukteshwer Dham’. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva killed a demon at the top of the mountain where the temple stands and he granted him salvation or mukti. Mukteshwar Temple stands offers bewildering 180 degree view of the imperial and glorious Himalayan range.
It was developed by the British as research and education institute (IVRI) in 1893. Perched atop a hill in a remote corner of Kumaon hills, Mukteshwar is bounded by fruit orchards and coniferous forests.
The beauty of Mukteshwar is unpolluted and unaffected till date and accommodation are growing day by day. The untouched and pristine beauty of Mukteshwar has a lot to offer to the travelers who come here in search of tranquility and peace. Jim Corbett, the world renowned hunter and environmentalist came to shoot a tiger here and fell in love with its natural magnificence.