So, did you manage to plan a trip since we last connected? If yes, I’d love to know about it. What were the highlights from the travel? Let me know in the comments section below. And for those who couldn’t for any reasons, don’t worry, I am going to put up an amazing option for you to consider for your upcoming getaway. All you have to do is to pack your bags!
If you knew me, you’d know that I am always envisioning my next travel, but there are times when taking a travel break is an absolute must for me. One such time is my birthday. Every year, I plan a trip on my birthday as staying in the city and opting for a night out has always felt a little passé to me. I mean, don’t we party over the weekends anyway? Okay, we might not always party, but we do have plans on most of our weekends (or at least we used to have). So, how is celebrating your special day any different? Your born day deserves a special plan, doesn’t it?
So, in 2019, I zeroed in on this place for my birthday, we know as Mukteshwar. The intriguing part was that it wasn’t my first visit to the place. I had been to Mukteshwar a couple of years ago and enjoyed my time thoroughly. You know, how some places resonate with us more than others, places which get imprinted in our hearts and we end up visiting them twice and sometimes, even thrice. Mukteshwar is one such place undoubtedly. You’ll see what I mean.
Let’s Acquaint You A Little With Mukteshwar:
Mukteshwar is a small town, in the state of Uttarakhand. About 50 km from Nainital, another popular destination in north India, Mukteshwar is sitting at a height of approx. 2286 meters above the sea level and offers a spectacular view of the Kumaon hills. It is everything, a nice vacation in the mountains, has to offer; from scenic views to pleasant weather. It’s really up to you to pick and place the things in your travel itinerary. Treks, adventure sports, hidden waterfalls, cozy homestays, an antiquated Shiva temple and a quaint Church, there’s so much to explore.
Just like many travel troves, Mukteshwar too has garnered a lot of attention in the past few years and therefore has become one of the most sought-after travel destinations in India. Even then, It still is not congested with the influx of tourists like we see in Nainital, and therefore, is a great choice to unwind.
How To Reach Mukteshwar? It’s Pretty Convenient.
By Car/Taxi: If you are coming by a car, it’s a straight drive to Mukteshwar from Delhi and takes 8-9 hours approximately.
By Bus: There is no direct bus service from Delhi to Mukteshwar. You can take a bus from Delhi to Haldwani and take a cab/local bus from there to Mukteshwar. A taxi will take around 1 hour 10min and a local bus longer, which is approx. 3-4 hours. You can also consider taking a bus from Delhi to Nainital and a taxi to Mukteshwar from there.
By Train: A train ride from Delhi to Kathgodam (suburb of Haldwani city) takes approx. 7 hours, which can further be connected by a taxi ride to Mukteshwar (1 hr 10min approx.).
Where Did I Stay? Oak Chalet…
Some homestays are the total package in themselves, such is their milieu that you don’t feel like leaving the place at all. If your accommodation is at a location that has breathtaking views to offer and is right in the middle of a myriad of fun options too, why would you need to leave for anything else, in the first place? I am always in search of places that fit the bill for me. In other words, discovering a spot that not only provides me with scenic beauty that I am always after, but also has alternatives to break the monotony.
Along those lines, let me suggest – Oak Chalet.
Like, many other, this homestay is also a family run establishment and is about 20-min trek down the main road. It is a gentle trek, taking you through the woods, before the property facade makes itself visible. The block has four independent rooms and a common kitchen. You’d have two care takers, who are there to cook delicious food for you and help you with anything you may need.
I had a wonderful time sipping on my coffee, overlooking the mountains, while I played some soothing music on my speaker, in the background (consider bringing a speaker with you).
And I also had some adventure filled days, going on a trek trail down the hill, making my way through the jungle, the fields, and ending my escapade with a hidden waterfall (though the waterfall doesn’t have enough water during winter).
Things To Be Prepared For:
Power cuts, during winter, are common here. At times, electricity is gone for the whole day. You’d want to be prepared for that situation, just in case. Carry a fully charged power bank along, In fact, if it’s more than one person traveling, I suggest that everyone carry one with them.
Winter can get uber wintry, so pack your woolens keeping that in mind (They do make bonfire on request, which is chargeable).
Still thinking? Come on, Mukteshwar is waiting for you…