Being a traveler, adventurer and offbeat destination explorer, I always look out for new unknown or not so crowded or remote destinations to travel and explore. This September, I got a chance to attend a 2 Day long Bloggers meet-up organized by Club Ten Pine Lodge – Mukteshwar Uttrakhand, where I was invited along with 12 other travel bloggers and vloggers. This meet-up was my first ever meet-up in Himalayan region so I was super excited as we all were supposed to explore the local area.
Hitherto, I’ve traveled in Pauri, Garhwal, Almora, Haldwani, Kathgodam, Rishikesh, Dev Prayag in Uttrakhand. I never travelled Nainital as it is fully commercialized and touristy hill station in my view. It remains full packed by locals and typical north Indian tourists throughout the year and it was making me bit nervous as Mukteshwar is located in the same region but my 2 days long bloggers meet-up changed my perception.
Located in lap of Kumaon hills at an elevation of 2285 meters above sea level, Mukteshwar is a really beautiful & fascinating tiny hamlet which gives the panorama view of majestic Himalayan Range. I spotted Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Nandaghunti, Trishul and Panchachuli peaks from my naked eyes while roaming around Mukteshwar. The dense forest, pine tree, peach tree, apple orchards and the herbal fragrance is something you’d love about this place.
We all bloggers stayed at the Club Ten Pine Lodge – Mukteshwar which is an ideal place for all tourists, groups, couples, families and travelers. This property is located around 3kms away from the main Mukteshwar temple.
The outer look of Club Ten Pine Lodge – Mukteshwar is delightful. The owner Sudheer and Praveen have decorated the property competently that the colorful painting and small plants across the property will win your heart. Even in dark, the light arrangement has been placed so well that I couldn’t take off my eyes from it until midnight.
The rooms have a comfortable double-bed, wall- paintings, colorful lights, TV, chairs and couch to make your stay absolutely homey.
The property has a dedicated buffet hall where you can interact with other lodge-guests while having your meal.
The modern kitchenettes are also there for guest to use. From late night dinner to early morning tea, I really enjoyed my all meals here. The hall has a big window which gives you view of valley in front of the lodge.
The Club Ten Pine Lodge has a bar cum gaming area on top floor and sound-proof dancing room on ground floor. Also, the small lawn area in front and a little garden on side area are the places where you can relax and chill having your booze.
What to explore?
Mukteshwar is not commercialized destination as Nainital. Therefore, activities here are more cheaper and enjoyable. You can visit the following places as I did.
- Chauli-ki-Jali is a famous spot for rock/tree climbing, zip-line, para-gliding, archery and a sacred cliff (dedicated to Lord Shiva).
- Mukteshwar Dham Temple is a 350 years old Hindu temple whose residing deity is Lord Shiva. This temple is located on the top of the mountain which offers the astonishing view of the meadow.
- Bhalu Gaad Waterfall is a hidden treasure in Mukteshwar, which should not be missed. It is just 30min walking away from the property. This walk up to the 50ft long waterfall itself is an experience as it takes you through dense forests and water streams. It’s also a paradise for naturist and bird watchers.
- Nature Walk is something that you gonna miss like me. It is like your early morning walk on trails inhaling pure, fresh and unpolluted aroma.
How to book?
The property is really pocket friendly. The room price starts from INR 1200 onwards. The 6 room lodge is favorite among the regular visitors therefore most of the time it remains booked so if you are planning to stay there. I would suggest you to book them in advance for your convenience.
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How to reach?
Mukteshwar is well connected with roads to Haldwani, Bhimtal and Nainital. This property is around 350km from Delhi and 50km from Halwani. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam which is roughly 45kms away. The property is located in Chaukhuta Village of Mukteshwar. It is only 3 kms from the famous Mukteshwar Dham Temple and 2kms from Bhalu Gaad Waterfall.
The Travelography’s Tips
There’s no local transportation and taxis are expensive. Though I’d suggest you to go there by your own vehicle and spend alteast 2-3 Nights. The property is isolated which makes it really silent place to live in. According to the locals there are still tigers in forest area. I’d suggest you not to go inside or walk in night on roads.
PS: I love the herbal fragrance in Uttrakhand and that’s the only reason I travel there.
Do share your views and experience with me, if you visit there.