Planning a Trip
From Delhi to Kathgodam travel by overnight train (Ranikhet Express). Kathgodam is the last Railhead for the region and serves as the base for all road journeys to Naukuchiyatal, Nainital, Bhimtal, Almora, Munsiyari, Mukteshwar etc. Mukteshwar is about 70km from Kathgodam and will take you about four hours as you climb to about 2450m (8000 ft). From Kathgodam hire a cab to Mukteshwar. If travelling alone get on one of the many shared-cabs to Bhowali, and then change for Mukteshwar. If you're travelling in the morning expect to have a large and interesting local populace travelling with you on your way to Mukteshwar from Bhowali. The vehicles are used to transport not just people, but also essential goods such as milk, newspapers and an abundance of local flowers. If you are not comfortable on mountain roads, try to get a seat in the front. The roads are rather twisty and can cause discomfort to some people.