Mukteshwar is situated at an elevation of 2,285mts above sea level in Nainital district of Uttarakhand state. Mukteshwar got its name from a 350year old temple Mukteshwer Dham whose residing deity is Lord Shiva. Mukteshwar was developed by the Britishers as research and education institute (IVRI) in 1893. Mukteshwar is bounded by fruit orchards and coniferous forests. Mukteshwar affords distinctly visible 180 degree views of the majestic Himalayan range. It is believed that Lord Shiva killed a demon at this spot and he granted him salvation or mukti. Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Nandaghunti, Trishul and Panchachuli are the major peaks visible from Mukteshwar. One one side Mukteshwar is covered by dense forest and on the other side it offers splendid view of the enchanting valley and the Himalayas.