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Mukteshwar

Located 12 kms from Dhanachuli, Mukteshwar happens to be the nearest town. Mukteshwar gets its name from Mukteshwar Dham, a 350-year-old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which is situated at the highest point in the town. Legend has it that this was where Lord Shiva granted immortality or Mukti to a demon he slew. Close to the temple lie the overhanging cliffs of Chauli-ki-Jali, which are used for rock climbing and rappelling. The cliffs also offer a great lookout spot for eagles and other feathered scavengers. It was here, in the surrounding forests of Kumaon, that Jim Corbett hunted many famous man-eating tigers. Mukteshwar is also home to the hill campus of the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), which was relocated to Mukteshwar from Pune in 1893, to facilitate segregation and quarantine of highly contagious organisms.

Bhimtal

Bhimtal is a popular town situated about 30 kms from Dhanachuli and about 22 kms from Nainital. The major attraction here is the Bhimtal Lake, which is larger and historically older than the Naini Lake at Nainital. An old Shiva temple on the banks of the lake is believed to have been originally built when Bhima of Mahabharata fame visited the place during the Pandavas' vanvas (exile). The temple was reconstructed in the 17th century by Baz Bahadur (1638-78 AD), a King of the Chand dynasty and the Raja of Kumaon. An old pedestrian road that connects nearby Kathgodam to Bhimtal is said to extend even till Nepal and Tibet. It is still in use. Some believe that it may have been part of the famous ancient silk route.

Nainital

A popular tourist destination, Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains. The higher peaks afford magnificent views of the snowy Himalayas and the southern plains. Nainital is believed to be of great mythological significance.

Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve

Named after the world-famous hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett, this tiger reserve is a 3-hour drive from Te Aroha. Spread across 1,288 sq. kms, it is the oldest national park in India and is covered with dense forest and thigh-high grass, mingled with the Cannabis bush. Jackals, cheetal, sambar, spotted deer, hog deer, wild boar, langurs and jungle cats are more easily spotted. Gharials and marsh crocodiles can often be seen basking in the winter sun. Venomous snakes like the Indian python, viper, king cobra and krait, also inhabit these forests. Approximately six hundred recorded species of birds are said to have made this jungle their home.