When on the lookout for a space to wind down away from the hustle of the big city, chanced upon Mukteshwar as a potential destination. And when on the lookout for a place to stay - Om Mountain Resort was thrust upon us by our travel guy.
Considering I did not have too many options in front of me, I decided to brave it with my wife and kid. The drive all the way was fantastic. And what really put us at ease was the fact that the resort manager Dinesh kept checking with us once in a while where we were on the way....it is easy to get lost in the mountains, specially after dark. But he made sure we reached the place. It is a resort away from the town, set on top of the valley with an open view of the himalayan mountains. The rooms are no great shake, pretty utilitarian but comfortable. What sets this place apart is the team that takes care of the guests. We were welcomed with open arms literally. The food is fantastic - almost home-like.
There are enough places to go around Mukteshar is your love open spaces and greenery. The drive through the forest that fall under the IVRI property is a delight to go through. It is dense and is a sight for eyes made sore by the concrete around us in the cities. This is a definite must-do to all those who go to Mukteshwar. Plus the famous vertical drop of almost 2000 feet which is the main touristy attraction.
It was a pleasant stay, nice food, a bon fire in the evenings - with Dinesh proficient with the guitar and a great entertainer. He is also a trained tourist guide, and can give you enough information about the flora and fauna!
A definite recommend for those who are visiting that side of the country. And this place is quite close to Almora in case you miss the town feeling!
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