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Whether you are on a quest for adventure, or an easy paced vacation, Te Aroha, promises a holiday full of surprises and unforgettable memories. For those who would like to explore the region, located a few minutes to a few hours driving distance from Te Aroha are the popular tourist places such as, Mukteshwar, Nainital, Bhimtal and Almora.
   
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, which was relocated to Mukteshwar from Pune in 1893, to facilitate segregation and quarantine of highly contagious organisms. Over the years, the campus has had many illustrious visitors, including noted scientist and Nobel Prize winner, Robert Koch. The microscope that Koch used during his visit, and other historical artifacts are kept in the museum maintained by the institute. The century old Institute's library, boasts of gold plated books.

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 a 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. In the Manas Khand of the Skand Puranas, Naini Lake is called the Tri-Rishi-Sarovar. Legend has it that the three holy sages (or rishis), Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha, upon finding no water in Nainital, dug a large hole at the location of the present day lake (sarovar) and filled it with water from the holy lake Manasarovar of Tibet. As per folklore, a dip in the Naini Lake, 'the lesser Manasarovar', is equivalent in merit to a dip in Lake Manasarovar itself. It is also believed that Naini Lake is one of the 64 Shakti Peeths, or religious sites where parts of the charred body of Sati (Parvati) fell on earth, while being carried by Lord Shiva. The spot where Sati's eyes (Nain) fell, came to be called Nain-tal or 'lake of the eye'. Goddess Shakti is worshipped at the Naina Devi Temple, on the north shore of the lake.

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. Drive down and park peacefully near a water point in the early mornings and late afternoons, to get rare sightings of the wild tuskers, big cats or even a sloth bear. 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. Poisonous 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.