The Land of Lake
Lying within the scenic Kumaon region, Nainital is a hill station in India gifted with gorgeous splendour of nature. It was once the favourite hill resort of the British. Referred to as the "Lake of three sages", it has got its mention in the history. According to legends, the three sages, Pulastya, Atri and Pulaha took a halt at Nainital to quench their thrust on their pilgrimage. The district abounds in natural beauty. With its rich wealth of hills and lakes, Nainital serves as a favourite destination for people of every age group.
The hill town of Nainital finds its mention in various legends. Naini Lake holds significance among Hindus who believe it among the 64 Shakti Peeths. It is said that while Lord Shiva was carrying away the burnt body of Sati, some parts fell at the site. It was founded by a European businessman P. Baron who was stunned to see the charm of the Naini Lake. Soon he developed it as a summer retreat.
Tourist Attractions in Nainital
Nanda Devi Temple
Situated at the north of the lake, the temple is dedicated to Naina Devi. The Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Durga. People believe that this is the spot where Goddess Sati's left eye fell. The Nanda Devi cave lies close to the temple.
Lying in the heart of Nainital city, the lake enchants you with its fascinating beauty. Dotted with small cottages and villas, the lake attracts visitors to enjoy a memorable time around it. It is a natural freshwater lake that serves as a highlighting attraction of Nainital.
Lying 5 kms away from the lake is the famous peak, which boasts of being the highest peak enveloping the lake. It is also a popular picnic spot that enables you to have the spectacular views of the Himalayas, the peak of Nanda Devi and the hills of the Tibetan border.
This popular site is also settled in the Nainital district and lies at an elevation of around 1200 m. It is named after the famous character Bhima in Indian mythology. Tourists can enjoy boating in the Bhimtal Lake, which is the main tourist attraction of the site.
Situated at an elevation of over 6000 ft near Tallital, Hanuman Garhi houses a temple of Lord Hanuman. He is portrayed tearing his chest open to disclose Lord Ram and Goddess Sita. This high elevation also offers gorgeous views of the sunset.
Snow View Point
If you wish to reach the snow view point, a ropeway or cable car is the best way. Lying at an elevation of 2270 m, the site positions itself atop the Sher-ka-danda ridge. You can enjoy having refreshments including tea and snacks if you wish to spend more time.
A visit to Zoo gardens is a delight for nature lovers. Located at a high elevation at 2100 m in a sprawled area, the zoo houses various animals. These include Himalayan black bear, Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Palm Civet Cat, Silver Pheasants, Sambhar and Barking Deer.
The site is also called as Tiffin Top and lies 4 km west of the lake. It offers tourists few splendid spectacles of Nainital. It was constructed by an Englishman Kellet in memory of his wife who lost her life in an air crash.
Best Time to Visit
From March to June and from September to November.
You can go for a variety of beautiful handicrafts. The variety includes junk jewellery, candles, bags, shawls, scarves and shoes.
Every type of accommodation is available in Nainital. You can chose from budget to luxurious ones depending upon your preferences.
How to Reach
The closest airport lies at Pantnagar, which is located 71 kms away.
Lying 35 km away, Kathgodam is the nearest railhead.
The city is well-linked by a road network.
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