Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Nainital is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Situated at an altitude of 2084 metres it is also known as the “Lake District Of India”. Nainital is located around the beautiful lake Naini in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand.
The lake is situated at a height of 1,938 meters. According to a few people the name Nainital is derived from Goddess Naina, while the others say that when Goddess Sati lost her eyes, she was being carried by Lord Shiva and a lake was formed (Naina means eyes and Tal means lake). The beautiful mountains and the sparkling water of the lake add a cosmic to the beauty of the town.
Nainital is surrounded by seven hills, popularly known as “Sapta Shring”-Ayarpata, Handi Bandi, Naina, Alma, Lariya-Kanta, Sher ka Danda and Deopata. Nainital is referred in the ‘Manas Khand’ of the ‘Skanda Purana’ as the Tri-Rishi-Sarovar, the lake of the three sages, Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha who were reputed to have arrived here on pilgrimage and penitence. Vantage points around Nainital offer a panoramic view of Himalayan peaks on one side and the plains spread out on the other.
The most popular activity for tourists visiting Nainital is boating the in Naini Lake, while few others visit for trekking in the surrounding mountain regions. Nainital is a perfect weekend getaway from the Indian capital of Delhi and the nearby places.
PLACES TO VISIT IN NAINITAL
Nainital is one of the most beautiful and visited hill stations in Uttarakhand. The town is sure to leave an imprint on you that will last a lifetime. There are many beautiful places in Nainital. Here is our list of top places that you should not miss on your trip to the beautiful town.
Also known as the “Lifeline of Nainital”, Naini lake is a beautiful natural fresh body lake. It is situated in the middle of the town. The lake is in a Kidney shape.
The lake offers a breathtaking view, especially during early morning and sunset. It is most famous for boating, picnic and evening walk on the bank of the lake. The lake serves as a major tourist spot for people from all across the world.
Officially known as Govind Ballabh Pant Marg, Mall road is a major tourist attraction in Nainital.
The road runs parallel to the Naini lake, connecting the two ends of the town(Mallital and Tallital). Whether you are looking for some luscious food or want to shop for the cutest local woollens, Mall road is your go-to for it all.
3.ECO CAVE GARDENS
Famous for its interconnected rocky caves, hanging gardens and the musical fountain, the Eco Gardens are a set of six small caves in the shape of various animals.
It is located in the Mallital area of Nanital. You can see the spectacle of the music mountain with various audio and video effects, especially in the evenings. The most famous caves are Tiger cave, Apes cave, Panther cave, Bat cave and Flying fox cave.
4.NANDA DEVI TEMPLE
Situated on the northern bank of the Naini Lake, Nanda Devi temple is considered to be one of the most revered Hindu temples in India.
It is one of the fifty-one Shakti Peethas of India. According to Hindu mythology, it is built on the spot where Goddess Sati’s eyes fell on the earth after Lord Shiva carried her charred remains, taking them out of the fire of the Yagna performed by her father Daksha. The temple attracts thousands of travellers throughout the year. Every year a statue immersion ceremony is celebrated here since 1819.
The snow viewpoint offers panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas dropped in the milky white snow. It stands at an altitude of 2270 metres above sea level and is one of the most attractive tourist spots of the area. From this point, one can see a picturesque view of the three beautiful peaks-Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot.
In the city of Nainital, the Nainital ropeway or the cable car ride is the most popular tourist attraction. It is a great way to get a lovely aerial view of Nainital Lake. The ropeway connects half-mile distance between Mallital and snow viewpoint.
It takes approx 2.32 minutes to cover the one-way journey by trolley. The ride is no less than a dream as it offers you the best bird-eye view of the Nainital city and Naini lake.
BEST TIME TO VISIT NAINITAL
The best time to visit Nainital is during the summer season from the months between March and June. This is the peak tourist season in the town when the hill station attracts a lot of visitors.
The temperature hovers between 14 degree Celsius and 30 degree Celsius. The cool breeze encourages you to relax in this beautiful place. The season is also perfect to go paddling on the various lakes in and around this beautiful place.