Go here for: Romantic, Hills, Weekend Breaks
According to ancient Indian mythology, it is believed Naini Lake is
one of the religious sites where parts of the charred body of Goddess
Parvati fell on earth while being carried by Lord Shiva. The spot where
her eyes (or Nain) fell is called Nainital.
Discovered by P.
Barron, a European merchant in 1839, Nainital was a summer retreat for
the British and the Indian maharajas then. It is home to many
prestigious educational institutions; among them is Diocesan Boys'
School later renamed as Sherwood College, which boasts of alumni’s like
Amitabh Bachchan! Nainital is also linked with legendary hunter turned
conservationist Jim Corbett, who lived here with his family and
established one of India's first national wildlife parks the Corbett
Nainital, set amidst the towering peaks of the
Kumaon Hills is the perfect destination for weekend getaway to beat the
summer heat and revitalize your senses. The beauty of this place
beckons nature-seekers, and travel enthusiasts all across India.
Nainital, situated at an altitude of 6,358 feet above sea level is set
in two parts, Talli Tal and Malli Tal, with the lake separating them.
Tallital is the southern side of the lake, while Mallital consists of
the northern side. The city is bustling with tourists from April to
June and then again from Sept-Oct.
The Mall is flocked with many
great places to eat and stay suitable to everyone’s budget. Try the
Garhwali food at Shiva restaurant, Bara Bazaar. For lip smacking
North-Indian cuisine try Sher-e-Punjab and Machan. Try the momo’s at
the Tibetan market and don’t miss the popular samosa & jalebi
hawker. Alka, Everest, Pavilion and India Hotel are good places to stay
at Mall road at the reasonable rates. Opt for Manu Maharani, a 3-star
hotel for a luxury stay at the hill station. Other affordable and good
places to stay are Grand hotel, Lakeside inn, Sheela and Mount view
Nainital has more than just boating on the lake to offer.
Take a walk along the Thandi Sadak which lies on the other side of the
lake. Vehicles are not allowed here and hence it makes for a nice walk.
Take a look at the Pasan Devi Temple along the way and the Naina Devi
Temple at the Malli Tal end.
Walk up to see the Raj Bhawan
which has been modeled after the Buckingham Palace. Another must see is
the St. John’s church near the Uttaranchal High Court which was erected
around 1848. It is a beautiful church with marvelous interiors and
stained glasses. The architecture is striking and the doors and hinges
are of the old times though the outside doesn’t seem well maintained.
a visit to the High Altitude Zoo to see the Siberian tiger, white
tiger, leopards and Himalayan bears along with many birds and variety
Book in advance for the trip on a trolley to Snow View
which costs about Rs.70. On top here there are a lot of stalls and
games for tourists. Make your way to the view point to see the snow
capped peaks in the distance and the seven peaks that surround
Nainital. Camel’s Back Peak is the easiest to spot.
You can also
book for the lake tour or use your own transport to see the lakes
around here. The lakes are – Bhim Tal named after the Pandva Bhim, Sat
Tal which is made up of seven lakes, Garud Tal is a small lake near Sat
Tal viewed from a distance and Naukuchiya Tal that has nine corners and
a myth that states that anyone who can view all nine together will be
released from the cycle of rebirths. Boating is available at all the
Apart from being home to awe-inspiring beauty, the hill
resort is also a preferred destination for adventure tourism - with the
numerous options of yachting, kayaking, canoeing and boating, it offers.
a popular tourist destination, Nainital has plenty of stay options.
There are a number of hotels in Nainital that are suitable to
everyone’s budget and taste. If you want to stay in the heart of the
town there are many options and for those who like it quiet and
peaceful, there are good stay options too.
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