A small town in the hills of Kumaon, Nainital is a lovely hill station surrounded by mountains on three sides. Once this area had many lakes and it was called the City of 60 lakes or 'Chakta'. Most of the lakes in the region have disappeared and whatever remains is just a glimpse of what they might have been in the past. Today the life of Nainital revolves around the lake of Naini. But there are few other lakes around Nainital, which are equally beautiful and attractive as the Naini Lake. River Ramganga originates from the Doodha Tauli ranges in district Pauri Garhwal. It enters into district Nainital, before re-entering into district Pauri Garhwal. A Britisher called Lord Barron discovered Nainital in 1841. The weather, the surrounding and the mesmerizing beauty of this area attracted the British administrator who turned this place into the summer capital of the United Province. Being a major tourist place Nainital is always bustling with visitors and it is always better if accommodation and other facilities are prearranged.
Sightseeing: Snow View, Naina Peak, and Kilburi
Excursions: Sat Sal, Bhim Taal, and Naukutchia Taal
Delhi 322 kms.
Lucknow 401 kms.
Almora 67 kms.
Ranikhet 59 kms.
Bareilly 141 kms.
Haldwani 40 kms.
This place is of religious importance. Situated at a height of 1951 meters this place was established by Baba Neem Kiroli. A very beautiful Hanuman mandir is at the top. From Hanuman Garhi watching the Sunset is very soothing. You can walk down from Nainital to Hanuman Garhi.
Naina Devi Temple:
The attractive lake of Nainital is said to be the eyes of Sati, wife of Lord Shiva. Sati jumped into the sacrificial bonfire. Lord Shiva to mourn the death of his beloved wife carried the body across the country. The remains of her body fell at various places, which today are sacred worship places for the Hindus.
St. John's Church:
This church was built in 1847. A brass memorial is kept in memory of the persons who were buried in the infamous landslide. The few bodies, which could be dug out, were buried in the church premises.
The Snow viewpoint is located at height of 2270 meter from the sea level. The ropeway or the ponies available at the Mallitaal can reach this place.
Naini Lake or Naini Taal, the picturesque blue green lake is located in the district of Nainital. It is from this lake that the city of Nainital, the beautiful settlement by the lake, derives its name. Naini Lake is so called because of its eye-like shape.
Known as the China peak this peak is the highest point in Nainital. From here Nainital appears as a bowl. You can walk or take ponies to the peak. From this peak you can capture the exciting views of Nainital. Naina peak also gives a good view of the Camelback peak. There are no hotel or restaurant on the top so carry food and water along with you.
Kilburi is slightly away from Nainital. 12 kms from the main town, this place is peaceful and quite. Located amidst green forests this place provides a break from crowds of the city. Kilburi gives a very good view of the Himalayas. The forest department has got its guesthouse here. Kilburi takes you into the laps of nature from rush of the cities.
The clear skies over Nainital prompted the government to setup an observatory here. The observatory has one of the most advance telescopes in India. With the help of this telescope the movement of stars, planets and other heavenly bodies can be calculated to great precision. The entry in the observatory is by permission and timings are fixed. It will be better if you collect the prior information about the place.
Naini Tal has a small but a very beautiful Zoological garden. There are many animals kept here which includes Deers, Bears, Tigers and many more. The hygiene and cleanness of the zoo is a point, which attracts the mind even if one ignores it. Not surprising this zoo is one of the cleanest zoos in the country. The zoo can be reached on foot or taxi can be hired.
Any visitor coming to Nainital cannot miss the joy of riding a horse on the Mall. Not only at the Mall but to reach the Snow viewpoint, Tiffin top, Kilburi from the Mallital area one can hire ponies and horses. You can go around the town riding the horse. In fact one of the ways to experience Nainital is on a horses back. The flora and fauna of the region can be closely watched from the horses back. You can go to the interiors of nearby area and get a first hand experience of the mountain life of Nainital. The municipal corporation has fixed the rates of horse riding and one should avoid paying more than the prescribed rates. The corporation has also issued identity card to the photographers who hang around the Tallital and Mallital region. Get yourself clicked on a horse to keep as a moment from Nainital.
Sat Tal (Seven Lakes):
On the way from Nainital to Bhimtal is a group of seven lakes called the Sattal. Nature has really provided this place beauty in abundance. There is government Bungalow where you can spend the night. Taxis and buses are available to Sattal from Nainital. It is 22 Km from Nainital.
The myth goes that the lake was built during the Mahabharata era. You can get taxis and buses at regular interval from Nainital. On the Nainital-Bhimtal road is Mahra Village. Here through the efforts of Dr. Yashodhra Mathpal a rich collection of the cultural and archeological items has been made. These artifacts from the Uttrakhand region give you an insight into the cultural heritage of this area. At Bhimtal you can enjoy boating and have food at the restaurant on the island in middle of the lake. Bhimtal is 23 kms from Nainital and there are good accommodation facilities at the place.
The hill station, idyllic in its charm, Ranikhet with its majestic pine trees, is 59.5 kilometers from Nainital.
Just four kms from Bhimtal is lake with nine corners hence it is known as the Naukutchia Lake. This is an ideal place to spend your holidays and relax. The lake is full of lotus and is surrounded by forest with a backdrop of the mountains, all this creates an ideal condition to enjoy boating in here or sit on the banks and feel the breeze coming from the lake. There are regular bus and taxi services to this place and the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam has got its rest house where you can stay.
Nanda Devi Fair:
Nanda Devi Mela is a fair of great religious and cultural significance. It is held at Nanda Devi Temple in September to commemorate the memory of Goddesses, Nanda and Sunanda.
From Nainital this place is the 26 kms. The environment is very good for health. Apple groves and trees of many other fruits surround the whole place. You have a rest house to spend your night.
Ramnagar is 49 kms from the Jim Corbett National Park but this place is famous for wild life trekking. One can watch the animals from close quarters. Nearby are the famous Gargia temples. During the seasons when the Corbett Park is open for visitors, the local travel agents and operators conduct one-day sight seeing tours from this place. Ram Nagar is 65 kms from Nainital.
Once this place was the cantonment for the British troops. Today this place has been converted into a Vetenary Research Institute. Mukeshwar is full of natural beauty and from here the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas are clearly visible. The greenery of this place attracts visitor’s attention. Mukteshwar is only 52 kms Nainital but very few bus services are available for the place.
HOW TO GET THERE
The nearest railway station is that of Kathgodam which do trains from Delhi and Howrah connect. The narrow gauge trains come from Lalkuan, which is 55 kms from Nainital. From Lalkuan and Kathgodam regular taxi and bus services are available for Nainital. Nainital is well connected by buses with other parts of the state. Inter state services are also available. The state transport corporation as well as the private operators has their buses on this route.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Each year in the month of September a fair is organized which is dedicated to Naina Devi. This festival is held in traditional flavor. Whole Nainital suddenly wakes up and the town is decorated like a bride. This festival is host to a number of traditional Dance and singing programs. In October / November the UP tourism organizes a Winter Festival which acts as window to the rich culture and tradition of the area. Other Fairs & Festivals
The Mall is the main shopping center in Nainital, which has some of the good shops where one can do some, shopping. In Nainital the main items to be bought are the woolen garments, decorative pieces made from wood. The decorative colorful candles are one thing every traveler to the place takes back with himself. For the woolen garments the Bohtia Bazaar is the best place whereas the Mall road and the Mallital are places for good bargain of candles and wooden stuff.
Nainital is located in the Kumaon hills and the weather is very pleasant throughout the year except during winter months. The temperature is not very high at any time but in winters it becomes very cold. The lake here regulates the climate of Nainital, which showers rain almost every afternoon. The best time visit the place is between April to June and then again in September October. The months of January to March are marked by the snowfall, which is for a very short time. It is advisable that contact any local person before going to Nainital to watch snowfall.
Population: About 36,000 People reside in this city.
Main Languages: Kumaoni, Garwali, Hindi and English