Located in the Uttarakhand state of India in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas Nainital is a famous hill station. It is at about 6000ft from the sea level. It is in a valley with a pear shaped lake. “Naina” is the highest of all the mountains surrounding the lake. “Tal” means lake and hence the name of the place became Nainital . Nainital lake is also called as Naini Lake.
Nainital is one of the most visited travel destination throughout the year in India and the tourists come across the globe to visit Nainital .
Nainital is a perfect blend of nature, adventure, cultures and traditions which make it a great holiday destination. People, not only from India but also from all over the world, flock to this place to have some leisurely time in the lap of nature.
Nainital is one of the most popular getaways for people leading a busy city life. Being so popular, it has great connectivity by road and railways. The nearest railway station is at Kathgodam which is 35 kilometers from Nainital. The most preferred way to reach Nainital is by a leisurely mountain drive with your family or friends. The city is well connected by roads to places like Delhi, from where it is 310 kilometers. The distance is covered in 6-7 hours as the national highway roads make it a smooth drive.
Naini Lake – The Naini Lake is by far the biggest highlight of Nainital. Situated in the heart of the city, it is a stagnant water body surrounded by seven mountains. The peaks of these mountains seem as though they touch the sky. The lake is said to have a great mythological history which makes it a great attraction for religious people. It also offers adventure activities
Tiffin Top – This spot is located at a height of 7,520 feet above mean sea level. It offers unimaginable views of the countryside as well as the Himalayan range. Tiffin Top can be reached after a short walk from Sherwood College. It is a very popular picnic spot among tourists.like yachting, boating and paddling. As a result, it caters to all kinds of public. A visit here is compulsory for every tourist.
China Peak – It is the highest point of Nainital situated at a height of 8579 feet. Also known as Naina Peak, it offers a breathtaking view of the entire valley of Nainital and the entire range of mighty Himalayas. It is reached after a little hiking, which can be avoided by travelling on ponies easily available in the area. This place cannot be avoided because of the unparalleled views that it offers.
Naina Devi Temple – This temple is located on the northern shore of the Naini Lake. Naina Devi is what gives Nainital its name. It is said that the eyes (known as naina in Hindi) of Goddess Parvati fell here when Lord Shiva was carrying her corpse. Hence it is no surprise that the idol of Naina Devi is represented by two eyes. This temple was destroyed in 1880 and was reconstructed because of its importance.
You will find various shops on the Mall road which sell woolen socks, shawls, sweaters, jackets, beanie, jewelry, home made foods, herbal products, tour packages etc. You could buy wonderful souvenirs for your family and friends from here. They would surely like it.
Nainital is enriched with historical value , atleast once in life you try to travel there.