Nainital, the Lake District of India is perched at an altitude of 1938 m above sea level. It is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state in northern India. This hilly region is perched on the foothills of outer Himalayas. Kathgodam is 35 km away from Nainital. The upper end of the region is called “Mallital” and the lower end is “Tallital”.
As usual the credit goes to two Englishmen, because in 1823, Nainital was discovered by G. W. Traill, the commissioner of Kumaon and Garhwal Regions. The other Englishman was P. Barron, a sugar trader from Shahjahanpur, who started colonizing this hill station in 1839. In September 18, 1880 a major landslip had occurred due to heavy rain for four continuous days. This landslip completely demolished the Victoria hotel and Naina Devi temple.
Nainital is well known for its lake, Naini lake. The sapphire colored water of the lake reflects the hills, luxurious cottages, malls and shopping centers around it. During the night the town’s lights are reflected dazzlingly in the lake’s water. Travelers can go for yachting, boating or paddling in the lake. There are numerous malls and shops on both the ends of the lake. Travelers can walk over the lake bridge which connects the upper end and lower end.
The Flats is a multipurpose ground where all cultural and sports fairs are held. The ground also has a beautiful fountain and a statue of Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant. Spiritual travelers can visit the mosque, Gurudwara and Naina Devi temple near the Flats. The outer fringe of the Flats comprises the capitol cinema, boat house club, masonic hall, new club etc.
Adventure lovers must try Nainital’s famous Ropeway trip. This starts from Mallital (1938 m) and goes up till Snow View Point (2270 m). It offers a thrilling experience to tourists. This cable car ride offers a bird’s eye view of the Flats and lake.
Snow View Point:
This point is some 2.5 km away from the hill station. Photographers can have good opportunities here, shooting the pictures of the snow-wrapped peaks of the mighty Himalayas. The place also has a temple and some tea / snack bars. Tourists can take a walk, hire a taxi or cable car to each this point. This is worth visiting.
This Hanuman temple is just 3.5 km away from Nainital. Evenings would be best time to visit this place because tourists can have a panoramic view of the sunset besides worshipping the Lord Hanuman. Photographers can shoot the picturesque view of the red rays of sun mixing with the blues of the evening. The other temples in this area are for Lord Rama, Lord Shiva and Shitala Devi.
Naina Peak or China Peak:
This is the highest peak in this town. It lies six km away. Tourists can have good trekking experience while walking up to this point. If not they can hire a pony or taxi. Tourists will be captivated by the picturesque view of Nainital below as well as the snow capped peaks of Banderpunch. A pair of binoculars will be ideal to enjoy this scenic beauty.
As the name indicates, it is at one end of Nainital. It is located four km away from the town at an altitude of 2118 m. This place can be reached by a short trek or by a pony ride. From here tourists can touch the clouds and have a spectacular view of the pine forests, plains and Khurpatal.
Other nearby Lakes:
Bhimtal (22 km), Sat Tal (23 km), Khurpatal (12 km) and Nakuchiyatal (26 km) are other lakes to be visited in this vicinity. Boating, yachting, paddling and fishing are the interesting activities in these lakes.
Tourists can have a good time shopping at the malls and in various shopping centers around the lake. Here they can taste some great snacks and chat dishes. Adventure seekers can indulge in rock climbing, yachting, and para sailing, canoeing and kayaking.
Tourists can take flights from Pant Nagar (70 km) which is the airport nearest to Nainital. Kathgodam is the nearest railhead to this hilly region. Nainital is well connected through roads to major cities in India.