Naukuchiatal – A nine cornered lake of India
Naukuchiatal is located in Uttaranchal at the foothills of the Kumaon mountains. It is nearly 320 km north-east of Delhi, the capital city of India. One can also have a beautiful drive from the capital city of India (Delhi) via Corbett country to reach this spot. Situated at an altitude of 4500 feet in the Kumaon Hills, Naukuchiatal is just 24 km from Nainital.
Naukuchiatal, meaning nine cornered lake, is the deepest lake in the Lake District of Kumaon. The lake is known for its tranquility and for the orchards and dense oak forests that surround it. Naukuchiatal lake is fed by an underground perennial spring. There is a strong belief among locals that one who sees all nine corners at one glance will attain Nirvana or Salvation. Tourists can take a walk around the dense lush green forest. One can hire boats for boating. Tourists can enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding terraced fields and meadows.
Even though the lake is the prime attraction here, there are other activities which pull the tourists. Adventure lovers can do trekking, horse riding, angling, paragliding etc., in Naukuchiatal. Birdwatchers can also have good time here. Travelers interested in fishing can head for the lake with their fishing rods. One should first get a fishing permit from the local Irrigation Department of Naukuchiatal. Treks to Jandhidhar and Jungliagon can be organized. Tourists can also do bike riding along the mountain trails and enjoy the panoramic views. Large collections of wild orchids can be seen on the surrounding hills.
Tourists can also visit the picturesque emerald green lake called Bhimtal which is just four km away from Naukuchiatal. Nainital and Ranikhet are the other nearby hill stations with a good view of the majestic Himalayas. If tourists are looking out for a slice of sky, a heavenly lake or a Himalayan hideaway, then Naukuchiatal lake resort is the best option for them. This resort is the perfect abode by the lake with its terraces decking out over the Himalayas and Naukuchiatal’s shimmering waters.
Naukuchiatal is an exclusive luxury destination available to tourists at extremely modest prices. It is a perfect destination where one can spend one’s vacation in quietness, away from usual hustle and bustle. It is a place where one’s peace of mind and silence will never get disturbed.
The nearest railway station is at Kathgodam, 35 km south of Naukuchiatal. The Ranikhet Express departs from Delhi at 11 p.m. and arrives at Kathgodam at 6:10 p.m. It departs from Kathgodam at 10:45 p.m. and reaches the capital city of India at 6:10 a.m. Naukuchiatal is also well connected to Delhi through roads. Its just a seven hours drive from Delhi.