Need a break from the heat and the dust? Well the answer could be Nainital. The popular summer retreat of India, Nainital attracts innumerable tourists during the summer heat. The hill resort is indeed a pleasure.
The city of lakes or the lake district of India, Nainital has such titles to its credit because of its scenic landscape dotted with lakes. Nainital is located at a height of 1938 meters above the sea level. Nainital also known as India 'Lake District' because of some 60 lakes out here that spread across its boundaries. Gorgeous greens and the majestic mountains add to the beauty of the hill resort. A small town in the hills of Kumaon, Nainital is a lovely hill station surrounded by mountains on three sides. 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.It is a beautiful hill district nestled in the lap of the Central Himalayas in the Kumaon region. Legend has it that the rishis brought the waters of the sacred Mansarovar River to form over Naini Lake.
Tourist attractions in Nainital
We recommend following Popular Sightseeing spots in Nainital:
The Naini Lake
Naini lake is the star attraction and the main draw of tourists in Uttaranchal. It is from this lake that the city of Nainital, the beautiful settlement by the lake, derives its name. True to its popularity the lake is splendidly beautiful. Spectacular is the scene when night descends, and the lights come up and reflect in the lake.
Snow view as the name suggests offers an indescribably beautiful and breath-taking picture of the glittering snows of Himalayas. At an altitude of 2270 meters, it is not just higher then Nainital but also very colder. It is the most easily accessible hilltop and is 2.5 kms away from Nainital. You can either walk up here, take a taxi or a cable car or the ponies available at the Mallitaal.
Bhowali is located 11kms. from Nainital, on Haldwani - Almora road, it is a major fruit mart and health resort. A beautiful place, at a height of 1706 metres above the sea level. There is also the famous Sainik School of India here. A T. B. Sanatorium was established here in 1912. A temple to Gollu Devta, a demi-god highly revered by the Kumaonis is here too.
25 km This is known as the home of Kumaon orchards. Prosperous estates can be seen here.
Package tour - The Himalayan View Retreat .
(1371 M, 22 km) bigger than Naini, named on the Pandavas, heroes of epic Mahabharat. Accommodation, boating and fishing facilities are available at this scenic resort.
Yatching in Naukuchiatal, Nainital Travel Holidays1218 M 26 KM This is nine-cornered lake lends it the name which receives migratory birds. Both yachts and paddle boats are available for plying on the lake waters. Naukuchia Tal is 26 Kms from Nainital and 4 Kms from Bhimtal at 1220 mts above sea level.A pretty deep clean lake with its nine corner is a captivating site.Length of lake is 983 mts. ,breadth is 693 mts & depth 40.3 mts.It is within an enchanting valley offering an opportunity of angling and bird watching.There is ample scope for rowing ,paddling or yachting.
Package tour - The Astoria, Naukuchiyatal.
Sat Tal : 21 km There are three lakes (of the original seven Sat), named after the epic personages Ram, Sita and Lakshman near the main resort. The others are some distance away Sat Tal is 21 km away from Nainital. It was a cluster of seven tal or lakes originally. The pine and oak trees add to the beauty of Sat Tal.
Bhim Tal at a distance of 23 Km from Nainital. The lake offers opportunities for water sports too. The natural beauty of the place makes it an excellent excursion option from Nainital.
Naina Peak : 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. Check out the spectacular sights of the Himalayas and the Tibetan borders too.
Hanuman Garhi : 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.
Observatory : The clear skies over Nainital prompted the government to setup an observatory here. The observatory has one of the most advance telescopes in India.
Rope Way : The rope way journey in Nainital is one of the most famous attractions here.