Featured Places | Nainital (Category: Famous Hill Station, Altitude: 2084 )

Nainital is a popular hill station of India and headquarters of Nainital district in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains.

From the tops of the higher peaks in Nanital one can have magnificent views of the vast plain to the south, or of the mass of tangled ridges lying north, bounded by the great snowy range which forms the central axis of the Himalaya.

By Mythological importance, in the Manas Khand of the Skand Puranas, Nainital Lake is called Tri-Rishi-Sarovar, hinting at the story of three sages (or rishis), Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha, who, upon finding no water in Nainital, dug a large hole at the location of the present day lake and filled it with water from the holy lake Manasarovar in Tibet..

It is also believed that The Naini Lake is one of the 64 Shakti Peeths, or religious sites where parts of the charred body of Sati (Parvati) fell on earth while being carried by Lord Shiva. The spot where Sati's eyes (or Nain) fell, came to be called Nain-tal or lake of the eye. The goddess Shakti is worshipped at the Naina Devi Temple on the north shore of the present day lake.

Tourists flock from all parts of the country visit Nainital round the year for its natural glory which makes for a wonderful holiday destination. The best time to visit Nainital is April to October. It is also one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations in the country for its splendid locales and panoramic view of the lake and Himalayas.


WHAT TO SEE

KMVN Cave Garden: An exciting picnic spot with series of small and big caves.

Kilbury: 11kms from town is a sanctum-sanctorum of bio-diversity and an ideal place for bird watchers and nature lovers.

Land's End: A beautiful picnic spot with mesmerising view and leaves the visitors spellbound.

Naina Peak: The highest peak of the city. A unique view of the city, the Himalayas, town like Almora, Ranikhet, Rangara, Kaladhungi, river like Kosi, Nahal can be viewed from here.

Tiffin Top: A picnic spot which gives a whole new look of the city.

KMVN Ropeway: is one of the main attractions and gives an aerial view of the city.

Rajbhawan: It is said to be the Replica of the Buckingham palace. An excellent 18-hole golf course is quite popular.

Beside this Observatory and Zoo are worth to visit.

 

BEYOND NAINITAL

Kaladhungi: 34km from Nainital. Today the building where Jim Corbett stayed has been converted into a museum and his belongings there remind us of the great hunter. In close proximity of Kaladhungi is Corbett fall, midst of a sub-tropical forest. 

Khurpatal : varies it colour with weather. When passing through the lush green forest, a botanical garden and the beautiful lake- Sariyatal can be viewed.

Mukteshwar: 51kms from Nainital, beyond  Ramgarh is Mukteshwar.  In close proximity is the stone "chauli ki jali" dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Ramgarh: 25kms from Nainital, a picturesque town is situated in the midst of apple orchards.

 

HOW TO REACH

Air: Nearest airport is Pantnagar,

Rail: The nearest railhead is Kathgodam 35kms.approx.

Road: Directly linked with Delhi-325kms, approx.

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  • Near By Attractions :
    1.Kilberry      2.Vinayak
    3. Bhim Tal
          4. Naukuchiya Tal
    5. Sattal           

  • Activities :
    1. KMVN Ropeway       2. KMVN Cave Garden 
    3. Boating in Lake        4. Shopping in Tibetan Market
    5. Rajbhawan Darshan  6. Site Seeing
    7. Horse Riding to Land's End & Tiffon Top
    8. High Altitude Zoo      9. Naina Devi Temple

  • Well Connected, But Distant Attractions :
    1.Almora      2.Ranikhet
    3. Kausani