Nainital, the summer capital of the United Provinces, is a treasure trove in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas in Uttarakhand. One of the main reasons for one to visit Nainital is the lofty hills forming a picturesque backdrop and enchanting lakes, because of which Nainital is often known as lake city. Perched at an elevation of 2,000 m above sea level, Nainital has everything to be a perfect holiday destination. This beautiful city is surrounded by seven hills, known as Sapta Shringa forms a valley containing an equally beautiful eye-shaped lake, the Naini lake.
Apart from the captivating beauty, Naini Lake holds a religious significance as well. It is believed that this Lake is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths, based on the story of Goddess Sati. Legends tell that out of grief and sorrow, Lord Shiva carried Sati’s body, reminiscing about their moments as a couple, and roamed around the universe with it. Vishnu had cut her body into 52 body parts, using his Sudarshana Chakra, which fell on Earth to become sacred sites where all the people can pay homage to the Goddess. The spot where Sati’s eyes (or Nain) fell, came to be called Nain-tal, or lake of the eye. The goddess Shakti is worshiped at the Naina Devi Temple, known by locals as Naini Mata Temple. This temple stands on the edge of this majestic lake.
Blessed with scenic natural splendor, Nainital has a strong colonial heritage. During the British Era, the Nainital site became the major spot for the arrival of Britishers. It is not just known for its mesmerizing beauty but also for various known educational institutions and shool, which were set up during colonial rule.
Be it any time of the year, Nainital has a very pleasant and soothing climatic condition. In summer the days are pretty warm and pleasant. As the night grows closer, the temperature drops down. During winters, you can feel the chills. If you are lucky enough, you may also experience snowfall in the month of December- January, specially in Mukteshwar. So, if you plan for a winter holiday at Nainital, pack your bags with warm clothes.
IDEAL TIME TO VISIT NAINITAL
Due to its pleasant weather round the year, Nainital is a year round tourist destination. But you can witness a major tourist crowd flocking here during the summer season to escape from the scorching heat of their city. And if you wish to experience snowfall, you can visit in the month of January. As Nainital is a hilly region, landslides can occur during the rainy season. So, it’s best to avoid visiting during the monsoon season.
HOTELS IN NAINITAL
Being one of the favourite tourist destination, Nainital is filled with innumerable guest houses and hotels. Finding an option for stay is not a big deal here. From reasonable rooms to luxurious hotels, there are varieties of staying options available. You can also find resorts and hotels with mesmerizing view of Naintal lakes, the glittery mountains and also nearby the Nainital Mall Road.
HOW TO REACH NAINITAL
Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Nainital. After that 70 km distance has to be traveled by road through a bus or cab. People can also reach Delhi IGI Airport and travel another 300 km by road.
You can reach Kathgodam Railway Station by train and it is 23 km away from Nainital. Any Major city of India has trains to Kathgodam railway station. A popular Train called Ranikhet Express runs from New Delhi & Kathgodam. After reaching there you can take a bus to reach Nainital.
If you are starting from New Delhi, the 300 km road route has to be covered by a Bus. You can take a bus from Delhi Kashmiri Gate ISBT to Nainital and cover this journey in 7 hours approx.
THINGS TO DO IN NAINITAL
Apart from providing a stunning view and pleasant weather, Nainital has a platter of adventurous sports for all those looking for an adrenaline rush. From the depth of lake to the heights of the sky, you can take along a cherished lifelong experience.
- Water sports– From Kayaking to boating, the very popular Naini lakes has numerous water sports facilities for its tourists. You can witness many colorful sailboats with people paddling it, while taking a relaxing ride around the lake. There is an option to opt for luxurious gondola, if you want to make this ride more relaxing and a memorable one. There are various annual boating events held in which you can participate while enjoying your trip.
- Paragliding– Nainital looks even more mesmerizing, when viewed from the top. Enjoy paragliding while gazing the natural beauty of this region. You should definitely give it a try and be assured about the safety, as you will be under guidance of the experienced one.
- TREKKING- Nainital is filled with innumerable trails for all the trek lovers. If you are a trek enthusiast, you can find several trekking and hiking paths here. The Nainital- Betalghat trek of three days can leave you in awe with the diverse beauty of this region. The lush meadows, snow capped peak, the forest region , the solace of the region wil make your trek a memorable one. If you are looking for a short trail, you can opt for Naini Peak- Pangot trek.
- HOT AIR BALOON– You can find numerous base camps for this activity. A sky ride in these colorful baloons across the valley, is surely an enjoyable one.
Sattal may be a strangely interconnected series of seven fresh water lakes within the Nainital District near Bhimtal. Lake is surrounded by a forest of pines and oak trees. These lakes attract many species of migratory birds during winters and summers which makes it a perfect spot for bird lovers and nature photographers. A large no. of gatherings is there because this place is also famous for activities like camping, fishing, boating, trekking, rocking climbing, and mountain biking. Being. a famous tourist spot you can easily find a good luxurious and budget-friendly hotels near the lake. There are also state government rooms that are available maintained by KMVN (Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited).