Nainital: Paradise enclosed with Lofty Mountains
Why is Nainital is a heaven for nature lovers?
Nainital is one among the best hill stations enclosed with majestic sublime mountains, serene peaceful lake, suburban cottages and a web of crooked streets. The favorable climate throughout the year makes it a more favorable spot for people to roam around. Situated in the Kumaon region of Uttrakhand in India, Nainital has everything from inherited buildings to ancient temples and scenic beauty at every step, also renowned for National parks
How to reach Nainital?
You can take a flight from PANTNAGAR as it is the most nearest Airport to Nainital (68 km) and it will take Approximately 2 hour, to reach Nainital. This domestic airport is also connected to metropolitan cities such as Delhi and Mumbai through all leading airlines. The international airport which is nearest to Nainital is Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
Nainital itself has no railway station, but Kathgodam Railway station which is around 24 km is the nearest railway station from the city. This Railway Station is linked to various other major cities such as New Delhi, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow through UtrSamprk, GaribRath and many more. After reaching Kathgodam, you can hire a taxi or a private cab on rental or sharing basis.
The city has excellent road connectivity connecting all major cities and towns of North India. AC and non AC Volvo buses are also available for Nainital. Overnight bus boarding is the easiest way to reach the city from Delhi. Nainital is 275 km from Dehradun, 242 km from Rishikesh, from kathgodam it is 23kms far and from Ranikhet its 55kms away by road. Daily bus service is also there from Delhi to Nainital.
When to plan for Nainital?
The city welcomes tourist throughout the year
Summers( March- June)
The temperature at Nainital during summers is between 10 degrees to 27 degrees Celsius., which is an optimum time for enjoying sightseeing and visit various attractions such as Naini Lake, Naina Devi temple, Land’s end and caves garden.
Monsoons(July – September)
Nainital does not receive much rainfall Instead, it adds more beauty to the place.
Winters (October – February)
The temperature during the season in Nainital drops down to 0 degree Celsius. The city experiences the little snowfall and weather become too Cold. Hence, you can enjoy The Mall, Sattal, Naini Peak, Tiffin top and the snow view.
Places to visit in Nainital
Here I am sharing a few places which you can explore during your trip to Nainital and can have everlasting and unforgetting experience of your life.
Naini Peak is the highest peak of Nainital City from where you can have the panoramic view of the Himalayas capped with snow. This peak is also called Cheena Peak or china peak. You can enjoy trekking as well as horse riding. To have the mesmerizing view of the sunset, all you have to do is reach the spot early morning. Moreover, you won’t find much crowd at the top of the peak at dawn time
Famous by the name of Dorothy seat, this hill has a stonework perch in the memory of Dorothy Kellet, a renowned painter. This stone was perched at the height of 2290 m.
The Mall Road
For a shopaholic person, mall road is the best place to stroll in. Places like Bara Bazaar, Tibetian market, and other markets are the famous places in Nainital for purchasing apparels, handicrafts, souvenir, and artifacts. Nainital market is generally known for artificial jewelry, keychains, scented candles, and books. Therefore, you can buy lots of things to decor your sweet home.
Snow view point
The oldest viewpoint and a must visit place in Nainital. From here you can have the spellbound view of the magnificent Himalayan range. The peak is connected to the town with an aerial ropeway. Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot hill are also few peaks which are nearby, and you can delight in. . Staying at the hill is chargeable for every hour and timings to visit the mountain are from 10 am to 5 pm.
Pt Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo has tropical and endangered species of animals and even birds. These animals and birds are native to this region only. As this zoo is present at an altitude of 2100 m, hence many animals and birds have made it a habitat. The aquarium contains Siberian Tiger, Wolf, spot snow leopard, white peacock, Palm Civet Cat, and many more species.
The Governor’s house is also one of the most attractive places of Nainital which was built Northwest province’s Governor. Buckingham Palace with architecture in Gothic style.
Naina Devi Temple
Naina Devi Temple is the place which is famous for introspection. This temple is situated over the bank of a famous lake which is Naini lake.. This is an ancient temple, and the history of the temple is related to Goddess Sati whose eye fell at this place. This is the reason this temple is called Nainadevi as naina word represents eye in Hindi. This temple is located at the Naina Hilltop.
Apart from Naini lake, there are various other lakes in Nainital which are also worth visiting. One among them is Bhimtal Lake,
Eco cave garden
Kids especially love eco cave gardens. There is a park which includes seven caves. These are the best place to hang out with your family with kids. These caves are interconnected with a narrow and winding road. Ticket costs for an adult are Rs 35 and for kids is Rs 20.
Binayak is the famous place of Nainital where people go for trekking. This place is famous for Himalayan adventure trekking. Also one can go for a long walk in pine trees.
The colonial magnificent building in the ancient castle of Nainital. This place is a luxury resort, earlier it was the residential place of Former writer and hunter conversationist, Mr. Jim Corbett. This place is located near Nainital lake.
Nainital is not all about the hills, but the magnificent lakes also add beauty to the place. Sattal is also called Sat tal which means seven Lakes in Hindi. It means that this lake is interconnected to seven ponds of freshwater, situated in the lower range of Himalayas. This lake is located near bhimtal town in Nainital. Just like other lakes, Sattal is also surrounded by peaks of splendid Himalayas. Pine and oak trees surround this lake also have artistic churches around the lake. Lake is dotted by bungalows. This is the reason this Nainital is also called “Lake District of India”. AndSattal is all about pines, hills, and lakes.
For devotees of Lord Hanuman, Baba Neem Karauli established the Hanuman Garhi in 1950. He built a beautiful statue of Lord Hanuman at the top of the hill From here you can have a magnificent view of sunrise and sunset. Besides the beautiful view, people can have a leisurely walk as situated above sea level at an altitude of 6,401 ft.