Nainital – The Legendary Lake City of India

Nature has a lot to evoke the appetite for seeing mind-soothing objects. But, visual hunger never gets satiated. The more one sees, the more he would be urged upon to see and enjoy nature. Water bodies have exclusive soothing effect on mind and body. Therefore, maximum pleasure could be derived by visiting waterfalls, rivers, brooks, lake and seas.

Legend has it that the lake in Nainital was created by three sages named Atri, Pulastya and Pulasha. While on a pilgrimage, they wanted water to quench their thirst at a particular place, but could not get water. They dug a hole and got water transferred from the sacred lake of Manasarovar in Tibet. As per another legend the left eye or ‘Nain’ of Sati, Lord Shiva’s consort accidentally fell at this center and formed the emerald ‘Eye-shaped’ lake.

Nainital, a hill station in the state of Uttarakhand is located around the Naini Lake. The third legend has it that the place is named after Goddess Naini Devi, the presiding deity of the area. Situated at an altitude of 6,837 ft above sea level, it is the headquarters of Nainital district and is situated in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas.

One cannot really believe the magnificence of nature without visiting Nainital that provides opportunity for seeing nature from a very close angle. From the peaks of mountains at different heights, one can view the plain below and the snowy range above. The mountains are Naina at an altitude of 8,579 ft, Deopatha at 7,999 ft and Ayarpatha at 7,474 ft.

Nainital town has a population of 38, 560. The lake divides the town into two parts namely Tallital on the south and Mallital on the north.

Weather in Nainital is quite soothing and pleasant. Summer is mildly warm and mercury reaches to 22 degree C. Mercury falls below 0 during winter. The town receives snowfall during December and January. The best tome to visit Nainital is during May to July, the summer time.

Eco Cave Garden acquaints to the visitors, the latest development in the travelling activities. They are made aware of the benefits of and the ways of their visit eco-friendly. This adds tom the value of the place visited and to the visitor also.

Himalayan Viewpoint or Himalayan Darshan provides the panoramic view of the great Himalayan Mountains. Land’s End, at an altitude of 2,118 meters affords splendid view of the Khurpatal Lake. Visitors can take the pleasure of riding a pony or a horse, up to reach the Naina Peak or China Peak to enjoy an aerial view of the town, 6 km away.

By travelling on the Ropeway or Cable, one can enjoy the outstretched snow over the Sher-ka-Danda ridge. Other places of visitors’ interest are Tiffin Top, Nanda Devi Temple, Gurney House, Guano Hills, Naina Devi Temple and the Sarivatal stream on Kaladhungi Road to feel the touch of extreme cold water.

Going higher up has been the inherent human instinct; be it in social, political, professional, educational, material, and physical or the spiritual arenas. The last area is the most important that enlightens a person to get introduced with the inner self. Coming to Nainital fulfills this need of a person.

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