Nainital Lake, famously known as Naini Lake is the major attraction of Naintal town as well of Uttarakhand. Surrounded by panoramic seven hills, Nainital lake is a favourite spot among romantic travellers around the world. It is one of the most visited lakes in India.
This natural freshwater lake beauty is charming and many world's prominent writers explained its beauty in words of their poems. Inspiring Naini Lake has also attracted many writers and creative personalities towards it.
Nainital is also named after Naini Lake which covers a perimeter of 2 miles with a depth from 28 metres to 6 metres. Still water of Naini Lake makes visitors to fall in love with its alluring beauty. This lake was found long back in 1839 by P.Baron a British businessman who came across this lake on a hunting expedition.
Naini Lake is surrounded by Seven hills which are known as Ayarpata (2235 mts), Deopata (2273 mts), Handi Bandi (2139 mts), Cheena Peak (2611 mts), Alma (2270 mts), Laria Kanta (2481 mts) and Sher-ka-Danda (2217 mts).
Naini Lake topology has two parts namely Mallital and Tallital. Northern part is called as Mallital while Southern part known as Tallital. Nainital visit can't be complete without a boat ride in the lake. Visitors love to explore scintillating lake on boat provided by Nainital boat club. Tourist finds ample opportunity for shopping near Nainital Lake on famous Mall Road.
Naini Lake during night: The lake becomes more beautiful and mesmerizing during night. Though boating is prohibitted during night, but one can see the reflection of small lights of hotels and restaurants twinkling like milky way.
Nainital Lake History
Nainital Lake finds mention in a Hindu scripture Skanda Puran as 'Tririshi Sarovar'. This name refers to great sages of old times who meditate here. These sages were Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha. A hole dug by these sages soon got filled by water and known as Tririshi Sarovar or Nainital Lake.
Location of Naini Lake
Naini Lake is located in Heart of Nainital. You can view its location on Google Map below.
How to Reach Naini Lake
Naini Lake is located at the heart of Nainital city and can be reach easily from Kathgodam (35 kms) by taxi or bus. Nearest railway station is at Kathgodam railway station and airport at Pantnagar airport (55 kms) or Delhi IGI airport.
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