Nainital - The Lake District

One of the most popular and exquisite hill stations: ‘Nainital’ is located in the Kumaon region in the state of Uttarakhand. It is a distinct and famous tourist destination of India.  The town not only lures the domestic travelers and tourists but also a number of foreign tourists.  It shines as a glittering jewel in the Himalayan Mountains and is surrounded with lakes and nature's bounty.

Nainital is a paradise for nature lovers. The most captivating aspect about Nainital is its hilly surroundings and the poised lake. The ‘Naini Lake’ (Tal) offers an enthralling and mesmerizing experience to the tourist which is why it is sometimes referred to as the ‘Queen of Lakes’. Thus with ‘hills’ in the backdrop and the enchanting lake the place offers a calm and imperturbable along with zealous and fervor laden experience for its visitors. The pear shaped lake is encompassed and bounded with hills on all sides.

Some of the important places in the district of Nainital are Haldwani, Kaladhungi, Ramnagar, Bhowali , Ramgarh, Mukteshwar, Bhimtal, Sattal and Naukuchiatal.

Why is Nainital Famous Hill Station in India?

Nainital is famous for the Naini Lake, the amazing view and the pleasant weather. 

Some of the other places of tourist interest are the Mall, now known as the Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. You can find restaurants, offices and hotels all located in the Mall. Nainital Zoo is a very important tourist spot where you can find rare species of snow leopard, steppe eagle and the Himalayan black bear. The Governor House of the Raj Bhavan with its sprawling gardens is one of the few Raj Bhavnas open for public viewing. Nainital's latest attraction is the Eco Cave Garden where your children can learn about ecosphere.

Nainital is also famous for its various schools and research facilities. The Observatory or the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) is located 9kms from Nainital on Manora Peak and is the center for astronomical studies and optical tracking of artificial satellites. It also proudly houses many renowned schools some from the British period. Important and famous schools in Nainital includes Sherwood College, St Joseph's College, and Sainik  School. Nainital is also one of the campuses of Kumaun University.

  • There are a number of other beautiful and significant towns in the close proximity of Nainital such as: Haldwani, Kaladhungi, Bhowali, Ramnagar, Mukteshwar, Bhimtaal, Ghorakhal, Ramgarh, Betalghat and Saattaal. These places too are worth the visit to encounter a fascinating and captivating beauty of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.

History of Nainital

After the Anglo-Nepalese War of 1814-16, the Kumaon hills came under the British rule and the hill station Nainital was founded in 1841 when the first European house was constructed by P. Baron, a sugar trader from Shahjahanpur. The oldest buildings of Nainital includes the St. John's church snuggled in the wilderness of Nainital, followed by Belvedere, Alma, Asdale Cottage built in 1860. 

Soon the lesser known town of Nainital became the hotspot of the British soldiers and colonial officials who came with their families to escape the scorching heat of the plain areas. Around 1880, Nainital came to be known as the exclusive British summer getaway in India. In the 19th century, some of the prestigious English schools were established in Nainital that only enrolled British children. 

Mythology of Nainital

Nainital finds mention in various ancient myths and legends. The Naini temple at the banks of Naini Lake holds a lot of significance especially among the Hindus as it is believed to be one of the 64 Shakti Peeths in India.

According to the Hindu mythology, the Naini Lake one of the popular tourist attractions of Nainital is the place where the eyes or 'nain' of Sati fell, when Lord Shiva was carrying her charred body to Kailash.  Therefore, the place came to be known as 'Nain-tal' or the lake of the eye. In the memory of this event, a Naina Devi Temple was built where Goddess Shakti is worshipped by the devotees. The temple is idyllically situated on the north shore of the aesthetic Naini Lake.

Staying in Nainital

Nainital have plenty of staying options right from the luxury 5 start hotels, to budget low cost lodges, home stays and bungalows. Nainital have accommodation for every class of tourists for every budget. You can also select your hotel based on its location from main markets, to secluded places or lake side hotels.

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Activities in Nainital

There are a number of places that one can pay a visit to while holidaying in Nainital. However, if one has less time, one can surely go for a place which interests him/her the most. Since Nainital offers a number of experiences which ranges from trekking, boating, shopping, picnic, sight –seeing, Rope-way, spiritual one and others through a number of places which have these things to offer to the inquisitive and zealous traveler.

Nainital Food Guide

Nainital have plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars which offers some of the best cuisines. The Mall Road of Nainital is full of eating joints and fine dining restaurants with the beautiful view of Naini Lake.

Nainital is famous for?

Nainital is famous among tourist as Hill Station and Lake.

Nainital is recommended destination for Corporates, Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups.

Nainital is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Christmas and New Year, Hill Station, Honeymoon Destination, Lakes, Leisure, Shopping, Weekend Getaway.

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