The largest hill settlement in the Kumaon region of Himalayas is the lake town of Nainital. A dramatic climb of 1,300 metres over a 40 km route from the railhead at Kathgodam takes the visitor through winding river valleys, alongside terraced farms, lush green alpine forests and over mountain ridges, right up to Nainital. Vantage points around Nainital offer a panoramic view of Himalayan peaks on one side and the plains rolling down on the other. Narrow wooded lanes through forests of oak, pine and deodar are excellent for short refreshing walks. The older parts of Nainital also retain colonial vestiges, including sprawling bungalows, public schools, church and the British cemetery.
On reaching the head of the town where the highway from the plains meets the main Mall at Tallital, you get a dramatic view of the beautiful Naini Lake nestling in its cocoon of hills. brightly coloured sails of yachts dot the calm waters of the lake while crowds of holidaymakers throng the Mall at its edge. Boating in the lake is just one of the favourite activities of the tourists who come to Nainital. Others come here for trekking in the still forested mountains that surround the town.
Angling is or was once a favoured past time of those who came to Nainital for a bit of recreation and respite. Unfortunately, the prosperity and development that tourism has brought to Nainital is also the bane of this hill resort. Due to pollution and increased construction activity, Naini Lake is shrinking in size, there are less fish in the waters, the Lake has lost much of its depth because of siltation caused by erosion of the slopes thanks to widespread deforestation. Nevertheless, Nainital remains a popular haunt for travellers, and a base into the beautiful mountain sites of Kumaon, where tiny hamlets still retain their traditional life pattern.
|How to Reach|
|Pant Nagar is the nearest airport located at a distance of 72 kms. From Pant Nagar take a bus or hire a taxi to reach Nainital.|
|Kathgodam, 35 kms away is the closest railway station. It connects Nainital with Delhi, Agra, Bareilly, Lucknow and Kolkata by regular and express trains.|
|Nainital is connected by road to most important cities. Regular buses ply between Delhi (277 km), most of which departing from ISBT Anand Vihar and taking between eight to ten hours. Taxis and buses also ply between Kathgodam and Haldwani.|
|March-June, Cool & pleasant
|Mid-June-mid-September, Heavy showers daily & damp weather
Annual rainfall 1294.5 mm
|December-February, Freezing cold, mists and fog
|Situated at a height of 1,938 meters, Nainital is 277 kms from Delhi. Named after its presiding deity Naina Devi, the huge crater shaped lake is about 1.5 kms long and 500 metres wide. Best time to travel nainital is during summer season between March to June and during festive holidays from September to November.|
The mountain resort of Nainital spreads along the sides of the mountains that surround the deep blue waters of the Naini Lake. The lake is fringed by the Sapta Shring or string of seven hills. Nainital
Nainital Lake View:
The waters of the lake reflect the changing hues of the mountains and enhance the attractions and the popularity of this hill station. The lake is the centre of much of the holiday activity in Nainital with the Mall with its shops, stalls, pony rides and swings stretching to one side. The older colonial areas are around Mallital, on the northern edge, while Tallital is the transport centre.
The lake in Nainital Boats and yachts can be hired for tours of the lake from the boat club at Mallital. Near the boat club is the Temple of Naina Devi, the presiding deity of Nainital.
Naina Lake Peak view:
Route to Naina Peak:
Nainital Night View:
Route to Tiffin Top:
A ropeway from the Mall leads to the vantage point of Snow View, at a height of 2,270 metres. It is also possible to reach the peak by a 2 km hike along steep mountain trails or hire a pony from the Mall. At the top there is a viewing area offering a vista of Himalayan peaks. You can amble along the promenade and sit back to enjoy the view at the cafes on the summit. A further 6 kms up and you reach the Naina Peak at 2,611 metres.
On the fringes of Nainital and around town are some interesting tourist spots which can be covered by short walks. Dorothy’s Seat is dedicated to a British lady who died in a tragic accident. From here you can get a panoramic view of the town below. At Land’s End, 2,881 metres high to the south of the lake is a vantage point for a view of the Khurpa Tal.
The State Observatory about 3 kms from the lake is open to the public in the evening and an ideal place to watch the sun setting over the plains. Hanuman Garhi, a small temple off the Haldwani road also offers a good view of the valley.
Bhimtal – This beautiful lake is the largest lake in the Nainital region. Located in a lovaly valley just 22 kms from Nainital and 1371 meters above sea level. The beauty is enhanced by a small Island surrounded by crystal blue water.
Khurpa Tal – At an altitude of (1635 MT) there lies just another beautiful spot at a distance of 12 km from Nainital. popularly known as Khurpatal. It is considered to be anglers paradise having clear water and a good harvest of fishes. You Can Visit By Trecking(On Foot) by a shorter route of 5 km, Taxi Or By Package Tours.
Sat Tal – It means seven lakes grouped together. This beautiful is still unspolit an located at an altitude of 1370 meters, just 12 kms ahead of Nainital.
Naukuchia Tal – It is 1218 meters above sea level. The intrestinglake as 9 corners. Surrounded by dense forested hills on all sides it provides solace from the maddening rush of the plains.
Kanchi – It is a placed at an altitude of 1400 meters, located just 20 kms from Nainital & liked by both tourists and devotees. It is a modern pilgrimage centre established by Neem karoli Baba a saint of early sixties of twentieth century.
Ranikhet – It is extremly beautiful place located hust 63 kms from Nainital. It has an altitude of 1829 meters. Its beauty lies in its simplicity – beautiful pine trees create a nostalgic feeling. The orchards, the temples, the joy grounds will back on you again and again to its fold.
Almora – The town has its own beauty history and culture situated at an altitude of (1646 MT). It is 67 km away towards East of Nainital. It is having shape of a saddle on the back of a horse facing North. It is modern as well as ancient in its look.
Jageshwar – About 36 km from Almora in UP, among the Kumaon Hills, lies the temple town of Jageshwar Dham, boasting of more than 200 big and small temples, at the height of about 1,900 mt above sea level. The deodar trees and the fragrant sandal wood plantations lend an ethereal aura to the site.
Kilbur – This beautiful picnic spot is located just 12km. ahead of Nainital at a height of 2528 metres. It is famous for its flora and fauna and bird watching. The place offers breath taking views of the great Himalayas along with a view of Tarai and Bhabhar.
St.John Church – The Church of St. John in the Wilderness, built in 1846 and one of the earliest colonial structures, is just beyond Mallital. The Secretariat was designed in 1899 by F.W. Stephens, the architect who also designed the grand VT and Churchgate railways stations of Mumbai.