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General Information about Nainital

Nainital is one of the most beautiful places in Uttarakhand. Titled as the lake district of India, the hill station is known for its magical lakes, cloud covering peaks, tranquil peace and unrivalled bliss. The charm of the town is the reason for its huge number of family holidays as well as romantic honeymoon tours. Nainital is a hill station surrounded by the peaks of Kumaon Hills and is full of natural hot water springs. Nainital is divided into two parts, Tallital and Mallital, with the lake separating them. Tallital is the southern side of the lake, while Mallital consists of the northern upper reaches. It is also known as the Lake District of Uttarakhand and is named after Goddess Naina Devi. This honeymoon paradise nestled in the arms of Kumaon Hills is believed to have the blessings of Lord Shiva. According to the legend, the three sages made a halt at Nainital to quench their thirst. As they found no water, consequently they dug a hole and poured some water from the holy Mansaroval Lake (Tibet). Thereafter, the popular lake of Nainital was found. There is also another legend that states that the left eye of Sati (Lord Shiva’s Wife), fell in the center of the lake and made it appear as the eye shaped lake.

The name Nainital means 'The Lake of the Eye', which traces its origins back to the ancient mythology, when one of the charred remains of Goddess Sati had fallen down here, apparently the eye. No wonder why Nainital also houses one of the Shakti Peeths in India, i.e. Naina Devi. Famous for its lakes and its picturesque location, Nainital is the perfect summer retreat for those wishing to escape the unbearable summers of the north India. Besides being a tourist hotspot, Nainital is also famous for its education, be it St. Joseph's College, or Birla Vidya Mandir, or even the renowned Sherwood College, famous for giving illustrious celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Kabir Bedi, Manish Pandey, Major Somnath Sharma, and Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.

Connectivity :

By rail : Kathgodam located at a distance of 35 km is the nearest railway station to reach Nainital

By Air : Pant Nagar (71 km) is the nearest airport to reach Nainital. There are taxis and private cabs available on hire.

By Road : The stretch is 286.3 km long. The advisable route from Delhi is via Hapur Byepass, Gajraula, Moradabad Bye Pass, Rampur, Rudrapur, and Kathgodam, to reach Nainital.

Nainital being a popular tourist spot, houses a flattering variety of cuisines from North Indian, Chinese, Continental, Italian to Thai, Tibetan and the local cuisines of Uttarakhand. Hence you can enjoy popular Indian delicacies like Dal Makhani, Tandoori Roti, Naan, Paneer dishes as well as savor a number of continental delicacies. The local cuisine can be equally mouth watering with preparations like Ras (a dish made with several dals), Baadi, Bhatt ki Churkani, Aloo ke Gutke (a spicy preparation of boiled potatoes, Arsa (a sweet dish), Gulgula (a sweet snack) and lots more.

An Ideal Itinerary

Day 1 - Once you've reached Nainital, take some well-deserved rest. In the evening, you can drop in at the popular markets, whether Tibetan Market or Mall Road to satisfy your shopping instincts.
Day 2 - Start with the holy blessings from Naina Devi, a Shakti Peeth which is barely 1.8 km. from the main town of Nainital. Then, you can visit the Naini Zoo which sports a rich collection of flora and fauna.
Day 3 - You can head off to the picturesque locations in Nainital, whether Snow Top or Tiffin Top, which is connected to the main town by cable cars. Thence you can try your hands at trekking and other adventure sports, and if you're a boating freak, the best time to visit Naini Lake is from 16:00 onwards.


Few Places of Interest :

Naini Lake
The Naini Lake is a charming beauty that is surrounded by seven different peaks namely Ayarpata, Deopata, Handi Bandi, Cheena Peak, Alma, Laria Kanta and Sher Ka Danda. The lake itself can be divided into two distinct sections, the northern part called Mallital and southern region called Tallital. Naini Lake is most famous for its wonderful scenic beauty which is a hotspot for family picnics. Boating, long evening walks and endearing interactions with ducks are some of the things that are a must do whilst visiting this glittering lake. You can also seek the blessings of Goddess Naina Devi at the Naina Devi temple which is also situated near the Naini Lake. Boating, Yatching and kayaking are available here as well.

Eco Cave Gardens

Famous for its inter connected rocky caves, hanging gardens and the musical fountain, the Eco Garden are a set of six small caves in the shape of various animals. In the evenings, you can see the spectacle of the musical fountain with various audio video effects.

The Mall Road

The Mall Road of Nainital, which runs parallel to the Naini Lake, connecting the two ends of the hill town, is the prime shopping, food and cultural centre of the wonder that is Nainital. Whether it is digging into some luscious food or shopping for the cutest local woollens that are to be found, Mall Road is your go-to for it all.

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