A small town in the hills of Kumaon, Nainital is a lovely hill
station surrounded by mountains on three sides. Once this area had
many lakes and it was called the City of 60 lakes or 'Chakta'. Most
of the lakes in the region have disappeared and whatever remains
is just a glimpse of what they might have been in the past. Today
the life of Nainital revolves around the lake of Naini. But there
are few other lakes around Nainital which are equally beautiful
and attractive as the Naini lake.
Sat Tal (Seven Lakes)
On the way from Nainital to Bhimtal is a group of seven lakes called
the Sattal. Nature has really provided this place beauty in abundance.
There is government Bunglow where you can spend the night. Taxis
and buses are available to Sattal from Nainital. It is 22 Km from
The myh goes that the lake was built during the Mahabharata
era. You can get taxis and buses at regular interval from Nainital.
On the Nainital-Bhimtal road is Mahra Village. Here through the
efforts of Dr. Yashodhra Mathpal a rich collection of the cultural
and archeological items have been made. These artifacts from the
Uttrakhand region gives you an insight into the cultural heritage
of this area. At Bhimtal you can enjoy boating and have food at
the restaurant on the island in middle of the lake. Bhimtal is 23
kms from Nainital and there are good accomodation facilities at
Just four kms from Bhimtal is lake with nine corners hence
it is known as the Naukutchia lake. This is an ideal place to spend
your holidays and relax. The lake is full of lotus and is surrounded
by forest with a backdrop of the mountains, all this creates an
ideal condition to enjoy boating in here or sit on the banks and
feel the breeze coming from the lake. There are regular bus and
taxi services to this place and the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam has
got its rest house where you can stay.
From Nainital this place is the 26 kms. The environment is very
good for health. The whole place is surrounded by Apple groves and
trees of many other fruits. You have a rest house to spend your
Ramnagar is 49 kms from the Corbett park but this place is famous
for wild life trekking. One can watch the animals from close quarters.
Nearby is the famous Gargia temples. During the seasons when the
Corbett park is open for visitors, the local travel agents and operators
conduct one day sight seeing tours from this place. Ram Nagar is
65 kms from Nainital.
Once this place was the cantonment for the British troops. Today
this place has been converted into a Vetenary Research Institute.
Mukeshwar is full of natural beauty and from here the snow clad
peaks of the Himalayas are clearly visible. The greenery of this
place attracts visitors attention. Mukteshwar is only 52 kms Nainital
but very few bus services are available for the place.
The Snow view point is located at height of 2270 meter from
the sea level. This place can be reached by the ropeway or the ponies
available at the Mallitaal.
Known as the China peak this peak is the highest point in Nainital.
From here Nainital appears as a bowl. You can walk or take ponies
to the peak. From this peak you can capture the exciting views of
Nainital. Naina peak also gives a good view of the Camelback peak.
There are no hotel or restaurant on the top so carry food and water
along with yourself.
Kilburi is slightly away from Nainital. 12 kms from the main town,
this place is peaceful and quite. Located amidst green forests this
place provides a break from crowds of the city. Kilburi gives a
very good view of the Himalayas. The forest department has got its
guest house here. Kilburi takes you into the laps of nature from
rush of the cities.
This place is of religious importance. Situated at a height of 1951
meters this place was established by Baba Neem Kiroli. A very beautiful
Hanuman mandir is at the top. From Hanuman Garhi watching the Sunset
is very soothing. You can walk down from Nainital to Hanuman Garhi.
The clear skies over Nainital prompted the government to setup an
observatory here. The observatory has one of the most advance telescopes
in India. With the help of this telescope the movement of stars,
planets and other heavenly bodies can be calculated to great precision.
The entry in the observatory is by permission and timings are fixed.
It will be better if you collect the prior information about the
Naina Devi Temple
The attractive lake of Nainital is said to be the eyes of Sati,
wife of Lord Shiva. Sati jumped into the sacrificial bonfire. Lord
Shiva to mourn the death of his beloved wife carried the body across
the country. The remains of her body fell at various places which
today are sacred worship places for the Hindus.
Naini Tal has a small but a very beautiful Zoological garden. There
are many animals kept here which includes Deers, Bears, Tigers and
many more. The hygiene and cleanness of the zoo is a point which
attracts the mind even if one ignores it. Not surprising this zoo
is one of the most clean zoos in the country. The zoo can be reached
on foot or taxi can be hired.
St. John's Church
This church was built in 1847. A brass memorial is kept in memory
of the persons who were buried in the infamous landslide. The few
bodies which could be dug out were buried in the church premises.
Nearest airport is at Pantnagar.
The nearest Railway Station is Kathgodam (35 kms.) connected to
Lucknow, Agra, Delhi & Howrah. Some of the Trains are 5013 (Kathgodam
to Delhi), 3019 (Kathgodam to Howrah), 01 R-va (Kathgodam to Rampur
Passenger) and 5307 (Lalkuan to Lucknow).
Nainital is connected to all the major National/State Highways.
From Nainital the following places are directly connected by regular
Agra (403 kms.), Almora (64 kms.), Badrinath (334 kms.), Bareilly
(140 kms.), Dehradun (387 kms.), Delhi (326 kms.), Hardwar (310
kms.) and Kausani (117 kms.).
Paddle rickshaws & Horses
The Mall is the main shopping center in Nainital which has some
of the good shops where one can do some shopping. In Nainital the
main items to be bought are the woollen garments, decorative pieces
made from wood. The decorative colourful candles are one thing every
traveller to the place takes back with himself. For the woollen
garments the Bohtia Bazaar is the best place whereas the Mall road
and the Mallital are places for good bargain of candles and wooden
Nainital, owing to its location, is colder than the rest of the
hilly tract of Kumaon region. During monsoon, it gets heavy rainfall.
The climate, therefore, is damp. The neighbouring areas of Almora
and Ranikhet are warmer than Nainital. Similarly humidity in Nainital
is less than in other hill towns. The monthly maximum and minimum
temperature of the town ranged between 28.06 degree C and 7.06 degree
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