Nainital is a charming Himalayan lake town located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, India. It is commonly known as the ‘Lake District’ and is nestled high up in the Kumaon Himalayas at an altitude of around 2,000 m above sea level. The town is centered around the emerald mountain lake Naini, which on most days is dotted with colorful sailboats. According to mythology, the lake is believed to have been formed when the eyes of goddess “Sati” fell at this spot while her body was bring carried by Lord Shiva after her death.
Nainital is surrounded by seven hills, popularly known as ‘Sapta-Shring’- Ayarpata, Deopata, Handi-Bandi, Naina, Alma, Lariya-Kanta and Sher-ka-Danda. The majestic mountains and the sparkling waters of the lake add an immense lot to the beauty of the town. The town has a strong colonial heritage with vibrant clusters of villas and bungalows.
Nainital offers everything that’s required for a perfect holiday. There are plenty of hotels and resorts set on the hillside; the Mall Road is a busy shopping hub; cafes and restaurants serve both local and global cuisine; and there are innumerable forested trails that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape. You can paddle in the lake or even try riding a horse in the town. Nainital is also a popular hot-air ballooning and mountaineering destination.
Some of the important places to visit in Nainital are:
Naina Peak- The highest peak in Nainital offering breathtaking views of the surrounding hills.
Nainital Lake- A beautiful natural freshwater lake surrounded by lush green hills.
Raj Bhavan- A beautiful colonial-era building that houses the Governor of Uttarakhand.
There are more other beautiful places to visit and the best time to visit Nainital is between March and June when the weather is pleasant. It receives heavy snowfall in winter and turns into a white wonderland, making it a popular Christmas and New Year destination.
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