Nainital is one of the most beautiful hillstations in Uttarakhand and is frequented by all kinds of tourists and travellers. Also known as the ‘Lake District’ of India, Nainital is dotted with several lakes, the most prominent amongst them being the Nainilake. The lake is ringed by hills that are replete with hiking trails, making them a perfect holiday destination in Nature’s lap.
Places to Visit
Naini Lake :
Naini Lake is the most appealingly lovely natural freshwater lake, situated in the midst of Nainital city of Uttarakhand and the lake offers photographic views and a soulfully delightful experience. It's the Naini Lake after which the hill station has been named. The lake is formed in the middle of the mountain slopes thus addingto its magnificence and beauty. As indicated by a legend, the lake started to be the point at which the eye of Sati's body dropped out while Lord Shiva was carrying her across. The Nainilake which forms a lunar shaped crescent is the main lake around which the entire city of Nainital has sprung up. The lake offers several water sport activities for tourists and transforms into a happening entertainment destination in the evenings. The early mornings and late evenings are more serene and calm allowing space for self reflection. Several inns – resorts and stay options near the lake make it a favoured destination.
Naina Peak or China Peak :
At 8,622 ft above ocean level, Naina Peak or the China Peak has the distinction of being the highest peak in the town and is a good trekking option for moderate trekkers. Likewise pony rides to the top of the hill are also available. The Naina peak offers enchanting views of the Himalayan range and from the top one can also get an eye view of the entire Nainital city.
St. John Church :
The congregation happens to be a standout amongst the most visited vacation destinations in Nainital. Established in 1844, the St John Church is one of the earliest buildings of Nainital and is among the finest churches in any hill station in India.The church is located near the Naina Devi temple and is surely worth a visit on a trip to the city of lakes.
Naina Devi Temple :
Considered as one of the 'Shakti Peeths' and a noteworthy religious place for Hindus, the Naina Devi Temple is a sacred place of great devotion in Nainital. It is dedicated to Goddess Naina Devi. The Naina Devi temple is situated on the Naina hillock close to the Naini Lake, and attracts a large number of pilgrims and tourists consistently.
Zoo Gardens :
While on your vacations in Nainital, you can likewise decide to make a visit to the exquisite GovindVallabh Pant Zoo in Nainital. The Zoo Garden has wild creatures including tigers, bear, dears , wolf, panther, palm civet, sambhar and numerous other warm blooded animal and feathered creature species. The Nainital Zoo lies at an elevation of 2,100 m above ocean level. It stays shut on Monday.
Caverns Garden :
The Eco Cave Gardens are a major attraction for children.A fairly new tourist attraction in Nainital, it has severalnatural interconnected caves of different animals. Regular educational eco tours for students are organized at the Eco Gardens.
Hanuman Garhi :
Hanuman Garhiis a famous temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman and located at 1950 mts above sea level. It is a 3.5 kms drive from Nainital city. The temple is well known for its majestic views of sunsets. A view of the setting sun as it sinks down, painting the azure skies golden red is a delight to watch. The temple was built in 1950 by a famous local Hindu saint namedNeemKaroli Baba..
Snow View Point :
Located at 2270 mts above sea level, the snow view is a popular tourist destination in Nainital and is accessible via cable cars or pony rides. The point offers magnificent views of the snow covered peaks of the Himalayan range and a bird’s eye view of the entire Nainital city. Located at an altitude and in the lap of nature the place is also a good trekking spot.