Nainital: Beautiful Lakes, Amazing Views:-
Nainital is called India’s Lake District. And it’s really not an unfair
reference because it is dotted with many big and small beautiful lakes.
Nainital town itself is situated around a beautiful lake called Naini
jheel. It’s this pretty setting which makes Nainital a hot tourist spot
especially for honeymooners who enjoy the view of the lovely lake and
also try their hands at boating (There are plenty of them, of all colours
and sizes), get themselves snapped to take sweet memories back home.
Other local attractions include ropeway ride and Naina Devi Temple. Once
you are done with sight seeing, how about some shopping at the Mall Road?
That is the specialty of all the hill stations established by the
Britishers during their rule in India.
Besides, Naini jheel there is another lake near Nainital, Khurpatal. An
excursion to this lake is an experience in itself. Once you have finished
Nainital and its surrounding areas, start looking for other famous lakes
of this district, which even fascinated the famous shikari Jim Corbett.
First one you can spot is Bhimtal, the biggest of the lakes in the
district. The small town is named after the lake itself and it is said
that it’s named after the strong Pandav brother Bhima. Here too you can
enjoy boat riding. This lake also has an island in the middle of it! This
island has a restaurant for those who want to spend some time relaxing in
the middle of the water.
From here drive up to the beautiful group of lakes called Saat Tal (Seven
Lakes). It is said at one time there were seven lakes here but now only 5
are remaining. Of all the lakes in this Lake District this group of the
lakes is the cleanest one. Others suffer from the typical Indian tourism
malaise. All kind of garbage finds it way into the lakes due to the total
lack of concern on part of the visitors and local administration. Boating
here is an experience in itself. These lakes are surrounded by green
mountains and make a really good picture.
Nainital, Uttaranchal, Article After you have relished Saat Tal, there is
another lake waiting for you to see. This lake is called Naukuchiatal,
named so because it has nine corners. The legend has it that if you can
see all the nine corners of the lake whatever you wish, it gets
fulfilled. Unfortunately this lake too suffers from the rubbish throwing.
It really needs some good cleaning up before it turns into an ugly pool.
If you have some time to spare, then do visit a small village called
Jeolikot near Nainital, which is known for its health giving climate.
Also, visit Bhuvan Kumari’s Cottage, which is like some gallery of ethnic
art. Door, windows and walls everything has some sort of artistic touch
personally collected by the lady herself. Nainital can be visited
throughout the year but the best time to enjoy Nainital is October and
November when it’s not very crowded and the climate is just perfect for
truly amazing hill experience.
How to Reach: The nearest airport to Nainital is at Pantnagar, which is
about 71 kms away. The nearest railway station is at Kathgodam situated
around 35 kms away. Kathgodam is connected by rail directly with Delhi,
Lucknow and Calcutta. Ranikhet Express and Howrah Express are among the
main trains connecting Kathgodam to other parts of the country. From
Kathgodam one can take private taxies as well as buses run by private
operators and by the state government corporation. Nainital is well
connected by road to other parts of the country. You can reach Nainital
by road from Delhi, Lucknow, Agra and Bareilly.
Where to Stay: Nainital has a number of hotels that suit the needs of
every traveler. Besides Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) run guest house,
Chevron Fairhavens, Manu Maharani and Shervani Hilltop are among the
popular hotels in Nainital.