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The gem of Uttarakhand - Nainital is a charming hill station that sits prettily at the green foothills of the Kumaon ranges in the Himalayas. Located at an elevation of around 1938 metres, the epicentre of the town’s popularity and beauty lies within the gorgeous Naini Lake, after which the town is named. Founded by the British due to its resemblance to the Cumbrian Lake district, Nainital brims with elegant colonial structures that amplify the beauty of this place. It is a perfect weekend getaway from the Indian capital of Delhi.
This quaint little town experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year, making it a tourist getaway, especially preferred by families and honeymooners. The Naini Lake, along with the other lakes in the area, has earned this town the title of ‘City of Lakes’. Whether you want to go boating on the beautiful Naini Lake or any of the other lakes, relish some local delicacies, shop at the Tibetan Market and Mall Road, or take a ropeway ride to soak in the beauty of the Himalayas from Snow View Point, Nainital is sure to leave an imprint on you that will last a lifetime.
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Nainital used to be an annual weekend getaway back when I was a child as it was only driving distance from my grandmother's place. It is a quintessential hilltop which has every element to for me to unwind. There's a plethora of things to do and places to visit. I started my trip with a serene boat ride in the Naini lake which is surrounded by seven majestic mountains. Next up, I took a tour of the Ropeway to have a breathtaking view of the snow-clad Himalayas. For me, familiarising myself with the Tibetan culture was a one of a kind experience. The best way to do that is by taking a stroll in the flea market spread across the banks of Naini lake. This is where your bargaining skills will come into play.
- Carry warm clothes and good shoes irrespective of which season you travel in.
Pines, yummy blueberries and raspberries and coloured glass earrings are what I can recall from my trip to the town of nine lakes-Nainital. Situated in Uttarakhand near the Kumaon region, Nainital is perfect for the weekend getaway as the hills are not as far as Manali or Kashmir. The best part about being in Nainital is that you get to absorb into the atmosphere and let yourself feel fresh and free. Famous for its boating and water activities like paragliding, rope climbing, river crossing and yacht riding, Nainital makes you feel at home and offers you to feel alive. Bhimtal, Saattal and Naini lake offer you an opportunity to row the boat and view the beautiful green white mountains while you let yourself enjoy in the lake. The gun point in Nainital is the perfect destination to visit to if you want to have a wider and better view of the hills and the ancient structures and palaces. The Naina Devi Temple is surrounded by waters and the cool breeze moving across the place makes you want to sit there for long. The Tibetan market in the main streets of Nainital is perfect for hot steaming momos, authentic Tibetan food, fresh fruits and juices, shopping coloured buntings and delicate glass earrings and beaded necklace. If you love taking gifts for your family back home, you should visit the Mall Road and buy antique showpieces, wind chimes, wooden key chains, umbrellas and caps and scarves. The food options available are vast and you get to eat everything from North Indian to Tibetan cuisine. My personal favourite to eat in Nainital would be Rajma Chawal because they are the best ever in the hills and the local dhabas. Hot chocolates, fresh fruits, filter coffee, steamed corn and multi-flavoured softy are my must haves whenever I visit this 'City of Lakes'!
Nainital is a beautiful place.Always go in the season time to find some good crowd.Nainital is far better than Mussorie.One can also go to almora and ranikhet if willing to travel more.
A sight to soothe your eyes. Can be visited throughout the year. Also an ideal place for both devotees and adventure enthusiasts.
Is crowded most of the time, especially during peak seasons. Not ideal for those who wish instant connectivity.
This is the perfect destination for those wishing a respite from the hot summers in the northern plains of India. Also ideal for the trekking enthusiasts, and the devotees of Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati / Parvati