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Interesting Facts About Nainital :

A very popular hill station in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand, Nainital is considered to be one of the most alluring cities of the Himalayan belt and is located in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Perched at a height of 6,837 feet above sea level, this charming hill town is nestled in a valley containing lakes, scenic mountain peaks and dense, refreshing, greenery. The presence of 3 major lakes within the city of Nainital make the environment very calm and cool.

This hill station has a subtropical highland climate owing to its elevation and hence has very dry winters from November to February and very wet summers which extend from May to August due to the South Asian monsoon system. The summers are fairly cool however. Owing to its location and climate, Nainital was first chosen as a health resort and frequented by British soldiers and colonial officials and their families, after which it soon became a summer residence of the Governor of the United Provinces.

The most prominent of all the lakes is the Naini Lake which is mango shaped and surrounded by mountains. One is treated to magnificent views of the surrounding landscape from these mountain peaks. History reveals that the Kumaon hills were taken under control by the British after the Anglo-Nepalese war which took place during the period 1814 to 1816. It was only in 1841 that this picturesque little hill station called Naini Tal emerged after the construction of the first European house called Pilgrim Lodge by P.Barron a sugar trader from Shahjahanpur who found this location the most appealing. Soon thereafter houses sprung up on the slopes of the mountains creating a settlement. This hill station is more or less divided in two halves with Tallital on the southern side of the lake and Mallital on the northern stretch and plenty of scenic attractions in between. Nainital has also been known for its very prestigious schools,  colleges and boarding institutions that were founded right from the latter half of the 19th century.

An ideal destination for family holidays, one can enjoy boating, trekking, feeding animals at the zoo, picnicking on the hills and lots more at this enchanting location. Plenty of adventure sports options like river rafting, sky diving, para sailing, kayaking, rock climbing, horse-riding etc are available too. This enchanting destination also offers wonderful opportunities for camping and nature walks.

How to reach Nainital :

By air – Nainital does not have an airport. The nearest airport is found at a distance of 65 kms at Pantnagar, which mostly receives private chartered flights. There are no commercial flights to this place. The nearest airport which has good air connectivity with other cities is New Delhi. From here one can hire taxis or take a train.

By train – The nearest railway station is at Kathgodham, at a distance of 34 kms. There are regular trains to Delhi and frequent trains to Lucknow and Howrah too.

By bus – There are plenty of bus options from several cities in the North to Nainital. Taking an overnight bus is one of the most convenient methods of travel to this destination.

Some must-visit attractions in Nainital :

Naini Lake :
The most popular tourist spot in Nainital, this natural freshwater lake is loved for its serene calmness, scenic backdrop of inviting green mountains and at the same time, for the fact that it is quite a centre of activity in the main part of town. One can enjoy boating, paddling and yachting, chilling by the lakeside and enjoying the sun set. Tourists can also indulge in shopping at any of the numerous stores on the famous Mall road nearby. The evening setting by the lakeside is even more magical, with the reflection of several hotel lights twinkling in the clear water of the lake and a gentle breeze passing through.

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

Kilbury And Pangot :

Located at a distance of 12 km from Nainital, these are great places to escape from the chaotic bustle of life. One can just laze in these breathtaking natural surroundings and watch the world go by. The breathtaking view of the Himalayas peeping out amidst the lush dense forests of oak, pine and rhododendron at Kilbury create images that are unforgettable. And what could be better than to hear the sweet, musical chirping and at times shrill sounds of more than 580 species of birds that inhabit this wonderful bird sanctuary. The sanctuary is situated in the reserve forest of Nainital and is truly a bird-watcher and photographer’s delight.

St. John’s Church :

This neo-gothic styled ancient church built in 1846 and dedicated to St.John the Baptist, is one of the most impressive and finest churches in Nainital. Secluded and tucked away in the midst of pine and deodar trees at a stand-alone hill in Mallital, this church is very far away from the pandemonium of the main town and extremely soothing and peaceful in its environment. The church is also famous for its beautiful stained glass windows.

Timings: 7 am to 6.30 pm

Snow View Point :

One of the oldest and the best view points in Nainital, this location is the most visited and admired by tourists. Situated just 3 kms from the main Nainital town, Snow View Point overlooks the whole city and beautiful lake and lets one feast their eyes on the magnificent Himalayas. Enchanting views of snow-capped mountains like Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Trishul can be enjoyed with some delectable snacks and tea which are available at that height. Tourists can also enjoy their time in the local temple present there which houses images of Rama, Sita, Laxman, Hanuman, Shiv and Durga, as well as in the nearby Tibetan monastery. Though one can travel to the spot by road, taking the aerial ropeway from Mallital is an experience in itself.

Timings : 10 am to 5 pm. Closed on Saturdays.  

Nainital Zoo :

The only zoo in the entire state of Uttarakhand, the Nainital Zoo is officially called Bharat Ratna Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo. One of the best attractions for wildlife lovers, this zoo is home to several endangered wildlife species like the Himalayan Black Bear, Tibetan Wolf, Japanese Macaque, Hill Partridge, Hill Fox, Sambar, Barking deer, Silver Pheasant, Red Jungle Fowl, the Siberian Tiger, Spot Snow Leopard, Rose Ringed Parakeet and plenty more. Located at a height of 6900 feet, this high altitude zoo has a wonderful dense forest with evergreen trees.

Timings: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Closed on Mondays and national holidays.

Naina Peak :

Famed for being the highest point in Nainital, Naina Peak or China Peak or Cheena Peak, as called colloquially, is a gorgeous lookout point and makes a delightful trail for trekkers. Lined with cypress, deodar and pine trees, this rhododendron scattered beautiful path, passes through a dense forest till it converges at the top of the mountain. An excellent site to breathe in pure, unadulterated air and revel in the spellbinding beauty of the magnificent mountains, lakes and forests beneath, this location is definitely one that tourists should not miss.

Eco Cave Gardens :

Comprising of various natural interconnected caves of different animals, the Eco Cave Gardens at the Sukhatal region of Nainital provide tourists with a very exciting, mysterious and enchanting time. Exploring dark, dingy, creepy looking cave hideouts of animals, which sometimes narrow down to tunnels, is what this activity is all about. Tourists are made to walk, bend or crawl through various sized caves which are named as Bat caves, Squirrel Caves, Flying Fox caves, Apes Caves, Tiger Caves and Panther Caves each giving the explorer a feel of that particular animal’s habitat. All said and done, this can be quite an entertaining, enjoyable and informative family outing in the outdoors.

Timings: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

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Interesting Facts About Nainital :

A very popular hill station in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand, Nainital is considered to be one of the most alluring cities of the Himalayan belt and is located in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Perched at a height of 6,837 feet above sea level, this charming hill town is nestled in a valley containing lakes, scenic mountain peaks and dense, refreshing, greenery. The presence of 3 major lakes within the city of Nainital make the environment very calm and cool.

This hill station has a subtropical highland climate owing to its elevation and hence has very dry winters from November to February and very wet summers which extend from May to August due to the South Asian monsoon system. The summers are fairly cool however. Owing to its location and climate, Nainital was first chosen as a health resort and frequented by British soldiers and colonial officials and their families, after which it s......Read More


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