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The popular summer retreat of India, Nainital attracts innumerable tourists during the summer heat. The hill resort is indeed a pleasure. The gorgeous greens and the majestic mountains add to the beauty of the hill resort. The small town of Nainital in Uttaranchal is dotted with cottages, villas and bungalows.

Nainital was discovered by an Englishman named P. Barron in 1839. The glorious gem-like lake and the virgin hills appealed to him so strongly that he left a flourishing sugar business to settle here. And so it began. First the holidaying English then the Indian maharajas and then the Indian public. Nainital has never looked back as a summer retreat since. The headquarters of the district by the same name; Nainital is the largest and most popular hill-station of the Kumaon region. Making it your base, around Nainital the most amazing places worth to visit are Ranikhet, Kausani, Mukteshwar and Almora. The heart of the destination is the Naini Lake named after the emerald green eyes of the Goddess Parvati, who is also the patron goddess of the region. From around the lake rise wooded slopes, one side being heavily populated by a large township. Nainital is also intimately linked with legendary hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett. He lived here with his family and it is from here that he first ventured on hunting trips in the surrounding forests. Later Corbett was to play an important role in establishing Corbett, which is known as Corbett National Park in Uttaranchal.

Situated at an altitude of 1,938 meters the hill resort of Nainital tourism offers several places of interest to the tourists. The hill resort is believed to have derived its name from the goddess Naina. There is a temple dedicated to the goddess Naina too in Nainital. The natural beauty and the charm of the scenic spots besides the cool weather make Nainital the place to be in during the summers. The natural beauty and especially the Lake made Nainital one of the favourite summer destinations.

Best Time to visit:

Best time to visit Nainital are the summer months from March to June. You can also visit Nainital during September-October.

Places of Interest:

Naini Lake: Naini Lake is situated in the heart of the city. The eye-shaped lake is a tourist hotspot and acts as a magnet for all those visiting the hill resort. Tourist can enjoy boating in the lake.

The Mall: The Mall is Nainital's popular promenade and the centre of frenetic activity especially in the late afternoons.

Dorothy's Seat: 4 kms to the West of the lake lies Dorothy's seat, also known as Tiffin Top. Here a seat was built by an Englishman named Kellet in the memory of his wife, who was killed in an air crash. The spot offers a partial view of Nainital.

Land's End: Located on the Southern border of the lake, and standing 2,881 metres high, this hill offers a view of another lake, Khurpa Tal.

Hanuman Garhi: 3 kms from South of Tallital lies Hanuman Garhi, where there is a small temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The place is also a good spot for viewing the setting sun.

State Observatory:Located around 1 km from Hanuman Garhi on the top of a ridge is the State Observatory.

Naini Devi Temple: Nainital is believed to be one of the 64 Shaktipeeths, where one of the body parts of Goddess Sati fell, when Lord Shiva carried her body. In Nainital, the eyes (Naina) of the Goddess are assumed to have fallen. The shrine of Naina Devi is a must visit for devout Hindus.

Governor's House: Built in 1899, Governor's House or Raj Bhavan is a marvelous reminiscent of the British era. Built in Victorian Gothic style. Presently, the guest house for the Governor of Uttarakhand. However, one has to take prior permission to visit the place.

St. John's Church: Built in 1844, 'St. John in the Wilderness' is one of the most tranquil places in the town of Nainital. The church is located on Mallital, the north end of the town.

Snow View Point: Situated at an altitude of 2,260 m, Snow View Point is one of the coldest regions in Nainital. View of breathtaking pictures of snow-covered peaks and mountains.

Naina Peak: 6 kms Overlooking the Naini Lake, Naina peak 2611mt provides the most breathtaking view of the hill station of Nainital Horses or ponies can be hired from Snow View Point or Mallital, if one intends to visit the peak. Also referred to as the China peak.


By Air: The nearby domestic Airport is Palam Airport at New Delhi, although Phool bagh being the nearest airport 72 kms from Nainital.

By Rail: The nearby railhead is Kathgodam, 34 kms from the Nainital connected with New Delhi, Calcutta & Lucknow with nos of trains. Lalkuan is 60 kms from Nainital which is connected to Bareilly, Agra & Lucknow by narrow gauge.

By Road: New Delhi: 300 kms, Corbett National Park: 125 kms, Kathgodam: 34 kms, Haldwani: 40 kms, Lalkua: 60 kms, Ranikhet: 62 kms, Almora: 64 kms, Ramnagar: 65 kms, Kausani: 117 kms, Bareilly: 140 kms, Champawat : 160 kms, Pithoragarh: 186 kms, Haridwar: 245 kms, Dehradun: 300 kms, Badrinath:334 kms, Lucknow: 400 kms, Agra: 405 Kms.

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