Nainital popular Hill Station in the Uttarakhand.

Nainital Popular Hill Station:

Nainital is a popular hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and headquarters of Nainital district in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Situated at an altitude of 2,084 metres (6,837 ft) above sea level, Nainital is set in a valley containing a mango-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains, of which the highest are Naina (2,615 m (8,579 ft)) on the north, Deopatha (2,438 m (7,999 ft)) on the west, and Ayarpatha (2,278 m (7,474 ft)) on the south. From the tops of the higher peaks, “magnificent views can be obtained of the vast plain to the south, or of the mass of tangled ridges lying north, bound by the great snowy range which forms the central axis of the Himalayas. Botanic Gardens, .

Popular Hill station, Nainital has Numerous tourist spots: !

Nainital Lake    * – *  Himalaya Darshan & Echo Zone *–* Naina Peak {8622 ft. From Sea level}
Tiffin Top   *–* Snow View Point *—* Gurney House *–* Gurdwara Singh Sabha
Naina Devi Temple  *–* Cave Garden  *–* Sat Tal  *–* Hanumangarhi  *–*  Mall Road
Himalaya Darshan  *–*  St. John’s Church  *–*  Kilbury  *–*  Thandi Road  *–*  Tibetan Market

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Nainital popular Hill Station

We drove from Tallital, the foot of the lake, to its head, Mallital, the older colonial part of town. Connecting these two ends was The Mall, a 1.5-km-promenade of restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops. Squatting at the northern edge was Nainital Boat House Club on a large plain called The Flats, which resulted from a devastating landslide in 1880 that flattened the Victoria Hotel, killing 150 people. In a great secular display, a gurudwara, the Jama Masjid and the Naina Devi Temple stood near each other. Not far was St Francis Catholic Church, the first Methodist church in India, established in 1858. An NCC troupe practised their march-past while lads played cricket. The Tibetan Market stalls hawked colourful sweaters, gloves, momos, ‘Free Tibet stickers’ and cheap souvenirs, ironically ‘made in China’. Nainital Popular Hill Station

Avoiding touristy boat cruises and horse rides, we hoped to cover the less explored side of the largest town in Kumaon. Driving past the sprawling Manu Maharani Hotel, we reached Shervani Hilltop, tucked into the hillside. There was no ‘lake view’ but it was blissfully cut off from the town’s bustle. A board credited the two gardeners (both named Mohan Singh) for maintaining ‘Mohan Singh Garden’ for 40 years. After a leisurely breakfast, we set off on our local explorations.

Mythology
It is believed that the Naini Lake is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths, or The most popular is based on the story of the death of the goddess Sati. Out of grief and sorrow, Shiva carried Sati’s body, reminiscing about their moments as a couple, and roamed around the universe with it. Vishnu had cut her body into 52 body parts, using his Sudarshana Chakra, which fell on Earth to become sacred sites where all the people can pay homage to the Goddess. The spot where Sati’s eyes (or Nain) fell, came to be called Nain-tal or lake of the eye. The goddess Shakti is worshiped at the Naina Devi Temple, known by locals as Naini Mata Temple on the north shore of the present day lake. Nainital Popular Hill Station

The quiet western slopes of the lake were perfect for Sri Aurobindo Ashram’s Van Niwas Himalayan Centre for yoga and meditation. Tiger conservationist and author Jim Corbett stayed at Gurney House, his last dwelling in India before returning to England. Clifton, another home built by Corbett’s family and later acquired as the summer residence of Sahanpur riyasat, was now a heritage homestay. Ornithologist Salim Ali had stayed here in 1983. Few know that Corbett, a member of Nainital Municipal Board, spent Rs 4,000 of his personal funds to build the bandstand.

Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go.

Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go.

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Shopping sojourn Nainital has a vibrant candle making industry. We peeped into Mehrotras House of Wax, the oldest candle shop in town. The Pahari Store, the factory showroom of Anil Candles, had decorative, perfumed, floating and gel candles in every… Nainital Popular Hill Station.

Nainital popular Hill Station

the most magnificent building in Nainital was out of bounds. Raj Bhavan, formerly Government House, was built in 1899 by architect F W Stevens in Victorian ‘domestic’ Gothic style. The erstwhile summer residence of colonial-era governors, it has a lovely golf course attached to it. The Old Secretariat, built in 1900, currently houses the Uttarakhand High Court. Dog-tired after a really long day, we headed back to Shervani, skipping the evening entertainment to grab an early dinner.

Before dawn, we were ready to visit Snow View (7,450 ft) at Sher-ka-Danda ridge northeast of town. There’s a cable car from The Mall, but we preferred the two-km-hike. Halfway up, Tibetan prayer flags announced the small Gadhan Kunkyopling Gompa of the Gelugpa order. The snowy peaks of Nanda Devi, Trisul and Nanda Kot looked resplendent and the trail continued 4 km to Naina Peak. Nainital is a great base to explore nearby lakes like Sat Tal, Bhimtal and Naukuchiyatal, and century-old forest rest houses at Kilbury, Vinayak and Kunjakharak. At Pangot, one can spot up to 500 bird species. But for this, a two-day jaunt seemed too little.

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it seemed hard to imagine that few outsiders knew of its existence till early 19th century. George William Traill, the first British deputy commissioner of Kumaon and commissioner from 1815 to 1835, learnt of this enchanting lake ringed by mountains and meadows from locals who celebrated an annual fair here. Yet, his love for the natives and their simple pahadi ways made him keep its location a well-guarded secret for years. Traill feared that such a beautiful spot would become an escape from the hot North Indian summer, and the influx of people would besmirch its pristine environment.

Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go.

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