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"A Guide to the Beautiful Hill Station of Nainital"

Nainital is a small hill station located in the Northern Himalayan region of India. As soon as you enter the city, the mighty lake surrounded by spellbinding mountains will welcome you to its abode. The aura and tranquility of this place are unbelievable. If you're visiting India, make sure Nainital is on your bucket list. When we traveled to Switzerland, I was recalling the roads and scenic beauty of our own nation and hill stations, we've got the abundance of Mother Nature filled with striking mountains terrains, flora, and fauna. The Himalayas, the colossal mountains, the largest and highest peak on Earth, sit next to us. We are truly blessed to have such a wealth of natural wonders right at our doorstep.

 

Nainital is a small hill station located in the Northern Himalayan region of India. It was named after the goddess Naina Devi, and the city boasts a beautiful lake called Naini-Tal. As soon as you enter the city, you will be amazed by the incredible and unparalleled beauty of Mother Nature.

Nainital is divided into two parts: Mallital and Tallital. Malli refers to the upper part of the city and Talli refers to the lower part, located around the lake. To connect the upper and lower parts, there are two roads: the famous Mall Road, which is always busy with tourists and locals, and Thandi Sadak, which is typically peaceful and serene.

During the time when the British Empire controlled Northern India, Nainital was a popular hill station for British officials. Some of the architecture in the city still reflects the British influence. For example, the colorful boats on the lake are a unique feature that can't be found elsewhere, not even in Europe. Nainital has a romantic atmosphere that makes it a perfect destination for honeymooners.

In addition to its natural beauty, Nainital is also a place of cultural diversity. It is home to temples, mosques, churches, and monasteries, which all coexist peacefully. If you love snow, visit Nainital in January to play snowball fights or go ice skating. The city is just a few hours from Delhi and is easily accessible by train, car, or taxi. The nearest airport is Pant Nagar, from which you can take a taxi directly to Nainital. Alternatively, you can take a train to Kathgodam and then catch a taxi to Nainital.

The Mall Road is always crowded in the summer but is a great place to take a leisurely stroll. If you prefer more strenuous activities, take a hike to China Peak, Tiffin Top, or Snow View to get a closer view of the Himalayas. If you're interested in stargazing, visit Hanuman Gadi or the National Observatory.

 

 

Things to visit in Nainital:-

  1. Naina Devi Temple- As described by the name, it's the main attraction of Nainital overlooking Naini Lake. I visited it each and every day with my grandmother during the summer holidays.
  2. Gurudwara- Just a few blocks from Naina Devi temple is this Gurudwara, another place to bow the heads and to thank the Almighty.
  3. Fields- The grounds between the Mall Road and Naina Devi temple is filled with tourist all year round. Lots of Bollywood movies were shot here.
  4. Mall Road- Don't know why every hill station has a Mall Road, maybe it's due to the shopping outlets alongside the road, just a guess but Mall Road is the most happening area in Nainital during the season. There are no vehicles allowed after 5 pm on Mall Road. Tourists flock on here as soon as it's dawn to enjoy the lake in the night light.
  5. A rickshaw ride is a must in Nainital- Rickshaws transport the passengers up and down on the mall road. Only 2 passengers are allowed per rickshaw now, the rates are fixed but you can pay a tip to the person if you would like.
  6. Snow View- If you love hiking, don't take the gondola instead hike uphill to Snow view, its so much fun and while you are at the top, don't forget to try the delicious Kwality Ice-cream. You get to witness the mighty Himalayas from this point.
  7. Tippon Top is another hiking destination, you can also get a horse/ pony ride to reach there but we hiked all the way up with a big group, it was an epic and unforgettable memory of my life.
  8. Naini Peak- It's the highest peak of Nainital, we could never make it there yet. Himalayan mountain chains look closer from here. Horse/pony rides are available for tourists.
  9. Hanuman Gadhi- Hanuman devotes must seek blessings at Hanuman Gadhi, it's on the way from Nainital to Haldwani.
  10. Observatory- My best friend worked here, she is a scientist. I am so proud of her but never got an opportunity to actually visit it. If you're one of those Astronomic enthusiasts, you must visit there.
  11. Old church located at the Mall road- This was our favorite church at the beginning of upper Mall road, quiet and peaceful.
  12. Nainital Zoo- I don't like the zoo anymore but if you are fond of animals, this is one place. You can reach there by car, it's quite accessible.
  13. Boat Ride- So many beautiful, vibrant boat rides are a must, which one would you choose, paddle boat, rowing boat, or a surfing boat. Enchanting mountains, the clear lake, serenity, and the ambiance will steal your heart.
  14. Outlets near Naina Devi temple- There are multiple outlets just outside the temple, adjacent to each other which serve the street style delicacies. You must try them once.

Close to the temple, there is a Tibetan market, where you can bargain and buy the good stuff. Do try momos and chowmein in a small joint in the middle of the market  All the above-mentioned places are the amazing places to visit while you are visiting Nainital. Observatory and China Peak are on my bucket list for our next visit.

Last but not the least; do visit Kainchi Dham of Neemkarauli Baba, a reincarnation of Lord Hanuman. Tech giants like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg took shelter here during their dark days to seek inspiration, once they had dark days in their lives.

Have a great trip in Nainital!!!

P.S. Some of the pictures have been supplied by the web.