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Nainital travel guide

Published: 11/08/2012

Nainital is a beautiful hill station set in the foot hills of the Kumaon ranges of the outer Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Located in a valley at an altitude of 2084 meters above sea level, Nainital is surrounded by ridges and dense foliage of pine, deodar and oaks and a riot of colourful wild blossoms .Nainital has got its name from a pear shaped natural lake called Nainitalab or Nainital, approximately two miles in circumference, set in the valley. Legend has it that the pearshaped lake is actually the left eye (nayan) of Goddess Parvati supposedly fallen out at that very place when Lord shiv was doing the Tandav holding her dead body.

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According to the Hindu Scriptures, Naini Lake is called Tri Rishi Sarovar. Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha, three sages, upon finding no water in the place, dug a large hole and filled it with the water from Manasarovar. This lake is considered holy by the Hindus and is also believed to be one of the 64 shakti Peeths of Sati . Goddess Shakti is worshipped in the form of Naina Devi at a temple on the northern banks of the Lake.

Nainital is an extremely popular tourist destination. The best time to visit the place is during the months of March to June.

History of Nainital

P.Barron, a sugar trader from Shahjahanpur built the first European house (Pilgrimís lodge) in Nainital in the year 1841. Gradually a town came up with many Britishers and Europeans thronging the place because of its climate and the panoramic scenery. Before long, the town become a health resort for the British soldiers and colonial officials and their families. By the later part of 19th century the town became the summer residence of the Governor of the united province and it remained so till Independence. In 1880 a huge landslide had destroyed many of the Victorian styled buildings and the original Naina Devi Temple along with a huge loss of lives. Later another temple was rebuilt (present Naina Devi) and more buildings came up. In about 50 years time by 1842, Nainital had become a predominantly English town with the local Kumaoni tribes relegated into the deep forests.

Top 5 tourist Attractions

1. Naina Devi Temple - Dedicated to Naina Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Sati, after which Nainital got its name.
2. Nainital Lake - The pear shaped lake, around which the town is built
3. Governorís House - Governorís House was built in 1899, was the summer residence of the Governor.
4. Snow View - Snow view a look out point situated atop the Sher-ka-danda Ridge.
5. Pt. G.B.Pant High Altitude Zoo - This is one of the two High Altitude Zoo in India with some high altitude endangered species.

Getting here and around

By Air:

The nearest airport is the Pantnagar Airport, 71kms. away from Nainital. Taxis are available from the airport to Nainital at affordable price. The journey by road provides beautiful views of the valley, mountains, forests, floating clouds and snow capped peaks. The nearest international airport is at Delhi.

By Train:

The nearest railway station is Kathagodam, 35Km. from Nainital. Most of the cities and towns are directly connected with Kathgadam by road.

By Road:

There is no dearth of buses, taxis, deluxe coaches and Volvo connecting to Nainital from most of cities and towns not only in Uttarakhand but all over India.

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