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Nainital Vacation, India

Nainital, IndiaCapital of India's Lake district, Nainital was Jim Corbett's home for many years. Tough Nainital had expanded and the surrounding forests that once teemed with bears, tigers and deer, the soul remains the same. Nestled in the serene and peaceful hamlet of beautiful lakes and mountains, watch the sun rise and set over the mountains of Nainital. Move across the ravines and valleys, and see localized weather patterns appear over the higher peaks as winds are driven upward. Blessed with picture perfect and varied natural resources, Nainital is dotted with lakes. Nainital's attractions range from quiet walks in meadows the forests of pine and deciduous, the adventure sports as well as popular entertainment.

A perfect view
Naini Lake
Naina Devi Temple at the northern end of the lake is the exact spot where Shiva's consort parvati's eye is said to have fallen. The core beauty of Nainital is its beautiful lake. In the day, mirrored in its waters stand seven proud hills, fenced with lovely cottages and villas. The lakes looks more during the night, when the myriads of bulbs from the hill sides and quite a large number hanging near the lake's edge stab their magic light into its waters.

Skiing in NaintalSnow View
The thrills for kids and adults alike is the rope way Aerial Express to Snow View. You get the majestic views of Himalayas around . You can also ride up to Snow View and back on the ponies or horse available at the north end of the Mall.

Cementry Tour
Lost in the time wrap are the grave yards of the British who lived and died in Nainital. The Old Church of Saint John in the Woods has one such Cementry that you could explore. The Church itself with its stained glass windows and ancient wood pews is a place worth visiting.

The Mall
On one of side of lake run the Mall road now named Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. It is lined up by many hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, shops, banks and other business concerns.

Around one Km. away from bus stand at an altitude of 2100 meters in sprawling open area there is Govind Ballabh Pant high altitude Zoo. Now a days it has Monkeys, Himalayan black bear, Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Palm civet cat, Wolf, Silver Pheasants, Rose ringed Prakeet, Hill Fox, Ghoral, Barking Deer, Sambhar etc.

Ranikhet, Nainital, IndiaSnow View
It is the most easily accessible hill top, height 2270 mts. and at a distance of 2.5 Km from the town. The spot is accessible through rope way. This peak is also connected by motor able road. Snow view as the name suggests offers an indescribably beautiful and breath taking picture of the glittering snows of Himalayas.
It is about 22 Kms. from Nainital and 11 Kms. from Bhowali at an altitude of 1370 mts. The pride of Bhimtal is a beautiful lake which offers magnificent vistas for tourists. Tourist enjoys here boating in lake. There is a 17th century Bhimeshwar temple complex along the 40 feet high dam .
Naukuchia Tal
It is 26 Kms from Nainital and 4 Kms from Bhimtal at 1220 mts above sea level. A pretty deep clean lake with its nine corner is a captivating site. It is within an enchanting valley offering an opportunity of angling and bird watching. There is ample scope for rowing ,paddling or yachting.

A hill station, idyllic in its charm, Ranikhet with its majestic pine trees, is 60 Kms. from Nainital. According to popular belief this spot had won the heart of Rani Padmini, queen of Raja Sudhardev . She chose this scenic place to her abode & since then, it has come to be known as Ranikhet, literally "Queen's Field" .

Nestling among thick dense pine forests, atop a narrow ridge and separated from the towering mountains of the Nanda Devi range by low, medium mountains ; at Kausani the grandeur of the Himalayan scenery comes alive. The view of the snow covered Trishul & Nanda Devi is so clear that one gets a feeling of the snow being within touching distance.

Essential Facts
  • The nearest railhead is at Kathgodam. Travelling to Nainital is a comfortable drive past. Garhmukhteshwara and on to the Hapur and Moradabad bypasses. NH87 from Rampur is a dream, lined with sunflowers and mango groves.
  • The best time to visit is from March to June and September to December.
  • Tourist Office: KMVN Tourist Information Office, 103 Barakhamba Road, New Delhi.
Kim Grindley
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