Nainital, often referred as the land of ‘Tri-Rishi-Sarovar’ has a very interesting mythological background. The water in the famous Naini Lake is believed to have been sapped down from Tibet by three sages. They while on a pilgrimage in the ‘Abode of Gods’ are believed to have dug out a hole to quench their thirst and the hole later turned into a magnificent lake. Today, people from all over the world come here to enjoy a languid vacation in the serenity around this splendid lake and the small settlement that has grown encompassing this lake is one of the best Hill stations in the country.
But, apart from its being a beautiful hill station, Nainital enjoys the status of being one of the total 64 Shakti peeths spread across the country according to Hindu mythology. It is believed that the left eye (Nain) of Sati (Lord Shiva’s wife) fell here and the name Nainital originated from this word’ Nain’. Surprisingly, the shape of this lake resembles an eye silhouette as well. Thus, a visit to the Naina Devi temple at the northern end of the lake is a must in Nainital.
Activities and Excursions
Blessed by the wonderful landscapes of the Kumaon hills, Nainital enjoys a pleasant climate and is most frequented by tourists during summer season. The trend of spending the scorching summer days in this beautiful town started during the British Raj and ever since it has been a favourite summer retreat for the Indians.
History says, an expedition that ended in utter confusion ultimately resulted in the discovery of this beautiful spot tucked away in the Kumaon hills. In the year 1839 a British businessman and his friend while hunting in the hills accidentally discovered this emerald setting. Gradually, this place went on to become a British colony for recreational activities. This fact explains the colonial streak laced in and around this small town. A prominent British architectural style is visible in the buildings housing many clubs, rest houses, recreation centers and upscale market areas in Nainital.
In other words, the colonial charm of this hill station serves a perfect setting fro a romantic summer by the emerald hills, lush green forests and the placid lake. But, not everything in Nainital is British but an Indian country life also visible in Nainital.
A languid boating dayout at the lake is what every visitor prefers and Nainital, often referred as the ‘paradise lake city has many more enchanting lakes strewn all over the place. 'Bhimtal', ‘Saattal’, 'Naukuchiatal' and 'Khurpatal' are some of the nearest lakes that have beautiful resorts to spend a perfect Himalayan vacation. But, a vacation at Nainital is not only limited to boating but also offers canoeing, yachting and many adventure sports options. Or a panoramic view of the snow capped Himalaya and a solitary walk by the woods can rejuvenate one from all the metropolitan stress. Mainly inhabited by Tribal people of the Kumaoni race, Nainital is a tourist friendly destination and thus, the hospitality of the locals deserves a special mention.
How To Reach :
The town is well connected to almost all the towns in the state and Delhi is the most convenient location to kick off a trip to Uttarakhand. Nainital is approximately 280 kilometers from Delhi and it takes 6-7 hours by road to reach. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam Railhead 35 km away. Pantnagar, situated 71 km away is the nearest airport.