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adisidh Nainital - A travel report by subodh
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Nainital,  India - flag India -  Uttar Pradesh
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Nainital -lake paradise

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Nainital is a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace, blessed with scenic natural spledour and varied natural resources . Dotted with lakes , Nainital has earned the epithet of 'Lake District' of India .

naini lake
naini lake
We went to Nainital in last April, a popular tourist destination in Uttranchal(Uttrancha-l), after hearing a lot of praises about the place. The lake district of Kumaon nestling Himalayan region of North India left me spell bound. We stayed at Kumau Mandal Vikas Nigam hotel facing lake. I was mesmerized by the scenic natural splendor and varied natural resources. The first sight I ventured was Naini Lake that forms the nucleus of the Nainital. The tal is so deep that you can deep 10 elephants one above the other told my guide, Paddling boats were available on an hourly rate of Rs 100/ to Rs 200/-. We covered the entire Naini lake in just 30 minutes. After a while, We went to Mall Road, that inner circles the Naini Lake at the heart of the town. You won't believe that I actually queued for the joy-ride. And also tried the famous rope-way, that carried us to Snow-view peak, high up in the mountains from where the view of the valley and the town spread in its lap, is breathtakingly beautiful. Well my guide told me that the Nainital was discovered in 1841 when a British, Mr. Barron, chanced upon the lake. Moved by the scenic beauty of the lake and thickly forested hills, he constructed a house named Pilgrim's Cottage. we also visited the Hanuman Garhi, that is 3.5 km away from the main bus stop and at an altitude of 1951 mts. It is a religious centre and famous for its sun set view. Nainital got its name because it has nine tals, Tals means lakes. Informed by my guide. The tals we visited were Bhim Tal, Khurp tal, Sat tal, Naukuchia tal. we found the area around Nainital as nature-lover's delight. The seven peaks that beautifully surrounds the city - saptashringa, the forested hillsides, vantage points like Snow View, Kilbury and Land's End. The exotic land offered me a great vistas of Himalayan peaks, all are short treks away from town .This was my great experience .

Favourite spots:
naulichiataal- lake
naulichiataal- lake
Adventure Sports at Nainital Angling & Fishing Khurpatal: Khurptal makes one of the best lake sites of Nainital situated 10-km from the town. One can also trek, and it is about 5 km by a bridle path. It is a small hamlet endowed with a beautiful lake and its crystal clear waters are a paradise of perfection for the anglers and swimmers. Bhimtal: The pride of Bhim Tal is the emerald lake, which offers magnificent vistas for the tourists. The water is a cool and swimming and boating is a rare pleasure in this beautiful lake.

What's really great:
Other infornmations Area : 11.7 Sq. km. Population : 30,951 (1991 census) Altitude : 1938 meters above sea level Season : March - June, mid September - October Clothing: Summer - Light Woollens; Winters - Heavy Woollens Language : Hindi, English & Kumaoni. Local Transport : Rickshaws, Dandies, Ropeway, Ponies, Taxis Rail Nearest railway station is at Kathgodam - 35 km, which is connected by delh by road. It takes around 8 hrs to reach Nainital from Delhi. Nainital is connected by road to major centres of northern India, some of the major road distances are: Agra - 379 km. Delhi - 277 km. Corbett (Dhikala) - 128 km.

Snow View
Situated at 2270 meters this popular vantage point is accessible by rope way. It offers an excellent view of the northern Himalayan ranges.
Naina Peak
At 2611 meters this is the highest peak bordering the lake. A popular picnic spot which offers a panoramic view of the resort.
Dorothy's Seat
Named in memory of an English woman who was killed in an air crash. This pleasant spot offers a partial view of Nainital.
Land's End
Situated at 2,881 meters on the southern border of the lake, this hill affords a view of another lake, Khurpa Tal.
Hanuman Garhi
A place of religious interest, also good for viewing the setting sun.
State Observatory
Located on the top of a ridge, the observatory is open to the public in the evening.
The Mall
Nainital's popular promenade offers a variety of entertainment

veiw -naintal farming
veiw -naintal farming
Hotel: You can find many hotels as per your budget. You will get it Rs. 500 to 5000 per day.We stayed at hotel of a govt. organisation run by Kumaun Mandal Vikas Nigam.

Published on Monday May 16th, 2005

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Sat, Feb 23 2008 - 09:46 PM rating by krisek

Very interesting! Thank you for sharing. I didn't realise India would use a description of a Lake District...

Mon, Aug 22 2005 - 08:30 PM rating by akhila

Excellent report! I have been to Nainital around 7 years back and this report is pretty neat, pretty much covers everything that one might want to see there.

Sat, Jun 18 2005 - 05:16 AM rating by kandath

Very well compiled, nice report with wonderful fotos. a joy to read. Well done
Kris kandath

Fri, May 20 2005 - 07:27 AM rating by magsalex

A very interesting and informative report.

Thu, May 19 2005 - 04:39 AM rating by ardelia

This is a good one! Keep it up


Tue, May 17 2005 - 06:44 AM rating by davidx

Reading this and looking at your pictures is a real treat.

Mon, May 16 2005 - 04:40 PM rating by carolr

Hello Subodh,
This is a very interesting report, you make the area sound truly lovely and your pictures proved it!
thank you.

Mon, May 16 2005 - 09:01 AM rating by rangutan

A beautiful report!

Mon, May 16 2005 - 07:30 AM rating by mistybleu

This is a very imformative report and the pictures you have chosen to illustrate it are great. Good job


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