Nainital, Uttarakhand, is one of the most popular hill stations of India. Nainital, also known as Lake District of Uttarakhand, is named after the goddess Naina Devi. It is located around Naini Lake in Uttarakhand. If you are planning to feel tourism of Nainital, the best time to visit there in between May to July, the summer time in India.
The weather in Nainital is quite pleasant. Summers are mildly warm and temperatures may reach 22 C. During winter, temperatures may be sub-zero. The town receives snowfall during December and January.
Naini Lake is the backbone of the city of Nainital, for it is after this lake that Nainital was named. Most prominent of all the lakes, Naini Lake is surrounded by green hills, the beauty of which is breathtaking and should be captured as a photographic memory forever.
The town of Nainital is situated around the Naini Lake. The lake was formed out of the eye that fell out of Sati’s body when she was being taken back to Mount Kailash by a sad Lord Shiva. The place where her eye or Nain fell formed a crescent shaped lake, taken to the emerald green eyes of Lord Shiva’s wife Sati. Hence the name Naini lake.
Eco Cave Gardens
Popular among tourists of all ages, especially little children, Eco Cave garden is a latest entrant into the many attractions of Nainital. You can make your visit to Nainital a memorable one with a trip to these gardens wherein you can introduce your child to an eco-friendly life. Children can make this an informative trip learning all about ecosphere and taking a peek into an adventurous life.
The garden has six caves and a musical fountain operating during the best season. The gardens have an excellent approach to getting kids interested in nature and take a liking to exploring things.
The Mall Road
The Mall road which runs along the side of the lake, is now known Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. The Mall road is a busy area lined up with shops, restaurants, travel agents, and business concerns such as banks and offices. The Mall road joins the two ends of Nainital, namely, Mallital and Tallital.
The Mall road also hosts two churches namely Methodist Church and Roman Catholic Church of St Francis. The Mall road is open to tourists interested in exploring the area on foot and takes the form of a walking street with the road closed for traffic in the evening hours during the months of May and June.
Snow View + Ropeway
A ropeway or cable car ride is the best-known way to access the snow view point. Just as the name implies, one can view the snow laden Himalayas from this view point. At an altitude of 2270 m, the Snow View point is situated on top of the Sher-ka-danda ridge. At a distance of 2.5 kms from the town of Nainital, this is the most easily accessible hilltop.
The Aerial Ropeway, developed with the help of Swiss technology is one of the best in the country and has a capacity of 12 people per ride. Take a ride on this cable car and explore the captivating views of the picturesque town of Nainital.
Round trip:Rs 160. One-way: Rs 100.
There is a place called Mountain Magic, which offers Bumping cars, Go karting facilities.
Nanda Devi Temple
Near Naini Lake: This holy place was damaged at the time of the landslide in 1880. Subsequently, it was constructed once more. This religious place of worship lies on the northern banks of the Naini lake. According to some people, it was built in the Kushan regime during the 15th century. However, there are beliefs that say Moti Ram Shah constructed it.
There are two main shopping areas, The Mall and Barra Bazaar. Traditional buys have included shawls, scarves, cardigans and local jams. You can also buy wooden handicrafts which are good and cheap option for souvenirs.