Nainital

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Nainital, the lake district of India, It is one of the best tourist destinations in India.

Nainital : The Town

Nainital is a town situated near the foothills of the Himalayas, on the high hills of Kumaon.
With the perfect climate of a hill station, and the mesmerizing effect of the lake, Nainital is one perfect place to enjoy your vocations.
Nainital is a town with a lake in the middle, surrounded by hills on all sides,
The exquisiteness of this lake is doubly magnified during the night when its sparkling waters flirt with the numerous lights hanging on its edges, and lend it an unbelievably beautiful magical aura.
Nainital, owing to its location, is colder than the rest of the hilly tract of Kumaon region. During monsoon, it gets heavy rainfall. The climate therefore, is damp.

Places of Interest

Nainital lake : It is situated in the heart of the city and it is owing to this lake that Nainital earned its name. The is a tourist hotspot and acts as a magnet for all those visiting the hill resort. Here, a person can either take a leisurely stroll or indulge in boating and enjoy the surrounding beauty. One end of the lake is called Mallital, while the other one is called Tallital. The Mall road that connects the two banks is great to take a stroll in the evening.
Originally built as the summer residence of the governor of the North West Province, it later became the summer residence for the Lieutenant Governor of the United Provinces. Currently, Raj Bhavan is the official guest house for the governor of Uttarakhand and for visiting state guests. The complex consists of a two-storied mansion with 113 rooms, a large garden, a swimming pool, and golf links. Obtaining prior permission is a "must" for visiting.
Snow View is situated at an altitude of 2,270 m (7,450 ft) and located atop the Sher-ka-danda Ridge (north by north-east of the town centre), is easily reachable by cable car.Charges for cable car is Rs. 150 per person, Rs. 75 for child. Charges are for stay for one hour at the point. Timings are 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on a clear day, it offers spectacular views of the snowbound high Himalaya, including Nanda Devi, Trisul, and Nanda Kot. The best time of the year for viewing the mountains is late October and November. (See excerpts from Joseph Fayrer on the Literary references to Nainital page.)
Cheena Peak or Naina Peak is the highest peak in the town, with an altitude of 2,615 m and at a walking distance of 6 km from the north end of the town (Mallital). From atop the peak, one can not only see a broad swath of the snow clad high Himalaya, but also obtain a panoramic view of Nainital town itself. The summit is an invigorating hike from Nainital town; in addition, for the less energetic visitors, ponies can be hired in Mallital or on Snow View

Tiffin Top also known as Dorothy's Seat This terraced hill top (2,292 m (7,520 ft)) on Ayarpatta hill is a 4 km (2.5 mi) hike from the town centre and commands a nice view of the neighbouring country side. Dorothy's Seat is a stonework picnic perch on Tiffin Top built as a memorial to a British Army Officer's wife, Dorothy Kellet, by her husband Col J.P. Kellett DSO MC, City of London Regiment, and admirers after her death from septicaemia aboard a ship bound for England to be with her 4 children, Elizabeth, Joan, Barbara and Richard. She was buried at sea in The Red Sea in 1936.


Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo Opened in 1994, it is one of the two High altitude Zoo in India, Second is in Darjeeling, West Bengal. It houses various Phesants e.g. Kaleej Phesant etc.; high altitude endangered Mammals like Siberian Tiger, Snow Leopard, Goat Antelope-Ghooral and Serao etc.
Gurney House, the former residence, of Jim Corbett, is located on Ayarpatta Hill. Before leaving for Kenya, Jim and his sister Maggie sold the house to a zamindari family in Bihar. It is a private residence but is open to visitors as a museum of Corbett memorabilia.
Eco Cave Gardens is a natural garden which is situated just next to Kumaon University Campus. It is just 1 km away from Sukhatal and 2 km from Mallital. It has six caves along with a musical fountain.
Laria Kanta, Land's End and Sukhatal are also some places one can visit.

General Information

PIN CODE : 263001
STD CODE : 05942
TEMPERATURE : Max 30 C in summers and minimum no guarantee.
Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam at 35 km from the town.
Nearest airport: At Pantnagar 65 km from the town.
Languages: Kumaoni, Hindi, English

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Feb 2014 (#)

fascinating read of a beautiful city and with a lake in its centre...how marvellous...thank you

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