Nainital is a lovely hill
station surrounded by mountains on three sides. Most of the lakes
in the region have disappeared and whatever remains is just a glimpse of
what they might have been in the past. Today the life of Nainital
revolves around the lake of Naini. But there are few other lakes around
Nainital which are equally beautiful and attractive as the Naini lake.
River Ramganga originates from the Doodha Tauli ranges in district Pauri
Garhwal. It enters into district Nainital, before re-entering into
district Pauri Garhwal.
Nainital was discovered in 1841 by a Britisher called Lord Barron. The
weather, the surrounding and the mesmerising beauty of this area
attracted the British administrator who turned this place into the
summer capital of the United Province. Being a major tourist place
Nainital is always bustling with visitors and it is always better if
accommodation and other facilites are prearranged
Hanuman Garhi : This place is of religious importance. Situated at a
height of 1951 meters this place was established by Baba Neem Kiroli. A
very beautiful Hanuman mandir is at the top. From Hanuman Garhi watching
the Sunset is very soothing. You can walk down from Nainital to Hanuman
Devi Temple : The attractive lake of Nainital is said to be the eyes
of Sati, wife of Lord Shiva. Sati jumped into the sacrificial bonfire.
Lord Shiva to mourn the death of his beloved wife carried the body
across the country. The remains of her body fell at various places which
today are sacred worship places for the Hindus.
Snow View : The Snow view point is located at height of 2270 meter
from the sea level. This place can be reached by the ropeway or the
ponies available at the Mallitaal.
Naini Lake: Naini Lake or Naini Taal, the picturesque blue green
lake is located in the district of Nainital. It is from this lake that
the city of Nainital, the beautiful settlement by the lake, derives its
name. Naini Lake is so called because of its eye-like shape.
Naina Peak : Known as the China peak this peak is the highest point
in Nainital. From here Nainital appears as a bowl. You can walk or take
ponies to the peak. From this peak you can capture the exciting views of
Nainital. Naina peak also gives a good view of the Camelback peak. There
are no hotel or restaurant on the top so carry food and water along with
Zoo Gardens : Naini Tal has a small but a very beautiful Zoological
garden. There are many animals kept here which includes Deers, Bears,
Tigers and many more. The hygiene and cleanness of the zoo is a point
which attracts the mind even if one ignores it. Not surprising this zoo
is one of the most clean zoos in the country. The zoo can be reached on
foot or taxi can be hired.