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Nainital - The Lake City

Updated on July 3, 2017

A blog about Nainital

Nestled in the arms of kumaon Hills, Nainital is a popular hill station in the state of Uttarakhand. This town is the headquarters of Nainital district. The town is popularly known as “The Lake City.” Located at an altitude of 2,084 meters above the sea level, Nainital is a part of a beautiful valley that contains a kidney-shaped lake.

Nainital is surrounded by spectacular mountains from three sides and known as one of the most popular hill stations of India. The Nainital district is rich in flora and fauna and the Nainital town is located around a scenic lake. With its magnificent lakes, favorable atmosphere, splendid temples, unique buildings, and stunning sceneries, Nainital is an amazing landscape for the nature lovers.

This town is famous for its large number of natural attractions - this hill station is full of many natural hot water springs. Due to its exotic scenery and pleasant climate all year round, Nainital is a paradise for honeymoon couples. For tourists, Nainital is a great destination. One can do many activities in Nainital. This town’s economy depends upon tourism, so, you can expect an action packed tour to the hill station.

Naini Lake

Nainital is blessed with a striking lake known as Naini Lake - Naini lake is the main attraction in Nainital. Naini Lake is one of the 4 famous lakes of the Kumaon hills. The other well-known lakes are the Sattal Lake, the Bhimtal Lake, and the Naukuchiyatal Lake. The Naini Lake is not just a beautiful lake, but the lake also has a strong presence in the Hindu mythology. According to the Hindu mythology, when Lord Shiva was carrying the dead body of Sati, a lake appeared at the spot where Sati’s eyes fell. Today this lake is known as Naini-tal or Naini lake. The literal meaning of Naini-tal is “lake of the eye.” A temple exists on the north shore of the Naini lake and many devotees go to this temple to worship goddess Shakti. This temple is very famous and known as “Naina Devi Temple.”

How to reach

By Bus

Many tour operators offer bus service from New Delhi to Nainital on daily basis. You can have many options for buses like Volvo, sleeper, air-conditioned etc. For the most convenient and time-saving journey to Nainital, you should board an overnight bus.

By Train

At a distance of 34 kilometers from Nainital, Kathgodam is the nearest railway station situated at the foothills of the kumaon hills. This station has direct connectivity to New Delhi, Howrah, and many important railway stations. Private taxi service and shared cabs are easily available outside the railway station - it is easy to reach the hill station from the Kathgodam railway station.

By Road

Nainital is easily accessible by road. It takes just 6 to 8 hours to reach Nainital from Delhi. Regular taxi services are offered by several tour operators from different places. If you are an expert driver, you can drive yourself.

By Air

Nainital is a hill staion, so the town does not have direct air connectivity. The nearest airport lies at Pantnagar – this airport is situated at a distance of 65 kilometers from Nainital. People use private chartered flights to reach Nainital. Currently no commercial flights are available to reach the hill station. At a distance of 290 kilometers, Delhi airport is the second nearest airport from Nainital. You can board a train from Delhi or hire a private taxi to reach Nainital from Delhi. Private taxi will cost you around 4000-5000 rupees, so boarding a train is the best option if you are looking for an economical option.

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      Ashutosh Joshi 6 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      The lake is definately the prime attraction but their other places of interest as well. You can add them too, will make the hub more informative.