Beautiful Hill Stations In India - Nainital

Nainital is a well-known tourist city of India located in the state of Uttarakhand. It is also the headquarters of Nainital district. Nainital district has special importance in Kumaon region. Nainital counts in major regions of the country. It comes in 'Chakhata' pargana. The name ‘Chhakhata’ is made from ‘Shashikhat’. 'Sastikhat' refers to sixty locks. This zone previously had sixty panoramic pools. That is why this region was called 'Shashikhat'. Today this zone is more known as 'Chakhata'. Even today Nainital district has the highest rhythm. It is called the Lake District of India, because it is surrounded by lakes all over the place. The word 'Naini' means eyes and 'Tal' means lake. Nainital, the city of lakes, is a famous tourist destination of Uttarakhand. Nestled amidst snow-capped mountains, this place is surrounded by lakes. The most prominent of these is the lake Naini, after which the place is named Nainital. Hence it is also called the city of lakes. Where Nainital is viewed, it is very beautiful.

Nainital is also called the "lake of three sages" in the Manas section. According to the Puranas, three sages namely Atri, Pulastay and Pulaha stayed in Nainital to quench their thirst. Here they were unable to find water and they dug a pit and filled it with water, which was brought from Mansarovar Lake. Thus Naini Lake came into existence. Another legend also states that the left eye of the Hindu goddess Sati, the daughter of King Daksha, fell at this place and an eye-shaped nainijil was made.

The November season marks the onset of winter in Nainital. This season has a beautiful mist attraction with the coldest days, causing the temperature here to fall to zero degrees Celsius. If you like snow, plan a trip to Nainital between the end of December and January.


TOURIST PLACES IN NAINITAL


NAINA DEVI TEMPLE

Naina Devi Temple, reputed as one of the 51 Shakti Peethas located all over India, is a sacred site located on the northern bank of Naini Lake in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. This temple is one of the most famous places of Hindu worship in the entire country. Devoted to the eyes of Goddess Sati, devotees from all parts of India visit the region throughout the year. The temple was built in 15 A.D., while the idol of Naina Devi was installed in the temple in 1842 by a devotee of a goddess named Moti Ram Shah. Unfortunately, in 1882 the temple collapsed due to a large landslide. It was rebuilt again in 1883 by local residents of the locality. This reflects her vast belief in the Goddess as well as her strong faith in her religion and values. The main deity of the Naina Devi temple is Mother Naina Devi or Mother Sati. According to Hindu mythology, the temple is built exactly where Goddess Sati fell on the earth.


MALL ROAD

The Mall Road of Nainital, which runs parallel to Lake Naini, connects the two ends of the hill town. Nainital's wonder is the major shopping, dining and cultural center. Whether you want to taste delicious cuisine or shop for volatile items, Mal Road is the best.


SNOW VIEW POINT

The snow view point in Nainital is situated at an altitude of 2270 meters above sea level and is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the region. As the name suggests, Snow View Point offers panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas wrapped in a blanket of milk-white snow. All three important peaks — the peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot — can be seen together from this point. The trident peak (7120 m) is a group of three mountain peaks that resemble the structure of a trident and hence the name. Nanda Kot peak (6861 m) means the fort of Nanda. According to ancient Hindu religion texts, Goddess Parvati has made her place sacred at this place. With the help of binoculars at the snow view point, you will be able to see the Himalayan range and its magical peaks up close. If you look closely, you will find a small temple with pictures of Durga and Shiva with Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman. With an aerial cable car you can go directly from the Mall Road to the Snow View Point.


TIFFIN TOP

Tiffin Top is a very famous tourist attraction in Nainital located in Ayarpatta Hill in Himachal Pradesh. From this place a complete view of the city of Nainital and its surrounding hills is seen in the Kumaon region. It's serene and peaceful environment makes it unique to photographers. Those who love the beauty of nature should not miss visiting this vacation spot. Adventure activities like rappelling and rock climbing are also held at Tiffin Top.


NAINA PEAK

Naina Peak, also known as China Peak, is the highest peak in Nainital. It is situated at an altitude of 2611 meters above sea level and can be reached by horse riding. Tourists here can spend time leisurely with unlimited fun.


HOW TO REACH

BY AIR
There is no direct connectivity to Nainital by air. The nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport, 71 km from Nainital. There are flights to Delhi, Dehradun, Pithoragarh etc. from here.


BY TRAIN
The nearest railway station to Nainital is Kathgodam, which is about 35 km from Nainital city. Regular bus services connect Kathgodam and Nainital well.


BY ROAD
You can travel to Nainital by road. If your budget is good, then you can reach Nainital by taking the facility of radio taxi or taxi.

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