Set amidst the towering peaks of the Kumaon Hills, the lake resort of Nainital has a lot to offer. From boating to feeding animals at the zoo; from picnicking on the hills to exploring Jim Corbett’s home, Nainital has all that you could hope for in a hill station. Nainital is a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace, blessed with scenic natural spledour and varied natural resources . Dotted with lakes , Nainital has earned the epithet of ‘ Lake District ‘ of India . The most prominent of the lakes is Naini lake ringed by hills. For travellers, it’s an easy place to kick back and relax, eat well, and go horse riding or paddling on the lake. In peak seasons – roughly May to mid-July and October – Nainital is packed to the gills with holidaying families and honeymooners, and hotel prices skyrocket.

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Nainital

It was a short trip to the beautiful Uttarakhand’s proud Nainital. W drove from Delhi which is a 7 to 8 hours and mostly highway driving through out . The journey itself was exciting and with lots of beautiful images shot. The moment you enter Uttarakhand the feeling of the fresh air and greenness so touches you and embraces you with a warm welcome.

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Delhi to Uttaranchal
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Nainital Drive

As we reached Nainital it was almost dark and we booked a guest house which overlooked the Naini Lake, it was cozy place with a pleasant stay. We got a 2 bedroom apartment rooms where the dining and the living hall was adjacent to it, as we were 6 people on this trip.

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Our Lodge

As i said it overlooked the Naini Lake, we got some beautiful shots in the morning and head off to boat riding at the lake.

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Naini Lake
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Naini Lake

Naini Lake :

Boating in Naini Lake is one of the most relaxing experiences in Nainital. Naini Lake which is Nainital’s centerpiece is shaped like an eye. The lake offers picturesque view with breathtaking surroundings. It is said to be one of the emerald green eyes of Shiva’s wife, Sati that fell to earth after her act of self-immolation.

Timings for Boating in Naini Lake :

March to June: 06:00 am – 06:00 pm

Cost for Boating in Naini Lake :
Cost Per Person: Rs. 120 per boat for two people
Rs. 150 per boat for four people (1 hour)
 
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Naini Lake
 
It was an amazing experience of around 1 hour, the houses amidst the lake was so beautifully architectured. The whole city was proud for its heritage and culture and the lake being there identity all over. The weather was quiet pleasant as wevisited in the month of May.
 
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Naini Lake
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Boating at Naini Lake
 

Lucky enough i got to see some really beautiful fishes in Naini Lake, just when you get down from the boat. The fish gather as they know visitors give foods for them, so they are much smarter to wait for it and get some of those foods. Kids enjoy playing with the fish and seeing how they eat the given foods.

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Fishes near the Naini Lake

After spending some quality time in the lake we headed of to Jim Corbett Waterfalls. Waterfall can be reached from Ramnagar by travelling on a road that is lined with thick tall trees and hints of wildlife.  To reach the waterfall, tourists need to travel through thick teak wood jungles and a narrow winding road that is 1.7 km  long. Located on the Kaladhungi – Ramnagar highway, the 20 m high waterfall is popular as a camping and picnic site. The drive was so thrilling as it was narrow road amidst the mountains. I manage to get some beautiful shots and they were also tourist points where you could enjoy the scenic beauty.

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Jim Corbett Waterfall Drive
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Jim Corbett Waterfall Drive

The Corbett Waterfalls, a small nonetheless an awesome view, is from a height of about 60 feet and is in the backdrop of scenic greenish forest. Full Moon light colored waterfall is really worth-while to observe. The wide area around the water fall provides very good parking and camping facilities. It is a very nice picnic spot. The best thing all along has been the chippings of birds in the background and sound of flowing water. Tourists coming here can enjoy swimming in the silvery streams. Get mesmerized with the harmonious mingling sounds of splashing waterfalls. Corbett . The waterfall lies nestled amidst green foliage and cascades down into a small lagoon-like pool. After falling into the pool, water flows ahead making its passage from amongst the rocks and under a fallen tree trunk that spans the entire breadth of the stream.

Timings – Opening & Closing:

Monday – Friday: 8.00 AM – 5.00 PM 

Saturday: 8.00 AM – 5.00 PM 

Sunday: 8.00 AM – 5.00 PM 

Public Holidays: 8.00 AM – 5.00 PM

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Jim Corbett Waterfall
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Jim Corbett Waterfall

The Places to See in Nainital : 

  • Snow View, Sher-Ka-Danda Ridge, there is a place called Mountain Magic, which offers Bumping cars, go karting facilities.
  • Nanda Devi Temple
  • St. John in the Wilderness, Mallital, this charming church was named and founded by the Bishop of Calcutta.
  • Tiffin Top, Aryapatta Hill, to get here you can drive up to Sherwood College and then continue on a short scenic walk.
  • Gurney House, Aryapatta Hill, this was the former home of Jim Corbett. It has been converted into a museum and houses Corbett memorabilia.
  • Guano Hills, Pangot, these hills in the Pangot village are excellent for walks through forests of thick oak, bamboo and deodar. Some rare birds such as the grey woodpecker and black-chinned babbler are found in the forests.
  • Naina Devi Temple
  • Naini Lake, is set amidst seven mountains that surround this stagnant water pool and high peaks that almost touch the sky.
  • Governor’s House (Raj Bhawan) & the Golf Course, Nainital. Governor’s House is a 220 acre early Gothic style complex having lush green gardens and areas of Deodar and Oak trees. A hidden treasure which also houses The Golf Course Nainital, makes it a perfect destination for golf enthusiasts, nature lovers and picnicking tourists.
  • Sariyatal, The water in the stream is extremely cold but is a nice place to spend some time.

The Things to do in Nainital :

  • Boating in Naini Lake 
  • Shopping – 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.
  • Feed the animals at the Nainital Zoo (Gobind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo), where you will find some high-altitude species that are native to the region. . 
  • Explore Cave Gardens. : This consists of a series of caves which get narrower as you progress. People who are claustrophobic should not explore the later ones and there is a facility to get out after every cave. 
  • Trek to Naina/China Peak,  You can get scenic views of the whole region and also you can see a panoramic view of snow capped himalayas further north (in sep, oct and nov only). 

Tourist offices :

  • KMVN, Oak Park House, Mallital. Tel: 05942- 236356.
  • Tourist Office, The Mall. Tel: 235337.

For more details on Nainital Tourism refer to the website :

http://www.euttaranchal.com/tourism/nainital.php