Nainital - a trip to remember
This is Jeet Rajput, back with some reviews.
This time it's the famous holiday destination Nainital- the place where your body meets your soul :)
I'm a big time travelling freak and Nainital is my favorite destination. I go there every year on my birthday and this was the 4th time.
As you all know Nainital is a beautiful city located in Uttarakhand. You can board a train, cab or bus from Delhi to go to Nainital. If you are going by train, you'll have to board a train from Delhi to Kathgodam, as Kathgodam would be your last stop in Nainital. And you can easily book a cab from there at a very reasonable price to visit it. It takes 2 hours from Kathgodam to reach Nainital as the approximate distance between them is 30 Km.
When you reach Nainital the very first thing you see is Naini lake, after which Nainital is named, bounded by steep roads on all sides backed by mountains, covered by clear blue sky from the top and studded with colorful boats and yachts. This place will steal your heart at the very first sight, the most serene place ever.
There you can get both costly as well as reasonable restaurants/hotels, it all depends on you that how much you want to spend on them. One such spot is Ankur Plaza Deluxe Hotel, it's a very reasonable yet luxurious hotel in Mallital and you can have a nice stay there.
You can explore Nainital completely in a 3 days & 2 nights package.
After reaching there, you can freshen up and start your day 1 with local sightseeing, on day 2 you can go to the Mukteshwara and on day 3 you can take a lake tour around Nainital.
Now, starting your trip from day 1, you can go via ropeway to snow viewpoint, Nainital zoo and my personal suggestion are that you must go there, it's really an amazing experience because zoo surrounded by mountains and hills is rare to see. Then, you can take the cab to Eco Cave Garden, Sarita Tal, Khurpa Tal, Mansa Devi Temple, Nainital Waterfall, Lover's Point, Suicide Point, etc. You can go to Tiffin Top from Lover's Point & Suicide Point by hiring horses from there.
And guys! I'll give you a description of these places separately in the next reviews.
So, after local sightseeing, you can roam along the Mall Road which curves beautifully with Naini lake. This road is very wide and beautiful to have a nice walk with your loved ones or alone if you enjoy your own company. On the other side of Naini lake is the famous Naina Devi Temple which is a very popular & greatly worshipped place there. After coming out from the temple, you can do shopping from the Tibetan market outside where the major attractions are warm clothes and candles (which the specialty of Nainital). Also, there is a vast ground nearby named Flats, this place is always crowded with local students, teens, families, and children. This ground host all local tournaments, matches and also is a hub for local folks to stray around during any point of the day. At the end of the day, you can feed your empty stomach at your hotel or can have a nice dinner at the Shiva Restaurant at Bada Bazaar.
On day 2, you can leave in the early morning to the Mukteshwara. While heading towards that you'll have some heartwarming stoppages like Tea Garden and Golu Devta Mandir at Ghoda Hal (popularly known as Wala Mandir") and I would personally suggest you visit that temple since it's the temple of the regional God and it's really an amazing place to visit.
After this, you can continue your trip to Mukteshwar, andÃ‚Â you can enjoy the like bhatke dubke, mandve ki roti, at the Neelkantha restaurant situated midway between Ghoda Hal and Mukteshwar. The road to Mukteshwar is curvy with sharp turns, so you need to be really attentive while driving or ask your driver to drive safely. Finally, after reaching Mukteshwar, you can either directly go to Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple or can first go to Mukteshwar peak (if you love tracking too). The tracking would be an adventurous experience. From there, you can then go to the temple, from backside road, the temple is 1 Km far from the peak. And at Mukteshwar Temple, you will experience divine peace as it is an offbeat destination with very less crowd. Ã‚Â In the evening, you can again take long walks along the Mall Road and enjoy the nice breeze.
Now coming to day 3, you can pack up and checkout from the hotel/restaurant and leave for the lake tour. There are 4 to 5 lakes where you can experience kayaking, river crossing, river jumping, boating, These activities are common to all the lakes there. So, you can enjoy those activities and spend your day peacefully. After the lake tour, you can visit Hanuman Ghadi Temple. Then you can head towards Kathgodam railway station and leave for Delhi after a beautiful experience.
Hope you like it and will be of great help to you if you are planning a trip to Nainital. If you have any queries regarding the budget or anything, please feel free to contact me.
I am heading to Nainital
Weather in Nainital
Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
min - max 12 - 23°C
History of Nainital
Located in the Kumaon foothills, Nainital is a beautiful hill station in the state of Uttarakhand. It is nestled amidst the mountains, few of the eminent ones being Mount Deopatha, Mount Naina and Mount Ayarpatha. The name ‘Nainital’ means ‘lake of the eye’. Nainital holds religious significance and is a part of many mythological stories. It is believed that once when three sages visited the place, they found that there was no water. They dug a hole and filled it with water from Mansarovar Lake.
Nainital was founded in 1841 by the British and served as their summer retreat. Nainital sightseeing places include lakes, hot water springs, hillsides and mountain peaks. The place is known for its picturesque beauty and natural charm.
People and Culture of Nainital
The major part of the population of Nainital include Kumaonies. A large number of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims also reside in the place. The predominant language of the place is Kumaoni. Hindi is also spoken by a vast majority of people. A spectrum of festivals and fairs are celebrated in Nainital.
Things to Do in Nainital
Being a popular tourist destination, there are many places to visit in Nainital. The Naini Lake is among the most visited Nainital tourist places. Also known as Trishi Lake, it is believed to have been named after Goddess Parvathi. Tourists visiting the place can enjoy boating and yachting at the Lake. Offering a splendid view of the snow-capped Himalayas, Snow View Point is also among the major Nainital attractions. While sightseeing in Nainital you must visit the Eco Cave Gardens. It is a set of six interconnected rocky caves and also has hanging gardens and a musical fountain.
Tourists looking for some adventurous things to do inNainital should head over to Naina Peak, which is also known as China Peak. Located at an altitude of 2615 metre above sea level, it is a very challenging trek. The place is lined with beautiful rhododendrons and offers a view of the Tibetan Border. Land’s End is also one of the popular places to see inNainital. It is a vast stretch of land known for its lush greenery and quaint hamlets.
Food and Shopping in Nainital
All types of cuisines such as Indian, Continental, Thai, Chinese, Tibetan are available in Nainital. Aloo ke Gutke, Arsa, Ras are some of the specialities of the place. Some of the restaurants that one must visit are Machan Restaurant, Chandni Chowk, etc.
Nainital tour is incomplete without shopping at the famous Mall Road. It is dotted with shops that sell everything from artificial jewellery to handicrafts to textiles. Bara Bazaar is another popular place to go for shopping. Handmade candles, garments, souvenirs and local specialties are available in the market. Tibetan Market, which is a flea market run by Tibetan natives also attracts many tourists. A wide range of items such a fashionable clothes, accessories, shawls can be bought at the market at affordable prices.
Accommodation in Nainital
Those who are inquiring about how to reach Nainital need not worry since there are many transport options. The closest railway station is Katgodham which is located at a distance of 17 km and the nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport. Therefore, Nainital is well connected by rail, air and road.
There are many homestays, lodges, guesthouses, hotels and resorts located in Nainital. For a convenient trip, tourists can also look for hotels in Nainital that lie in the vicinity of the popular Nainital places to visit. Since Nainital is always brimming with tourists, it is better to book hotels well in advance.