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Its February! a month to celebrate love with your valentine. Coincidentally, our wedding anniversary falls in the same month & we have made it a tradition to visit a new place every year to celebrate the occasion 🙂 Last year around this time we took a trip to Nainital, the city of Lakes. I thought this would be a good time to look back on the memories. Read on for more details. 🙂
About The Place
Nainital is a quaint lake town, getting most of its attraction from the surrounding Kumaon Himalayas. The place is a nature retreat and perfect for people who need peace and tranquility. It is a self-sufficient town and the lives of the natives revolve mainly around the lake. People earn their living through boat rides, hotels, eateries, taxi or tour guide services. The town is famous for its handmade scented candles and the Kumauni woollens. The food style here mostly reflects Punjabi cuisine.
We stayed at the Hotel Lakeside Inn, right in front of the lake. The room was compact but very cozy and comfortable. The passage opens onto a common balcony with seating overlooking the lake – a perfect place for a cup of hot tea in that chilling weather. They serve a pretty decent breakfast, but the seating area is out in the cold, so an enclosed area was something I felt they could have had.
We hired a cab for our 3-day trip from Delhi to Nainital and back. We took the route via Ramnagar, along the Jim Corbett National Park. The drive was amazing especially early in the morning when it was foggy. Alternatively, you can take a train to Kathgodam and hire a taxi up to Nainital.
Here’s what we did in the next three days and some pictures to appreciate the place! 🙂
The splendid boat ride on the Naini-tal !
The blue waters, glittering under the sun and surrounded by the majestic hills makes it irresistible to hop onto one of the boats and take a ride! We kicked off our anniversary celebrations with a boat ride on the Naini Lake. The touch of the cool lake breeze under the warm sun was a wonderful feeling. It gives a view of almost the entire town around the lake. There are several other lakes in the city, two of which we visited (Khurpatal and Sariyatal).
Naina Devi Temple:
Situated on the top of Naina Hill and at edge of the lake, this is a very serene and spiritual place. The Goddess Naina Devi is worshipped here in the form of eyes (Know the full story here: Naina Devi Temple). The temple also houses idols of other deities – Lord Ganesh, Hanuman and Shiva.
The Gardens & the Zoo
The Eco Cave gardens and the Himalayan Botanical gardens are much like any other garden, but are good tourist spots to spend some time and relax. Being built on the hill slopes, both of them offer good scenic views of the town and the surrounding hills from different heights. There is a cabin uphill of the Botanical Garden, which was totally worth the visit.
The G.B.Pant Zoo is one of the few high altitude zoos in India. You can either trek up the hill or use the shuttle service. The zoo houses a number of exotic species and is really worth the visit.
Some More Pictures!
- If you are driving to Nainital, do stop by at road-side stalls for some matka-chai (tea served in small clay pots)
- Boat ride on the lake (of course!)
- Shop handmade scented candles
- Hike to the cabin atop the Himalayan Botanical gardens
- Cycle-rickshaw ride on the Mall Road
- Trek to the Snow view point
Hope you found this useful. Feel free to share your thoughts and experience in the comments! 🙂