A small town in the hills
of Kumaon, Nainital is a lovely hill station surrounded by mountains on three
sides. Once this area had many lakes and it was called the City of 60 lakes or 'Chakta'.
first recorded discovery of this now popular hill station of Nainital, was in
1841 when a British, Mr. Barron, chanced upon the lake. Moved by the scenic
beauty of the lake and thickly forested hills, he constructed a house named
Pilgrim s Cottage. It was the first of many residences, which were to
transform Nainital into a popular resort. By 1858, Nainital became a well-known
hill station, and within a few years the summer seat of the provincial
According to local belief the origin of
Nainital harks back to mythological times. Sati, Lord Shiva s consort
committed suicide at the yajna of Daksha Prajapati. When Lord Shiva roamed
across the universe carrying her dead body, Sati s eye fell near the lake,
where the Naina Devi temple now stands. The waters of the lake are therefore
considered sacred and the Naina Devi temple is the venue of an autumnal fair. In
ancient times, the lake was know as the Tri-rishi Sarovar, the lake of three
rishis-Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha.
Prior to 1839, the valley was covered by thick
forests and inhabited by hill tribesmen. A major landslide in 1880 led to the
formation of the flats, the level ground by the lake, where a variety of
entertainment awaits the traveler. Nainital s attractions range from quiet
walks in meadows the forests of pine and deciduous, the adventure sports as well
as popular entertainment. This hill resort can be enjoyed at any time of the
Situated at 2270 meters this popular vantage
point is accessible by rope way. It offers an excellent view of the northern
At 2611 meters this is the highest peak
bordering the lake. A popular picnic spot which offers a panoramic view of the
Sat Tal ( Seven Lakes)
On the way from Nainital to Bhimtal is a group of seven lakes called the Sattal.
Nature has really provided this place beauty in abundance. There is government
Bunglow where you can spend the night. Taxis and buses are available to Sattal
from Nainital. It is 22 Km from Nainital.
The myth goes that the lake was built during the Mahabharata era. You can get
taxis and buses at regular interval from Nainital. On the Nainital-Bhimtal road
is Mahra Village. Here through the efforts of Dr. Yashodhra Mathpal a rich
collection of the cultural and archeological items have been made. These
artifacts from the Uttrakhand region gives you an insight into the cultural
heritage of this area. At Bhimtal you can enjoy boating and have food at the
restaurant on the island in middle of the lake. Bhimtal is 23 kms from Nainital
and there are good accommodation facilities at the place.
The Mall is the main shopping center in Nainital which has some
of the good shops where one can do some shopping. In Nainital the main items to
be bought are the woollen garments, decorative pieces made from wood. The
decorative colourful candles are one thing every traveller to the place takes
back with himself. For the woollen garments the Bohtia Bazaar is the best place
whereas the Mall road and the Mallital are places for good bargain of candles
and wooden stuff.