Nainital, Uttarakhand

nainital

Nainital or the City of Lakes is a famous hill station nestled in the state of Uttarakhand. Identified with the unique, eye-shaped Naini Lake, this beautiful destination is a tranquil break from a monotonous routine.

Lake facing rooms, walk along the lake or the ‘must-to-do’ boating in the Naini Lake, everything in Nainital has a connection with the Tal (or lake). Tallital and Mallital are the two ends of the lake.
It sparkles with the sunshine during the day and looks romantic in the evening. I even enjoyed feeding the ducks with breads and nuts near the lake.

The birds-eye view from the Naini Peak (approx. six kilometers from Mallital), is simply irresistible. It is the highest peak in Nainital. Take a ride in a cable car to reach Snow View for spectacular views of the Himalayas. Naina Devi Temple and Tiffin Top are also frequented by travellers. Shop for souvenirs on the Mall or Bhutia Market. You will find an interesting variety of candles there, but do not forget to bargain.

Like Mussoorie and Shimla, it is also a highly crowded hill station during the peak season. I would suggest a trip to Nainital during the off season, i.e. December to February to avoid the rush and you may even get lucky to experience snowfall!