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Nainital Tourism

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Nainital is a beautiful hill district situated in the Central Himalayas. Situated in the Kumaon hills, Nainital is popularly known as 'chatka' or a city of 60 lakes. Nainital is known as India's 'Lake District' because numerous lakes are spread across it's boundaries. It is situated at an altitude of 1,938 m. and it is spread over an area of 11.73 sq km. The plush greenary and the majestic mountains enhance the beauty of the hill resort. An English traveller discovered this alluring hill resort in 1839. Encircled by seven hills, this resort was the erstwhile summer capital of the Uttar Pradesh government. Nature's delightful beauty and the charm of the exotic locales besides the cool weather make Nainital the ideal place to be in during the summers.

Overview of nainital:
One of the most sought-after summer destinations of India, the picturesque locale of Nainital encompasses tree covered hillsides, enchanting lakes, quiant cottages and rich pastureland. Nainital is divided into two segments, Tallital and Mallital, at the lower and upper ends of the lake, respectively. The North Mall running along one side of the lake, and the South Mall along the other, connect the two parts. The famous temple of Nanda Devi is situated on the shores of the lake. Another popular landmark in the area is the Church of St John - in - the - Wilderness, which is one of the earliest structures of Nainital.

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Naini Lake
Naini Lake:
It is this lake around which the town of Nainital is situated. The lake is shaped like an eye or crescent and is surrounded by hills on all side. The lake is said to be one of the emerald green eyes (Naina) of Siva's wife which fell at this site and hence the name Naini Tal.
Nanda Devi, at 7817 meters
Naina Peak
Situated at an altitude of 2,611 m, is this highest point within Nainital and commands superb views of Nanda Devi mountains and the mountains on the Tibetan order.

Bhim Tal
» Naina Devi Temple: This temple of Naina devi is situated on the northern end of Naini Lake, after whom the town is named. "Naina" means "eye" and "tal" means "lake". It is believed that the eye of the goddess Parvati fell into the lake as her spouse Shiva was carrying her back to his dwelling on Mount Kailash. There is festival here during August/September in honour of Nanda Devi, who is patron goddess of Kumaon.

» St John-in-the-Wilderness Church: It is one of the earlieat buildings erected in Nainital and possibly the finest church in any Indian Hill station. The church was named by the bishop of Calcutta who came to Nainital in 1844, when the place was still very much a wilderness

» Snow View : This is a scenic place at an height of 2,270 m. It is accessible by foot, on horse back or by a chairlift (ropeway). Peaks of Nanda Devi peaks can be seen through a powerful binocular telescope fixed here.

» Lakes: There are numerous lakes (tals) that accentuate the charm of this wonderful hill station. Lakes like Bhim tal, Naukuchia Tal, Sat Tal, Khurpa Tal and many more that are worth a visit.
Shopper's Stop:
Nainital is known for it's beautiful candles and Bal Mithai sweet. Mallital and Tallital are the main markets of Nainital where Kumaon woolens and locally tweed made shawls are extremely popular. For local handicrafts Gupta Gift Emporium, Bara Bazaar, Mallital can be visited which offers cane sticks, candles, wood craft and many other items.

Climatic Condition:
Winter: Maximum is 15.6 degree and minimum can plunge to 2.8 degree. Summer: Maximum temperature in summer is 26.7 degree Celsius and minimum is 10.6 degree.
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» Airway: The nearest airport is at Pantnagar, 71 km away. It is connected by Vayudoot services with Delhi.
» Railway: The nearest railhead is at Kathgodam, 35 km away. Nainital is connected by rail to Delhi, Agra, Bareilly and Lucknow.
» Roadway: Nainital is connected by good, all-weather roads to Delhi (322 km), Bareilly (141 km), Almora (66 km) and Ranikhet (60 km). Public and private bus companies ply regular bus services between Nainital and Delhi, Lucknow, Bareilly, Hardwar, Dehradun, Almora, Ranikhet, Ramnagar and other important towns in the state.

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