Nainital Hill Station
Nainital is a beautiful hill district situated in the Central Himalayas. Nainital is known as India's 'Lake District' because numerous lakes are spread across it's boundaries with an area of 11.73 sq km.The town is set around Naini lake (tal) and hence the name and is encircled by seven hills. According to Hindu legend when the body of Shiva's consort, Sati, was dismembered, one of her eyeballs fell into the Himalayan foothills and the emerald green Naini Lake (or Tal) was formed. Whether this is true or not there is no denying that Nainital is unbelievably beautiful and a magnetic draw for thousands of Indians.
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.
Naina Devi Temple
On the northern side of the Naini lake is built a temple dedicated to Sati and is called the Naina Devi temple.
Naini Lake or Naini Taal, the picturesque blue green lake is located in the district of Nainital. It is from this lake that the city of Nainital, the beautiful settlement by the lake, derives its name.
Snow View Trek
The Snow view point is located at a height of 2270 meter above sea level. It can be reached by the ropeway or the ponies available at Mallital.
Nanda Devi Mela is a fair of great religious and cultural significance. August / September sees the whole area coming alive, when the festival held in honour of goddesses, Nanda and Sunanda, the patron goddess of Kumaon, comes around.
Dorothy's Seat: at a height of 2, 292 m is a memorial to an English lady believed to have been killed in an air crash. The spot commands a sectional view of the town and the nearby region. The peak was known as Ayarpatta Hill. Dorothy's seat is also known as Tiffin Top.
Hanumangarhi: It is a religious centre at an height of 1, 951 m. This group of temples is situated at a distance of 3.25 km on a motorable road. It is well known for it's sunset view.This temple is dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman. This is a favourite picnic place. Just 1 km further is the State Astronomical Observatory, which stands on Manora Peak, 1950 metres above sea level. with satellite tracking cameras and a big telescope. It can be visited by prior appointment on certain days. It is four and a half kms from Tallital bus stand. It is 11 kms by motor road and looks out towards the plains.
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. This church contains a brass memorial to the victims of famous landslip. Bodies of few victims were buried in the graveyard here. The other two main churches in the Central Nainital are the Methodist Church on the Mall near the Flats and the Roman Catholic Church of St Francis, also on the Mall.
- By Air: The nearest airport is at Pantnagar (71 kms).
- By Rail: The nearest railhead is Kathgodam, (35 kms) that has regular trains to Agra, Lucknow and Bareilly.
- By Road: Direct buses ply from Delhi (322 kms via Hapur and 336 kms via Meerut) and nearby areas.