Nainital

Hill Station

Uttarakhand

15°C / Clear

When it comes to experiences and feelings like happiness, joy, and excitement Nainital is the destination to place your bets on. 

The oozing liveliness that you get to experience from every corner of this wonderful place is just too hard to resist. Nainital is located at a height of about 1938 metres and is named after the very popular, Naini Lake. 

This is a town where you will find lots and lots of old colonial structures that only enhance the look and feel of this gorgeous town and are a sight to behold. 

So, if you find yourself too excited to visit here, we won’t blame you. Although, let us inform you that the best time to visit Nainital is between the months of March to June. However, it is not at all necessary to visit just between these months. Actually, you can travel here at any time of the year. It is just that if you don’t like the winter season, then summer months would obviously suit you best.

History of Nainital

We can trace the history of Nainital back to 1841; the year when it was founded. However, mythologically speaking, it dates back to the ancient times and has also been referred to in the Manas Khand of Skanda Purana primarily as the Tri-Rishi-Sarovar.

The word Tri-Rishi-Sarovar means the lake that belongs to three sages namely Maharishi Atri, Maharishi Pulastya and Maharishi Pulaha. 

It is believed that all three of them arrived here on a pilgrimage and on being thirsty, they found no water here. 

Thus, to solve this problem, they dug a hole in the ground and siphoned (transported) the water of Mansarovar lake into the hole with their siddhis (powers). 

Apart from this, there is another mythological reference to Nainital that describes it as one of the Shakti  Peethas. It is believed that these peethas were created precisely at the places where parts of Goddess Satis’s body parts had fallen. 

So, according to the legend, it is believed that the left eye of Sati fell in the region that we know as Nainital today.

Major Attractions in and Around Nainital

1. Naini Lake

 It is a freshwater lake located amid the lush beauty of nature. The highlighting feature of this lake is that it is in crescent or a kidney shape, and is also one of the most popular lakes in all of Kumaon region. One can see that a lot of tourists come here to spend memorable moments with their loved ones.

2. Naina Devi Temple

This temple is situated in very close proximity to Naini lake. A great number of Hindu devotees travel here to seek the blessings of the lord. The deity present in the temple signifies Goddess Sati’s eyes as according to mythological legends, this was the place where her eyes had fallen down from the sky after she had immolated herself. 

3. Mall Road

It is a primary shopping destination for food and local cultural activities. So, while on your visit to Nainital don’t forget to spend some time here and maybe eat a delicious meal, do some shopping with your loved ones and click some selfies.

4. Snow View Point

Situated at an altitude of about 2270 meters, Snow View Point is one of the most popular tourist destinations to visit in Nainital. From here, one can watch some really enchanting views of nature’s blissful vistas covered in milky snow throughout. To reach here, you will have to board an aerial ropeway or a cable car. It will cost you about INR 300- INR 400.

How to Reach Nainital

Nainital is a wonderful travel destination that is surely going to pique your interest and satisfy your cravings to travel someplace adventurous and beautiful. It is located at a distance of about 306, 1,697, 1,370, 2,266 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check the information provided below to see how you can reach Nainital by the following means of public transportation. 

By Air

The nearest airport is the Pantnagar Airport (PGH) situated about 70 km away. It is located in the Udham Singh Nagar district in between Haldwani and Rudrapur and is managed by the Airports Authority of India. To reach here from other parts of the country, it is advised to take connecting flights via Delhi and Chandigarh. From these two connecting points major airlines operate to and fro Nainital with good overall flight connectivity. 

  • From Delhi - Board Air India flights from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • From Chandigarh - Board Air India flights from Chandigarh Airport
  • From Amritsar - Board Air India and IndiGo flights from Amritsar Airport

By Train

If you have planned on travelling by air, then you will need to deboard at the Kathgodam Railway Station (KGM). This station is located at an approximate distance of 40 km. From the station, you can easily book a taxi or take a bus to reach your respective destination.

By Road

You can also consider travelling to Nainital via well-maintained roadways and accessible highways. From the nearby regions, you can either book interstate/private buses or book local taxis to reach Nainital. Otherwise, another good option to reach Nainital would be to take your own two/four wheeler here.

  • From Agra - 341 km via NH509
  • From Patiala - 519 km via NH44
  • From Kanpur - 418 km via Hardoi Kanpur Road

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here

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