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The highlighting feature of this freshwater lake is its crescent shape. It is only after visiting the place can you actually experience the breathtaking views of nature’s beauty here. Due to the lush surroundings, it has become a hotspot for family picnics. If you truly want to enjoy the beauty of the lake in its full glory, then you cannot afford to miss the sunrise and sunset.

History of Naini Lake

Legend Associated with Naini Lake

According to the legend, it is believed that once upon a time there was very powerful king Daksha who ruled the country, and had a daughter named Sati. When Sati came of age, naturally the king started searching for a groom. However, destiny had something else planned for them. 

Sati fell in love with Lord Shiva, but as he was a Yogi and smeared ash on his body, drank wine, and used to spend a great deal of his time in graveyards, the King despised him. And soon, against the king’s desire both Lord Shiva and Sati started living together. And this didn’t go well with the king.

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Thus, when, one day, he organized a fire ritual (yajna) where he didn’t invite them both. But Sati being his daughter decided to attend the ritual anyway. As soon as she reached there, the king disrespected his own daughter and unable to tolerate this humiliation, Sati jumped in the holy fire.

When Lord Shiva came to know of this, he started performing Tandava, the dance of destruction. Due to this, even the Gods feared the end of the world. They pleaded to Lord Vishnu to intervene and do something about it. Thus, he used his Sudarshan Chakra and cut Sati’s body in 52 parts. And each of these human body parts fell into different places and at every place a temple emerged. It is believed that the site of Naina Devi Temple was the one where Maa Sati’s eyes had fallen.

Historical Significance

In the ancient Hindu texts, this lake has been mentioned as the Tririshi Sarovar. It is believed that three Maha Rishis used to do their sadhana here namely Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha. Once upon a time, these three sages dug a giant hole in the soil and filled it with water. It is said that waterbody was none other than Naini Lake.

Top Attractions in and Around Naini Lake

Naina Devi TempleAlmost half a mile away from Nainital, it is known for its beautiful and serene atmosphere. For all the spiritual seekers, this must be in your itinerary.

Mall Road. It kind of runs parallel to the lake. This place is a hub of entertainment locally. Here you can hope to find the best of everything whether it be food, jewellery, clothing.

Tiffin Top. This is another famous tourist attraction in Nainital. Due to its popularity, it has become one of the most loved picnic spots for the locals and tourists alike. Here one can also participate in adventure activities like trekking and rock climbing.

Snow View Point. This is perhaps one of the most visited attractions locally. From here, a person can see the panoramic views of the herculean Himalayas.

Best Time to Visit Naini Lake

Geographically, Nainital comes under some of the winter places. The serenity never fades at this place. Though, the months like March, June, November and December would be preferable months.

How to Reach Naini Lake

By Air. The nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport. However, it would be best to travel via Chandigarh and Delhi Airport as the connecting aerodromes. From the airport, you can hire a cab to reach your destination.

By Train. You can consider deboarding at Kathgodam Railway Station. After deboarding at the station, you can easily take a cab or hire a bus to reach the lake.

By Road. You can also plan a trip here via well-maintained road networks. A road trip is by far, the best way to travel to any place, especially the Northern regions of India which welcome the tourists with natural abundance. To travel by road, you will have to hire a cab or a bus. Otherwise, depending upon your convenience and budget, you can also travel via your own vehicle.

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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