& Around- Resorts
The hill state of Uttaranchal was carved out of Uttar Pradesh
recently. It comprises of two two regions of Kumaon and Garhwal with Dehradun as
the state capital. The state is blessed with lots of natural resources and
splendour of scenic beauty. The new government is doing a lot to promote tourism
and lots of tourist friendly measures are being taken to attract people from
outside the state and foreigners too.
Nainital, one time contender for being the state capital the city has probably benefited
by losing out , seeing the state of Dehradun after getting this status. Nainital is named after the
Naini lake which means an eye, as folklore has it
that the eye of sati Parvati fell here. The lake is also called lake of three
sages after saints who meditated here to form it. The whole area was once called
'chakta', land of 60 lakes, though most of them have dried up now.
Altitude : 1900m
Weather : Summer temperatures range between 10 & 25 degree C, while in
winter they are 2-15 degrees. Rainy season- July, August.
Rainfall : All the year round, maximum in monsoons, July-August
How to reach
Distance : 320 km
Road The things just got better
for the Nainital seeker with the opening of Moradabad and Hapur bypass.
Take the Ghaziabad bypass to leave Delhi and
cross the river Hindon before taking the Hapur bypass (unlees you want
to buy the 'hapur ke papad' or the fancy towels in the town. One can
stop at Gajraula for some sumptuous paranthas at this industrial town.
Next when you see a lot of mooddah stalls on the highway you have
reached Garh Mukteshwar. You
can visit the Ganga ghat here for a dip or a boat ride. You have to no
longer tread through crowded and narrow lanes of Moradadbad as you can
pay just Rs.20 as toll to glide over the excellent dual
carriageway of Moradabad bypass. After that reach Haldwani via Rampur
and Rudarpur. The hilly road starts after Haldwani and then all the way
to Nainital's Mall passing Kathgodam on the way. TIP
Another interesting route passing through the jungles of Kaladhungi is
taking a left turn at the intersection that leads to Ramnagar and
Corbett . Immediately after taking the turn take a right turn (otherwise
you will reach Kashipur) to reach Kaladhungi via Doraha and Bazpur on a
road that runs thru dense reserve forests and is almost completely to
your own disposal. It's 30km of hilly drive from here via Khurptal and
you reach at the opposite end of Nainital away from the Mall. This route
is about 30km short but you will either have to go thru Moradabad to
catch the intersection or backtrack from the end of the bypass (the
One can take the train up to Kathgodam and then take a bus or a taxi to
Naintal about 30km away.
What to see
Naini lake The lake is
the heart and soul of the city with everything centring around it or in
reference to it. The green colored water body has an ambience that
strikes you as soon as you enter the city. You can enjoy the lake by
having a boat ride either in self driven paddle boat or the one driven
by the boat man. If you go with a boat man do enjoy his fables about
the lake and the city itself. There is also a yachting club attached to
the lake and a yachting festival is held every year
in October which is a treat to watch with burning torches on the lake.
Walking along the lake in itself is a great experiences the flora and
fauna of the lake, and if you get tired you can rest on the benches
provided all along the way. At one end of the lake is the Naina Devi
temple, dedicated to goddess Naina. The devotees ask for grant of
their wishes by tying a bell at the temple, so the place is studded with
bells of all colors and sizes.
The Mall The Mall runs
adjacent to the lake for most part starting from Tallital,the lower end
to Mallital, the higher one. One can buy all sort of things on the mall
including woolens, handicrafts, variety of eatables including fresh
fruits and vegetables at Mallital. The speciality of the place are
decorative wax candles which come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
In peak season the mall is closed to vehicular traffic making it
convenient for the tourists to stroll around and enjoy the surroundings.
One can also take a horse ride on the mall and for exploring the
The Ropeway Another attraction of the station
is the ropeway that takes you to the Snow View point at the height of
2270m and affords views of snow capped mountains around Nainital
including the Naina Devi peak. Other vantage points for snow views are
Laria Kanta, China peak, Alma peak Camel's peak etc. Most can be reached
on foot or horseback. The last motorable point is Land's End with Tiffin
Top nearby, a beautiful picnic spot to spend a day.
Hanumangarh temple ,St. John's Church, the State
Observatory, Sanjay Park, a botanical garden and Gufa Mhadev close to
Sepoydhara are another places one can have a look at. Try the buransh
sherbat made from a local red rhododendron flower, available at many
place in and around Nainital. The one available at govt. outlets are
hygienically prepared and last much longer. The drink is said to
be good for heat stroke, asthma, hypertension etc.
What to buy
Wollens, which are reasonably priced. Local handicraft
made of wood. The best thing of course are the decorative candles. Fresh
strawberies and mulbery in season. TIP
Try the buransh sherbat made from a local red rhododendron flower,
available at many places in and around Nainital. The one available at
govt. outlets is hygienically prepared and lasts much longer. The
drink is said to be good for heat stroke, asthma, hypertension etc.