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10 Top Tourist Places To Visit In Nainital
Set amidst the alluring Kumaon Hills, Nainital (eye shaped lake) is one of the seven Tals or lakes which adorn this mountain region. The other lakes are Bhimtal, Khurpatal, Sattal, Sukhatal, Sariyatal and Naukuchia Tal. A charming lake surrounded by mountains, Nainital provides a lucrative getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Nainital, also popularly referred to as the Lake District of India offers you breathtaking views and enticing surroundings and becomes an ideal destination for honeymooners and nature lovers. Here are the 10 top tourist places to visit in Nainital.
Naina Devi Temple
Nainital is named after Naina Devi. It is considered to be one of the 64 shaktipeeths where the eyes (Naina) of Goddess Sati are believed to have fallen when Lord Shiva carried her body. The Naina Devi temple is thus considered scared by Hindu devotees. The temple was reconstructed after the landslide of 1880 which had devastated it.
The peaks of seven mountains towering over the serene waters of the eye-shaped Lake Naini create an enchanting ambience and form the chief attraction for tourists visiting the Lake District. Located at the heart of the city, the city offers ample opportunities for boating and paddling. Taking a leisurely stroll along the lake, watching the sun setting over the mountains can become an unforgettable experience. The northern end of the lake is called Mallital and the southern end is known as Tallital.
Located north of Mallital is the highest peak of Nainital known as Naini Peak. It is located at an impressive altitude of 2615m above sea level. It is also referred to as China Peak. The peak offers a sweeping and majestic view of the enchanting surroundings, Lake Naina and of the whole district of Nainital. A 6km trek to the peak is worth the climb.
Tiffin Top (Dorothy’s Seat)
A 4km hike from the city centre will take you to this terraced hill top on Ayarpatta hill, one of the highest peaks of Nainital. Tiffin Top also offers a splendid view of the surrounding landscape. There is a picnic perch on Tiffin Top made of stone known as Dorothy’s Seat. This was built by British Army Officer Col J.P. Kellett DSO MC in memory of his wife Dorothy who died from septicaemia on board a ship and was buried at sea.
Set at an altitude of 2120m above sea level, Land’s End offers a staggering view of the neighbouring areas and of the fascinating Khurpatal Lake.
Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo is built at an elevation of 2100m above sea level. It is only the second of its kind, the other being at Darjeeling. It is home to a wide range of animals that thrive only at a high altitude including Siberian Tiger, Serao, Goat Antelope and Snow Leopard. The animals here are kept according to their habitat altitude. For instance the Snow Leopard is kept at the highest altitude since it is only at this level that it can thrive. The zoo remains closed on Mondays and an entry of Rs. 30 is charged.
Built in 1899 in Victorian Gothic style, the Governor’s House or Raj Bhavan previously served as the summer residence of the governor of the North West Province. Then it became the summer residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the United Provinces. Prior permission has to be obtained for visiting the building.
The Mall Road
The Mall road connects the two ends of Nainital, namely Mallital and Tallital. Now renamed Govind Ballabh Pant Marg, the Mall road is the busiest area of Nainital overflowing with shops, hotels, restaurants and street shops.
Nainital Cable Car And Ropeway
The ropeway connects Mallital with Snow View point which is situated at a breathtaking height of 2275m above sea level. There are two trolley carriers which carry passengers to the viewing point.
The trolley remains open from 10am to 5pm every day. An adult entry fee costs Rs. 100 and a child ticket costs Rs. 60.
Located on Ayarpatta Hill, Gurney House is the former residence of Jim Corbett. Before leaving for Kenya, Jim Corbett sold the house to a zamindar. Though a private residence, it is open to public for viewing Corbett memorabilia.