Nainital- A Jewel in the Himalayan Necklace

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Nainital-‘The Paradise City’ is a peaceful place with elegance. It is one of the most charismatic hill stations that India harbors. The popular summer retreat of India, Nainital attracts innumerable tourists during the summer heat. The small town of Nainital in Uttranchal is dotted with colleges, villas and bungalows. The gorgeous green and majestic mountains add to the beauty of Nainital. It is indeed a jewel in the Himalayan necklace.

 
As a break from the heat and dust, we planned a tour to Nainital in May. We took our train from Old Delhi railway station at 10:00 p.m. for Kathgodam. Kathgodam is 34 kms from Nainital. From Kathgodam there is public transport available for Nainital. The way involves an up ride journey which may cause dizziness. It is therefore advisable that tourists take vomit preventing tablets before they start their journey for Nainital.
The best time to visit Nainital is May to June. It is a time to savor much of what nature has given to this part of the world. There are fresh leaves on the trees, acres of wild flowers in full bloom and birds whose rich plumage splash quick colures through cool breezes. The tourists should pre book the package tours as traditionally it is the peak tourist season in Nainital. Many good hotels like Aroma Hotel, Alka The lake side Hotel, Hotel Welcome Park, Grand Hotel, Channi Raja Hotel and many other hotels are readily available at decent prices.

 
The hill resort of Nainital tourism is plotted with the places of tourist interest. Surrounded with lakes- Naini Lake, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Khurpatal, and Sattal. Nainital has earned itself the title of ‘Lake District’ of India’. Naini Tal Lake forms the nub of the beauty of Nainital. The exquisiteness of this lake is magnified during the night when its sparkling waters flirt with the numerous lights hanging on its edges, and lend it an unbelievably beautiful magical aura. There are also opportunities for yachting, boating and paddling that makes it equally enticing during the day.

 
While in Nainital one must visit the Cheena Peak or the Naina Peak. One can enjoy the panoramic vistas of the snow-capped Himalayas and the Nainital Valley. Then there is the View Point that is another vintage point in the hill resort of Nainital tourism. We carried binoculars to get the better view.

 
Then there is the Hanumangarh temple. Besides praying one may enjoy the sunset from the temple. Close to the temple is an observatory. Night view of the moon from the observatory should not be missed. Nainital also has the St. John Church. The church is one of the oldest buildings of Nainital built after the British turned it into a hill resort.

 

Flatts is the place for the evening. It looks like as if everyone has just one place to go in the evening and that is Flatts. Flatts is actually a place which has something for everyone. Most important here is the multipurpose ground. Sports events to cultural activities during festivals, the ground is stage for all. A beautiful fountain and a statue of Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant mark the place. And there is a band stand also so there is actually some music in the air. A mosque, a gurudwara and a temple of Naina Devi in the Flatts is the added attraction. Besides it’s a good place for some great street food, there is a chat bazaar here in Bhotia market along with shops of fancy items. And if this isn’t enough then there is Capitol Cinema, Boat House Club, Masonic Hall and New Club. ‘Thandi sadak’ is other attraction of it.

 
But what I enjoyed the most was the cable car ride. Rope way is a short trip from Mallital to Snow view point. It is a sharp ascend that the rope way makes from Mallital to Snow View point which could be both a bit scary and thrilling. The views from the trolley are so beautiful that I couldn’t take my eyes off it.

 
Long walks along the charming forest trails in the neighboring woods is another added attraction in Nainital. The natural beauty and the charm of the scenic spots besides the cool weather make Nainital the place to be in during the summers.

 

Sheenam Munjral

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