Nainital

A hill station very different from others is Nainital. Not only the natural beauty of this place in the state of Uttaranchal different notable for its spectacular natural sights, but there is a flurry of activities to get involved in at Nainital. It is a reconstructed hill station by the colonial rulers after the landslip of 1880 ruined it totally. Located at an altitude of 6,358 feet above sea level, Nainital is a hill station divided in two parts. The lake acts as the natural divider and divides Nainital in two halves- Tallital and Mallital. While the southern portion of the lake is called Mallital, the upper reaches of the northern side is named Tallital.

A dreamy hill station in the laps of the Kumaon Hills, the pear shaped lake is the most outstanding feature of Nainital. This lake is surrounded by lofty mountains from all sides of which the highest is Naina situated on the north, followed by Ayarpatha on the south and Deopatha on the western side. Such is the calmness of the place that Nainital finds a reference in the Puranas (religious scriptures of Hinduism). According to a legend, the lake is also known as Tri Rishi Sarovar, which was dug by three sages namely Atri, Pulaha and Pulastya on not finding water in Nainital. It is also believed that the water was fed from the Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. However another legend states that Naini Lake is one of the 64 places in which parts of the Goddess Shakti fell and hence is considered a religious site.

Home to one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the country, Nainital is something more than a mere hill station. With an identity and rich history behind its back, this place is great to visit in summer. Temperatures are very low during December and January when there is heavy snowfall but then the beauty of Nainital is eye catching and something which cannot be put into words.