Nainital is a heart of Uttarakhand, a delightful hill station with hazy mountains and gorgeous lakes. One can witness the dense nature, fragrance of the flowers along with the remarkably fresh air. It is situated at the Kumaon hillocks of Himalaya, region of India with an elevation of 2084 meters above sea level.
Nainital is positioned around the beautiful Naini Lake
It has obtained the appellation of being the lake city and surrounded by mountains on three sides. The magnificent mountains, effervescent water of the lake and nature’s bounty add a cosmic touch to the beauty of the town.
How to travel to Nainital:
By Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar situated at a distance of 68KM. Alliance Air operates flight on daily basis.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Kathgodam which is about 23KM away from Nainital from there one can take a cab.
By Road: Daily bus service is available from Delhi, the road connectivity is amazing.
Best time to travel to Nainital:
March to June is the best time to travel to Nainital. The temperature flutters between 7 degree to 28 degree.
Avoid going there during rainy season July to September, although it is considered to be travel friendly as far as budget is concerned.
During winters i.e. from October to February the weather is very cold and if you are someone who enjoys chilly weather, it is the best destination for you.
Day 1 – The Journey Begins
Train journey always excites me. This particular trip was with my family so everything was preplanned. We took Shatabdi early morning and reached Kathgodam Station around 11.15am. We had booked Ertiga for 4 days. The station was quite neat and clean. Our car was waiting outside; the picturesque beauty around me was taking my breath away. We sat in the cab and left for Nainital which would take 1 and a half hour from Kathgodam railway station. The time vanished with a blink of an eye, I was smitten by the abundant greenery on all sides.
We reached our hotel and after settling down left for Mall Road. The mall road runs alongside Naini Lake, associating the two corners of the hill town. It was built by Britishers while they were ruling in India and is also considered as the hub of all activities in town. It is a paradise for shopaholics. The road has restaurants, banks, shopping centres and benches where you can sit and chill over a cup of tea or coffee.
Later we went to Naina Devi Temple which is opened in the morning from 6 am till 10 pm in the night. This temple is dedicated to Devi Sati; it is assumed that Goddess Sati’s eye fell when Lord Shiva carried, at the spot where the temple stands. It is considered as sacred and revered temple in North India. The vibes at the temple was so peaceful and surreal.
Day 2 – Cable car ride was FUN
After breakfast, we headed towards Governor House – Raj Bhawan. The governor of Uttarakhand resides here upon his arrival. The architecture is very gothic which represents purity, spirituality and include stained glass windows, carved doors, pointed arches to name a few. It is spread over 200 acres of land. The garden there is immaculate, beautiful with sumptuous scenery. There is an entry ticket of Rs. 20 per person.
The next stop was St. John’s Wilderness church it is covered by pine and deodar trees. The architecture is Neo gothic style and is the oldest church in Nainital. It is also known for his stained glass windows.
When in Nainital how come someone can miss the Ropeway? We were very lucky to visit at a time when there were not much of tourists around. Otherwise it takes hour’s n hours to wait for your turn to come. The cable car ride is the main tourist places in Nainital. The impressive ropeway takes 3 minutes covering half a mile offering a panoramic view of the spectacular landscape. It connects Mallital to the snow view point. It costs Rs.300 per person to and fro for an adult and Rs.200 for children aged 3 to 12.
The next tourist attraction we visited was Naini Lake, a natural fresh water body which is surrounded by extensive view of the seven hills. We went there for boating; the lake was very attractive and calm. Although I am not a fan of boating, but it changed my thought process.
Our last stop for the day was Tibetan Market. It was way too cold then we all have accepted. Freezing in the weather still wanted to stroll and see every bit of Nainital. It is located on the banks of Naini Lake and offers fashionable clothes and accessories. The shacks offer local specialties. The flea market is famous for Tibetan bags, junk jewellery and woolen clothes. Don’t forget to bargain.
Day 3 – Time for some ADVENTURE
We started a bit early to explore Mukteshwar which is around 50 Km away from Nainital and takes about 2 hours to reach there. It also offers distinguish visible view of the glorious Himalayan mountains. Nainital is also famous for adventure activities like rock climbing and rappelling. It also offers a variety of trekking options. I tried both and it was an experience I won’t ever forget. Although scared to the core but nothing can stop me from trying adventure stuff (only when the harness is there). The allure of Mukteshwar lies in spending reposeful time enjoying the landscape and the picturesque surrounding.
Our next stop was Eco Cave Gardens is a newly established tourist spot in Nainital and is fast become a popular destination. It consists of many unified caves of different animals. It made me a kid again. The cave also leads you to a primeval experience and captures the glimpse of the uninhabited hill region. It’s a must go stop.
We ate our food while coming back to Nainital. Don’t forget to explore roadside Omelets along with the tea. Our last stop of the trip was Bara Bazaar. The market is quite reasonable and offers variety of traditionally woven woolens and wooden showpieces. Beautiful handmade candles are the most picked items for gifting purpose. Don’t miss to buy the freshly prepared squashes, jams and handmade candle before you pack your back to return back home.
Day 4 – Beautiful travel memories FOREVER
Our last day in Nainital and I started as usual with a walk on Thandi Sadak which is dedicated to people who loves to explore the roads less travelled. It also provides a spectacular view of the Naini Lake and the majestic hill around. After trolling for a while I had a cup of ginger tea (without sugar) and thank god for this radiant beauty.
On our way to the railway station we visited Bhimtal Lake which is also very charming and is placed amidst lush green mountains. I was super excited to see the ducks in the lake and they were wandering here and there freely. I also enjoyed roaming around the lake.
We had a train back to Delhi from Kathgodam at 3 pm in the afternoon. I captured in my heart the immense beauty and cool breeze with some mesmerizing thoughts and left for my home.
Important things to take care when you Travel to Nainital:
- Do carry some warm clothes as weather here is very unpredictable even if you are planning to travel during summers. It can get extreme windy any point of the day.
- Carry an umbrella or a raincoat in your bag always.
- If you are planning to travel from April till July, book your hotel in advance.
- If you are going for 3 days visit other nearby places as well. Do your homework well in advance.
- Famous eatery joints: Road side Omelets (my personal favorite), Pizza at Embassy Restaurant, Bal Mithai at Mamu’s Naini Sweets, Sher e Punjab.
I think, I wrote enough so guys once you visit do leave a comment.