Nainital is a popular hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and headquarters of Nainital district in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Situated at an altitude of 2,084 metres above sea level, Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains, of which the highest are Naina on the north, Deopatha on the west and Ayarpatha on the south.
From the tops of the higher peaks, “magnificent views can be obtained of the vast plain to the south, or of the mass of tangled ridges lying north, bounded by the great snowy range which forms the central axis of the Himalayas.”
This place also has a mythological base. It is believed that the Naini Lake is one of the 64 Shakti Peeths, or religious sites where parts of the charred body of Sati fell on earth while being carried by LordShiva. The spot where Sati’s eyes or Nain fell, came to be called Nain-tal or lake of the eye. The goddess Shakti is worshiped at the Naina Devi Temple on the north shore of the present day lake.
It is very popular place for married couples to visit it as an honeymoon destination. The beautiful nature, the blissful silence and outstanding architecture, all this makes it a perfect place. Places in Nanital a couple should visit are, the Naini Lake, it is situated in the middle of the town and is the lifeline of Nainital. Boating facilities are available for the visitors and alternatively a slow paced stroll around the lake will offer a serene relaxation like no other.
The Cheena or China Peak by the locals, Naina Peak is the highest peak in Nainital. It is situated at an average elevation of 2,615 meters above sea level and is a popular trekking spot in Nainital. The spot is known to offer one of the most amazing panoramic views of the entire valley and Nainital situated near the Naini Lake.
Tiffin Top is a famous view point that offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Himalayas and Nainital.
St. John in the Wilderness refers to a church which was established in 1844 and is located on the north end of the town. The church was named so after the Bishop of Calcutta was obliged to sleep in an unfinished house in the wilderness after falling ill.
The church is located in a hidden and serene located amidst the deodar forests and is built in a Neo- Gothic styled architecture with stained glass windows from Belgium.Located at an average elevation of 2,100 meters above sea level, Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo was established in 1984 and was opened to general public in 1995. The zoo contains several exotic and endangered species of animals and birds which are native to this region. Snow Leopard, Himalayan Bear, Tibetan wolf etc. are few of the endangered species found here.
Gurney House refers to a cottage which is famous for being the residence of the British conservationist Jim Corbett.
The house was built in 1881 and is located near the Nainital Lake. The materials used in the building were reused components of an older house which was present at this site.
One of the best viewpoints in Nainital, the Snow View is located at an average elevation of 2,270 above sea level is reachable by a cable car. It provides amazing and picturesque views of the snow capped Himalayas with the major peaks like Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Trishul. The stay is chargeable for each hour that you spend at the spot and can be visited between 10 am to 5 pm.
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