Dotted with lakes, Nainital in Uttaranchal is also called the Lake City, and derives its name from Lake Naini. The scenic beauty and wonderful weather lures visitors of all types to this beautiful hill station.
The town was founded in 1841when the first European house was built. In the second half of the 19th century Nainital gained prominence as a favoured location for schools, or the children of British officers. For the next forty years it became an almost exclusive British preserve, but the English presence started waning form 1925. After independence it gained in popularity as a hill station.
Nainital: Famous Hill Station and Honeymoon destination, also known for: Natural Beauty, Outdoor and Adventure activities, andEducation
Nestled in a valley with the pear shaped Naini lake in the centre, Nainital is a nature lovers’ delight. Trekking or riding to the Naina peak proffers breathtaking vistas of the snow capped Himalayas. The pleasantly cool climate and scenic beauty attracts honeymooners from all over the country.
For outdoor enthusiasts, activities like trekking, boating, rock climbing, horse riding and biking are available.
Wildlife like the Himalayan bear, tiger, gharial, chital, musk shrew and nilgai abound in the forests.
Apart from the numerous schools and colleges started by the British, there are several Indian-established educational institutions that make Nainital a dream destination for students.
Most of the residents are directly or indirectly engaged in the tourism industry, or the Education sector, as these are the main sources of revenue for Nainital.Kumaoni is the local language. The Kumaonis celebrate life with a succession of fairs (Jauljibi,Thal) and festivals like Basant-Panchami, Ganga-Dassehra, Khatarua etc.
Climate and best time to visit:
September-October and March-June are the best times to visit Nainital, as winters can get too cold.
FLIGHT: Being a hill station, Nainital doesn’t have an airport. The closest air terminal is situated at Pantnagar, which lies 65 kilometres from Nainital. The vast majority of the air traffic to Pantnagar air terminal incorporates private sanctioned flights. There are no business flights operational from here.
TRAIN: The closest railway station is situated about 34 kilometres at Kathgodham, at the lower regions of the Kumaon slopes. Kathgodam railway station has a great reach to all important places, for example, Delhi, Lucknow and Howrah, New Delhi.
ROAD: Nainital is connected to most places by an organization of well-developed roads, including National Highway 87, which joins it to Rudrapur and Rampur. A 5 to 6-hour drive from New Delhi, Nainital can undoubtedly be reached by roads, with a couple of ends on the way. Taxis are readily available. One can also pick to drive themselves.