The glittering jewel Nainital is situated at an altitude of 1,938 m above the sea level in the Kumaon division of Uttaranchal. It is known as the 'Lake District of Kumaon' which is blessed with scenic splendor and varied natural resources. Its unending expanse of scenic beauty is the major attraction among the visitors. Nainital is among the best hill resorts of India that beckons the visitors to tour Nainital all around the year. People normally associate Nainital with its exquisite Naini Lake which is among the major tourist attractions of Nainital. Nainital is dotted with various places of tourist interests. On a tour to Nainatal visitors come across some of the most scenic spots of the town that mesmerize them with their beauty and charm. Some of the major scenic spot on Nainital tours that the visitors canít affords to miss include Naini temple, The Boat House Club, colonial buildings, heritage houses etc. some of the must see places on Nainital tours include
Sight Seeing in Nainital
Naini Lake: The nucleus of attraction of Nainital is Naini Lake. This lake is the captivating spot in Nainital and is a major tourist attraction. It provides the visitors the fun filled opportunities like boating and yachting. Swimming is banned in the lake now a day. During the day, mirrored in its water stand the seven proud hills dotted with cottages and villas. The magnificence of the lake is doubled in the night when its sparkling water flirts with the numerous hanging lights on its edges that creates an unbelievably beautiful magical aura.
Naina Peak: It was previously known as China Peak or Cheena Peak. Situated at an altitude of 2,615 m above the sea level, it is the highest peak of Nainital that offers the magnificent views of the surroundings and is a challenge to the most avid trekker. It is situated about 6 km from Nainital and offers the birdís eye view of expanses of the Terai region of Kumaon. Visitors can visit Naina Peak on foot or by horse back.
St.John's Church: Situated near by the Nainital club St. John;s Church is one of the oldest buildings of Nainital which was built in 1847. The building is a reminder of memories of British rule. A brass memorial is kept in the memory of the victims of the famous landslip.
Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES): Situated just 3 km from Nainital Aryabhatta Research Institute is the most modern observatory in India which is equipped with satellite tracking cameras and big telescopes. Situated at an altitude of 1950 m above the sea level on the Manora peak the observatory remains open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Hanumangarh: A small temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is a wonderful place to view sunset. The temple falls on the way to the observatory and Sanjay Park or the Botanical Garden. On the other side of the side of the hill there is Shitala Devi Temple and Ashram of Lila Sah Bapu.
View Point/ Himalayan Darshan/ Himalayan View Point: View Point is situated at a distance of 5 km from Nainital on the way to Kilbury at the height of 2300 m above the sea level. View Point is the major tourist attractions that offer the glimpses of mighty Himalayan Ranges, lower forest ridges and lush green valley view of the hills. You can visit View Point by taxi, by package tours, by foot or on the horse back.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is at Pantnagar, which is 71 km from Nainital.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Kathgodam, which is 35 km from Nainital.
By Road: Nainital is well connected by surface network with all the important cities and towns like Almora, Ranikhet, Kausani, Bareilly, Dehradun, Delhi etc.
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