Commonly known as the “Lake District of India”, Nainital is one of the most beautiful hill stations in North India. Surrounded by mountains on three sides Nainital is located around the beautiful lake NainiTal. This lake resort is situated at a height of 1,938 meters. There are many legends associated with
the place. According to one, Nainital has derived its name from the Goddess Naina while the other legend says that when the Goddess Sati lost her eyes, she was being carried by Lord Shiva and a lake was formed. (‘Naina’ means eyes and ‘Tal’ means lake.) This beautiful small town is surrounded by seven hills, popularly known as ‘Sapta-Sharing’ – Ayarpata, Deopata, Handi-Bandi, Naina, Alma, Lariya-Kanta and Sher-Ka-Danda
Best time to visit Nainital:
Nainital is a year-round destination, but the ideal time to visit is between the months of March to June. However, depending on what you want to do, here’s a monthly breakup of Nainital’s climatic conditions so that you can plan accordingly:
March to June: These months constitute the summer season in Nainital and are generally considered pleasant for a day sightseeing. This is also the best time to enjoy a boat ride as the weather is favourable. Sometimes, especially during the months of May and June, the afternoon can be quite hot and hence it is
advisable to go for boating after 4pm. The average temperature at this time varies between 10 degree Celsius and 25 degree Celsius.
July to September: Come July and heavy rain showers are expected, sometimes the rain can continue throughout the day. Rainfall between July and September can lead to some road blockages; however, it is timely cleared by the state government authorities. Being off-season, hotels offer attractive discounts and deals for travellers during this season and a lot of budget travellers travel in monsoon time.
October to February: October can also be a good time to visit Nainital as it is neither too hot nor too cold during the day. However, a certain chill can be felt in the air at night. November marks the onset of winter season in Nainital and continues till February. This season has a beautiful misty charm with the coldest days seeing the temperature dipping to zero degree Celsius. If you like snow, then plan a trip between December-end and January.
What is Nainital famous for :
Nainital is a famous tourist destination of India, attracting a large number of domestic and foreign tourists every year. Some of the important places in Nainital are Naina Peak, Nainital Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Mall, Raj Bhavan, High Altitude Zoo, Bhimtal and Sattal. Naini Lake has facilities for boating and yachting. Facilities for horse riding, skating, golf and rock climbing are also available for the visitors. Nainital is also famous for its various schools and research facilities. The Observatory or The Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) is the center for astronomical studies and optical tracking of artificial satellites.
Nainital zoo is a very important tourist spot where you can find rare species of snow leopard, steppe eagle, and the Himalyan black bear
Local food in Nainital :
Nainital being a popular tourist spot, houses a flattering variety of cuisines from North Indian, Chinese, Continental, Italian to Thai, Tibetan and the local cuisines of Uttarakhand. Hence you can enjoy popular Indian delicacies like Dal Makhani, Tandoori Roti, Naan, Paneer dishes as well as savor a number of
continental delicacies. The local cuisine can be equally mouth watering with preparations like Ras (a dish made with several dals), Baadi, Bhatt ki Churkani, Aloo ke Gutke (a spicy preparation of boiled potatoes, Arsa (a sweet dish), Gulgula (a sweet snack) and lots more
Best way to reach Nainital :
Pantnagar Airport (68 km) is the nearest airport to Nainital which has direct flights from Delhi. Kathgodam Railway Station is the nearest railway station, which is 24 km from Nainital. It is well connected with Moradabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Jammu Tawi, Kanpur, Dehradun, Jaisalmer and Howrah. Nainital is well connected by Road with Delhi, Haldwani, Dehradun and Rampur. Regular buses can fly from Kathgodam to Nainital.
Weather in Nainital :
Nainital enjoys a temperate climate with the maximum reaching 27° C and the minimum at 10°C. Nainital usually offers a pleasant climate throughout the year.
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