Choose Nainital - The Top Mountain Holiday Destination in UttarakhandMar 05, 2018
This vacation, decide on Nainital as your holiday destination. Escape the sweltering heat of the summer and visit this cool, serene and beautiful haven set in the Kumaon Hills in Uttakhand which combines picturesque scenery and interesting activities for holiday enthusiasts. This popular holiday destination gets its name from the pretty freshwater lake Naini around which the town is situated.
If you love visiting hill stations, Nainital has enjoyable and interesting activities to offer. Pleasant climate, scenic views, lakes, temples, boating, sightseeing, paragliding, cable car rides, multi cuisine restaurants and comfortable accommodation. The best way to reach the town is by road or by flight via the nearest airport at Dehradun. If you decide to use the train route, the nearest railway station is 35 kilometres away from the city at Kathgodam.
Nainital has several attractions some of which are:
The large and beautiful lake set like a jewel in the centre of the town is the nucleus of this hilly holiday place and tourists can enjoy the experience of paddle boats or rowing boats here.?
Naina Peak or China Peak
Another well known tourist attraction is the Naina or China Peak where travellers can trek through cypress, deodar forests to reach the highest point and enjoy the excellent panoramic 360 degrees views of the entire area.
The Mall Road
This is the main artery of the hill station bordering the lake and stretches from one end to the other. Here you can find hotels, shops and many eating places where visitors can find bargains, enjoy different types of delicious food or simply soak in the local atmosphere.
Snow View Point
Snow View Point is a high-altitude viewpoint which can be accessed by cable car and the reward is panoramic and magnificent views of the Naini lake and majestic snow-capped Himalayan mountains.
Saint John’s Church and Gurney House
For those interested in viewing historical architectural buildings the Saint John’s Church and Gurney House are interesting examples. The church built in 1844 is a calm and peaceful sightseeing choice and is situated away from the busy city. The Gurney House was British conservationist Jim Corbett’s residence which has been converted into a museum.
Naina Devi Temple
Devout Hindu visitors can visit this sacred temple where the presiding deity is Goddess Naina Devi. The temple is built on Naina hillock near the main Naina lake and is considered as one of the 64th Shakti Peeths in the country.
Govind Vallabh Pant High Altitude Zoo
This high-altitude zoo at 2100 metres above sea level is worth a visit on your trip to Nainital especially for families with children. You can see snow leopard, tigers, panthers, sambar deer, Tibetan wolf and other wild animals here.
There are several enjoyable activities that visitors to Nainital can indulge in during their holiday here including rock climbing, or a visit to the famous animal sanctuary Jim Corbett National Park which is 65 kilometres away from the city. You can shop for candles on Mall Road or eat local food or any other cuisine. Whatever the choice, a holiday in Nainital is a wonderful option if you love visiting hill stations.