Are you looking for a weekend getaway ?? Far away from the buzz and pollution of the busy city life ??
If yes, then you are in the right place because here I am going to describe a perfect weekend destination, which used to be the "Summer Capital of India" during the British Era - "Nainital" a popular hill station located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand in the Kumaon foot-hills of the outer Himalayas, surrounded with lakes and nature's bounty. The place boasts of serene, pristine and divine beauty with most of its flora and fauna left undisturbed and offers a majestic view of Himalayas and lakes.
We travelled in the month of November from Delhi by Kathgodam Shatabdi in the early hours of a chilling morning. From Kathgodam Railway station, we took a taxi to Nainital at a nominal rate of Rs.200/- per person.
On the way, we took a halt for lunch at "Udupiwala" Restaurant, about 20 mins from Kathgodam Railway Station. When traveling in Uttarakhand, you don't expect typical South Indian fare. Here is the big exception - Udupiwala serves close to authentic South Indian cuisine, courteous staff and quick service !! I Highly recommend you to try out this restaurant.
The major attraction of Nainital Town is the Naini Lake. It is located in the middle of the town and is the lifeline of Nainital. Surrounded by seven panoramic hills, Naini Lake is the favorite spot for romantic travellers.
The picturesque view of the Naini Lake is a visual treat. The natural still water of the Lake will make you fall in love with its charming and alluring beauty !!!!!
The Mall Road of Nainital runs parallel to the Naini Lake and is the most busiest & popular road of the town. It was constructed during the British colonial rule and runs through the heart of the Nainital town connecting the two ends of the town, Mallital and Tallital.
With the cool breeze blowing across the lake through the road, an evening stroll on the Mall, has its own charm and gives you a sense of relaxation like no other.
Nainital visit is incomplete without a boat ride in the scintillating Lake. Both the pedal and rowing boats are available on per hour rent basis.
Enjoying our First Boat Ride together.
A well known Shakti Peeth of Hindu Religion, Naina Devi Temple is located at the northern end of the Naini Lake. Godess in this Holy Temple is represented by her two eyes.
Eco Cave Gardens are an interconnected network of caves, located around 1 km away from Mall Road. The park comprises of seven caves which are reached through a narrow and winding road with amazing views during the commute. This is one of the best places one should visit with the family and is of special interest to kids with the musical fountain that is located here.
Entrance Stairs running into the Eco Caves Garden.
Tiffin Top is a famous view point that offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Himalayas and Nainital. This place is also known as Dorothy's seat. You can reach here on Pony at a charge of Rs.500/- to 700/- per person or by Trek. You'll have to reach upto the point where the pony is available, by taxi.
Here are a few clicks from the Dorothy's Seat ::
Kurpatal Lake View from above ::
Must Visit Places To Eat in Nainital ::
SAKLEY'S Restaurant & Pastry Shop
GIANNIS Pure Veg Restaurant