Nainital is one of the most popular tourist destinations in northern India. It is probably in the list of many Indian travelers. A lot is said and heard about the town, however, it is always good to do a little research by yourself before heading out to a destination, and the same goes for Nainital. It is best to admit that every destination has its downfalls or shortcomings. Nainital is also not untouched by the fact. The good thing is that there are more pros and less cons.
The town sits in the beautiful regions of the Kumaon hills in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is most popular in the lake that it houses; the lake is called Naini-tal, which means the lake of the eye. Name of the hill-town is on reference of this lake, meanwhile there is also a popular sobriquet for the town, which is the ‘City of lakes’. It is so because the town is surrounded by lakes and other water-bodies. The lake which has the shape of a pear (or according to some “the eye”) is the beating heart of the hill town and is also the major point of interest for the tourists. It is a beautiful, tranquil lake that is surrounded by hills on all the sides. The lake and the whole region look magnificent from the top of these hills.
Other than the lake, the other attractions in the town that are worth mentioning include, the Nanda Devi Temple, the old remnants of British colonization, the revered temples, city squares, the Mall road, Churches, Bhimtal and other lakes, Snow View Point, China Peak, St. John in the Wilderness, Nainital Zoo, Dorothy’s Seat, and Governor’s House. The Nanda Devi Temple is one of the most revered temples in the country. It has the deity of Maa Sati, who is an incarnation of Mata Parvati. There are often queues of devotees and tourists in front of the temple, waiting for their turn.
The Mall Road is one of the major commerce centers in the town. It is here where the town is in action. There are a number of colorful shops, restaurants, entertainment centers, and a few good hotels that belong to budget hotels of Nainital category.
It is noteworthy to understand that the town was majorly developed and brought into prominence by the British. During the British Raj, the town received several major constructions and developments. The old bungalows, churches, crumbled old streets, and others are today a must visit in Nainital tour.
Other than these, Nainital is also a major hotspot for adventure action. Trekking, horse riding, boating, and hitchhiking etc. are increasingly getting popular among the tourists. There are a number of excellent trekking trails in the town, to name the prominent ones include: Trek to Naina Peak, Trek to Tiffin’s Top, and trek to the 6 caves that are about 2km up from Mallital.
The good range of lodging options in the town allows one to choose a hotel as per his budget and stay needs. There are excellent cottages and lodges. The good thing is most of them are well equipped by latest amenities and good services, offering one the tranquil and convenient stay that he hopes for. Chevron Fairhavens, Mukteshwar Himalayan Resort, Hotel Sheetal Nainital, Hotel Classic The Mall, Dolmaar Resorts, The Tal Paradise, Hotel Anamika, Lakeside Inn, and Hotel Vansh Regency are some of the popular hotels in the town, recommended by all.
Author Bio: Dimpy Roy is a travel writer working with an Online Travel Guide. She helps people to find good budget hotels in Nainital without spending so much.