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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top sightseeing spots in Nainital?

Mercy Jacob DEC 10 2012
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Like most hill stations in India, Nainital too is a popular tourist destination, with lots to see in and around the town. The natural beauty is itself a sight to behold, particularly offering a unique experience for the bored, city-dwelling traveller. Surrounded by fresh, clean air and absolute peace, the following are the most popular spots for sightseeing in Nainital:

  • Naini Lake

    Taking its name from the Naina Devi peak, this beautiful lake will sweep you off your feet. Experience calm and peace like never before, while you stroll around the Mall Road, which runs parallel to the lake. The bridge connecting the two ends of the lake also has a Post Office, the only one in the world to be located on a bridge. Take a laid-back boating trip and capture pictures on your camera, and in your mind, of nature at its lushest best. Also known as the “lesser Mansarovar”, it is believed that a dip in this lake will wash your sins away, though be warned of the cold temperatures! Try taking a stroll near the Naini lake at night and see twinkling lights reflect in the mirror-like, clear water.
  • Naini Devi Temple
    Situated on the Northern tail of the lake at Mallital, this temple is dedicated to the goddess Naina Devi, who is believed to govern the Naini Lake. It is believed to be one of the 64 Shaktipeeth’s in India, places where parts of Goddess Sati’s body fell while Lord Shiva was carrying her. It is here that her eyes fell, and hence the temple and the goddess is called Naina Devi. The Naini Devi temple was rebuilt after it was destroyed in the 1880 landslide.
  • Governor’s House
    Built in 1899, this Victorian-style Gothic mansion was the erstwhile summer home of the British Governor of the North-West Provinces. The two-storied mansion now serves as the holiday home for the Governor of Uttarakhand and state guests. The beautiful complex is surrounded by lush greenery and chirping birds will accompany you on your stroll here. The complex is open to tourists during specific times of the day, for which prior permission is a must.
  • Naina Peak
    The highest peak in the Nainital district, this peak is 6 kms away from the Northern end of the lake, Mallital. The trek to Naina Peak or China Peak can be quite tiring, so you can opt for pony-rides from Mallital too, while you enjoy breathtaking views of the Kumaon and Western Himalayan ranges. Once you’re there, enjoy a panoramic view of Nainital below and take home a camera full of memories.

Take home a wealth of memories and make sure you capture those special, epiphanic moments in your camera. For who knows, just looking at those pictures later may have you coming back for more!

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