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NAINITAL

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nainital

Nainital (population 40.000, height 2000 m) is the largest mountain resort in the Kumaon area (southeast of Uttarakhand), 280 km northeast of Delhi. Like many other high-mountain resort towns of Uttarakhand, it was founded by Englishmen, suffering from the heat in the plains of India. The city is located around the eponymous volcanic lake.

In the center of the city lies the pedestrian street "The Mall" with a length of 1.5 km, which runs along the western part of the lake and connects the districts of the city. It is home to most hotels, restaurants, and cafes. In the northern (upper) part of this street (the Mallital district) are a shopping and bazaar district. In the southern (lower) part of the street (Tallital) - bus station.

In May-June, there are a lot of Indian tourists in the city. If you do not like crowds, then it is better to plan a visit to Nainital for other months.

Attractions

• Lake Nainital (Nainital Lake) - an elongated lake formed in the crater of an extinct volcano, the length of approx. 1 km and resembling the shape of a peanut. The maximum depth is 27 m. The lake can be bypassed in an hour. According to local beliefs, Lake Nainital is the eye of Sati, the wife of Shiva, which fell here after her body was divided into parts. In Nainital Boat Club you can rent a bike-catamaran. On the waterfront, you can take a boat with a boatman.

• Naina Devi Temple (Naina Devi Temple) is a temple dedicated to the wife of Shiva, whose eye, according to legend, fell in this very place.

• Cable car (Snow View Cable Car (10: 30-16: 30 from April to July) - cable car to the observation point Snow View Point at an altitude of 2270 m., With which overlooks the snow-covered Himalayan peaks (in good weather), including the peak of Nanda Devi (7816 m). From the site, it is possible to reach the peak of Naina Peak (2611 m) in an hour with a little, from which an even better view opens up. On the way, you can look at the Tibetan Temple. At Snow View Point, you can take a taxi, in a relative silence to admire the dawn, when the cable car is not working yet.

• Tiffin-top - 4-kilometer walk will arrive you to the top Tiffin-top (2292 m.), Where you can walk a couple of kilometers to the edges of the land (Land's End, 2118 m.). You can do this on horseback.

Trekking

• Snout Adventures - trekking through Kumaon and Garhwal.
• Nainital Mountaineering Club - organize a course of rock-climbing.
• Tranquility Treks - specialize in hiking and observing nature.

How to get to Nainital

• Bus- buses to/from Nainital go to/from Delhi (9 hours), Haridwar (8 hours), Rishikesh (9 hours), Dehradun (10 hours), Almora (3 hours) and other cities. Most buses leave from the bus station Tallital Bus Stand. Nainital can be reached with a transfer in the nearby towns of Bhovali (11 km.) And Haldwani (30 km.).

• Train - The nearest railway station is 35 km away. south of Nainital in the town of Kathgodam. From there, you can take the train to Delhi (4.5 hours). One can also take a taxi to Kathgodam from Nainital. In Nainital, there is a railway ticket office with a tourist quota, which is located next to the bus station Tallital Bus Stand (9: 00-12: 00 and 14: 00-17: 00 PM).


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