The city of Nainital is popularly known as the Lake District of India. The city is famous for its mesmerising landscape and the most beautiful Naini Lake which is also sometimes termed as The Queen of Lakes. There are viewpoints, peaks, garden, lakes and a lot of other natural attraction in the District of Nainital. The city is a paradise for Adventure Junkies and Nature lovers. The place is also a delight for the devotees due to the most famous Naina Devi Temple. The Lake District is named after the goddess Naina Devi. The city is the Gateway to Kumaon.
Nainital is very popular for some of the best Educational Institutions of India are located there. The St. Joseph’s College, Sherwood College and the Birla Vidya Mandir are some of the well known names in the country when it comes to top schools in India and many famous personalities are the product of these schools. The Naini lake and Naina Devi temple are two most famous attractions of Nainital. The Mall is another major Hotspot for tourists. Nainital is known for its aromatic candles, Key chains and artificial jewellery.
The city of Nainital is visited by a large number of tourists every year and has abandon tourist places which altogether make it a perfect Holiday getaway in summers. The major part of the city is the Mall which is now renamed as Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. It is the road adjoining the Naini Lake joining two main parts of the city namely, Tallital and Mallital. Nainital is famous for its Made in Nainital Label things which are found in abundance in the shops in The Mall Road.
Nainital provides a large number of trekking grounds for trekkers coming from all over the country. The most famous is the trek to the Naini Peak. Boating in the Naini Lake is one of the most favourite activities of tourists coming to Nainital. One can get an amazing view of the Himalayas from many peaks in Nainital. The sight of the rising and setting sun is also a breathtaking view for everyone from many tourist spots. The city looks beautiful in the night time. One needs to plan a trip of atleast 5-6 days to see all the major attractions of Nainital.
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The town of Nainital offers a lot of adventure activities for the tourists like Hiking, Rock Climbing, Horse Riding, Trekking, Rappelling, Kayaking and Boating. Boating in Naini Lake is one of the major hubs for the tourists to enjoy. Yatching is another form of Boating which is gaining popularity in Nainital. One can also enjoy the cable car ride while going to the snow viewpoint. The view of the mountains and all the beauty around gives immense opportunities to photographers for Nature Photography as well.
Nainital houses most delicious cuisines when it comes to food. One can easily get Indian, continental, Chinese, Tibetan and all the local cuisines of the city. Some of the most famous restaurants in Nainital are:
Sakley’s Restaurant and Pastry Shop: The thali at the place is super value for money. The sweet delicacies of the various pastries complete the food cravings. This is a must to go restaurant in Nainital where the best of food is offered.
Machan Restaurant: The place is a perfect combination of tasty food and good ambience. The Location is easily accessible as it is located at the Mall and although the place is crowded most of the times but it is worth waiting for.
Embassy Restaurant: This restaurant is an amazing place to go and enjoy Dinner. The light music with the delicious food is all a tourist might need after a day full of adventure and while one is tired.
Some of the local delights of the city of Nainital which are a must try are Bal Mithai (most famous sweet of Kumaon and Garhwal), Ras, Aloo Ke Gutke, Gulgula (a sweet delight), Arsa (a sweet made from rice four), Bhatt ki Churkani and lots more.
There are a lot of options to stay in Nainital as there are a large number of Hotels in the town. Some of the major Hotels are:
The Pavilion: The best in class and luxuries and one of the best places to stay in Nainital. This Hotel is a part of the chain of the Pavilion Group.
The Naini Treat: As the name suggests, this Hotel is a treat in the town of Nainital providing the best of services.
The Manu Maharani: The royal touch of the Hotel can be estimated by the name itself. The best of service and food and the location is also very beautiful.
There are a large number of Hotels in the town which gives the tourists an option to be choosed from a variety of places to stay. One can search for the most convenient of them all which suits them and make the stay most memorable.
According to the mythology while Lord Shiva was carrying the Dead body of his wife sati, the various parts of her body fell in different parts. Her eyes fell at Nainital which is from where the Naini Lake, Naina Devi Temple and Nainital got their names.
The town was the summer residence of the Governor of United Provinces during the British Raj and it is the best Architectural Building of Nainital, The Governor’s House which is now open for visitors to see.
Some of the most famous festivals and fairs in Naintal include Maa Nanda Devi Mela which is held in the mnoth of September and a huge crowd of devotees is witnessed at that time. Phooldeyi is another festival celebrated somewhere around March and April where young girls put flowers of the season on the entrance of every house. Bikhauti is the first day of Navratras when women sow seven types of grains. Nainital Shrad Utsav or the Nainital Autumn festival is one of the major festivals of the town. There is a cultural dance show organised with various singers are invited. There are many other festivals celebrated in Naintal.