Introduction The first recorded discovery of this now popular hill station of Nainital was in 1841 when a British, Mr. Barron, chanced upon the lake. Moved by the scenic beauty of the lake and thickly forested hills, he constructed a house named Pilgrim's Cottage. It was the first of many residences, which were to transform Nainital into a popular resort. By 1858, Nainital became a well-known hill station, and within a few years became the summer seat of the provincial government. According to local belief the origin of Nainital dates back to mythological times. Sati, Lord Shiva's consort committed suicide at the yajna of Daksha Prajapati. When Lord Shiva roamed across the universe carrying her dead body, Sati's eye fell near the lake, where the Naina Devi temple now stands. The waters of the lake are therefore considered sacred and the Naina Devi temple is the venue of an autumnal fair. In ancient times, the lake was known as the Tri-rishi Sarovar, the lake of three rishis-Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha. Nainital tourism attractions range from quiet walks in meadows to the forests of pine and deciduous, the adventure sports as well as popular entertainment. This hill resort can be enjoyed at any time of the year. General Information
Altitude: 1938 meters above sea level.
Climate: Cold and comfortable
Weather: min -3° C & max 27° C
Best Time to Visit: March- June, mid September - October
Suggested Clothing: Summer - Light Woollens Winters - Heavy Woollens
Nainital tours are also known as 'Lake Paradise'. In its beautiful 'lakes', option of boating through yachts, paddle boats and traditional rowing boats are available. The Nainital Boat House Club exclusively holds the management of Yachting in Nainital. In Nainital district, Sat Tal, Bhim Tal and Naukuchiyatal also have water sport and boating facilities. Nainital is famous for its candles, woollens, woodcrafts and handicrafts.
Situated at 2270 meters this popular vantage point is accessible by rope way. It offers an excellent view of the northern Himalayan ranges.
Nanda Devi Temple:
The temple destroyed in the landslide of 1880 was later rebuilt on the shores of Lake Naini.
At 2611 meters this is the highest peak bordering the lake. A popular picnic spot which offers a panoramic view of the resort.
Named in memory of an English woman who was killed in an air crash. This pleasant spot offers a partial view of Nainital.
Situated at 2881 meters on the southern border of the lake, this hill affords a view of another lake, Khurpa Tal.
A place of religious interest, also good for viewing the setting sun a must visit for those on Nainital tour.
Located on the top of a ridge, the observatory is open to the public in the evening.
Nainital's popular promenade offers a variety of entertainment
Nearest railway station is at Kathgodam -35 km, which is connected by meter guage to Agra, Bareilly and Lucknow.
Nainital is connected by road to major centres of northern India, some of the major road distances are:
Almora - 62 km.
Agra - 379 km.
Delhi - 277 km.
Kausani - 117 km
Ranikhet - 60km.
Corbett (Dhikala) - 128 km.
Bareilly - 141 km