A Trip To Nainital- The Lake District of India


Much of the beauty of the famous hill-station- Nainital can be attributed to the mesmerizing serenity and poise of the Naini Lake. It is a popular tourist destination for people across different states. The lake spread across the length and breadth of the city of Nainital. In fact, the activities of the people living in Nainital center around this beautiful lake.

Image 1- Naini Lake

What To Do In Nainital: Activities

Image 2- Boating at the Naini Lake

While the tourists look forward to going for boating, the luxury hotels mostly have quaint balconies and lavish terraces overlooking the lake. As a tourist, you may even like to board the cable car only to get a bird’s eye view of the mesmerizing Naini Lake.

Image 3- Naini Lake as seen from the cable car/ ropeway

In the morning, the green water of the lake is so enticing that it is a difficult task to keep yourself away from enjoying a boat ride across the lovely lake.

Image 4- Evening at Naini Lake

Image 5- As night descended at Naini Lake

However, as evening descends, the water that looked so lively in the morning, would shroud itself in a robe of mystery. As the hills surrounding the lake would adorn themselves in innumerable specks of light, the beauty of the lake would reach its pinnacle. The cool breeze caressing your cheeks would transform your being and stir the poetic instincts inherent in you.

Image 6- After Puja at Naina Devi Temple

Adjacent to the Naini Lake is the holy Nainadevi Temple- one of the Shakti Peeths where Sati’s eyes or Naina is assumed to have fallen. Visiting the temple and offering prayers to the Devi constitute one of the major attractions of Nainital.

Nainital is a shoppers’ paradise. With thousands of shops selling shawls, sweaters, stoles, candles, show-pieces, mementoes, you can never shop enough in Nainital. In Nainital you get beautiful candles shaped to perfection. Don’t forget buying quite a few to adorn your house with.

How To Reach Nainital From Kolkata?

There is no direct flight from Kolkata to Nainital. So, the best option is to take a flight from Kolkata to Delhi and then take a bus or book a car to reach Nainital. Alternately, board a train from Howrah Station that will take you to Kathgodam or Lalkuan. From there book a car to take you to Nainital.

Nainital is a beautiful Hill station is Uttarakhand, India. If you even plan a trip there, make sure you stay in Nainital for at least 2 days to make the most of your visit.

We stayed there for two days and then, from there, we went to Kausani. Read about my stay at Kausani here.


Image Courtesy: Siddhartha Mukherjee (All except Image 6)

The pictures used have not been edited.

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  1. June 12, 2017

    […] a long day’s journey from Nainital to Kaushani via Ranikhet, my tired soul longed for something extraordinary. My eyes were delighted […]

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