Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Nainital - A paradise amidst the hills

Named after the goddess Naina Devi and the lake, Nainital has become one of the most popular hill stations in India. Tucked between the Kumaon hills and separated by a serene lake. It is considered as one of the Himalayan jewels containing varying topography and serene climate. The best time to visit this hill station would be in the summer months between May and July where the temperature is warm and pleasant. Snowfall and cold comes along with the winter months with the temperatures plunging to sub-zero conditions.
Nainital
This popular hill resort is ideal for people who are looking to get back in touch with Mother Nature. Most known for its epic view spots, neonatal offers you bird’s eye view of the surroundings.


Getting there

The nearest railway station to Nainital is the Kathgodam station from which you will have to board a taxi or a bus. Taxis are available on a shared basis which can reduce the cost of travel and expense per person. If you are looking to get to the hill station by car, you will be in for a pleasant driving experience. The route is mostly through highways and takes you through scenic drives and breathtaking views. There are also many bus and taxi services available from Delhi and many other popular cities and states.

Getting around the hill station is also quite simplified. Though the best way to explore is on foot, you can also consider cycle rickshaws which is a cheap and an efficient way to get around the place.

Places of Interest

1. Snow View
Snow View

One of the most attractive features of Nainital, it offers spectacular views of the surroundings and specially the Naina Devi peak. The facility also has many amusement rides such as Bumping cars and Go Karting which can be enjoyed by all. You can reach the place via ropeways or treks.

2. Guano Hills
A famous spot for bird lovers, the hills are tucked amidst dense forests and habitats which can give you glimpses of rare birds and wildlife. Many natural trails are available using which you can organize walks and treks.

3. Boating
Boating

Probably the most attractive feature, boating in Nainital can offer you exhilarating views of the place in a serene and calm atmosphere. Tourists can hire different types of boats depending on their needs ranging from self paddle boats to yachts with paddlers.

These features make Nainital a popular destination for many who are looking to get back in touch with nature and explore a Himalayan Jewel through treks and boat rides.