Nainital Hill Station, Lake District of Uttarakhand
Nainital Hill Station is in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas, in the Uttarakhand state of India. Nainital is also known as the Lake District of Uttarakhand, set in a valley with a pear shaped lake, surrounded by mountains. Nainital Hill Station is located at a height of approximately 8580 feet (2278 meters) above sea level.
Nainital Lake, at the heart of Nainital city, is the most famous tourist spot in Nainital Hill Station. There is a bridge over the lake, only one of its kind in the world with a post office on top of the bridge (there are a few shops also on the bridge).
Naina Devi Temple is another tourist destination in the northern shore of Nainital lake, which was reconstructed after the great landslip of 1880 . You can get an excellent view of the Nainital hill station, overlooking the lake, from the Nainital Devi temple.
“Snow View”, atop the Sher-ka-danda Ridge, reachable by cable cars, offers excellent view of the snowbound Himalayas.
“Naini Peak” alias “China” or “Cheena Peak” or “Naina Peak,” is the highest peak in Nainital Hill station at a height of 2,615 meters or 8,579 feet above sea level at a distance of six kilo meters from the Northern end of the town. You can get a panoramic view of the snow clad mountains and the Nainital town from here. You can go to Naini Peak by trekking or on Pony back.
“Tiffin Top” also known as “Dorothy’s Seat” also is an excellent view point for tourists to the Lake District of Uttarakhand, Nainital .
“Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo”,Nainital , is the highest altitude Zoo in India with some of the high altitude endangered Mammals as inhabitants.
“Eco Cave Gardens” is a garden next to Kumaon University Campus with six caves and a musical fountain.
High court of the state of Utterakhand is situated at the hill station of Nainital.
How do I go to Nainital Hill Station in the Lake District of Uttarakhand?
New Delhi, The Capital of India, is at a distance of around 275 kilometers from Nainital Hill Station and takes around 6 to 7 hours drive. National Highway Number 87 connects the hill station with other parts of India.
New Delhi airport is the nearest airport with commercial connectivity to the rest of the world. (The nearest airport is at 65 kilometers distance at Pantnagar, which does not have commercial flight operations and has only chartered flights.)
Kathgodham railway station with station code KGM, at around 33 kilometers distance, is the nearest railway station on the foothills of Kumaon hills. There are daily trains connecting Kathgodham with New Delhi, Howrah (Kolkotta), etc.