Seeing new places, meeting different people, giving a toss to the taste buds with different cuisines, exploring new heights of adventure, experiencing the serene and enchanting beauty of the hills, definitely makes one feel like living in a new world.
On my way to the magnificent hills of Nainital in Uttarakhand (a north Indian state), I realised that the hills of the Kumaon region still holds the rich abundance of Nature. This place is home to many species. While travelling through the zigzag roads and experiencing the nature’s monsoon breeze blowing right outside the window of my car and watching the dawn break from the forest, little cottages and the pines trees enthralled my senses and mesmerized my soul and heart.
Cuddled in the lap of Himalayas, Nainital is one of the most beautiful hill stations with serene and enchanting beauty and a number of lakes. Around 310kms from Delhi it is popularly known as the City of Lakes or a Resort town of Kumaon region as there were around 60 lakes other than the most popular Naini Lake, which is ringed by the hills and is named after goddess Naini Devi. The other lakes are at Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Khurpatal, Sattal and Shyamlatal.
Nainital is like a gem in the Himalayan necklace and is a highly favoured tourist destination. It is one of the best places for vacations, where you get picturesque view as well as adventurous activities in Adventure Park. There are also other delightful and engaging picnic spots. The most popular activity in Nainital is boating. Many Bollywood songs have been picturised in this beautiful location. Nainital has loads to offer. Tourists can choose between colourful paddle boats that can be hired on hourly basis. The round trip of the lake gives immense relaxation, a ride on the cable car or ropeway by the side of the Naini Lake offers a breathtaking view of the city, hiking trails to the nearby peaks such as Snow View point, Kilbury, Tiffin Top and the most challenging trekking paths of the China Peak are for those who love adventure along with inspiring and pristine nature.
Another spectacle is the spiritual face of this hill station on the banks of Naini Lake, with the peaceful environment which gives comfort, consolation, and relief. The holy shrine on the northern shore, near the Naini Lake is that of Naina Devi Temple dedicated to goddess Sati and has many mythological legends associated with it. The temple is of great significance among the Hindus. Another holy shrine is St. John Church, one of the oldest churches in the city which lies on the northern end of the lake. Apart from its religious significance this place is a prime engaging tourist attraction because of its architectural view and the premises hold the memorial which commemorates the victims of 1880 landslide in Nainital. Other than these two prime locations, the stone carved Pashan Devi Temple and Hanuman Garhi are other religious sites which attract a large number of tourists to the hill station.
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