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Nainital is a picturesque hill town amidst the towering peaks of Kumaon; it sits on the banks of Lake Naini in a beautiful valley surrounded by forested mountains.
Nainital is a beautiful town built up around Lake Naini. The town is surrounded by 3 spectacular mountains: Mount Naina in the north, Mount Deopatha in the west and Mount Ayarpatha in the south.
According to mythology, Sati Parvati’s eyes fell in this place, when Shiva began his famous Rudra Tandava dance. Normally this would have led to the destruction of the universe; however Vishnu cut Sati’s corpse into 64 pieces and every place where the pieces of the body landed is considered place of divine power. Sati’s eyes (= naina) landed in the lake leading to its name!
The town is laid out in 2 parts around the 2 km wide, glittering lake - Tallital and Mallital - which separates the 2 districts. This lake is the lifeline of the city and the main attraction to visitors to this area.
Dotted with several more picturesque lakes, Nainital is blessed with scenic beauty. The green mountains are dotted with cottages and villas adding to the beauty of these hills.
Nainital was discovered by an Englishman Lord Baron in 1841. He was so enchanted by the beauty and climate that he made Nainital the summer capital of United Province.  The town still retains a touch of its colonial past in architecture and schools. The most impressive colonial building of all is the Raj Bhavan. It was constructed in 1899 in Gothic style architecture and sprawls over 200 acres. It has its own beautiful 18-hole golf course which is open for public use.
The western side of lake is a pedestrian zone with a refreshing winding path through woods is good place for bird watching, while the eastern side is the commercial part with hotels and shops.
Nainital is part of a larger lake region encompassing an area of 220 km2 that includes Bhimtal, Sattal, Khurpa Tal and Naukuchia Tal. All these are large lakes surrounded by mountains and lush green pine forests.
Naini Lake
The lake is divided into two parts, Tallital and Mallital and offers many recreational facilities to visitors. This lake is the main attraction in the city and looks especially beautiful at night with glittering images of the city lights reflecting in the water.
Snow View cable car ride
Snow View is a popular viewpoint located about 3km above Nainital at 2270m. It is accessible by cable car and offers unobstructed views of the peaks of Nanda Devi, Nandakot and Trishul.
Naina Devi Temple
This temple was built in the 15th century during the reign of Kushan, It was destroyed in a landslide in 1880, but was reconstructed three years later. The temple here is dedicated to Naina Devi. Statues of Kali and Ganesha are also here.
St. John’s church In Wilderness
Made in 1844, this old church was named by the Bishop of Calcutta, Daniel Wilson; he slept here in the forest after falling sick when he came to Nainital to inaugurate the church.
Naina Peak or Cheena Peak
This is the highest point in Nainital town; this peak is located at an altitude of 2,800m. It has a fine view of the town and the surrounding snow clad mountains. One can trek to this peak from the city.
Dorothy’s Seat
Built on Tiffin top, this picnic perch was made by the husband of British artist Dorothy Keller after she died in a plane crash. It is nice place to spend the day and offers commanding views of the hills.
Hanuman Garhi
This temple is dedicated to Hindu God Hanuman. It is located 3.5 km from Talli Tal and offers spectacular views of the sunset.
Gurney House - Jim Corbett's residence
This is the former residence of the noted hunter and writer Jim Corbett. The house is located on Ayarpata Hill and displays Corbett memorabilia.
Bhimta, Sattal, Naukuchital lakes
Bhim Tal Named after and dedicated to Pandava Bhim, this lake is bigger than Naini Lake. It is 22 km from Nainital and has an old temple complex dating back to the 17th century on its banks. Sat Tal This is a group of 7 lakes situated inside an oak forest. The lakes are known as Nal-Damyanti Lake, Panna Lake, Ram Lake, Laxman Lake, Purna Lake, Sita Lake and Sukha Lake. Khurpa Tal Famous amongst anglers, Khurpa Tal lake is surrounded by terraced fields. It is 10 km from Nainital. Naukuchia Tal It is a nine cornered lake lying in seclusion amidst dense vegetation. This beautiful lake is situated at 26 km from Nainital.
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Nainital has a pleasant climate throughout the year with average maximum temperature around 25°C and average minimum temperature around 11°C. Best time to visit are March - May when it is hot in the plains and Oct - Nov when the hills have glorious weather and the snow clad himalayan peaks are visible.
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