Nainital: A Land of Lakes and Mesmerising Vistas
The city of lakes, Nainital is perched gracefully in Kumaon Hills. The quaint hill town is blessed abundantly with many landmarks, monuments and religious shrines in the city, each reflecting a nostalgic charm of the early 19th century. This breathtakingly beautiful hill station is situated at an elevation of 2,084 meters above sea level making it a perfect destination for honeymooners, backpackers, family and leisure seeking tourists. Surrounded by hills, lakes, and all things nature, Nainital breathes fresh life into the souls of the weary city dwellers. Book a safe and reliable Delhi to Nainital cab with a driver and head out to explore the city of lakes.
Best time to plan a trip to Nainital
Nainital can be visited throughout the year. But there are still specific months depending on the climate of the town which visitors prefer the most. May to mid-July and October is when the town is the liveliest! July to September sees heavy rainfall and along with a drop in visitors. On the upside, the rains only make the hills more beautiful and if you’re the kind who prefers lonesome hikes in dripping weather, this time will have your heart for years.
September to October is when the breeze gets chilly, letting peace seekers enjoy the peace and tranquility around. December and January is when the town is freezing. However, it always manages to shine the brightest even at zero degrees!
Best of Nainital – an itinerary
Whenever I am here, I go see the lakes around the city. Each lake in Nainital is situated at a short distance from each other and it usually takes half a day to cover the beautiful ones around. I stop for fishing at Sattal and then proceed to eat lunch at any of these lakes for they are replete with a number of small and big eating joints. If you are on the lookout for peaceful isolated lakes, then Panna Lake, Sita Tal and Ram Tal will just be the right ones to go to.
Shop at Tibetan market
Shopaholics, I see you smiling there. So here’s the thing, to shop at this market you have to have really good bargaining skills. Don’t worry if you don’t. Here’s what I do. I smile. I bargain. I smile some more. I bargain again. Never agree with the price they ask for. Always BARGAIN!
Eat Momos at Sonam’s
It is a sin to not eat here. Situated at the far end of the Tibetan market, I naturally find myself walking towards this store as if robotically programmed to grab a plate of steaming hot momos. Sonam has a huge following in Nainital for their momos and thukpas. Heavenly is how I like to describe them.
Marvel at the Governor’s House
Built in 1900 in Gothic-style of architecture, the Governor’s House building is a testament of how homesick the Britishers were in India. The overpowering structure, still tall and proud in all its glory, is one of the must-visit places in here and makes for an amazing spot in the town for the lovers of photography.
Trek to China Peak
A fairly easy trek, China Trek is where the adrenaline junkies get their much-needed dose of adventure. The view from the trail to all the way to the top is simply magnificent. I guess the joy of reaching the top of the hill makes the panorama even more breathtaking.
End your day at Hanuman Garhi
Watching a gorgeous sunset is one of the best things to do at any hill station. However, only 3 km from Nainital, we have Hanuman Garhi where people come from different corners of the world to understand where the sun disappears. Yes, it’s true. This very peculiar sunset has had people coming over to this spot for years now.
Making your vacationing count
Make the vacation count, book an outstation taxi service in Nainital and head out to the nearby towns of Dehradun and Rishikesh. Enjoy the young and vibrant vibe and the dainty cafes at Dehradun or go on a spiritual retreat in the yoga capital of India. Choose your jam.