The Lake District of Uttarakhand

Nainital – The Charming City of Lakes In Uttarakhand, India

Located in the beautiful state of Uttarakhand alongside the foothills of the Kumaon region of the outer Himalayas dotted with lakes is a beautiful district Nainital blessed with scenic natural grandeur and diverse natural resources it is shining jewel in the necklace of Himalaya. One of the 51 Shakti Peeths Naina Devi temple not only gives a pious and religious touch to the city but Nainital also got its name from Naina Devi itself.

St. John Wilderness Church, Nainital – Tucked away in the wilderness of Nainital, is a hidden treasurer dating back to the 1800s. The oldest standing Methodist church in India. St. John’s is an architectural marvel to experience. Stunning stained glass windows and antique wooden pews are sure to transform you to the renaissance and all that the era defined.
One can almost loose themselves in the splendor of the church’s walls, pine & deodar trees, only to be jolted out by the nostalgia provoked by the brass memorial in the compound- a tribute to victims of the tragiclandslide that hit the slopes in 1880.

Having rivers all around this place is a amalgamation of spirituality, serenity, adventure a place connecting us to the sky stars but still remain connected with our roots.

6 Best Places to Visit in Nainital

1. Nainital Lake

It is situated in the middle of Nainital is one of the most picturesque location having water as clear as glass flowing through it. Said to be lifeline of Nainital a lot of visitors do come a and visit this place and also cherish the boating facility around it. This place offer a serene relaxation like no other.

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2. Naina Peak

It is also known as china or Cheena peak, it is the highest point of Nainital having an elevation of 2619 metres or 8593 feet from sea level one can easily see splendid views of the majestic Himalayas and snow clad Shivalik Ranges along with these a panoramic view of the whole city and this view is just like the icing on the cake.

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Tip- Have the panoramic view of the city at night when the whole city sparkles with lights.

3. Tiffin Top

The place is located on the top of Ayarpatta Hill at an elevation of 223 metre from sea level also known by the name of Dorothy’s Seat as built by Col J.P. Kellett in the loving memory of his wife Dorothy . Its serenity and peace makes it a top picnic spot and this is the main reason why it got it name as Tiffin top as people come to have lunch here.

4. Naina Devi Temple

One of the fifty-one Shakti Peeths that are located all across India, the temple is situated to northern shore of naini lake dedicated to the eyes of Goddess Sati’s eyes built in 15 AD the temple got unfortunately demolished due to a ladslide but got rebuild in 1883.

Inside the Naina Devi Temple, one can find the two eyes on the roof, depicting the Goddess Naina Devi, placed in the centre; with the statues of Goddess Kali and Lord Ganesha surrounding it.

5. Hanuman Garhi

Situated at a height of 6,401 ft temple was built by Baba Neem Karoli in 1950 located close to Ashram of Bapu Lila Sah and Shitla Devi temple.

6. OBSERVATORY

Having one of the most advance telescopes in India and the largest telescope in Asia the observatory is dedicated to research and development in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Atmospheric Sciences. With prior permission, one can get access to the observatory and also experience the pleasure of viewing celestial objects through the telescope, provided the nights are clear enough.

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