Uttarakhand

Nainital Hills – Uttarakhand’s KumayunTravel Part -1

“After my travels all India and abroad, I can say Uttarakhand is Switzerland of India.
In many parts of world a hill station ends after a few KM but in state
Uttarakhand, India you can enjoy scenic nature treasure for hundreds of kilometers. The never ending pine, silver and green oak, bruce, cedar, ancient temples, rivers not ending list.
The experience can not be explained in words. Before travel forget your office, home, worries and any negative thinking and start this journey to Uttarakhand “- Author

Nainital is the most visited places in Kumaun hills  who love to see crowd as well as attention-grabbing scenery of the Himalayan Mountains a few KM from the town. I can compare this place with Ooty which is a complete hill station though the jungle profile and mountainous profile is different.

I checked in Sterling Holidays Hotel which is 7 KM from Nainital lake. It was a serene location and hotel surrounding and facilities were awesome. I had fixed the taxi for Rs.2200 for local sight seeing for 2 days for local sight seeing and trip to Bhowali (11 KM)and Mukteshwar(50 KM).

Location

Located in state Uttarakhand, India. Best way to reach Nainital is by air to Delhi, From there several trains are available to take you to last railway station Kathgodam. From there it is 23 KM. Lot of taxis and government buses are available.

My Itinirary for complete Uttarakhand’s Kumaun trip

Nainital is just 24  KM from last railway station Kathgodam. Lot of taxis and buses are available which take just  75 mins to reach Nainital.

Kathgodam-Almora-Jageshwar-Patal Bhuvneshwar-gangolihat-Chaukori-Bagheshwar-Baijnath Dham-Kausani-Ranikhet-Nainital-Mukteshwar-Nainital-Kathgodam Note: Munshiyari is not shown as I skipped it

How to visit Nainital

We can visit Nainital in following sequence. Enjoy the amazing natural beauty on the way, fruit gardens laden with flowers if March else in May it will be laden with fruits.

Day 1 : Hanuman garhi-cave garde-,Bara patthar- love-suicide point-Khurpa taal- Tippon top- Himalaya Botanical gerden-Sarita Taal-Himalaya Darshan-Kalbury. Then spend time in Naini Lake.

Day 2 : Golu Devta temple at Bhowali- Tea garden-Bhowali-Mukteshwar-Bheem taal-Hanuman Garhi tallital-Nau kuchia tal-kamal taal-Garun Tal-Saat Taal

Best season to visit

Peak season is March 15 to Sep. But I suggest to visit this place in rainy season when you will really see what Kumaun beauty is. Get yourself drenched in rain, do boating in rain, take pakoda in local shop while raining. If you want to see snow fall you may have to come in Dec end and may wait till feb 1st week. To be sure of snow you can stay at Mukteshwar.

Hanuman Garhi

This was the first stop for the taxi on local sight seeing. It was built by Neem Karoli Baba, a famous local saint, around 1950. It is also famous for sunset view which I could not see as I reached there at 1 PM.

Hanuman Garhi at Nainital

Inside photography is strictly prohibited.

Snow View

Located at an elevation of 2,270 m above sea level, it can be reached only by cable cars or hill ponies. This classic point over the ‘Sher-ka-Danda’ ridge puts forward attention-grabbing sceneries of the Himalayan Mountains and the Tibetan borders.

Snow View

Naina Devi (Mata Sati)

Naina Devi is one of the temples built on the remains of Goddess Sati and is considered to be extremely sacred and pristine by the devotees. Two eyes on the roof of temple depict the “Goddess”. Maa Naini Devi, in this temple, is shown accompanied with Lord Ganesha, the God of Wisdom, and Kali Ma, the Goddess of Death and Destruction. The city of ‘Nainital’ got its name from the Naina Devi temple only.

Naina Devi Temple

Cave garden

Probably this is new point created. There are 2 big caves and 2 small caves. Basically we can say it is just a park for children and young’s entertainment.

One of caves 80 feet long at cave garden

Bara Patthar

This is point where they conduct some trekking and mountaineering events and even coaching.

Bara Patthar – Mountaineering spot

Love point\Suicide point

Interestingly both points are in same location.

Love and Suice point both together

Himalaya Darshan at Tippon Top

You can do horse riding here from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Tippon Top with host of entertainment

Himalaya Botanical Garden

This is very attractive place and I liked it most among all points. There are large varities of medicinal plants and we have to climb about a KM.

Khurpa Taal

The driver showed it from top and looks like foot nail of a cow.

Khurpa Taal

Sarita Taal

It does not seems to be a tourist spot except that this is another big lake.

Sarita Taal

Water fall

It is a small water fall. May be in rain it may become more attractive. But saw several tourists here enjoying tea and snacks around.

Water Fall

Himalaya Darshan

It was dense fog here by the time I reached here so could not see mountain range.

Himalaya Darshan for Himalaya Views

Kilbury

This is 7 KM from Nainital lake and is a dense forest and highest point in Nainital.

Kalbury- dense forest and 9 KM trekking point

Came back to hotel by 7 PM.

Bheem Taal

Bheem Taal

Hanuman Garhi Tallitaal

Hanuman Garhi -Tallitaal – 2nd Hanuman Garhi in Nainital

Kamal Taal

Kamal Taal- with lotus and full of fish

Naukuchia Taal

Naukuchiatal is, perhaps, the most beautiful of all the lakes in Uttarakhand. A famous perception among the locals is that whoever sees all the corners of the lake at the very first shot attains ‘Nirvana’, Now a days several oxygen plants are implanted by govt. to clean the water. It is believed that this lake was created after hard worship of Brahmaji and a small temple dedicated to Brahmaji exists near the KMVN guesthouse. According to locals anyone performing a parikarma of the lake will be blessed by Brahmaji.

Naukuchia Taal

Naukuchiatal is a must-visit for those who love getting lost in the serenity of nature. The enchanting views of meadows and pastures that the lake provides to its visitors make it look more picturesque. This is a perfect place to get away from all the rush of the cities and rejuvenate your body as well as soul. An overview of Naukuchiatal gives an assumption of ‘picture-perfect’ beauty. The captivating surroundings and varied biodiversity that can be seen in the area within 10 km radius of Naukuchiatal gives it the perception of virtual heaven.

Garud Taal

From far the shape looks like vulture.

Garun Taal- Shape of vulture

Saat Taal

Sat Tal located 23 KM from Naintal ,means ‘seven lakes” named as it is interconnected with 7 lakes of Nainital such as
Garud Tal, Nal-Damyanti Tal, Purna Tal, Sita Tal, Ram Tal, Laxman Tal, and Sukha Tal or Khur Tal.
I did not see any board mentioning such information. Location is good and sorrounded by mountains.

Saat Taal

Sat Taal also offer adventurers a wide range of trekking, biking, abseiling, mountain biking, rock climbing, night-trekking,
nature trail, backpacking, angling, kayaking, rafting, river-crossing, boating, jungle-safari and night-camping opportunities.

I saw KVMN govt guest house also here.

Epilogue

Nainital is a complete hill station and presents all types of packages for tourists such as high class hotels, trekking and hiking places, mountaineering training, horse riding, jungle trekking, place of about tens of lakes, high peaks, Himalaya views, zoo and snow fall.

 

 

 

 

 

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