Places to visit and see in Nainital

Naini Lake:

Naini Lake, Nainital Hill Station, Uttarakhand - Nainital Tourism India

In a mythological account, this picturesque lake is said to be one of the emerald green eyes of Shiva's beloved consort, Sati (nain is a Sanskrit word for eye). When Sati's father failed to invite Shiva to a family sacrifice, she burnt herself to death in protest. Shiva gathered the charred remains in his arms and proceeded to engage in a cosmic dance tandav, which threatened to destroy the creation. To bring the dance to an end, Vishnu chopped up the body into pieces, and the remains were scattered. The Naina Devi Temple at the northern end of the lake is built over the precise spot where the eye is believed to have fallen.

Snow View:

Snow Peak, Nainital Hill Station, Uttarakhand - Nainital Tourism India

From the Nainital town the Snow View top is a 3 kilometer trek. Part of it can also be covered comfortably by cars and small vehicles. At the top, one can have a close up view of Nanda Devi (7816m), the second highest Himalayan peak of the country.

There's a small temple dedicated to Dev Mundi, housing images of Goddess Durga, Lord Shiva, Goddess Sita, Lord Rama, Sri Lakshmana and Sri Hanuman. From Snow View one can walk west to another point and then continue on to the main road to Kilbury. One can also continue up to Cheena Peak or head down the road to Sukhatal, passing great views of the lake en route. On the walk up to Snow View one can take a peek in the tiny Gadhan Kunkyop Ling Gompa of the Gelukpa order (of which the Dalai Lama is the spiritual head)

Naina Peak:

Naina Peak, Nainital Hill Station, Uttarakhand - Nainital Tourism India

Naina Peak is locally known as the Cheena peak. This is the highest point in Nainital. From here Nainital appears like a majestic shining bowl. You can walk or take ponies to reach the peak. Naina peak also gives a good view of the Camel's Back, another interesting peak. There are no hotels or restaurants on the top so it is advisable to carry food and water along.

Naina Devi Temple:

Naina Devi Temple, Nainital Hill Station, Uttarakhand - Nainital Tourism India

At the upper end of the attractive Nainital lake, a temple of Naina Devi is located. Dedicated to the patronizing goddess of the town, Naina Devi, this temple and its complex becomes the location of the famous Nanda Devi Mela, held every year on Nandashtami during September.

Hanuman Garhi:

Hanuman Garhi, Nainital Hill Station, Uttarakhand - Nainital Tourism India

The place is of great religious importance. Situated at a height of 1951 meters, this place was established by Baba Neem Karauli. A very beautiful Hanuman temple is at the top. Watching the Sunset from Hanuman Garhi, is an out-of-the-world experience. You can leisurely walk down to Hanuman Garhi from Nainital town.

Observatory:

Observatory, Nainital Hill Station, Uttarakhand - Nainital Tourism India

The clearly visible skies over Nainital encouraged the government to set up an observatory here. The observatory has one of the most advanced telescopes in India. This telescope measures the movement of stars, planets and other heavenly bodies to great precision. The entry in the observatory is by permission only and timings are fixed.

Zoo Gardens:

Zoo Gardens, Nainital Hill Station, Uttarakhand - Nainital Tourism India

Nainital has a small but a very beautiful Zoological garden. There are several animals including Deer, Bears, Tigers and many more. Special efforts have been put in to make the environment of the zoo hygienic and clean. Not surprisingly this zoo is one of the cleanest zoos in the country. The zoo can be reached on foot or by small vehicles.

St. John's Church:

St. John's Church, Nainital Hill Station, Uttarakhand - Nainital Tourism India

This church was built in 1847. A brass memorial is kept in memory of the people who were buried in the infamous landslide in the 19th century. The few bodies which could be dug out were buried in the church premises.

Garjia Temple

Garjia Temple, Nainital Hill Station, Uttarakhand - Nainital Tourism India

One of the famous Shakti Shrine in Uttarakhand, Garjiya Devi Temple is the holy temple of Garjiya Devi, presiding deity of the temple. Legends belive that Garjiya Devi is the incarnation of Goddess Parwati, daughter of King of the Mountains Himalaya also known as Giriraj.

On the day of Kartik Poornima, a big fair is organizes at Garjia Temple attends by thousands of devotees from far away places. Inside the temple, an idol of Goddess Garjiya is placed with idols of Ganesha, Saraswati and Bhairon Nath.

Visitors of Jim Corbett National Park always visit Garjia Devi temple as it is located near the Corbett. Tourist can take blessing all round the year at Garjia Devi temple except monsoon season due to high water level at Kosi river.

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