a photo essay on various shades of nainital, uttaranchal
23.06.2012 25 °C
Nainital is not just a hill station but my birth place and home town. Considered a jewel of Uttaranchal this lake city is the best place in the world for me, a home I always miss no matter where I am.
For the people who don't know, Nainital got its name from the Eye shaped lake which is soul of the city. According to mythology when Lord Shiva was carrying charred body of his wife Parvati her eye fell here and tuned Into a beautiful lake. Another mythological reference from Skand Puran names the lake as Tririshi Sarowar or the lake of three sages. Atri , Pultsya and Pulaha the three sages came wandering and found the place without water. They created this lake through the power of meditation. The recorded modern history tells a story of a British guy Mr. P Barron who reached Nainital in year 1839. Enamored by the sheer beauty of this place he persuaded the talukdar of the area Mr. Nar Singh by threats of drowning him in the lake. Since then till the independence Nainital remained a hot spot for British People.
Nainital is very well connected by road and rail network with rest of the world. Around 300 km away from Delhi, Nainital is one of the top choices for a weekend getaway. If one is not driving, train is the best option, however getting a reservation is Herculean task during high season, which runs from early April till July. If you ask me any time is good time to relax in the lap of nature. However I feel February and March are the best months to visit if you don't mind little chill. This time of the year there is less crowd. There is no haze in atmosphere so views are much clear and costs are much lower. The worst time is either May-July when Nainital is packed like bee hive or September when it rains like crazy.
There are many beautiful places around like Bheemtal, Saattal, Naukuchiyatal, Mukteshwer, Khurpatal which can be visited as day tours. One can go for small treks like Cliffs, or Kainchy or China peak. Unfortunately this is not very popular activity and you might have to befriend some local guy to take you there.
In this post I am posting photographs I have taken over few years as my tribute to the place.
I hope they inspire people to see Nainital in a new light and inspire them to visit the place.