Nainital, divided into two parts called Tallital (southern side) and Mallital (northern side), with the Naini lake separating them, is a hill station surrounded by the peaks of Kumaon hills and its beautiful temples, exotic scenery and natural hot water springs.
Named after Goddess Naina Devi, one of the 'Shakti Peeths'- religious sites where parts of the charred body of Sati (Parvati) fell on earth while being carried by Lord Shiva. The spot where Sati's eyes (or Nain) fell came to called Nain-tal or lake of the eye. The goddess Shakti is worshiped at the Naina Devi Temple located on the north shore of the present day lake. It is also known as the Lake District of Uttarakhand,
Some popular activities in and around Nainital are its lake, trekking, yatching and horse-riding.
Road: Delhi (286 Kms, 6 hours), Corbett National Park (127 Kms, 4 hours), Almora (60 kms, 2 hours), Ranikhet (56 Kms, 2 hours)
Rail: Kathgodam (25 Kms)
Air: Delhi (290 Kms, 6 hours), Pantnagar (60 Kms, 2 hours)
All throughout the year, depending on the season visitor enjoys the most.
1)Almora (60 Kms, 2 hours by road) Apart from trekking and hiking, famous for Nanda Devi temple, Katarmal Sun temple, Deer Park, Bright end Corner, to name a few, with stay options available
2)Ranikhet (56 Kms, 2 hours by road) Apart from trekking and hiking, famous Binsar Mahadev temple, Golf Course, Jhula Devi temple etc., with stay options available
3)Bhimtal (21 Kms), Sattal (22 Kms) and Naukuchiatal (26 Kms)- 1 hour by road Famous for paragliding, trekking, camping, fishing and their respective lakes, with stay options available
4)Naina Devi Bird Reserve (15 Kms, 40 mins by road) Famous for Bird Watching and Nature Walks
5)Binsar (85 Kms, 3 hours by road) Famous for ‘Zero Point’, Wildlife Sanctuary, Trekking, Camping and Nature Walks, with stay options available
6)Mukteshwar (50 Kms, 1h 30 mins by road) Famous for Pilgrimage, Camping, Paragliding and Camping, with stay options available
7)Jim Corbett National Park (150 Kms, 4 hours by road) Famous for Tiger reserve, camping, water fall and Nature Walks, with stay options available