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Nanital Tour:is one of the most picturesque hill stations in North India
Nanital 306km from Delhi.Surrounded by forested mountains, Naini Lake forms the core of the small hill town of Nainital. The town itself is spread out in tiers, and is one of the most picturesque hill stations in North India. Situated in the Lower Himalayas, this hill station is the headquarters of the Kumaon region, and of Nainital district. The town offers much to the visitor; there are horse and pony rides along the lake, boating and sailing on the lake, a skating rink, a ropeway that goes to Snow View, and a Boat Club on the northern lake shore.A crowded shopping mall on the lake’s eastern shore, caters to the tourists’ passion for mementos, who have come on their travel vacations in the panoramic valley of Nainital.There is an interesting legend about Naini Lake. A local fable speaks of a terrible, snake-like ‘monster’ that lives in the green waters of the lake. Locals also believe that whoever swims to the centre of the lake will either be devoured by this monster, or will be trapped by weeds, and drown.Apart from the 500m broad and 2.4km long Naini Lake, Nainital is famous for its residential educational institutions such as St Mary’s Convent, St Joseph’s College, Sherwood College and Birla Vidya Mandir. Believed to be some of the premier institutions in India, these schools are closed during winter, when it snows heavily. However, there is nothing much that is architecturally outstanding in Nainital, apart from colonial mansions. The Boat Club in Mallital on the northern end of the lake, was established in 1890 as the Nainital Club. The Club offers temporary membership that allows members to use its spacious lounge and bar, and arranges for boat rides on the lake.At a height of 2,610m, Naina Peak (Cheena Peak) is a quiet place from where the Nanda Devi peak and the mountains on the Tibet border can be viewed. A ropeway from the Bara Bazaar (Mallital Bazaar) leads to Snow View, which also offers a spectacular view of the Himalayas. The Hanuman Temple on the road to Haldwani, the Astronomical Observatory, Sanjay Park (botanical gardens), Barrah Patthar (12 stones), Tiffin Top, Dorothy’s Seat and Land’s End are other interesting places to visit in Nainital. The best way to reach these places is to walk, or on ponyback.Amongst the interesting buildings in Nainital is the Government House, built in 1899, and now known as the Secretariat. The gardens of the Uttar Pradesh Governor’s residence, the Raj Bhawan, are open to the public. The Church of St John in the Wilderness is located at the northern end of Nainital.
Weather in Nainital:–
Nainital is one of the best destinations in India which can welcome tourists any time in a year. Summers during March to May are very pleasant with temperature never crossing 27°C and minimum is about 10°C. Winters during November to February offer a chilly climate with a maximum of 15°C and minimum going below 0°C. Heavy snowfalls are common during winters. Monsoons are very weak during June to September.