What Makes Nainital An Amazing Tourist Destination ?

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    • Garhwali
      By Garhwali

      What makes Nainital one of the most appealing hill stations to visit is the ropeway ride, which attracts a huge number of tourists daily. A ride on the cable car promises mesmerizing views of the entire Naini Lake from a vantage point. Other adventure rides for adrenaline junkies include water zorbing, paragliding, and trekking activities. Taking advantage of its proximity to Punjab and Delhi, Nainital boasts of some excellent restaurants serving authentic Punjabi and North Indian fare. There are dozens of cafes dotting the promenade near the Naini Lake, and you can spend a pleasant evening sipping a cup of coffee and watching the breeze glide over the silvery blue waters of the lake. Nainital also has some mythological legends attached to it, which makes the Naina Devi Temple a very popular spot for pilgrims. Another religious place that also doubles as a tourist attraction is the St. John’s Church, whose impressive old-world architecture and huge stained-glass windows make it a must-see place in the city. Nainital has plenty of markets scattered all over the city, where you can shop for everything starting from tiny trinkets and candles to jewellery, handicrafts and stylish scarves and shawls. Despite advancing on par with the modern world, Nainital still holds on to some of its old-world charm and simplicity. The locals of the city keep alive traditions and customs of the bygone era, as reflected in the many vibrant fairs and festivals the town celebrates.

      City of Lakes

      Known as the 'Lake District of India', Nainital is a tourist attraction for both adventurers and seekers. Famous for its lakes and its picturesque location, Nainital is the perfect summer retreat for those wishing to escape the unbearable summers of north India. Besides being a tourist hotspot, Nainital is also famous for its education, be it St. Joseph's College, or Birla Vidya Mandir, or even the renowned Sherwood College, famous for giving illustrious celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Kabir Bedi, Manish Pandey, Majo Nath Sharma, and Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.

       

      Mythology

      The name Nainital means 'The Lake of the Eye', which traces its origins back to the ancient mythology when one of the charred remains of Goddess Sati had fallen down here, apparently the eye. No wonder why Nainital also houses one of the Shakti Peeths in India, i.e. Naina Devi.

       

      Shopping in Nainital

      When it comes to the shopping haul, there is no better place than the narrow and hyped street markets of Nainital. The hill station offers many specialities for shopping ranging from branded goods to locally produced apparels and products. The biggest market in Nainital is the Mall Road market where you’ll find anything and everything of your choice and the best thing about it that it doesn’t scare your pockets. The market is usually crowded with tourists and people visiting from different states for souvenirs and local goods. The street has a long chain of shops located on the bank of Naini lake and is a must visit place in the city. If you’re ever visiting, don’t forget to buy the popular wax candles which became a favourite memoir after the establishment of a flourishing wax industry in the 90s. Tibetan market or Bhoti Market is another popular marketplace especially known for its scarfs, women clothing and shawls. If you want an excellent shopping experience for food and clothing, Bara Bazaar in Mallital offers you a diverse range and pocket-friendly prices. Don’t forget to try the roadside bhel puri in around the market; it’s every shopper's favourite!

       

      Trekking/Hiking in Nainital

      The rocky landscape of Nainital makes it a home for some of the most energised adventure sports among which trekking is a popular choice for travellers. The Lake district of Uttarakhand is at a normal elevation of 1,938 meters which provides trekkers with the best experience of thrilling climb and peace in the midst of green woods. Naina Peak is one of the most preferred treks which offers a six to seven hours of rigorous trekking experience and an achieving height of 2611 meters. The striking foot trail is surrounded by think confers and is a beloved place by birdwatchers. The location is a home for various bird species such as Sunbirds and Himalayan Griffon Vultures. One can enjoy the bliss of natural serenity after completing the thrilling climb to Naina peak. Another popular spot is the Tiffin Top Trek, a short trek with spectacular action and luxurious natural experience. It is a 3-kilometre trail that is often started early morning for the tourists so that they can enjoy the campfire on the base at dusk. The SNow View and Camel’s back trekking circuit are other popular options to indulge in the tranquil air of Nainital.

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