Nainital is an alluring spot of incredible India with appealing scenarios all around in the foothills of Kumaon. It is surrounded by beauteous mountains and angelic lakes with the great snowy range of the Himalayas.
On January 31th, I had a trip along with my brother and my brother-in-law. It was supposed to be a short journey as my brother got posted in Ashok Hall girl’s residential school, Ranikhet, so we had to drop him there. We booked a cab from Haldwani to Ranikhet and after 3-4 hours journey, we reached Ranikhet and just after dropping to his residence we two were back to Nainital by midnight which is almost 50 km from Ranikhet.
There are plenty of hotels near Mall road and after checking few of them, we settled on one, almost half a kilometer from Naini lake which has an excellent atmosphere. We had a hectic day throughout but still as soon as we had some tea & snacks, we were all set to view the beautiful Nainital. We took a walk to Naini lake first. The sound of the chilling, cool and musical wind was mystifying. After an hour of sightseeing, we went back to the hotel and slept.
On the very next day i.e. 1st of February, I woke up with the sunrise view from my hotel room. It looked phenomenal as if the sky had something to say.
Life itself is like a rising sun. There is nothing like watching a beautiful sunrise that reminds us that we are lucky to be alive – right here, right now. Taking the time to gaze at the horizon while we watched the sun is truly magnificent.
It is a reminder of new beginnings and new opportunities and with these thoughts, we got ready and left for a walk to the Naini lake where we felt the blowing breeze that sent shivers through our whole body. This is a major attraction of the region.
As soon as we finished our sightseeing we returned back to the hotel and had our bags packed and checked out of the hotel with our cab ready to leave as we had the same cab we booked from Haldwani because the driver himself was nice and kind.
The very first place the driver took us was the famous Hanuman temple at an altitude of 6,401 feet from the sea level which was built by Neem Karoli Baba, a saint around 1950. As soon as we entered the temple the view was mesmerizing.
After prayers, we took a glance at the location and enjoyed the scene and we have been told that it has got a reputation for the best sunrise and sunset view from the top which is always delightful to watch.
Then we moved towards the northern end of the Naini lake, to seek her blessings of Naina Devi. It is one of the most important places of worship in Nainital. Goddess in this temple is known by her two eyes, which have been said to fall off when Lord Shiva took the body of the goddess.
After finishing this, we started moving downwards, we encountered few mountain view too with dazzling looks and amazing spots to get some pictures clicked.
There are numerous spots in between our journey which just look and go away. It’s been the magical scenario of what we expected before the start of the journey.
Our next destination was Eco cave garden. We stayed for an hour as we were curious to see the caves only though it seems interconnected with rocky caves and hanging garden. It has different caves with names of panthers, tigers, etc. and musical fountain for children to enjoy. It can be called as exquisitely designed hilltop greenhouse park.
It has different caves with names of panthers, tigers, etc. and musical fountain for children to enjoy. It can be called as exquisitely designed hilltop greenhouse park.
Then we took a leap off the road for trekking towards Tiffin top. We left our cab and booked two horses at an amount of 1500/- as our means of transport. Horses can be hired at Bara Pathar. This was my first-time experience of horse riding to reach the peak.Tiffin top is a kind of picnic spot with amazingly breath-taking views where visitors come to capture pleasant snapshots. This place is named after an English painter Dorothy Kellet who used to sit at this spot and paint. One can’t miss the magnificent views of snow-covered Himalayan peaks that add enthrall to the Tiffin Top and make it favorite amongst tourists apprehensive some load off one mind from the hustle-bustle of the concrete jungle life.
Our next destination was Himalayan darshan. Our cab driver took us to the view point of Himalaya range. One can see the beauty of glittering Himalayas from this place. It is one of the best spots to enjoy some time in solitude with tranquility in mind.
Then we move towards the place where we have the mango shaped view of Naini lake. One can see the charm from a certain height. You can also see the Naini Temple situated across the lake. The scenes were admirable. One can see the difference between the scenery from the down of hill to the top of the hill. The composition from the top is exquisite.
Few more hotspots from the Nainital tour are: