Nainital is one of the most popular hill stations in Uttarakhand. The ‘City of Lakes’ remains one of the most visited places it India. The quiet valley is nestled at an elevation of about 2,084m. Surrounded by green hills, dotted by quaint old cottages, lakes, and markets, it is a scenic, spiritual and refreshing destination.
Nainital is referred to as the Tris Rishi Sarovar, the lake of the three sages in the Skanda Purana- One of the 64 Shakti Peeths. These centres were created wherever parts of the charred body of Sati fell. According to legends, Lord Shiva was carrying the corpse of his wife in grief after she self-immolated herself after insult by Father King Daksha. It is said that the left eye (Nain) of Sati fell here and gave rise to the patron deity of the town. The lake is said to have formed in an emerald eye shape and on the north shore is a temple that was built for worshiping the Lord and his wife.
The tourist attractions in Nainital are the prominent seven lakes of which Naini lake is the most famous. Naina Devi Temple is the revered temple associated with the legend of the hill town. The Gurney house is a charming cottage occupied by the famous writer, conservationist and hunter, Jim Corbett. Visit the beautiful Buckingham Palace of India, The Raj Bhawan also known as Governor’s House. Naina Peak, Snow peak and Tiffin Top are some of the high altitudes check points in the hill station. Views from here are unrivalled as the picture perfects scene of snowcapped peaks, forest of oak and pine, crystal clear lakes and charming cottages can be seen. Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is a good place to spend time in nature’s bliss.