Surrounded by the majestic sights of picturesque hills, the still waters of Naini Lake is one of the favorite spots for romantic travelers in India. Located at an altitude of 2,000 feet above sea level and covering a total perimeter of 2 miles, a visit to Nainital is incomplete without boating in the silvery waters of this mesmerizing lake. Options for both yachting and boating are available as the lake forms the center-point of the destination itself. Surrounding it are numerous hotels and cottages that look exceedingly beautiful, forming a perfect setting of a quintessential hill station.
Note: Naini Lake has reopened for tourists from September 1, 2020.
The view of the lake gets particularly enhanced during night when the bright lights from the surrounding area cast their reflection on the waters, causing it to look like a jewel in the midst of mountains. There are wonderful shopping options on the famous Mall Road, located in close proximity to the Naini Lake.
History of Naini Lake
Going with the Indian Tradition, a lake located at such a height has its own share of stories and legends. The mention of Naini Lake is found in the Skanda Puran as “Tririshi Sarovar”. The name literally translates into-The Lake of three sagrishi faes, after the names of sages Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha, who meditated here. It is said that these rishis (sages) of Saptame came here while on a pilgrimage but didn’t find water. Thus, they dug hole at this spot and prayed which resulted in filling up of these holes with water of the Mansarovar Lake (it is believed).
It is still considered sacred to take bath in Naini Lake. The lake was discovered was discovered in 1839 when P. Barrron, a British businessman encountered the presence of this lake, while on a hunting jaunt. Over the period of time, numerous hotels and lodges came up in the vicinity, making the place an important tourist destination.