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.
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.
Best Time to Visit Nainital
Although one can visit Nainital Lake anytime during the year, the best time to visit the site is from February to November. This is the time during which the weather conditions are most favorable, and climate is pleasant to move around and enjoy sightseeing and boating.
How to Reach Nainital
The nearest airport is Pant Nagar Airport, located at a distance of 72 kilometers from Nainital. Good, motor-able roads connect the airport to the town, for which taxis are easily available. Indira Gandhi International airport at Delhi is situated approximately 300 kilometers from Nainital.
The closest railway station is Kathgodam which lies 41 kilometers away from the Nainital center. The railway station is well-connected to other major railway networks and important destinations like Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata. Taxis and buses are easily available that connects the two locations.
Naintal is a frequently visited destination and is connected with good quality roads to all major cities and towns in Northern India. Both private taxis and buses could be hired. There are several bus operators, running services from ordinary, semi-deluxe to deluxe and Volvo. There are both day time and night bus services.