Nainital is known for its scenic beauty and snow-clad peaks of the Himalayan ranges. Surrounded by lakes, it has many sight-seeing spots. Some of the visiting places in and around Nainital are:
According to mythology, when Lord Shiva was carrying the dead and charred body of his wife Parvati, her body remains fell at different places on Earth that are today known as Shakti Peeths. So, Naina Devi Temple is one of the peeths were here eyes fell. Deities of Mata Kali and Lord Ganesha are also found in the temple.
St. John’s Church
Build in 1847, it is one of the oldest buildings in Nainital. In order to commemorate the landslide victims, few bodies were dug out and buried in the church area.
This deepest lake of Nainital has nine corners and is situated merely 24 kilometers from the main town. The area surrounding the lake has dense forested hills that make the view mystical for tourists. There is a sacred belief that anyone who can see all the nine corners at the same time attains enlightenment. Beautiful views of meadows and plains make this place a paradise. The place is normally flocked with tourists throughout the year, so activities like trekking, paragliding, bird-watching are available for them.
‘Sat’ means ‘Seven.’ So, ‘Sattal’ means’ a group of seven lakes,’ which are nestled together. Sattal is 23 kilometers from Nainital at a height of 1370 meters. The seven lakes are Panna Tal, Purna Tal, Sukha Tal, Sita Tal, Laxman Tal, Ram Tal, and Nal-Damyanti Tal.
A hill resort, immersed in tall pine trees, provides a magnificent view of the Himalayan ranges. Located around 63 kilometers from Nainital, the place has a legend that says Raja Sudhardev had fallen for his queen Rani Padmini who liked the place so much that she decided to make it her residence. It is after her name that the place was called Ranikhet, meaning the Queen’s Field. The place has a huge polo ground where people can try playing the sport. The place is famous for two temples, Jhoola Devi Mandir and Kali Devi ka Mandir.
About 22 kilometers from Nainital, the lake is largest in the Nainital district and is surrounded by an island. It is also an intersection point for Naukuchiatal and Kathgodam. The lake is named after Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers from Mahabharata. It is an ideal sport for long jungle walks and boating. It is clean and less congested.