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About Nainital - Uttarakhand Tourism

Nainital, a popular hill station among tourists, is situated in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. The scenic beauty of Nainital makes it one of the highly visited hill resort for travelers in the state of Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 1,938m around Naini Lake, the lake resort of Nainital is divided by the lake in two parts, Tallital and Mallital. Southern side of the lake is called Tallital, while the northern side is known as Mallital. Nainital is renowned among travelers for its lakes and residential schools established by the British.

The most prominent attraction of Nainital is its beautiful Naini lake that is surrounded by hills from all side. Naini Lake, 2 miles in perimeter, is in the center of town and provides boating and sailing options. The town is also known as the 'lake district of India,' for being home to many lakes including Naini Lake, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Khrupatal, and Sattal lakes. The town of Nainital attracts tourists all around the year including honeymooners, who love the romantic experience provided by the town with its scenic beauty and pristine Mother nature. There are many options for travelers to enjoy the panoramic nature of the town while walking through the natural trails to various scenic tourist points. The climate of this town is pleasant throug the summers, and experiences snow in the witner. The snow covered houses, hotels and shops in the winter magnifies the beauty of this town by 10 times. 

Another important tourist attraction in Nainital is the Naini Devi temple, which is one of the 64 Shaktipeeths in India. Ther are also some majestic view points around the town including Naina peak, Snow view point, Land's end, Himalayan view point and Tiffin top. Other important tourist attractions in Nainital are Governor's house, city zoo, and Cave Garden

History of Nainital - Uttarakhand Tourism

Nainital is one of the most beautiful places in the state of Uttarakhand. The place has been mentioned in several ancient texts such as ‘Manas Khand’ of Skandapurana. As per mythological belief, Naini Lake was formed from Ma Sati’s charred eye that had fallen here.

In 1815, after the Anglo-Nepalese war in Kumaon, Kumaon & Garhwal regions were occupied by the British. In 1839, Nainital was rediscovered by the British. A British businessman Mr. P Barron (a sugar trader) and his friend got lost into the hills while hunting. Barron became so impressed by the beauty of this place that he left the sugar business and built an European Colony on the shores of the Naini Lake. Officially, the discovery of Nainital appeared in the issue of the 'Englishman Calcutta' in 1841.

Later, a formal Municipal Corporation was formed in 1850 and Nainital officially became the ‘Summer Seat’ of the North-Western states in 1862. It is said that the town was destroyed during the Landslip of 1880. It was rebuilt by the British later, therefore the English charm can be noticed all around in the form of buildings, roads, cultural lodges etc. After that the town developed & progressed at rapid speed.

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