“Woah! The city is more beautiful and pristine than I imagined!”, were my first thoughts on landing in Nainital. Surrounded by mountains on three sides Nainital is located around the beautiful lake Naini Tal. There are many stories around the name of the city, but if you dissect the name, you would probably relate it with the serenity of the city. Naina means eyes and ‘tal’ means lake, hence the name Nainital, resembling its location in the valley surrounding the Nainital lake.
Nainital was founded by a European businessman Percy Barron in 1841 and later it became summer retreat for the British who spent summer in these hills, escaping the extreme heat of the plains. Nainital is usually a two-day trip from the neighboring city and states.
The first and the must visit place in Nainital is the beautiful, natural, fresh-body lake, Naini Lake. Nestled amidst the township of Nainital, this crescent shaped lake is bounded by Naini Peak on North West, Tiffin Point on the South West and snow-capped peaks on the north and offers a breathtaking view. Boating, long evening walks and endearing interactions with ducks are some of the things that are a must do whilst visiting this glittering lake.