Nainital

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Nainital is a Himalayan resort town in the Kumaon region of India’s Uttarakhand state, at an elevation of roughly 2,000m. Formerly a British hill station, it’s set around Nainital Lake, a popular boating site with Naina Devi Hindu Temple on its north shore. A cable car runs to Snow View observation point (at 2,270m), with vistas over the town and mountains including Nanda Devi, Uttarakhand’s highest peak.

"magnificent views can be obtained of the vast plain to the south, or of the mass of tangled ridges lying north, bounded by the great snowy range which forms the central axis of the Himalayas."Nainital experiences subtropical highland climate (Cwb) according to Köppen–Geiger climate classification system as the city's climate is influenced by the elevation. The city is a bit dry during winter and very wet during summer due to South Asian monsoon system. The lowest precipitation total occurs in November with total 7.9 millimetres (0.31 in), while the highest precipitation total occurs in July with total 725 millimetres (28.5 in)Like most places in temperate region, Nainital has relative cool summer. The hottest month is July with temperature ranging from 16.4 °C (61.5 °F) to 23.5 °C (74.3 °F), while the coldest month is January with temperature ranging from 1.7 °C (35.1 °F) to 10.7 °C (51.3 °F).

History


The Kumaon Hills came under British rule after the Anglo-Nepalese War (1814–16). The hill station town of Naini Tal was founded only in 1841, with the construction of the first European house (Pilgrim Lodge) by P. Barron, a sugar trader from Shahjahanpur. In his memoir, he wrote: "It is by far the best site I have witnessed in the course of a 1,500 miles (2,400 km) trek in the Himalayas."In 1846, when a Captain Madden of the Bengal Artillery visited Naini Tal, he recorded that "houses were rapidly springing up in most parts of the settlement: some towards the crest of the limitary ranges were nearly 7,500 ft (2,300 m) above sea level: the rugged and woody Anyarpatta Aashish (Anyar-patt – in Kumaoni means – complete blackout.

The reason for this nomenclature by the locals was because there were minimal sun rays due to its location and dense forests) was being gradually planted and that the favourite sites were on the undulating tract of forest land which stretched back from the head of the lake to the base of China and Deopatta (Camel's Hump). The church, St. John in the Wilderness, was one of the earliest buildings in Nainital, followed by Belvedere, Alma lodge, Ashdale Cottage(1860)..." Soon, the town became a health resort favoured by British soldiers and by colonial officials and their families trying to escape the heat of the plains. Later, the town became the summer residence of the governor of the United Provinces.In September 1880 a landslide ('the landslip of 1880') occurred at the north end of the town, burying 151 people. The first known landslide had occurred in 1866, and in 1879 there was a larger one at the same spot, Alma Hill, but "the great slip occurred in the following year, on Saturday 18 September 1880.


state Uttrakhand,India
Country India
Area 11.7 km²
Languages Kumaoni,Garwali,Hindi,English
Currency Ruppee

Naini Lake

Nainital Lake, a natural freshwater body, situated amidst the township of Nainital in Uttarakhand State of India, tectonic in origin, is kidney shaped or crescent shaped and has an outfall at the southeastern end.

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Naina Peak

Naina Peak is highest hill top and one of the the famous tourist spots in Nainital. This peak is also called as China Peak and Cheena Peak by locals in Naintal. Due to high altitude and lush green forest path, Naina Peak is favourite place in Nainital for trekking among travellers.

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Tiffin Top

Scenic mountaintop locale & picnic spot offering horseback rides & views over the Nainital area.

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Snow View Point

Located at an altitude of about 2270m, Snow View Point is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Nainital. It is around 3km away from the town and is reachable by a cable car or rope way. The peak offers amazing view of beautiful town and breathtaking snow covered mountains.

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Nainital Zoo

Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo is a high altitude zoo situated in Nainital, Uttarakhand. Established in 1984 and opened to public in 1995, it is situated on the Sher Ka Danda hill at a height of 2,100 .

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Raj Bhawan

Raj Bhavan Uttarakhand or Uttarakhand Governor's House is the official residence of the Governor of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand is one of the few Indian states which have two official buildings of Raj Bhawans.

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Naina Devi Temple

The Temple of Shri Naina Devi Ji is situated on a hilltop, base of which also has samadhi of bhagat Jatt Jeona Morh, in the Bilaspur District, Himachal Pradesh, India. The temple is connected with National Highway No. 21. The temple at the top of the hill can be reached via road and then by concrete steps. There is also a cable car facility that moves pilgrims from the base of the hill all the way to the top.

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Bal Mitha

The name is quite weird but Bal Mithai is one of the most popular sweet dishes of the Kumaon region which you must try once. Bal Mithai is made with roasted khoya and has a sugar ball coating.

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A nicely made bal mithai melts in your mouth and has chocolate fudge like taste that remains with you for a long time. It is mainly a speciality of Almora but if you wish to try it in Nainital, Mamu's Naini Sweets, located in Bara Bazaar Mallital is the best place to get it from.

Bun Tikki

Bun Tikki is basically a fusion snack made using the Indian style aloo tikki, and burger buns. It is one of the widely eaten snacks of the region and is loved by tourists and locals alike.

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While you are in Nainital, we'd recommend you visit Lakshmi Restaurant located in Mallital to savour the rich taste of authentically prepared bun tikki. Samosas and masala tea of this restaurant are also quite famous.

Pastries

Though famed for its classy Thai curries, honey chicken, and Chinese fare Sakleys is one of the best places to have pastries in Nainital.

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If you choose to not dine here and do not have much time, do get those sweetmeats packed. Chocolate truffle, lava cake and chocolate strawberry served here are quite famous among all.

Momos

Tried Chicken pepper Momo. Very dry and horrible taste. Though the ambience was good. Above reviews seems exaggerated.

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Best momos includes a wide variety of snacks . Best fast-food junction in Gomtinagar. Price is quite decent .

Street cuisine

In over 08 years of our experience in hospitality, we know the importance of food on an excursion and that’s one area we never compromise about.

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Unlike other hotels in Nainital, we believe that dinning should always be a personalized experience and it is for this reason that every meal laid in our open-air restaurant is tastefully prepared and served you with elegance.

Arsa

The local cuisine can be equally mouth watering with preparations like Ras (a dish made with several dals), Bhatt ki Churkani, Arsa (a sweet dish), Gulgula (a sweet snack) and lots more.

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Nainital being a popular tourist spot, houses a flattering variety of cuisines from North Indian, Chinese, Continental, Italian to Thai, Tibetan and the local cuisines of Uttarakhand. Hence you can enjoy popular Indian delicacies like Dal Makhani.