Snuggled in a valley, surrounded by mountains, Nainital is set in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayas. This popular hill station is spruced up around a pear-shaped, deep, green volcanic lake Naina that crowns the town beautifully. Steep forested valleys, plenty of tourist sightseeing spots and its pleasant weather play the key role in boosting tourism in Nainital every year.
There is an interesting historical link to the hill station town which was founded in 1841. Legend has it, the name “Nainital” has been derived from the word “Naina” meaning eye when one of the eyes of Goddess Parvati (wife of Goddess Shiva) fell into the lake. During the reign of the Khasi Dynasty in the pre-historic times, King Daksha (father of Goddess Parvati) denied to invite Lord Shiva in an occasion which angered Parvati. She jumped into the fire and later Lord Shiva moved her dead body to the Kailash Parvat when her left eye fell into the lake.
Honeymooners find it the perfect destination to unwind, relax, eat good, go on horse riding and romance in the lap of the Himalayas. The peak time to visit here is between mid-July and October when the weather is most pleasing to let travellers go sightseeing in and around Nainital.
There are plenty of hotels lined up in the forested hills along the lake. Pay a visit to the busy bazaar worked up like a spider's web with multiple tracks covering the forested hillsides. The hill station gives you the best charms of the mountains and a busy city life merged together to contribute to the inflatable Nainital tourism business.
It is easy to reach here from any part of the country via road, railway and air. Otherwise, travellers from abroad can reach the destination quickly via the Pantnagar Airport which lies at a 35 kilometres from Almora, situated close to Nainital.