Sunday, June 14, 2009

Travel To Nainital Uttarakhand

The pride of the Kumaon region, the hill town of Nainital is a jewel in the Himalayan necklace due to its beauty, natural splendour and infrastructure Known as the “Emerald Eye of Kumaon”, it is cradled in the majestic Himalayan range amidst valley full of deodars, firs and pines.

Nainital became famous as a hill resort as early as 1841. It was discovered by a wealthy English sugar merchant, Mr. Barron, and soon became a popular escape from the summer heat of the plains. Nainital was also the summer palace of the Rajas of Awagarh.

Quick Facts

Location: Situated at Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas, at an altitude of 1,938 meters (6,358 feet) above sea level.
Climate: Moderate Temperature
Accommodation: There are plenty of hotels available in Nainital ranging from Deluxe to budget such as 800 to 2500.
When to visit: March to June, September to November
How to Reach:
By air – The nearest airport is at Pantnagar, 70km away.
By Rail- Kathgodam, 35km away, is the last terminus of the North East Railways. From Delhi you can take the Ranikhet Express.
By Road: National Highway No 87 connects Nainital with other parts of the country. The distance from Delhi is 310km.
Where to Eat: Ashok, Kwality, Capri, and Nanak’s Restaurant

Must See

Palace Belvedere: Built more than a century ago in 1897 by Raja Balwant Singh, Palace Belvedere today is the epitome of regal living. An hour’s drive from Nainital and then a short hop will take you to Belvedere. The palace, a neat rectangle with blocks of stone edged in white, is a pleasant sight. It has white and open-colonnaded patios on the ground level and a lounge and dining hall adjoining the reception area. Renovated and refurbished, this stately colonial mansion is now run as a heritage hotel under the personal supervision of the erstwhile royal family.

Naina Peak: Naina Peak is the highest peak in National and is also known as china peak. It provides bird’s eye view of Nainital and of the sparkling Himalayas. About 5-6 km from the main town, it takes you through one of the most beautiful treks.

Raj Bhawan: The Raj Bhawan was modeled after Buckingham Palace and completed in 1900. With its wooden interiors, vivid lawns and old deodar trees, it is reminiscent of the English countryside.

Hanuman Garhi: A religious centre, Hanuman Garhi, is immensely famous for watching the setting sun. It is situated at a height of 1951 and has a Hanuman temple atop of its peak. The Uttar Pradesh Government Observatory is also nearby.

What to Shop For

Shopping in Nainital is a delightful experience. Decorative and colorful wax candles, copiously carved wooden sticks and beautiful and exquisite handicrafts made of pine seeds are popular items and also make for good souvenirs. Hang out in the fruit market and relish the fresh-from-the-orchard apples, peaches and cherries. To strike a real deal, stroll along The Mall where the streets are swarming with shopaholic tourists. All knick-knacks are available at affordable prices.


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