Nainital the gorgeous greens and the majestic mountains add
to the beauty of the hill resort. The small town of Nainital
in Uttaranchal is dotted with cottages, villas and bungalows.
Situated at an altitude of 1,938 meters the hill resort of
Nainital offers several places of interest to the tourists.
The hill resort is believed to have derived its name from
the goddess Naina. There is a temple dedicated to the goddess
Naina too in Nainital. Other legend claims that the Naini
Lake in Nainital lends its name to the hill resort. The natural
beauty and the charm of the scenic spots besides the cool
weather make Nainital the place to be in during the summers.
Nainital is 34 Km from Kathgodam, the gateway of Kumaon and
the terminus of North Eastern Railway. It is 304 km from Delhi,
capital of India, and 388 km from Lucknow. According to the
District Gazetteer Nainital is situated at 29 degree 24' north
latitude and 79 degree 28' east longitude, in a valley of
the Gagar range running east and west, which is bounded on
the north by the peak of China, which rises to a height of
8.568 feet, continued by the Alma peak (presently known as
Snow-View) and the Sher-Ka-Danda to the eastern extremity,
where the ridge descends almost to the level of the lake.
On the west the rugged hill of Deopatha rises to a height
of 7,987 feet, and on the south Ayarpatha attains an elevation
of 7,461 feet diminishing gradually towards the east.
Fairs & Festivals :
After harvesting season people mostly relax, rejoice, dance
and sing thus a festival is generated. At the transition of
sun from one constellation to another Sankranti is observed.
Each Sankranti has a fair or festival connected to it somewhere
in Kumoun. Fooldeyi, Bikhauti, Harela, Ghee Sankranti, Khatarua,
Holi Uttaraini are the mostly observed Sankranties throughout
the region. Other festivals have the bearings in the moon
and the dates changed frequently in Gregorian Calendar. Basant
Panchami, Shiv Ratri, Holi, Samvatsar Parwa, Ram Navami, Dashra,
Rakshabandhan, Janmastmi, Nandastmi, Deepawali etc are some
of the auspicious occasions. Fairs are organised on these
occasions on certain places. The Uttaraini Mela at Chitrashila
near Ranibag is observed on Makar Sankranti Day (Approx. 14th
January). Kumaoni people feed the crows on Uttaraini day by
saying ‘Khale Kaua khale Ghughuti Bada Khale’. On Buddha Purnima
Day, in the month of May there is festivity near Budhansthli,
while Bhimtal observes Harela Mela on 16th or 17th of July.
Baishakhi Purnima day brings rejoicing near Lokhamtal while
Kainchi temple premises is gay on 15th June. Kakrighat has
Somnath Fair on the last Monday of Baishakh, Garjia is full
of festivity on Kartik Purnima day in the month of November.
Nandashtami Festival is observed with full devotion in the
district, fairs are organised at Nainadevi temple Nainital
and Bhowali. The Kumaoni people use the fortnight of Shradha
in late September or early October to remember their passed
There are many sightseeing places like :- Snow View, Naina
Peak, Dorothy Seat, Land's End, St. John-In-The Wilderness,
Raj Bhawan, Kilbury.
Best Time to Visit :
In Summer - April to June
In Winter - September to October
How to reach : Nainital can be easily accessed
through air, train or road.
By Air : The nearest airport is at Pantnagar,
71 km away. It is connected by Vayudoot services with Delhi.
By Rail : The nearest railhead is at Kathgodam,
35 km away. Nainital is connected by rail to Delhi, Agra,
Bareilly and Lucknow.
By Road : Nainital is connected by good,
all-weather roads to Delhi (322 km), Bareilly (141 km), Almora
(66 km) and Ranikhet (60 km). Public and private bus companies
ply regular bus services between Nainital and Delhi, Lucknow,
Bareilly, Hardwar, Dehradun, Almora, Ranikhet, Ramnagar and
other important towns in the state.
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