When the meandering roads force you to stop at every bend, not because you feel sick, but for the breathtaking views, you know you are getting closer to Nainital. The snow capped hills surround a green, tranquil lake, beside which is situated, one of the most beautiful and popular resort towns in India- Nainital. There are several other tals or lakes nearby, each of them stunning! Nature, adventure, relaxation, good food, shopping whatever is in your mind, Nainital has it for you! Here is a comprehensive guide that might help.
Needless to say, the lake is the centre of attraction and activities in Nainital. The promenade on the banks is one of the busiest areas in the town, yet when you go for a boat ride, the picture suddenly changes. The serenity of the lake makes you speechless as if uttering a single word might spoil the moment. Just when you think you are miles away from the commotion of the town, you will be rowed back to the banks. Well, all good things do come to an end! Snow View can be reached by ropeway. There are some rides for kids up there too.
Other attractions here are the Governor’s House exuding old world charm. The beautiful heritage building and the grounds around it are worth a visit. Especially when the fog settles in, try walking the garden paths that lead to the golf ground – it would seem like a Twilight movie location. Tiffin Top, Nanda Devi Temple, Naina Devi Temple and St John in the wilderness are some of the other attractions here. For those who want to venture out visit the Guano Hills, in Pangot village, home to several exotic birds. Gurney House is another attraction here that was Corbett’s home and now houses a museum dedicated to him.
Plenty of things to do in Nainital, and it includes relaxing, people watching and having a hot cup of tea in a cafe while you watch the world go by. Besides, there is Boating, shopping, trekking to the Tiffin Top and bird watching . If you want to take it to the next level, head to Naukuchiatal for paragliding.
Flying over the mountain ranges covered with lush green forests and the aquamarine lakes will be a novel experience. Water Zorbing is available at Bhimtal nowadays, so thrill-seekers you know where to go if you are in this part of the world.
Being close to Delhi and Punjab, Nainital has some splendid eateries serving North Indian/ Punjabi fare. When you are here, don’t forget to satisfy your taste buds with the legendary butter chicken and tandoori roti. If that sounds too cliched, try the different cafes scattered around the mall near the lake. There must be some good ones where you can sit idly, do nothing, sip a cup of coffee, bite on a delicious piece of cake, watch people and never get bored!
Some of the nice cafes are Sakley’s Restaurant and Pastry Shop, is one of the best places to taste baked goodies! Apart from the finger licking good desserts, try the pepper steak, roasted lamb or sizzlers. For a posh ambience head to Machan. They serve India, Italian and Thai. Honeymooners and those on a date night will find Cafe de Chica and The Lazy Leopard perfect for a cozy dinner. Both the places are tucked away in the hills among trees, away from the crowd, in the lap of nature. For North Indian food you can’t go wrong with Sher-e-Punjab, Nanak Restaurant, Gianni’s Pure Veg.
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