If you want a break from your monotonous life and daily job pressure, worries and tensions.
Then I seriously recommend you to enjoy your weekend on the lap of nature.
Nainital is a very famous hill station and only 345 km away from Delhi. However, Nainital is a place where you will find tourists coming throughout the year.
However, the off-seasons are from July-October. I prefer to pay a visit to the city of lakes during the rainy season or between Nov-March.
Mesmerized with the alluring beauty of nature, the huge mountains and extended greenery are what your eyes are seeking for.
Let’s see Nainital through my eyes. As it was the rainy season I avoided going by road. However, buses and cabs are available, you can even go by your own vehicle.
So I booked my seat in Shatabdi express. It left at 6:20 am in the morning from Delhi Station and I reached Kathgodam at 11:40 am. From there I took a taxi and reached the Dynasty Resort.
Dynasty resort is in Khurpatal, 10 km away from the hustles & bustles of the city. The place gives you a breathtaking view of big mountains covered with pine trees and greenery all around. Khurpatal (lake) changes its colour and beauty is so amazing that even it can’t be explained by adjectives that I can use to make you imagine. Even the place is actually more beautiful than the pictures on the website or taken by us.
So I relaxed there for the day as I wanted to capture all the scenic views and inhale the pure oxygen. It was raining when I reached but at around 3 pm the sky was clear and the sun peeped out from the clouds.
From the balcony, I could see the sun rays falling on some mountains while the other mountains were full of clouds. The spectacular view made me feel like being in paradise.
Next day, I left for the sight scene. The resort provides paid cab services for the whole day.
Nainital Sight scenes:
There are many places to visit in Nainital. You can find a list on Google but I picked a few points. I am going to share about those places I visited:
1. Golu Devta Temple
I started my journey with the temple, though off the track for a romantic trip but believe me, this God is known for fulfilling wishes and my prayers were also heard and he fulfilled my wish. What else you want in this world full of negativity, where everyone is busy in backbiting and backstabbing, God is there for you.
This temple is situated in Bhowali, near to Nainital.
Golu Devta is the incarnation of Lord Shiva. This temple is also known as bell temples. Devotes make petition to the temple, to seek their desires or wishes on the accomplishment of the wish the deity is shown gratitude or tribute by hanging bells in the Temple.
I reached the temple, bought the puja thali along with a bell and started to climb stairs of the temple.
There is a small waterfall near Nainital, it is on the list of side scenes. There you can click some amazing pictures and enjoy a cup of coffee with snacks.
3. Tiffin Top.
It is located in Ayarpatta hills, best for a mesmerizing view. It bestows a spectacular view of Himalayas.
4. Snow View Point
This is the oldest viewpoint from where you can have had a glance of the snow-clad Himalayan range. You can see through the telescope, few people sit there with a telescope who charge 10-20 INR. You can enjoy horse riding in both snow viewpoint and Tiffin top.
Apart from tea or coffee, you can enjoy boiled chickpeas or grams, roasted corns.
5. Lovers point & suicide point.
Between tiffin top and snow viewpoint, two other halts are also famous with the name as lovers point and suicide point.
6. Eco-cave gardens.
This place stands for caves, it encompasses seven caves and is enjoyed especially by children. You can enjoy the amidst nature and the beautiful flowers in the park.
This park is closed during rainy season.
7. Tea Garden
Shyamkhet tea garden in Bhowali, near the vicinity of Dynasty hotel and Golu Devta temple lies the tea garden. Not just you will find a beautiful tea garden in the wide expanse, your pictures are also going to come out really lovely.
8. Naini lake
Here comes the queen of the kingdom, Naini lake is a freshwater body which is kidney-shaped and is located right in between of the township Nainital.
It’s like a dream when you reach there, beautiful hotels and colourful boats in the lake, surrounded by people and lots of food option to spoil you with the chilling air.
You can enjoy boating, shopping and eating or just gaze upon.
9. Naini Temple
Just beside Naini lake, Naini temple is situated you can seek blessings from there.
10. Mall Road
A popular shopping area of Nainital, here you find shops for handicraft, candles, restaurants, clothes, jewellery, etc.
However, my suggestion to Delhiites is to avoid buying winter wears like jackets or sweater. Delhi markets provide us with the more cheaper option with varieties.
Things to buy: You can buy candles, stoles, shawls for gift purpose or for yourself.
Handicraft items for decoration are also good to go.
Things to eat: Nainital does not have any special cuisine but you can enjoy momos, hot chocolate otherwise you will find a lot of Delhi food chain or restaurants inspired by Delhi Cuisine.
Some kind of sweets are famous in Uttarakhand you can enjoy that.