Nainital: Lake of the Eye

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Nainital which stands for Nain (eye) Tal (Lake) is a beautiful and exquisite hill station located in the Kumaon region in the state of Uttarakhand. The most captivating thing about the place is hilly mountains and lakes.

Nainital has some mythological story related to it. It is believed that the most famous tourist spot Naini Lake after which the place got its name is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths. The spot where Sati’s eyes (or Nain) fell, came to be called Nain-tal or lake of the eye or Nainital. Also, the goddess Shakti is worshiped at the Naina Devi temple.

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Naini Lake
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Naini lake which is nestled in the mid of the town is an eye-shaped lake, offering a mesmerizing view of the sunrise, sunset, boating and enthralling view of Himalayas to the tourists. At the shore of the lake, people seek the blessings of Goddess Naina Devi at the Naina Devi temple. As it is a shakti peeth, it is revered and a popular Hindu worship place. People come from all over India to worship goddess Durga. Temple has two eyes depicting Naina of Goddess Durga, with the statues of Goddess Kali and Lord Ganesha surrounding it.

Naina Devi temple
Entrance Naina Devi Temple
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To view the snow-covered Himalayas, the snow viewpoint is the most attractive place for tourists. It gives a panoramic view of the snow-covered mountains. The three prominent peaks that can be viewed from here are Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Nanda Kot.

Snow-covered Himalayas view from Snow viewpoint
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For the wildlife lover, Nainital zoo is a perfect place to see Himalayan Bear, Himalayan Civet, Hill Patridge, Tibetan Wolf, Sambar, Royal Bengal Tiger, steppe eagle and many other species of birds.

Cable Car-Nainital
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The numerous tourist spots include mall road, Hanuman Garhi, tiffin top, neem Karoli baba ashram, governor’s house, khurpa tal, sariyatal, etc

Tourists flock to the Nainital whole round the year but the best time to visit is March to June but November to February is the best season to visit if you want to view snow.

Seema Jain

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