Nainital - Heaven on Earth

@gloria777 (1678)
India
December 19, 2006 3:11am CST
NAINITAL, the city of lakes, lies in the lap of the Kumaon Hills surrounded by seven mountains. It is in UTTARANCHAL STATE, INDIA & has earned the epithet of 'Lake District' of India. NAINITAL is a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace, blessed with scenic natural spledour and varied natural resources . The first recorded discovery of this now popular hill station of Nainital, was in 1841 when a British, Mr. Barron, chanced upon the lake.By 1858, Nainital became a well-known hill station, and within a few years the summer seat of the provincial government.The origin of Nainital traces back to legend. It is said that when Lord Shiva was carrying the corpse of his first wife Sati, her body disintegrated and her eyes (naina) fell here near the lake. At this site now stands the Naina Devi temple. The waters of the lake are therefore considered sacred and the Naina Devi temple is the venue of an autumnal fair. Nainital is divided into two segments, Tallital and Mallital, at the lower and upper ends of the lake, respectively. The North Mall running along one side of the lake, and the South Mall along the other, connect the two parts. On the shores of the lake, at Mallital stands the beautiful temple of Naina Devi. Its quaint cottages, colourful markets, the sylvan landscape and the charming lake at the very heart of it, make Nainital a delightful place. Nainital offers a number of enchanting lakeside picnic spot and many pleasant walks. Trekking, yachting, boating and fishing are other attractions. Places to See: Naini Lake - the dramatic lake of Nainital is set in a mountain hollow at an altitude of 1938m. A little over 3km in circumference it is encircled by graceful willows. Boating facilities are available. A Regatta is held here every summer and autumn. Naina Peak - at 2611m this is the highest peak bordering the lake. It is a popular picnic spot, which offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas. The whole town can be seen spread below in all its loveliness from here. St. John's Church - built in 1847, soon after the British arrived, the church contains a brass memorial to the victims of the famous landslide. The few bodies that could be uncovered from the rubble were buried in the graveyard here. Snow View - situated at 2270m this is a popular viewpoint accessible by chair lift (ropeway). It offers an excellent view of the northern Himalayan ranges. At the top there are powerful binoculars for a close-up view of the Nanda Devi peak. Dorothy's Seat - named in the memory of an English woman who was killed in an air crash, this pleasant spot offers a partial view of Nainital. Land's End - situated at 2881m on the southern border of the lake, this hill affords a view of another lake, Khurpa Tal. Hanuman Garhi - located 3km south of Tallital, this is a temple dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman. It also offers good views and spectacular sunsets over the plains. The Mall - is Nainital's popular promenade that offers a variety of entertainment
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@anurag3786 (6275)
• India
22 Sep 09
I am agree with you....yes..nainital is..a type of heaven..on earth..where you can take a look of nature..here you will see high peak around you.. and many more thing's here that you can enjoy..