Nainital, the headquarters of Kumaun division, is the most popular place of tourist and religious significance. It is situated in the lower Himalaya not very far from the plains. This hill resort is well connected with most places in northern and north–western India. The city, at a height of 1938 meters surrounds the Naini Lake which derives its name from goddess Nainidevi and is in turn surrounded by seven peaks viz. Naina Peak (2640 m), Alma (2432m), Sherka Danda (2405m), Laria Kanta (2485 m), Ayyarpatta (2320 m), Handi Bundi (2179m), and Deopatta (2422 m).
In winter there is snowfall in Nainital and is an added attraction for tourists. Nainital is also a place of religious interest. The lake basin of the Nainital is believed to be one of the places where the left eye of Sati fell when Lord Shiva was wandering in a daze carrying her corpse. Sati took rebirth as Parvati, the daughter of the Himalaya and once again became of the consort of Lord Shiva.
Getting There – The nearest railway station is 1 ¾ hours away at Kathgodam and is linked to Nainital by frequent buses. The climb from Kathgodam to Nainital is dramatic; rising 1300 m over 30 KM. Buses from Delhi and the surrounding hill stations use the Tallital Bus stand which is located at the southern end of the Lake, while some buses from Ramnagar (for Corbett National Park) use the Mallital Bus Stand at the northern end of the Lake.
Snow View Point-
The place is 2.42 KM from the City and at a height of 2287 meters. It can be walked down to or can be accessed by a 700 meter long cable way from Malital’s Oriel Express. The beautiful snow covered peaks, as viewed from this place, can also be viewed from Laria Kanta and Tiffin Top.
Best time to visit Snow View Point Nainital-
It is pleasant from April to October and offers relief from the scorching heat of the plains during these months.
Naina Peak –
Previously known as China Peak , this is situated about 6.64 KM from the City and presents a breathtaking view of the sunrise and several snow covered peaks like Nandaghunti, Nandadevi, Nandakot etc and the City itself.
Hanuman Garh –
The place is about 3.22 KM from the City. The beautiful view from this temple of Lord Hanuman is truly unforgettable.
Straight and plane road connecting Talital to Malital is known as Mall Road and is situated along the lake.
This point is about 4.08 KM from the City at a height of 2352 meters and presents a view of Khurpatal Lake which appears to be only a small pond from there. The near vertical slope descends from this point to the plains and hence its name.
The Nainital Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in western and central Himalaya (after the Dal and Nagin lakes of Kashmir). This lake provides immense opportunities for boating and sailing.