Nainital is located in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas about 285 km from Dehradun and 345 km from New Delhi. A picturesque hill town in the northern state of Uttarakhand, Nainital is set in a valley at an altitude of 6,358 feet above sea level. This beautiful town is surrounded by seven hills – Ayarpata, Devpata, Hanibani, China, Alma, Ladiya-Kanta and Sher-Ka-Danda. Popularly referred to as ‘Sapta-Shring, these majestic hills, the waters of the lake and areas natural beauty all add to the beauty of Nainital.

What to do and see in Nainital

Nainital gets its name from lake ‘Naini’ (Tal means lake). The pear-shaped lake is only one of the many lakes that give the hill station its nick name – City of lakes. Located in the Kumaon district of Uttarakhand, a popular hillstation since the days of British Raj, Nainital was the summer capital of the United Provinces during the British rule.

It is believed that goddess Sati had burned herself upon a pyre at Nainital. There is a temple dedicated to her on the banks of the lake. The Naini lake is believed to contain the same holy water as that of the sacred Manasarovar. The Jim Corbett National Park, oldest national park of India, established to protect the endangered species Bengal Tiger, is located here.

A haven of lakes, Nainital has an economy sustained mainly by tourism. The beautiful landscape as well as tranquil atmosphere makes Nainital a heaven-on-earth experience for the travellers.

The G B Pant High Altitude Zoo, popularly known as the Nainital Zoo boasts of many rare, endangered species of animals like the Snow Leopard and the Himalayan Black Bear. The Naina peak, located 8,568 feet above sea level, offers an exciting chance of mountaineering with a stunning view of the Himalayas from the top.

Nainital is also well-known seat of many prestigious educational institutions and research centres. The Aryabhata Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), a leading research institute specialising in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Atmospheric Sciences, is located just 9 kilometres from the city. Sherwood College, St Joseph’s College, Sainik School at Gorakhal in the Nainital district and Kumaun University are some of the prestigious educational institutions located here.

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