Lodged at the foothills of the Himalayas in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand (India), Nainital is a treat to the eyes as it is aptly named (‘Naini’ stands for eye and ‘tal’ for lake). Said to have developed in the mid-nineteenth century after the British took over the Kumaon hills following the Anglo-Nepalese war (1814-1816), it became a favoured escape for the British colonial officers and later became the summer residence for the Governor of the United province. Initially a preserve of the British, it soon developed into a full township half a decade latter and now it is bursting at its seams.
Around 280 kms from Delhi and standing at an elevation of 2615 m, Nainital is a pleasant getaway from the hustle and bustle and the scorching summer of Delhi. Located nearby are also other smaller lakes like ‘Khurpatal’ etc which is definitely worth a visit.