Romancing Nainital

Khurpatal Lake, a few kilometers from Nainital.
Khurpatal Lake, a few kilometers from Nainital.
Khurpatal
Khurpatal
Nainital 1
Nainital Lake
The hill town of Nainital
The hill town of Nainital

Nainital 3

 A view of Nainital at night
A view of Nainital at night

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.

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