Located in the Uttarakhand state of India in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas Nainital is a famous hill station. It is at about 6000ft from the sea level. It is in a valley with a pear shaped lake. "Naina" is the highest of all the mountains surrounding the lake. "Tal" means lake and hence the name of the place became Nainital . Nainital lake is also called as Naini Lake.
Last year in the sweltering May month we planned a sudden road trip to Nainital from Delhi for 2 days. Needless to say it was heavenly. My husband had a compensation off and after a long dilemma whether to go or not we packed our bags and started to Nainital with only Google maps in the I phone being the path finder and me a navigator next to the driver's seat .I couldn't enjoy the journey much as I was keeping an eye on the maps. The combination of chilling AC in car and the burning sun outside the car gave me an immediate migraine.
I felt bad as I might not enjoy the trip. Getting mislead thrice due to google maps + Indian roads combo added to the frustration. After losing the blue line on google map on Moradabad route finally came back on the track at Rampur. By then time was 9O'clock in the night and we reached the ghat road of Nainital at around 10 O'clock. After two tea and snack breaks we entered the ghat road and Imran who was driving got totally tired. I was exhausted too. Google maps showed a journey of 5 hrs but it took nearly 8-9 hrs to reach Nainital from Delhi.
Every one drives crazy in hill stations. They must be used to it but my heart beat fast when ever I came across rash drivers on the ghat road. I literally closed my eyes at some points. The drive was adventurous as it was pitch black and we even missed the road and went in opposite direction to Nainital. We reversed the car on that narrow ghat road with deep valleys. As soon as we entered the check post I saw the gorgeous lake at the center. The view looked straight out of the poster. I was not in a position to click it but the cool breeze soothed every nerve and my migraine miraculously was gone by that time. We rushed in to a near by hotel. There were up hills or down hills and after reversing for 15minutes and then parking our car we crashed in the room once we gobbled some fried rice.
Next day we first visited the Cave Garden where there were caves of different shapes. We enjoyed entering in to the cave and finding the exits with the help of a bleak of light.
|The Cave Garden|
|From the tiffin top. Koi milgaya was shot in a school|
some where down the valley (The red bricked building is the school)
|Horse ride. This was before getting tired.|
our horses "Sultan" and "Rustum" (L-R)
|Himalaya View point|
The view was awesome and you can actually see the snow caps during winter but as it was summer we could not see any snow ! It was all foggy.
|At the Bhimtal lake.|
|Solitude can be bliss at times|
Our next stop was Naukichiatal - the largest lake with nine corners where we did boating for long. By the time we went to Nainital in the evening boating was closed but the view was heavenly. Below are my most favorite shots.
|My most favorite click|
In the evening we went to Mall road which was very vibrant ,happening and above all extremely clean. I did loads of shopping there and had the bestest jalebi in the world , hot chocolate coffee and wonderful samosa chat. It was a magical evening when compared to the power cuts and sweaty night outs at Gurgaon. The cool breeze lifted our moods instantly.
|I saw some thing like this for the first time|
|The colors !|
|The center brown one is my fav|
Two more things which you should taste for sure in Nainital are Apricots and plums. They are yum!
|Colorful Apricots and plum we bought!|
Nainital looks like below when lit up in the night.I had no good camera then hence could not capture it
|Nainital Night view. Image courtesy :Google|