Nainital, one of the most popular hill stations of Uttrakhand is a major tourist destination. The town is located 315 km from Delhi and is only accessible by roads. The NH9 takes one to Nainital within 7-8 hours. Those who wish to hire a private vehicle can visit the Delhi bike rentals and get a two-wheeler on rent in Delhi. There are fleets of two-wheelers to choose from. One can also pick up a Bullet on rent from Delhi to reach Nainital. Since it is a long ride, it is advised to choose a two-wheeler that is sturdy and powerful. The journey becomes hassle free if you choose to hire bikes from Delhi to go to Nainital else you’ll have to rely on the public transport.
The hill town located in the Kumaon foothills is situated in a pear-shaped valley and is known for its lakes. It experiences a subtropical highland climate and is a little dry during winters while is rainy and damp during summers.
According to Hindu mythology, the lake Naini is believed to be a Shakti-peeth. A Shakti-peeth is a place where the charred remains of Sati fell while being carried by Lord Shiva. The town derives its name from the place where Sati’s eyes (Naiyan) fell, hence christening the town as Naini-taal. A large temple dedicated to Sati, built on the shore of the Naini-jheel is much revered by devotees and people come from far across the country to offer prayers here.
There a number of famous tourist places in Nainital. The Naini-jheel is the biggest attraction of the town. The lake is surrounded by seven hills and is the most famous lake of India. It is a much-frequented spot for couples as the serene setting appeal to the romantics in them. It is also a famous honeymoon destination. The National Boat Club has made provisions for boat rides in the lake. Both pedal and rowing boats are available for boating. The Gondola ride for the very low fee provides an experience that can never be forgotten in a lifetime. Though boating in the still waters is prohibited at night, the night view around the lake is magical.
The Aerial ropeway which connects the Snow view point to Military is another major attraction of the city. The ropeway offers a spectacular view of the Naini lake, the town below and the snow-covered peaks view at a distance. Tourists queue in to get into the cable car to get the splendid view of Nainital.
Nainital like Bara Bazar, Tibetan market, and Mall Road are few of the best markets of the town and you can purchase handicrafts, artifacts and souvenirs for your friends and family here. Nainital is also known for scented candles, key chains, books and artificial jewelry.
Besides these, there are other places of interest too. The Eco cave gardens have been recently developed. There are several interconnected caves and the hanging gardens make the caves more attractive. Kilbury is a bird watcher’s paradise. It has over 580 species of birds that can be spotted in their natural habitat. Kilbury has located 15 km from Nainital and one can easily drive up to the place.
Those of you wishing to pay a visit to Nainital can do so by getting bikes on rent in Delhi and riding up to the town. Bike rentals in Delhi have made bike hiring much easier to travel to major tourist destinations of North India.