Naini Lake, noted for its boat riding, dominates the city of the Nainital. It is a freshwater lake, which looks like a mysterious gem located amidst the Oak trees in the foothills of Himalaya. Shaped like a pear, measuring 1.432 km, its shoreline is scattered with mall road, trees, guest houses and temples. Encircled by seven hills, Nainital Lake is a favourite spot amongst the romantic travellers around the world. The panorama of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering lakes has been stirring the imagination of many poets and writers, who have tried to capture the beauty of the lake through their poem and stories. Spread over two miles at an altitude of 2000 meters, this pear shaped lake was found by P Baron in the year 1839. One can even see the mention of the Nainital Lake in the famous religious text, Skanda Puran as ‘Tri-Rishi-Sarovar.’ This name, Tri-Rishi-Sarovar, refers to the three great sages of old times who have meditated here. The three sages were Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha. A hole dug by these sages soon gets filled with water and known as Tri-Rishi-Sarovar or Nainital Lake. Some even say that the lake is one of the emerald green eyes of Shiva’s wife, Sati.
Naini Lake topology has two parts – Mallital towards the north and Tallital towards the Southern part. The picturesque Naini Lake has an abundant aquatic life and its surrounding are ideal for animals and birds to flourish. A visit to Nainital is incomplete without a boat ride on Naini Lake. Naini lake spring to life during the as this is when the lake hosts the famous boast riding festival. Tourists who are planning a trip to Nainital can reach Naini Lake by walking or taking a rickshaw from the main bus stand.
Eco Cave Garden is just a kilometre away from mall road. Here one can reach easily by walking or through rickshaw.
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