perfect Gem Popularly called the lake district because of a string
of closely located lakes (Bhim Tal,
Sat Tal, Naukuchia Tal and, of course, Naini, Nainital district
has other claims to distinction : Corbett, India's first national
park: Kathgodam, nucleus of the timber trade and a railhead for
Kumaon: Bhowali, Major fruit market;
and Kaladhungi, fertile wheat bowl and home of Jim Corbett.
its origin in the fropped left eye of goddess Sati, consort of Shiva,
the Naini lake waters are considered to be holy. The temple to Naini
Devi on the lakes's edge turns into a huge fair ground every autumn.
tourist who enjoy bustle, there is a lot to do: boating, or sailing
in vivid coloured yachts; horse riding; walking along shady roads;
taking the aerial ropeway; and shopping for wooden handicrafts,
shapely candles and wickerware.
entrancing views of the Himalayas are the several peaks surrounding
the opaline Naini lake: Naina Peak (2611m) 5.6km - the highest;
Laria Kanta (2481m) 5.6 km - the next highest peak; Snow-view (2270m)
2.4 km - accessible on horseback or by cable car ; Dorothy's Seat
(2292m) 4.3 km - Offering a sectional view of the town and its vicinity;
and Land's End (2118 m) 4.8 km - presenting a sweeping view of the
gem-like Khurpa Tal Hanumangarhi (1951 m) 3 km - a religious centre;
State Observatory (1951 m) 4 km - a centre for astronomical studies
; and Kilbury (2194m) 11km - a sylvan retreat ideal for a trek, are
other nearby places of interest.
14 kms. from Ramnagar, on the way to Ranikhet, is a huge rock in
the midst of river Kosi. This place has been named Garjia Devi after
the deity. The temple is visited by thousand of devotees from different
parts of the state. A large fair is held here on kartik Poornima.
Ramnagar is the last bus terminus, from where Garjia Devi Temple
is 14 kms.
Naina Devi Temple
The charming hill resort of Nainital gets its name from the Goddess
Naina Devi. A temple dedicated to the deity stands here.
About 20 kms from Ram Nagar is a place called Seeta Bani. Legend
has it that Devi Sita, the consort of Lord Rama had entered into
the lap of Mother Earth here. A fair is held here during Ram Navmi.
Fair & Festival
Vasantotsavor spring festival is held every year at Ramnagar during
the month of January-February. A large number of local people and
tourists, including foreigners participate in the festival at Ramnagar
which is a gateway of Jim Corbett Park, the wildlife sanctuary of
Uttar Pradesh. The event reflects cultural activities of both Kumaon
This fair is held in Nainital in the month of September every year.
Among other things, a number of cultural programmes are organised
on this occasion.
This fair is held during July on the occasion of Harela.
This fair is held at Ranibagh, about 30kms. from Nainital on the
occasion of Uttarayani every year. It has immense religious importance.
A number of programmes are organised attract visitors.
This fair takes place in february every year on the occasion of
Shivratri. This is a religious fair, and reflects the rich and varied
culture and tradition of the area.
This fair takes place around the Garjiadevi Temple in Ramnagar.
A large number of people from nearby area turn up in this fair to
have a darshan of Garjiadevi.
This fair is organised in Nainital in the month of October. Various
cultural programmes, folk dances and folk arts are organised during
this fair. A large number of people including foreign tourists visit
this fair to have a glance of the local culture and traditions.
Holi Mahotsav is organised in Nainital with the cooperation of the
local bodies. The festivities reflect cultural traditions of Kumaon.
(1371 M, 22 km) Bigger than Naini, this lake is name after on
of the Pandavas.
1706 M 11 km En route to Ranikhet or Almora, it is a major fruit
mart and health resort Only 3 km from here is Ghorakahl, famous
for a temple to Gollu Devta, a demi-god highly revered by the Kumaonis.
National Park: 115 km (via Kaladhungi) This is
one of India's best known wildlife sanctuaries.
1219 M 18 km This is a health resort and a bee-keeping centre.
Strawberries grow here in plenty. Also an attraction for butterfly
Tal: 1218 M 26 KM This is nine-cornered lake which receives
migratory birds. Both yachts and paddle boats are available for
plying on the lake waters.
25 km This is known as the home of Kumaon orchards. Prosperous
estates can be seen here.
Tal: 21 km There are three lakes (of the original seven Sat),
named after the epic personages Ram, Sita and Lakshman near the
main resort. The others are some distance away.
Nearest airport is at Pantnagar.
The nearest Railway Station is Kathgodam (35 kms.)
Nainital is connected to all the major National/State Highways.
From Nainital the following places are directly connected by regular
bus service :
Agra (403 kms.), Almora (64 kms.), Badrinath (334 kms.), Bareilly
(140 kms.), Dehradun (387 kms.), Delhi (326 kms.), Haridwar (310
kms.) and Kausani (117 kms.).