Known for its numerous lakes, Nainital is also called the " Lake District " of India. It is situated at an altitude of 1,938 meters and is located in the state of Uttranchal.
There has been a long debate as to how the hill station got its name. Some believe that the hill station derived its name from the goddess Naina. There is also a temple dedicated to Naina Devi in Nainital. Others say that it is probably the Naini Lake in Nainital that lends its name to the hill resort.
The hill station of Nainital offers several places of interest to the tourists. The natural beauty and the charm of this beautiful hill station make it a popular tourist destination. The most popular landmark in Nainital is the Naini Lake . This lake offers enchanting beauty and tourists can enjoy boat rides on the lake. Nainital Boat Club also offers yachting facilities at the Lake.
Other must see place in Nainital is Cheena Peak or the Naina Peak . It offers breath-taking views of the Nainital Valley and the snow-capped Himalayas. The Hanumangarh temple in Nainital is also very famous. It has an observatory nearby which offers beautiful night view of the moon. The British Cemetery, St. John Church and Dorothy's Seat on the Tiffin peak are other places worth seeing in Nainital.
From Nainital one can also visit the famous Sat Tal, Bhim Tal and the Naukuchiya Tal . Sat Tal is a cluster of seven small lakes and is 21 km away from Nainital. Bhim Tal is located at a distance of 23 Km from Nainital and is the largest lake around Nainital. It offers water sports facilities. The Naukuchiya Tal, which is located 27 km from Nainital, is another place worth visiting. It derives its name from the nine corners of the Lake. Other places of interest around Nainital include Khupratal (12 km), Sattal (23 km), Kainchi (20 km), Kilbury (12 km), Kausani (120 km), Ranikhet (63 km), Almora (67 km) and Corbet National Park (120 km).
Nainital also offers a variety of recreations to its visitors. Horse riding is the most favorite recreation for tourists. Nainital also has some of the best trekking routes of the Himalayas. One can enjoy boating, trekking, skiing, mountaineering and mountain biking on this beautiful hill station.