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Nainital a former British hill station

Updated: Sep 26, 2019

By E Kay with inputs from Paul Mashangva

Situated at an altitude of 2.084 metres above sea level, and named after the famous eye shaped #NainiLake situated in the heart of the town, #Nainital is truly a sight to behold. The town is built around this picturesque lake and is a very popular destination for domestic tourists as well as international.

The famous mall road runs along the side of the lake and is a nice place to hang out at. There are various cafes and hotels along this road and you can take your pick of cafe any time of day. #Legend has it that the eye of goddess #Parvati fell at that site when Lord #Shiva was carrying her body in the air in sorrow after her death. Thus, the place came to be known as Nainital, "Nain" meaning eye and "Tal" meaning lake.

Mall Road Nainital
Mall Road Nainital

Our journey started from Delhi by a moderately priced Volvo Ac bus. The journey was pleasant, however, the place of halts were not up to the mark. I can't even recall the place we stopped at for food. The distance from Delhi to nainital is about 400kms and it took us about 11hours to reach the beautiful hill station. We had to change our bus at haldwani for a smaller one as we were told huge buses like the one we were on were not permitted to travel to nainital. That shift took place at around 6am in the morning. Then on, it was a windin