Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Travelogue - Trip to Nainital
It was 7 AM in the morning when we set off from Rampur to our journey to Nainital. We had hired a taxi for this purpose. Though, there are several mode of transport available to travel to Nainital but I preferred a Taxi against other cheapest options. For more information on the mode of transport, just click here. Well, we took the route of Rampur - Bilaspur - Rudrapur - Haldwani - Kathgodam - Nainital, and we stopped at Haldwani for a small break. Then, we continued our journey to Nainital, and we found some mist and clouds en-route to the hills of Nainital.

At 11: 00 AM, we entered into Nainital, and had a glimpse of Naini lake which looked exceptionally good. The people over here are very friendly, and we didn’t find tough to get ourselves a hotel. Since, we hadn’t done an Advance booking, so we decided to explore on our own. There are a lot of hotel options available in the Mall road just facing the lake. You can choose from a list of hotels from 2-star to 3-star such as Hotel Alka, Hotel Everlyn, Hotel Prashant, Hotel Classic – the mall, etc. We explored a lot because we were looking for room that will give us a view of the lake. So we decided to go for Hotel Prashant. The hotel was good and so was its staff as it was pretty friendly. In fact, they provided us with the Cab facility to pick and drop to the mall road. Though, later I realized that it was a bit high priced as I would have got much better hotel with the same price. But, otherwise, the hotel was not a bad option if you are looking to stay for a night or so. We checked into the hotel at 12:45 PM, and changed our clothes to get ready for sight seeing. We decided to go for sight seeing, and have our lunch on the way itself. They are plenty of options available for you to do the sight seeing. In fact, if you are going on a off season, then you do not need to worry on finding a tourist guide. Instead, they will find you at once, and it’s easier to bargain in an off-season. You can get a package of 7 points at a price of Rs 350-400 or even less if you know how to bargain. So, we started our sight-seeing at 2 PM (we had fixed a time from the tourist guide earlier to come at 2 PM itself.) and we began from the Eco Cave Gardens, are natural caves which have been slightly modified to allow for convenient human inspection. In total there are six caves, named after various birds and animals found in the Corbett National Park, which is a part of the Nainital district - for example, one of the caves is named Tiger Cave. It was our bad luck that the caves were closed due to rains. We moved on towards Waterfalls where clicked some snaps of ours and we also had our lunch over there. There are two eating joints over there. But, I suggest you to get yourself something from the Mall road itself as the food in those eating joints is not good at all. Or, it is preferable to have Maggi over there if you are fond of it. Though, they do provide a lot of options from Indian to Chinese to South-Indian but the taste is not that good. Next, we moved towards Lake View point to have a glimpse of the Khurpatal lake. Even here, we had our share of bad luck as the mist came in between, and it wasn’t easy to look at the lake. So, we decided to click some snaps, and move towards the other points, “Suicide point” and “Lover’s Point”. Upon reaching over there, I realized that they are nothing but a waste of money as it was just a huge rock and nothing else. Following is a list of places that will usually come in the package:

Eco Caves: This is a cave garden, which is a latest entrant into the many attractions of Nainital. You can make your visit to Nainital a memorable one with a trip to these gardens wherein you can introduce your child to an eco-friendly life.
  • Suicide point
  • Lover’s Point
  • Waterfalls
  • Lake View point
  • Land's End: (2,1l8 m) 4.08 kms. One can have magnificent view of Khurpatal and the terraced fields on the hill side. Normally, you would require a horse to travel to this destination.
  • Lariakanta : (2, 481 m) 6 kms. This is the second highest peak of Nainital and commands a glorious view of the lake region. Normally, you would require a horse to travel to this destination.
  • Dorothy Seat: (2,292 m) (4 km). This is a memorial to an English lady believed to have been killed in an air crash stands here. The spot commands a partial view of the town and the nearby region. Normally, you would require a horse to travel to this destination.

There are other places as well that you would like to visit such as:

  • Hanuman Garhi: (1, 951 m) 3 km. A popular place for worship in the temple of lord Hanuman and its Sun-set view.
  • Khurpatal: (1,635 m) 5 to 10 kms. This is an angler’s paradise on Nainital-Kaladhungi-Ramnagar Road. It is here that the conifers belt merges and gives way to the Sal trees. Fishing permits are available from Deputy Commissioner, Nainital.
  • Kilbury: (2,194 m) 10 kms. A wooded spot, ideal for a quiet and peaceful holidays, which is connected by road.
  • Naini Peak: (2,611 m) (Cheena Peak) 6 kms. Most favoured picnic spot of the town. One can view the distant plains and snow clad Himalayas from the peak. A bird's eye view of the lake is also obtainable from here. One can either trek or go on a horse back upto Naina Peak.
  • Naini Lake: The boat club overlooking the lake offers sailing facilities and also boating. Fishing is allowed with the permission of Executive Officer, Municipal Board, Nainital.
  • Snow-View: (2270 m). 3 km. This is the nearest easily accessible peak on Sher-ka-Danda hill connected by Ropeway. A powerful telescope is fixed here which enables one to view the Himalayan ranges.
  • State Observatory: (1951 m). 4.4 kms. Devoted to astronomical studies and optical tracking of artificial and earth satellites.

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