It was a freezing and a chilly night when I got the first glimpse of this tiny hilly town in Uttarakhand. Locked away between the mighty mountains on all the side, Nainital throws a pleasant surprise to its visitors with breathtaking landscape, pristine lake, lush greenery and snow-capped hill top views. It is a feast for the eyes and for the travel aspiring soul to watch and get soaked in this bounty of nature.
Much of the town is around the Naini lake, which is the epicentre of the activities in Nainital. The lake is in the heart of the city, and it stretches all along the length of the town. The lake forms a crescent, across which the main road is popularly known as the ‘Mall Road’ is present. This road is home to some of the best street food, souvenirs and traditional woollen wear. The structural buildings resemble the Anglo-Indian architecture, thus retaining the charm of the decades bygone. One stroll along the road will take you until the other end of the road, which leads to the place of local deity – Naina Devi – after which the town is named. Outside the temple is the Nepal market, which is a perfect place for the shopaholics to indulge. While it is a pristine sight to behold as you walk along this street overlooking the lake, the beauty of this town elevates to a whole new level as you stride up the hills.