Nainital made the British feel homesick for Cumbrian Lake District, urging them to develop a similar town around the Naini Lake. Forested hills surround the lake. A busy bazaar is always humming with din of local shopkeepers calling out to tourists. Walking trails to breathtaking view points of the hills, all sum up the old charm of the small town. Dotted with many small lakes and villages, Nainital is a storehouse of surprises and fun.
They say the left eye of Goddess Sati fell at the point when Lord Shiva was carrying her corpse after she self-immolated herself unable to tolerate her husband Lord Shiva’s insult by her own father.
The lake thus came to be known as Naini Lake (eye-shaped lake) and the town which sprawled around the lake was named Nainital.
According to scriptures, Naini was known as the Tririshi Sarovar (lake of the three sages), who arrived here but found no water. Through meditation by the sanctum of Mansarovar Lake in Tibet, the sages dug a huge crater in the earth and also filled it up with water.
Most important occasion here is the festival held in honour of Goddess Naina Devi.
But it was opened to the public only in 1994.
The British then decided to set up a European colony here.
The temple is believed to have been completely destroyed in 1880s, only to be re-constructed again.
There is temple right in the middle of it which dates back to the 17th century.
It is the oldest national park of India.
During winters the snow-capped mountains look breathtaking from the top.
Both are critically endangered species.