Unwind yourself in this exciting weekend getaway to the lake city of Nainital

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Unwind yourself in this exciting weekend getaway to the lake city of Nainital

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Nainital:There are many hill stations at the Southern slopes of the Himalayas. Nainital, Mussoorie, Shimla and Darjeeling are very famous out of them.There the people enjoy the cool climate and scenery. Thousands of rich people and Government officers go there.During the last summer, my father was advised by the doctor to take my mother to Nainital for improvement in her health.I had summer holidays, so I also went with them. This gave me a great joy. We went upto Kathgodam by train.
 
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Then we had to go some kilometres in a bus to reach Nainital. The road went up to the hill in a zigzag way. There were deep valleys on both sides.The path was difficult. It required great skill on the part of the driver to drive the bus safely. I was so frightened that I began to fear. I was expecting accident every moment. But the driver was an expert. He drove the bus carefully.On both the sides of the road the scenery and the views of hill were very pleasant. There were green trees and deep valleys.We went higher and higher. When we reached the city of Nainital we saw mountain peaks covered with snow.
 
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It was shining beautifully in the sun. The sight filled me with joy and wonder. I was pleased to see Nainital in the lap of nature.We stayed in a small rented cottage standing at the top of the moun­tain. It was small, neat and comfortable. The weather was cool and pleasant.The houses were made of stone and the roads were neat and clean. There was no dust anywhere. We went out for a walk many times.We had a good time. We went up the hills and enjoyed its scen­ery. We often went in the evening to the famous lake of Nainital.
 
There was road all round the lake. There were wooden benches here and there. We enjoyed the breeze and the beautiful sight of the lake.We enjoyed bathing in the lake. The light of the electric bulbs was reflected in the water all-round.Our life at Nainital was happy. We were saved from the heat of plains. The water of the streams was sweet and good.The walk in the morning gave us a good appetite. We enjoyed our meals very much. Most of the vegetables of the plains could be got there. But the fruits were cheap. So we ate a good deal of them. Our health improved very much.The people living in the hill are very simple, honest and hardworking. We had engaged a pahari servant. In July we returned on account of heavy rains.
 
We had been talking about going to Nainital for a very long time. A three day holiday just seemed the best time to do it. So we sorta decided on the spot. The Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigams Office in Lucknow (Just behind Hutch house on Shah Najaf Road) was helpful and made the necessary bookings at their tourist rest house at Sukhatal in Nainital (two nights) and Corbett International Resort at Corbett (Three nights).This is a pvt. hotel for which KMVN makes bookings – Public-Private partnership as the PRO at KMVN called it – Damn costly though. In this story I am writing about Nainital. I would share my Corbett tale along with pics in a subsequent post, hopefully very soon. We did see ‘the thing’ in Corbett so stay tuned.
 
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As with any hill station, the points have wonderful views of the valley below. The lake is wonderful and the boat ride is a must for first timers. The other points are Snow view, Dorothy’s seat, Tiffin top, Lands end and Naini peak. The Himalayan snow caps are supposed to be visible from Snow view but you need an exceptionally clear horizon for that. Snow view is approached by a rope way which gives you bird’s eye view of the lake. There are fancy rides for children at the top as well as a KMVN tourist Rest house (Room rent is inclusive of rope way charges twice a day). There’s a guy with air guns who charges 20 bucks for ten shots at bottles he’s strung up on the trees. It’s a hit with the kids. Dorothy’s seat, Tiffin top and Lands end are approachable only by trekking or on horseback. Tiffin top offers a fantastic view of the Krupa Tal while Dorothy’s seat oversees the Naini Lake. The wild part is the horse ride. It’s bumpy and scary. The slope is steep and the drop is so sheer that your scared for your life in case of a misstep by the horse. But they are sure footed and well trained while the guide runs along with you and stays between the horse and the drop at all times. They advise you on how to sit during the ascent and descent as well as how to control the horse. The key to sitting comfortably on a horse, as I found out, is balance.
 
Tips – Nainital 
The tourist sites in the environs of Nainital are not really accessible by cars or bikes. The only option is trekking or on horseback. If you are young and energetic or unencumbered with kids, then trekking is the option for you. It is invigorating and at the end of each trek is the reward. If you don’t like walking or have small kids in the group then horseback is the best option. The horse saddles may not fit doubles so separate horses for the kids is advisable.For the other lakes around nanital, taxis can be hired. As you eat breakfast on mall road guides and horse touts identify tourists instantly and solicit customers. I don’t know about the taxis as I didnt hire any. However the horse touts show you albums with all the spots. Then they show you an official looking chart which quotes Rs. 400/- for a standard ride. But considering the fact that it is offseason he will tell you that he will settle for Rs. 300/- per horse. Do haggle at this juncture cos as the day progresses the prices come down drastically as I found out to my cost. They reach about Rs. 125/- per horse by 3-4 pm. However, having said this I would like to add that it is hard work for these fellows – they practically run along with the horse and it is such a steep climb and coupled with the cold it must be pretty difficult. I for one did not mind paying what they asked at the end of the ride along with a tip to boot.
 
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On top of Dorothy’s seat are two cameramen who offer to take wonderful photographs at Rs. 25/- a piece and have them delivered to your hotel by evening. Beware, they are lousy photographers. My digital camera took much sharper photos than the ones he gave me so generally avoid them unless you have battery problem in your cam or your mem stick is full at an inopportune moment.
 
If you have your own car, entry to the mall is charged at Rs. 50/- while there are toll gates on the way to lovers / suicide point and on the way to Raj Bhavan (Rs. 25/-). Beware of Uttaranchal taxi drivers – they usually think they are the best hill drivers and disdain other drivers especially with other registration plates. Parking at the lake is charged at Rs. 50/- for 24 hrs. They even have a check out time of 12 pm at the parking lot.

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