Nainital is a picturesque hill town nestled in the lap of Uttarakhand. The lakes of Nainital make up for a unique travel experience. Also called the "Lake District " of India, the city is surrounded by majestic water bodies. The lush green mountains surrounding the lakes offer a resplendent natural scenery. Here is a list of a few lakes that you should not miss!
The myth of Naukuchiatal Lake
Almost 175 feet deep, Naukuchiatal Lake is located right in the heart of Nainital and is one of the deepest lakes in Nainital. As the name suggests, the lake has nine corners with perennial underground springs that provide the lake with water. The lake is dotted with breathtaking flora and fauna, making it a sight to behold. If you believe in mythology, legend says if you can look at all corners of the lake at once, then you will float in the clouds and attain Nirvana. If you are in Nainital, it is definitely worth giving this myth a try!
Take a walk along secluded Sattal Lake
Sattal Lake, located at an altitude of 1370 metres, is formed by seven lakes mysteriously interconnected with each other. Surrounded by dense pine and oak trees, the lake remains untouched by modern life. Also called the "Seven Lakes", the lake offers a panoramic view, enhanced by a pleasant climate that could even entice the lazy. Take a stroll along the lake, and you may even spot exotic vibrant birds and fishes. If you are looking for a getaway from a busy life, Sattal Lake is the perfect haven for you to explore.
Go boating on Khurpatal Lake
Exploring the lakes of Nainital is incomplete without the emerald blue-green Khurpatal Lake. Located at the foot of the green mountains, it is surrounded by tall pines and old cedar trees that bestow travellers with a fairytale-like view. During colonial India, the lake was the Britisher's favourite. If you are in the mood for adventure, you can go boating on the lake or just take a nature walk through the pine forest. Imagine cruising across the lake while taking in the marvellous scenic grandeur of nature. That is exactly what boating on Khurpatal Lake offers you! Situated just 15 km from Nainital, the lake is well connected to roads and is easily accessible.
Explore the history of Bhimtal Lake
Bhimtal, named after the legendary Bhima of the Mahabharata, is a beautiful lake beautified by enamouring mist-covered summits, greenery and serenity. During the period of exile of the Pandavas, Bhima built the ancient Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple on the banks of the lake. Located just 21 km from Nainital, the lake is a perfect getaway for someone who loves the confluence of nature and history. During autumn, the lake renders an awe-inspiring paradise for bird watchers as hundreds of exotic birds fly to this very spot. You can also enjoy a boat ride or soak in the panoramic view of the mountains while sitting on the bank.
As you explore the charming lakes of the quaint hill station, treat yourself to a calming stay at one of the most well-known resorts - Neemrana's The Ramgarh Bungalows. It is a 19th-century resort that is inspired by vintage decors and interiors. It offers exquisite cottages and bungalows that expose guests to exquisite sceneries and nature.