The Deva Bhumi Uttarakhand is not only famous for its ancient temples and the Dham yatra but also well known for its sightseeing places. One such place is the Nainital, an enthralling hill station which makes visitors wonderstruck with its scenic beauty. It is the best honeymoon location for newly wedded couples. Nevertheless, this place has some of the prestigious institutions and schools which are eminent from the British era.
When you say Nainital, the first thought that comes to anyone’s mind is the gorgeous natural beauty Naini Lake which is called Queen of lakes. Tourists who visit Nainital opt for boating at the Naini Lake. This place is the best option to escape from the hustle and bustle life of the city. By surrendering oneself to nature one can enjoy the serenity of the place.
It is the best summer vacation destination as the mercury will be low here during summer. Whereas during winter the entire region will be covered with the snow which gives a bewitching sight of the place. However, monsoon brings this place alive but the risk of the landslide is more.
Why visit Nainital?
This amazing hill station offers many exciting activities like trekking in the woods of the Himalayas, Hiking and boating in the queens of lakes(Naini lake). Besides this Nainital has spiritual importance in Hindiaum as this place is related to great Indian Epic Mahabrath and is one of the Shakti Peetham.
How to Reach Nainital?
The nearest airport to Nainital is Pantnagar airport, whereas the nearest railways are Kathgodham. One can choose either a taxi or bus service based on individual comfort levels and budgets.
Legends of Nainital
The Legends of this place is related to Lord Shiva and Maa Sati Devi. Once a Maha yajna was organized by the Daksha Prajapathi. Sati Devi intents to attend the Yajna even though Lord Shiva restrains her from attending the yajna. During the yajna, Daksha Prajapathi insults Lord Shiva which makes Sati Devi guilt for attending the yajna which was against her husband’s wish. She ends her life in the yoga agni.
Due to this unholy event, Lord Shiva goes into a grief-stricken state as he could not bear the loss of his beloved wife. To bring Lord shiva out of this state, Lord Vishnu indeed cuts Devi’s body into the pieces through his most powerful weapon, Sudharshan Chakra. Devi’s eye fell in the Naini lake. As a result, this place is known as Nainital(Naina means eyes, Tal mean lake). There is a shakti Peetam near the shore of the lake.
Ancient temples in Nainital
Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple
During the exile period of Pandavas, once Bhima alone visits the Himalayas. When he was climbing the mountains, he happens to hear a divine voice(Lord Shiva Voice) that instructs him to construct a temple for Lord Shiva. Bhima, who was very powerful among Pandavas had the power of 1000 elephants. Using his mighty mace, he brakes the mountain and constructs a temple.
Another ancient temple in the Nainital district near to the Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple. Also, it is a popular Nag devata Temple. Yearly hundreds of pilgrims visit this temple to get the blessing of the snake god.
Tals to Visit
Nal Damyanti Tal
The marvel located in the midst of the forest offers tourists scenic view and make them feel the serenity of the pious place. This Tal(lake) relates to the famous tale in the Mahabharath. The locals believe that this is the place where King Nala and the Queen Damyanti happily lived. The beautiful queen Damyanti rejects Demigods and other superhumans and marries King Nala whom she fell in love with. Due to this Demigods imposes bad omen on them.
Bhimtal is a town in which Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple is located. This town got its name due to the amazing lake near the temple. According to the instruction received by Lord Shiva, Bhima decides to construct the temple. He firstly hit the mountain with his mighty mace. Water starts to flow from that mountain and forms an amazing lake. Whenever you visit Bhimtal especially opt for a boat ride in the Bhmiatal lake.
Plan a trip to Nainital to escape oneself into nature’s magic in the Himalayas. Winters are the special attraction where the entire region will be covered with the white carpet of snow.