Nainital Journals

Nainital - Hill station in the Indian Himalaya

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A May 2000 trip to Nainital by actonsteve

One of my favourite pictures of India.... Photo, Nainital, India More Photos
Quote: Set around a crater lake high in the Indian Himalaya, Nainital is a beautiful town. Built as a hillstation by the British Raj, and now used by Indian tourists, it provides a respite from the heat of the plains. If you are travelling through northern India, make time for Nainital.

Nainital - Hill station in the Indian Himalaya

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We made some friends on the drive Photo, Nainital, India
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According to Hindu legend when the body of Shiva's consort, Sati, was dismembered, one of her eyeballs fell into the Himalayan foothills and the emerald green Naini Lake (or Tal) was formed. Whether this is true or not there is no denying that Nainital is unbelievably beautiful and a magnetic draw for thousands of Indians particularly during the hot season when the temperatures down on the plains of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh may reach fifty degrees. The primary attraction of this resort is its cool climate, mountain views and holiday atmosphere. It is the primary town in the region and trips to the Hindu pilgrimage sites of Gangotri and Kedanarth can be made from here. I have also included...Read More

Hotel Ashok & Hotel Everest (Ramnager)

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Hotel | "Hotel Ashok (Nainital) & Hotel Everest (Ramnager)"

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Nainital When we made the hard climb up to Nainital we arrived to find every accommodation in town fully booked out. It was coming to the end of the hot season and families were escaping the heat of the plains and the hill station was full to capacity. The only accommodation we could find was the Hotel Ashok which is on the road out of town. Built on a slope overlooking a mass of hotels opposite this was a tricky place to stay while we waited for a gap in the monsoon. It was run by a couple of tough looking mountain men and I got a small room with bright blue decor and a sloping roof. A staircase was just outside the window and I was woken by tramping feet all night and the smell of ur...Read More

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Hotel Ashok & Hotel Everest (Ramnager)
Near main bus stand
Nainital, India

If the bus can get through, so can we..... Photo, Nainital, India
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I still can't believe we got through in one piece! Today we had, if I was feeling charitable, an adventure. If I was feeling uncharitable then I would say that it was one of the scariest journeys I have ever made in my life. But we got through it due to my Sureshs' skill at driving and I saw sides of village India today that you simply don't see on a tour or a train window. Everyone has one adventure when they visit India. That is what makes it India. After visiting Corbett we found that the monsoon increased in ferocity. We had an appointment to keep in Rishikesh over 400 miles away and decided to drive there in one go. The terrain between Corbett and Rishikesh, once you descend from the mountai...Read More

Sati's Eyeball - Naini Lake and Around

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The length of the lake from Mallital... Photo, Nainital, India
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The Hill station is a uniquely Indian phenomenon. Built to escape the building heat of the subcontinent's dry season people gather here to enjoy the cool mountain air, and gaze at the sensational vistas of the Himalaya's.Nainital must be one of the most beautiful, and is set arond a dramatic crater lake 1938 feet up in the mountains. To come here offers a respite from the rigours of Indian travel as well as a festive air brought about by Indian families enjoying themselves. If you are travelling through northern India, make time for Nainital, it also gives me the excuse of showing some of my favourite photo's of India.Hindu legend states that the Tal (lake) was formed from one of the e...Read More

Corbett National Park

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Attraction | "'Trying to spot a tiger..' - Corbett National Park"

Corbett National Park Photo, Uttarakhand, India
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The Corbett National park wasn't just the home of tigers, it was the home of man-eaters. In this enormous patch of wilderness were the great man-eaters of India's past who were brought down by white-hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett. Now tourists shoot with cameras rather then rifles and there are still tigers and panthers (leopards) in the vast park which stretches for 500 miles with the Himalayas as a spectacular backdrop. The terrain encloses plains, rivers, jungle, lakes and vast acres of sal forest inhabited by the creatures of India. You may get to see tigers (although rare due to poaching), panthers, wild elephants, chital, pythons, wild boar, jackals, fish-eagles and a unique cr...Read More

Corbett National Park

Uttarakhand, India
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