India Holidays - Himalayan panorama


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India Holidays - Nainital Lake

Nainital is a Himalayan resort town in the Kumaon region of India’s Uttarakhand state, at an elevation of roughly 2,000 metres.  Formerly a British hill station, it’s set around Nainital Lake, a popular boating site with Naina Devi Hindu Temple on its north shore.  A cable car runs to Snow View observation point (at 2,270m), with vistas over the town and mountains including Nanda Devi, Uttarakhand’s highest peak.

Nainital is particularly good for birdwatchers.  Kilbury, part of a forest reserve at an altitude of 2,582 metres, is home to several endangered as well as common species.  There are good opportunities for walking, with trails taking you through towering cypress trees and flowering rhododendrons, and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Two places of historical interest in Nainital are Raj Bhawan, which is the Governor's residence, and Gurney House, home of hunter-turned-conservationist Jim Corbett where one can see his personal artifacts.