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“At one stage of life, one only remembers the best moments of life. To gain more of these memorable moments, one should never stop exploring, dreaming and discovering. For enjoying holidays away from the exhausting routine, nothing can be better than experiencing the natural beauty and serene environment with the family during a tour!”

We went to Nainital for the first time in October 2019. Our Journey was started from Delhi to Bareilly, train time was at 6:30 PM. After the journey of 5 hours, we reached Bareilly Railway Station at 11:30 PM. Next day we attended housewarming ceremony of my sister’s new home. It was a major event, there is a lot of ritual around the event. Usually This Pooja is done to ward off the negative vibration and create a peaceful ambiance.

This is the first time when the whole family gather outside the hometown to be a part of any event and it was such a memorable moment for all of us when we all were together to celebrate family function apart from marriage 😊. We had already plan for a 1 night and 2-day trip of Nainital and Mukteshwar because its nearby Bareilly. We were very happy especially for our parents that after a long time, they were going for a trip by excuse of housewarming ceremony, nowadays they rarely leave the house/hometown because of health issue. It was also our first trip with parents, so our excitation was at its peak.

Nainital offers many attractions, including the beautiful mountain views, to the amazing boating experience in its huge lake. It also possesses a fun filled Zoo, for the children to enjoy, with the finest animals to amuse them and famous ‘Mall Road’ for shopping where you are bound to buy the exquisite decorative pieces, candles being the specialty of Nainital.

Day-1

Next day morning we all woke up early, done with the breakfast and got ready around 7 O’clock in morning. We have already hired a traveler from Bareilly to Nainital as we were 13 people. Nainital is around 145 km away from Bareilly and approx. 4 hours of journey. We enjoyed the scenic view of the way with 90’s melodious songs and eagerly waiting for the destination, had some snacks, small nap and we finally came to Nainital around 11 AM. The climate was very cool, as this beautiful place welcomed us with a sunshine smile and soothing breeze.

The exciting thing about the place was sudden appearance of the beautiful lake when we entered in Nainital. My heart got lost in the lake. The water is lush green, the view of lake was awesome. You keep on waiting and looking curiously and wonder how possibly a big lake could be residing in between those mountain ranges. Our hotel was very close to the Lake, we check-in into hotel, dumping the luggage and got ready for city tour. The rooms were nice, comfortable, spacious and quite cosy with big glass windows offering a beautiful landscape of the valley. The ambience of the room also felt good. You can see the beautiful sunrise, right out of the window and admire the colors falling in the valley from the top.

Our plan was to first go to Naini lake to do boating, we reached at lake. This beautiful lake is surrounded by seven different mountain peaks and is divided into two distinct sections, with the Northern part, named Mallital and the Southern part – Tallital. Naini lake is Nainital’s jewel and is said to be the emerald-green eyes (Naina means eyes in Sanskrit/Hindi) of Shiva’s wife, Sati, that fell in that exact spot after she self-immolated. The Naina Devi Temple is near the lake and said to be located at the exact same spot where the eye had fallen.

Somehow plan was changed, and we went to a restaurant in the market for lunch. The food was really delicious and during the lunch we decided to first cover all the local points of Nainital. We hired cab and driver took us to several points and first one was Eco Cave garden. It’s a small garden with six caves in the shape of various animals.

Naini peak

This is the view point of Nainital Lake, from here you can see the whole lake in Mango shape. You can also see the Panoramic view of the Nainital city. In the evening with the lights around it looks even more beautiful. if you are nature lover, I am sure that you will love it.

Lovers Point

Lovers Point and Suicide Point are two nearby viewpoints in Nainital. Lover’s Point is famous for the scenic views it provides. The Lovers Point is genuinely romantic and gives an extreme perspective of the rich green mountains and valley incorporating it where excellent pictures and videos can be taken.

Snow View Point

This is one of famous view point in Nainital. Here we seen the Himalayas range that are covered with snow. You can eat here, play games, get photographs clicked in traditional dresses. There was a rope-way from Mall road to reach here. We were here for an hour and then headed toward “Fun Adventure Park” we clicked some pictures and then back to Naina Devi temple.

Naina Devi Temple

It’s a beautiful temple located one side of Naini lake and Tibetan Market. The temple is at a walking distance from the Nainital lake and mall road, which makes it easily accessible. The atmosphere is divine, and the views are just awesome.

Naina Devi temple is one of the most revered Hindu temples of India. According to the story in mythology, the Naina Devi temple came into existence when the eyes of Goddess Sati fell to that ground while Lord Shiva was carrying her self-immolated corpse. The deity in Naina Devi temple is the famous Goddess Naina Devi, and the two eyes are represented in the temple in her honor. As one of the famous Hindu pilgrimage sites, it is built amidst beautiful surroundings. This temple has become one of the most iconic places of Nainital and is considered as one of the Shakti Peeths.

We were visited this temple during the “Navratri” and it was too crowded. The temple is very clean and organized and there are no touts to cheat. In the evening, the beautiful lighting covered the whole temple, view was really amazing. Great devotional experience, felt fresh, calm, and exceptional. From the temple, you can view the Nainital lake as well, we captured some pictures here and After that we visited “Tibetian Market” and then went for shopping at mall road.

Mall Road

Nainital is not only a beautiful place where you can go to enjoy the scenic views and the sight of clean waters and green slopes, it’s also offer other stuff to do at mall road including shopping. The Mall Road in Nainital is synonymous to the city itself. Running parallel to the Naini Lake, the Mall Road is 1.5 km long and connects the two ends of Nainital town, Mallital and Tallital. It serves as the prime location for culture, food and shopping. Mall road is your go-to place for some delicious food, especially if you are a Momo-lover, it is heaven for you. Other attractions include local craft, woolens and candles. If, after the exceptional scenic beauty Nainital has something to offer to its visitors, it’s the candles and other aromatic products.

It was generally crowded place. There was Strict traffic rules especially for mall road to control the traffic. We bought some handicraft and woolen, ate various dishes on the mall road. Overall, was a great experience. It had already gone dark by the time when we crossed the lake via mall road during the returning to hotel. The first thing I noticed was the reflection of lights on the Naini Lake and the houses/hotels in the backdrop shining to their brightest. In the end of the day finally took the dinner of typical north Indian food.

Day-2

Visited Naini Lake in the early morning. We dressed up, packed our travel paraphernalia and left the hotel for Naini lake which was walking distance from hotel. The view of the sparkling water of the Naini Lake with huge mountains in the backdrop will leave you spellbound.

Since it was a long weekend, there were a lot of tourists thronging the place. The crescent-shaped lake is a marvelous site to behold. Located at the center of the lake, the air around it was quite fresh and cool infusing us with zeal. The boat ride we took was a relaxing one. Surrounded by magnificent water, we enjoyed the boat ride to the hilt. For a moment, all my worries evaporated, and I felt in communion with nature. After completing the boat ride, we went for the brunch and then we moved for Neem Karoli baba Ashram.

Then after a journey of 1 hr. 30 min we reached Neem Karoli baba Ashram which is also known as Kainchi dham, it is a basically a Hanuman Temple founded by the famous Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba in the year of 1962. The holy temple surrounded by hills, tree, and river flowing beside it. The sound of water flowing makes one go into meditative state. The great saint is no more present in his physical form, one can feel his presence who inspired Apple Co-Founder, Steve Jobs during his visit in the year of 1974. Later Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visited in the year of 2008 and 2015 respectively.

Temple has maintained high level of cleanliness by not allowing any pooja items to be offered to deity. We felt fortunate and blessed. A must visit to this place which is full of natural beauty and spirituality.

Mukteshwar

This town got its name from a Shiva temple situated here by the name of Mukteshwar Dham. This temple is 350 years old and it is a very famous pilgrimage spot. Mukteshwar offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the majestic Himalayan mountain range.

After a journey of 50 Km finally we were in Mukteshwar, had a great fun in that journey. I wanted to visit this place since a long time. The weather was chilling cool. We did our darshan at the temple of Mukteshwar and went to “Chaulli ki Jaali” to witness the higher-raising fall from the top 😉. To be very frank only at the edge, with strong wind blowing my heart pumped a bit but then went calm. It was a feeling of like on top of everything, a great spot to watch some predators like Eagles.

It also offers rock climbing and rappelling. Anyways, we had a quick Maggie, got some coffee at the shack nearby, really enjoyed. We spend around two hours here and then headed back to Bareilly.

One thing I can say for sure that our family loves to travel! Unfortunately, we cannot always travel either for lack of time or other reasons because although we always seek an opportunity in order to reach our next destination, sometimes we are slow to reach.