The other day I was paddling my way in the boat in Delhi Zoo and was feeling quite excited but honestly something was gravely missing. The boats all around with some greenery on one side added some flavor to the ride but dragged my thoughts to a high altitude Zoo where each moment spent brought much life and vigour and the beauty scattered by Mother Nature across every inch was nothing less than breathtaking. I visited the region recently and seek to mention about one of the most popular destinations which is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year but what is peculiar, inspiring and admirable is the fact that everyone seeks to visit the place time and again which is quite evident by crowd of tourists from all over the globe and it only thins down marginally during winters. If you have made the right guess, I join hands in thunder of applause for you. Yes, I am talking about the Crown of Uttarakhand which has strong impression and fragrance of British rule in India, Nainital. The visit to Kumaon region is synonymous to visit to Nainital for many travelers and what is certain is that none may drop it from the itinerary list if it includes other remarkable destinations of Kumaon. What is most interesting is that the swarm of colourful tourists fill you with a feeling that you are very much connected and at the same time you are able to appreciate and breathe different shades of beauty Mother Nature has spread all over the place. Some of the incredible places which may be visited when in Nainital are Naini Lake, Naina Devi temple ,Naini Peak, Tiffin Top, Gurney House, Ghorakhal, Snow View, Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, Mall Road, Hanuman Garhi, Bhimtal, Naukuchiyatal and Pangot respectively.
The boat riding experience in Naini Lake is one of the ways to lose track of time. The greenery-laden hills with houses built at varying altitudes add much to the beauty and you really pray that my boat shall keep floating in this deep lake for time immeasurable. You may also take nice boating experience at Bhimtal and Naukuchiyatal as well. The famous Naini Devi temple across the shore of the Naini Lake on one side is a sacred place and devotees from all parts of the country and several inquisitors from foreign lands with religious inclinations may be traced in the compound of the temple. The long walk on Mall Road and shopping from Tibetan market is an experience which may indicate towards remaining traces of colonial India. Further building of Raj Bhawan, Gurney House which was once occupied by world famous wildlife conservationist, Jim Corbett brings you closer to the architectural grandeur and lifestyle prevalent under British rule. If you are really fond of visiting vantage points and intend to capture aerial view, you cannot miss out Naini Peak, Tiffin Top and Snow View. As I mentioned in the beginning about high altitude Zoo, I was trying to mention about Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo which is a house for several mammals and the best part is that you may adopt the mammals as well which will be a micro-contribution towards protection of wildlife. Further, if you really like to view sunrise and sunset, Hanuman Garhi offers a view beyond imagination.
Moreover, if you are a bird watcher and wish to move away from the hustle-bustle to a secluded heaven, Pangot is a destination worth exploring which is merely fifteen kilometers from Nainital.
So, take your backpack and embark on this journey which will leave you beaming for a longer duration..!!