Excursion In Nainital

June 30, 2009 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Swati Singh




Nainital District is located in Kumaon Division, and is bounded on the north by the Almora District and on the south by the Udham Singh Nagar District. Haldwani is the largest town in the district. The headquarter is at Nainital.



Bhimtal

Bhimtal

Bhimtal is situated at a distance of 24kms from Nainital at an altitude of 1,375mts above sea level. Bhimtal is an ancient place named after the legendary Bhima of Mahabharata when Bhima visited the place during the exile period of pandavas. Bhim tal is older than the town of Nainital and is considered as one of the best excursions of Nainital.
The main attraction in Bhimtal is the Bhimtal Lake which has a small island at its centre. Bhim Tal is well connected with Kathgodam and all Kumaon regions and Nepal. It is an unsolved mystery but this place might have been the part of the ancient silk route of China.

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Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park is situated 68kms from Nainital and is also India's oldest national park being established in 1936. The park was named after hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett. It covers an area of 521 square kilometers. The park contains 488 different species of plants and wide variety of wild life including elephant, tiger, chital, Sambar Deer, nilgai, gharial, King Cobra, muntjac, wild boar, hedgehog, common musk shrew, flying fox, Indian Pangolin, and around 600 species of birds.

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Khurpa Tal

Khurpa Tal

Khurpa Tal is an attractive lake situated around 11 kms by road and 5 kms by hike from Nainital. Khurpa Tal is situated at an altitude of 1,635mts above sea level. It is popular with anglers and is surrounded by terraced fields, from which it presumably gets its name.

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Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar is situated at a distance of 52kms from the town of Nainital set at an elevation of 2,285mts above sea level. Mukteshwar was developed by the Britishers as research and education institute (IVRI) in 1893. Mukteshwar got its name from a 350 year old temple Mukteshwer Dham whose presiding deity is great Lord Shiva. The top of the mountain on which Mukteshwar Dham is stood offers stupendous views of Himalayan range.

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Naukuchia Tal

Naukuchia Tal

Naukuchia Tal is situated 28 kms from Nainital and 14kms from Bhimtal. Naukuchia Tal is set at an altitude of 1,220 mts above sea level. The name literally suggests Nine-Cornered Lake.
The lake is around 1 km in length, 0.6 km in width and approximately 40 mts in depth. It is the deepest of the lakes in the greater Naintal area. Naukuchia Tal is within an enchanting valley providing ample scope for rowing, paddling and yatching. Naukuchia Tal is also famous for angling and bird watching.

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