Nainital is located in Kumaon foothills in Uttarakhand. The town lies in the midst of mountains, three of the most significant ones being Mount Naina, Mount Deopatha and Mount Ayarpatha. The name of the town literally translates to ‘lake of the eye’; ‘naina’ meaning ‘eye’ and ‘tal’ meaning ‘lake’.
Nainital is referred to as the lake of three sages, or the Tri Rishi Sarovar as mentioned in the Manas Khand chapter of the Skanda Purana. As recorded in history, the three sages, Atri, Pulastya, and Pulaha stopped over at Nainital on their pilgrimage, to quench their thirst. Finding no water, they dug a hole and transferred some water into it to from the sacred lake of Tibet, Mansarovar. Thus the famous lake of Nainital came into existence. Another legend has it that the left eye or Nain of Lord Shiva’s wife Sati fell in this center and formed an emerald eye shaped lake, and thus emerged the city of Nainital.
How to reach Nainital
If you want to access Nainital by air, then the nearest domestic as well as international airport is in New Delhi. Delhi being a major airport offers a lot of connections to not only the domestic cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Lucknow, Patna but also to lots of international destinations.
Kathgodam, which is also popular as “The Gateway of Kumaon Hills”, is located at a distance of 34 kms from Nainital. It is the nearby railway terminus of the North Eastern Railway that interlinks New Delhi, Kolkata and Lucknow by efficient train services. The narrow gauge is connected to Bareilly, Agra and Lucknow providing convenient access.
If you want to reach Nainital by road, it would be a good idea since the ride through scenic landscape would definitely be a captivating one. You can get regular bus services from the towns of Delhi, Lucknow and other important cities of the state. You can also get the service of luxury coaches from many private tour operators. Moreover, Haryana Roadways and Rajasthan Roadways also provide road transport to Nainital