to the beauty of the hill resort. The hill resort
is believed to have derived its name from the goddess
Naina. There is a temple dedicated to
the goddess Naina too in Nainital. Other legend
claims that the Naini Lake in Nainital lends
its name to the hill resort. The natural beauty
and the charm of the scenic spots besides the
cool weather make Nainital the place to be in
during the summers. The Naini Lake is the axis
around which the life of the people of Nainital
revolves. Sailing on the lake is popular, though
swimming is not recommended. The lake is the
center of tourist activities in the peak season.
Naini Peak or China Peak offers a challenging
hike. From its top you can view the mountain-clad
Himalayas. Hanumangarh and the State Observatory are other places of interest. Hanumangarh has
a temple dedicated to Hanuman, the monkey god.
The State observatory has a 105 cm reflecting
telescope, besides a library, workshop and photographs
of our solar system.
Legends have it that Nainital
was born out of love and pride and rage and
grief. It's a strong combination of these and
you should remember it each time you look at
the lake. It is after all, the eye of a goddess,
and is probably looking back at you!