After the wonderful Bhimtal visit our second day trip was planned for Nainital. Next morning we woke up early and saw the unforgettable beauty of rising sun. Sun rose just from the back of those unknown peaks, which are flanking the Bhimtal Lake. The whole lake was seemed to be the bank of melted gold. It was awesome. I called it as beauty undefined. We enjoyed the calm and peaceful morning.
After having the Kumaoni breakfast we started for Nainital. “Nainital is a town in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and headquarters of Nainital district in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Situated at an altitude of 1,938 meters (6,358 feet) above sea level, Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains, of which the highest are Naina (2,615 m (8,579 ft)) on the north, Deopatha (2,438 m (7,999 ft)) on the west, and Ayarpatha (2,278 m (7,474 ft)) on the south.”
First we visited Nainital Zoo. It was high enough to climb and to visit all the preserved life. At Nainital Zoo you will find some native high altitude species. We opted for few and then left. But we were fortunate enough to see few leopards (Cheetah), as they were awake and moving around behind the barricade. Here in the dense forest we saw Himalayan owl and a huge snow leopard. Thank God they all were behind the fence. Otherwise I would have not been writing this blog post. From there we started for famous Mal road of Nainital. We walked along the Mal road. It was crowded because of the tourists. It’s prime-shopping zone. This place is famous for its traditional woolen clothes, shawls, scarves, cardigans and local jams. I pointed out few of the shop where colorful cardigans were available. We planned for shopping during return.
We were enjoying our lazy holidays with popcorn, coffee along with the soft sun and the cool breeze of Naini Lake. We enjoyed ropeway journey at Nainital, which connects Snow View point with Nainital. “Snow View is situated at an altitude of 2,270 m (7,448 ft) and located atop the Sher-ka-danda Ridge (north by north-east of the town centre), is easily reachable by cable car. On a clear day, it offers spectacular views of the snowbound high Himalaya, including Nanda Devi, Trisul, and Nanda Kot. The best time of the year for viewing the mountains is late October and November.” From the cable car the bird view of whole Nainital was awesome. We had zeera aloo and chilled beer at Snow View point and opted for few photo shoots.
Once the modeling was over we started for China Peak. The highest peak of Nainital. I was excited to visit that place as the local driver told us that from China Peak Himalaya is visible and once upon a time China Wall was also visible. And after a certain range cars are not allowed to climb up only horse ridding or trekking is possible. I was excited because I felt I would be able to see an extended range of Uttaranchal at a glance. Also I will opt for horse riding to unveil the untamed beauty of the lower Himalayan range. We started and visited those entire famous places like “Lover’s Point”, “Suicide Point” and visited an unknown spring. The spring was beautiful. Needless to say photo shoots was done there. After that we started for China Peak, but after certain distance our driver informed that we have reached the dead end zone and now onwards we have to go by walking or we need to opt for horse riding and to reach China Peak we have to cover 11 – 12 kilometers. Knowing that, my husband discarded both the option and he denied visiting China Peak. I was mourning because of his decision. Anyway I opted for horse riding to came back to nainital, as I never experienced horse riding before. We came back to Nainital and visited to Naina Devi Temple. We prayed there. We visited Tibetan market and shop for woolen clothes. It was a happy shopping time. We spent long time near Mallital and Tallital and then back to our resort.