This adage fits perfectly to the shining mountain jewel in Uttrakhand known as Nainital. Whenever the word Nainital hits to your mind I’m sure you draw a mesmerizing scene of a beautiful lake and a street full of tourists and local shopkeepers and yes of course the hotels all-round the city but the other thought that may pops up down the nostalgic down trip is only the lake and serene mountains enveloping a small town.
Well I would like to bring something more to this city by this piece of writing. But let me take you to the backdrop of how I found myself in the middle of this city.
THE STORY BEGINS…..
Well if your family knows somehow that you are an avid traveller and love being in journey-mode than they always ask you to take them also to somewhere and make them experience that what you feel and I am no different to it.
Cutting short the story, me and my family have decided to go on a trip to the majestic city Nainital and the nearby gems.So we have finalized to take a trip to Nainital- the lake city of Utrrakhnad.
Well I am person that loves morning drive and so is my family (I guess) and you also not to face wrath of quirky horns, the traffic and a lot other stuff so I pursued my family to leave at right 5’o clock sharp in the morning and guess what?!! they also enjoyed the morning ride with some soothing music and a pleasant breeze. Nainital is about 160kms from my hometown in Uttar Pradesh and it took us 3 hours to reach there.
After kaladungi the slopy road starts and you can feel the difference of the air, the whole environment changes smoothly and you will gradually start to feel the magic of mountains as they welcome you with open arms and embrace your arrival with heart soothing breeze.
You will definitely find the small small Maggie points or cafés on the way as any other hill stations do so I am not covering that part and I will take you straight to the city Nainital.
After a journey of nearly 3.5 hours we were in the heart of Nainital just standing beside the naini lake.It was pleasant site to be in - the lakes seem to be much more beautiful and alive in the morning than any other time of the day. after having a cup of tea on the mall road we quickly check in to my friend’s house and freshen-up. Yeah you feel the cold in the local homes and a feeling that you also belong to the place that’s bring a little peaceful smile to your face and just for this smile I travel.
Its already 10’oclock and after having the breakfast we jump into the city and as it is a part of our culture in India everything starts with a pooja (worship) and when you are in nainital you must bow down to the Naina goddess. We reached the temple which is on one side of the lake and offered our prayers to the goddess and which brings me to the other part of the same end of the lake –
the Bhotia bazaar(market). The market is just adjacent to the temple where you can find shops for the artefacts, scented candles or food. But the one shop I found really interesting was the Wangdi arts where you find a lots of Tibetan mythological stuffs and they also look really good. You can even find a local theatre near the temple named Capitol cinema.