Nainital feels like a nostalgic footnote from your childhood. The quintessential hill station for many, a until decade ago nearly every family thronged there in the summer holidays, coming back with pictures and stories of boating, and horse-riding, and sunsets on the lake Naini. However, the steep valley leading down to the slender lake is far past its capacity to contain this influx of vacationing couples. And their children. And their parents. And half their winter wardrobes… You get the drift.Head instead to Tawang, perched at the end of a dusty backbreaking road through Arunachal Pradesh, the last major site before you hit the China border. Its geographical and political location will need you to jump several logistical and bureaucratic loops, but it feels like a worthy investment for what lies on the other end. The Tawang district boasts of not one, not two, but a whole 109 lakes! And sure enough, as you drive away from the town, tucked into every crevice and lying around every bend is a little body of pristine untouched water. If you ever have the crazy idea of a lake-hopping picnic at 12,000 feet, you know where to go now.