There is more to Nainital than the Mall road, the big overcrowded lake, Punjabi restaurants and shopping for ‘Made in Delhi’ exotica. In fact, here is a list of 5 places in Nainital, that will add some fun to the most ordinary of trips.
1. St. Joseph’s Boat Club
The St. Joseph’s College Boat Club is housed on the shore opposite to the mall road. If your stay extends longer than a week, you can learn Kayaking here for Rs.25 a year (yes twenty five, no typo there :D )
2. Garud Tal
Part of the Saattal network of seven lakes, Garud Tal lies within a christian missionary estate. The pristine water and the serenity of the hills around, make this place an ideal destination for a small picnic.
3. Khurpa Tal
Merely a stone’s throw away from Nainital, Khurpatal is one of those places where you won’t find a trace of tourists. A must visit if you require some ‘alone time’. Avoid swimming though, its rumored that the lake has whirlpools.
4. Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
Located on the outskirts of Nainital, the Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is the perfect place for spotting rare Himalayan birds of the wild, in their natural habitat.
5. Nainital Mountaineering Club
For adventure sports enthusiasts, the NTMC office situated at Barapatthar (Nainital) offers activities such as Rock Climbing on artificial wall as well as natural rocks, Rappelling, River Crossing and Caving.
These hidden nooks of the beautiful lake city, will surely enrich your weekend getaway. Let me know how you found them, once you’ve visited. :)