Nainital has been a well-loved mountain getaway for years and years now. Backed with a rich colonial heritage and a colourful local culture, this lake town gets thousands of visitors in all seasons. Long before the entry of motor vehicles into the winding slopes of Nainital, the town was discovered and explored on foot by its founding fathers. So if you’re looking to explore the Naini hills in an old-fashioned, tried and tested way, take a cue from how pahadi folks go about their daily ways and walk! You’ll be surprised to find the town is no less beautiful and quiet than the fabled English countryside.
Plan your walking routes from the details below -
Starting Point - Ghoda stand, Bara Pathhar
Approximate distance - 0.88 km (one-way)
This walk starts from the Ghoda stand on the outskirts of town. A roughly cobbled path ensures that no cars or bikes can mount this route. While most tourists choose to go to Land’s End on horseback, a hike through the forested path can be quite an adventure. Towering pine trees surround the area and occasional breaks in the forest offer a glimpse of the Kumaon valley as you walk.
The incline is gradual and not very strenuous. Although the path is slushy in places, a rough and sturdy pair of shoes should help you through. The trek ends at dead end beyond which lie the plains Uttarakhand. The blue-green Khurpatal lake is in full view, and on a clear day after a good shower of rain, the Saritatal lake and the towns of the terai region become part of the expansive view. The spot also offers a rugged route to Tiffin Top, although that is used mostly by the local youngsters who are familiar with the terrain.
In the summer months, a chai and Maggi stall is to be found at Land’s End where you can load up on refreshments before you head back. While a sunset over the valley is the perfect reward for completing this walk, you must be careful to begin your return journey with enough daylight to spare. Leopards are known to frequent the area so it’s best to leave the forest before nightfall.