The next morning we planned to visit the remaining side of Nainital (Above Mallital) which was at a higher altitude. After a hearty roadside breakfast, we headed for Dorothy's nest (Tiffins top) one of the famous viewpoints of Nainital. Instead of taking horses, we decided to trek till the top. Another subtle characteristic of Nainital is the super helpful nature of the people, they make your travel so easy, you just have to ask. We reached the bottom point of the trek near Ayar jungle camp and started on foot. On this day the weather was heavenly and the trek through the nature was soothing. Adventurous as we are, We took some shortcuts and funnily enough, we lost our way in the mountains. After a series of good decisions, we found our way back to the paved road and reached the top. The view from the top was absolutely stunning. There's also a shiv temple at the top and you can get your kick in the esctacy of the mountains IYKWIM ;)
There are tea and maggi points at the top, we refreshed ourselves and then headed for the Kilbury bird scantuary. We halted for a brief moment for Himalaya Darshan, although we didn't see any Himalayas :P
Kilbury is a himalayan bird conservation reserve, preferred to visit early in the morning but the weather greeted us with delight. We even saw some beautiful birds on the way and you can definitely hear the birds singing in the background all along. After exploring the reserve for some time (birdwatchers will need a complete day for exploring the complete Kilbury forest) we set back for Nainital.
That evening, Nainital was dark with a thunderstorm, watching the darkness set on the mountains, winds echoing and waves splashing gave us chills down the spine. The mall road was a chaos. We found a cozy spot in pots and stones cafe and had a hearty dinner of lasagna and waffles. Post Dinner we set for Kathgodam enjoying the mountain roads and listening to music along the way. We boarded our bus for Gurgaon from Kathgodam and this marked the end of one of the best trips ever. Nainital, "A bow to you and your wholesome beauty."