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Nainital in Monsoon: My Travel Diary


Hi Lovelies!

Last month in the August – The month of monsoon we planned to have a sudden trip to Nainital. After a long discussion, we decided to onboard Shatabdi from New Delhi to Kathgodam, which is the nearest station to Nainital. There we took a taxi to Nainital Retreat Resort. The taxi is available with the range of 300 -400 for a drop to Nainital Mall Road.
We checked into the Nainital Retreat Resort and relaxed some time. After that, we decided to take a walk to Mall Road which is not less than awesome. Since it was monsoon we had drizzling most of the time with the pleasant weather. Trust me there is nothing more amazing than getting wet in the rain of a hill station. The Naini Lake is the heart and soul of the hill station.

During our walk, we could see vendors selling Maggi and roasted corn. There are so many eating hubs on the mall road offering decent food. As soon we had our lunch we head towards boating in the Naini Lake. We rented a Shikara boat for an hour for about Rs. 200/- half an hour. We were also provided life jackets but I am really not sure about their life-saving abilities.

Having a boat ride with constant drizzling truly brought the peace and serenity to my tired body and soul after the hectic office hours. Imagine you are on a Shikara, the breeze is touching your face and the pleasant chirping of monsoon birds. I have lived that moment and it was beautiful.
There are many places around the lake to sit, view and have meals. We spent our evening sitting near the lake and trying the mall side food. At the other side of the lake, you will see Naina Devi temple, dedicated to goddess Naina. It is known for granting wishes by tying a bell. So you will find bells of different colors and sizes all around.

St. John's Church, Sanjay Park, Hanumangarh temple, Botanical Garden and the State Observatory are some of the great places to have a look. We shopped the candles of different sizes and fragrances. Some of them I bought for office colleagues.

Next day we had our morning tea and then we asked the resort manager to arrange a cab for us to visit Mukteshwar.

In the way to Mukteshwar we stopped by a point for Himalaya Darshan. There is a ropeway trolley available to the point and the tickets are available for a round trip at about 120/- per person. The point gives a bird eye view of the lake. But again it was monsoon so the view was faded and covered with clouds.

We moved towards the Gurudev Mandir known for having 1 crore bells around the Mandir.  It’s a beautiful temple situated at the corner of the hill. We could see lots of different sizes of the bell. The interesting part is about a wish fulfilling tree. It is said that you write on a paper about your wish and tie on that tree. I could see lots of paper with wishes over there.

After the temple Darshan we headed towards Apple garden, sound so juicy. Yes there is a small garden of apple where you can pay Rs 100 per person and eat as many apples you can. You are not allowed to take the apple with you but you can surely have those apples in your stomach or mouth. Hehehe.

We paid Rs. 200 to the guard of apple garden and plucked few apples from there of different types.

After having 3-4 apples we started our journey to the tea garden. No, No we did not drink tea if you guys are thinking that way. It is a beautiful tea garden where you can stand and click some pictures to take along with you as a memory. There is a small store adjacent to the garden where you can but tea leafs. I bought a packet from there too not tried yet.

Finally, we reached our destination, Mukteshwar Temple. It is a very famous temple of Lord Shiv situated at some height. We have to walk a lot to reach the temple. However, there is a shortcut too at the back side which we got during coming down from the temple. There are various eating junks on the way to temple where you can eat and relaxed. There is also a point on the way to temple where you can have the serene beauty of Himalaya Ranges.

We finally ended our day at our resort with some pleasant music and delicious Punjabi food.
Next day we have to board our train from Kathgodam station in the afternoon. So we decided to hire a taxi for half day and roam around. After having our breakfast from an eating hub on the mall road we moved to Sat Tal. It was raining again so we spent some time getting wet in the rain before we leave from Nainital.

It is a beautiful interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes. The surrounding are too good. There are a lot of water sports available to have some fun time. But I was really disappointed with the bad maintenance of the site. The area around was full of empty bottles, residual food and what else. It could have been much better but those people given the responsibility to maintain it are totally ignorant.

Then from there, we went to Bhimtal, I liked Bhimtal more than Nainital as it was vacant. The water all over by a peaceful town, away from the noise and pollution of the city with the cool breeze says “Hi” every second. We stayed there for some time where we did boating for a long. There is an aquarium in the center of the lake you can visit the aquarium on your ride of boat.

The takeaway is if you like the hustle bustle of a hill station pick a hotel at Mall Road. If not, try some peaceful resorts like Shervani Hilltop, Alpine Club, Balrampur House, and The Naini Retreat.

Finally, we ended our vacation at Kathgodam and boarded the train back to New Delhi.

Hope this blog helped you learn more about your options in Nainital.

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