A trip to Nainital is peaceful and refreshing and is so serene that it feels as if we are in heaven. Nainital is a beautiful, wonderful, and a popular tourist destination in the state of Uttarakhand. Nainital is situated at an altitude of 2,084 meters (6,837 ft) at the foothills of Kumaon hills above sea level. A pear shaped lake that holds pristine, clear and yet pure blue waters and is surrounded by huge evergreen snow laded mountains on three sides. Nainital is truly a magnificent place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and reveal in the serenity of nature.
Pangot is a village in the Kosiyakutoli tehsil of Nainital district in Uttarakhand, India. Pangot is located about 15 kilometers from Nainital, which is a popular hill station. The drive to here passes through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, which are excellent birding spots. The main attraction of Pangot are its birds; around 580 bird species have been recorded in this area. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as lammergeier, Himalayan griffon, blue-winged minla, spotted & slaty-backed forktail, rufous-bellied woodpecker, rufous-bellied niltava, khalij pheasant, variety of thrushes etc. Almost 150 bird species have been recorded at Pangot and the surrounding areas. The numerous perennial & seasonal creeks are home to a variety of flora and fauna including leopards, yellow-throated Himalayan martens, Himalayan palm civets, ghorals, barking deer and sambhar.
It is assumed that Nainital was mentioned in some ancient myths of India. In the Manas Khand of the Vedic Skand Puranas, Nainital Lake is called Tri-Rishi-Sarovar, allusioning at the tale of three sages, Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha, discovered no water in Nainital and therefore dug a hole in the location of the lake and filled it with water from the holy and serene lake of Mansarovar in Tibet. Many people believe that a dip in the Naini Lake in Nainital is holy which is equal to a dip in the Great Lake.
Nainital tour can be adventurous and fun filled with places to visit in nainital are various for scenic and natural beauty. To name a few popular destinations the tours can take one to the Nainital Lake, Naini Devi Temple, Snow View, Tiffin Top, Nainital Zoo, and the Tibetan Market. The things to do in nainital can range from small treks, taking a ride on the cable car, and boating. Shopping at the Tibetan Market for ethnic and cultural items are unique and worth purchase which is handmade by local people and some accessories are traditional Tibetans antiques.
During the season time everything comes to life - the quite streets, the bored shop vendors. All year round vibrant festivals can be observed in Nainital. One can participate in these festivals as their aim is community building and these festivals are filled with music, dance, colors as well as delicious food by local. The sight is breathtaking in nainital during the season time. During winter season one can witness the yellowing of the leaves on the trees which covers the mountains. It feels the trees are on fire and fogs enveloping them.