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About Nainital Tourism

Nainital is located in the Kumaon foothills in Uttarakhand. The town lies in the midst of the mountains, three of the most significant ones being Mount Naina, Mount Deopatha and Mount Ayarpatha. The name of the town literally translates to 'lake of the eye'; 'naina' meaning 'eye' and 'tal' meaning 'lake'.

The town features in many mythological stories in Indian literature. According to folklore, when three sages - Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha visited the town and found no water, they dug a deep hole where the present lake stands and brought water from Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. It's also believed that a dip in the lake here is equal to a dip in the holy lake of Mansarovar.

According to another mythological account, Nainital is one of the 64 places where the parts of Goddess Parvati fell while Lord Shiva was carrying her. This gives the place religious importance and that is evident from the presence of the Naina Devi Temple, which is dedicated to Shakti, a form of Goddess Parvati.

Nainital is one of the popular hill stations of North India and was founded in 1841 by the British. It was often the summer retreat for the British during their rule over India who spent their summers here to escape the extreme hot temperatures of the plains. The British built many European schools and colleges in the region which remain active even today.

The town enjoys a cool weather throughout the year; with the maximum temperature in summers being 27° Celsius while the temperature in winters goes down to 7° Celsius. It even receives snowfall during the winter months of December to February, during which time it receives the maximum number of tourists.

Nainital has an approximate population of about 38,559, but the population of the town more than doubles during the peak tourist season. Of late, there have been concerns by environmentalists over the deteriorating condition of the lake here.

With commercialisation taking place at a fast pace, much of the area around the lake has been subjected to deforestation, which has resulted in the silting of the lake and other environmental issues. Efforts are on to stop the rapid commercialisation and encourage afforestation to restore the ecological balance of Nainital.

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