Day-03 Nainital Sight seen
After breakfast proceed to visit:-
Nainital is a glittering jewel in the Himalayan necklace, blessed with scenic natural splendors and varied natural resources. Dotted with lakes, Nainital has earned the epithet of ' Lake District ' of India. The most prominent of the lakes is Naini Lake ringed by hills. Nainital has a varied topography. Nainital unending expense of scenic beauty is nothing short of a romance with awe-inspiring and pristine Mother Nature.
Naina Devi Temple:-
Deemed as one of the 'Shakti Peethas' or religious sites, the temple of Naina Devi is one of the most important places of worship in Nainital. The temple is situated on top of the Naina hillock and attracts thousands of devotees every year. Legend has it that Sati (or Parvati), the daughter of Prajapati Daksha became Lord Shiva's consort. Once when she was visiting her father, he insulted Lord Shiva. Unable to accept any desecration of her Lord, Sati killed herself. Upon hearing of his wife's death, Shiva went mad with rage and grief. Hoisting Sati's body across his shoulders, he began to pace the three worlds. Such was his wrath that all the other Gods trembled and everybody refused to intervene. Finally they appealed to Lord Vishnu for help. Lord Vishnu struck Sati's body with a volley of arrows thus severing them into tiny pieces. The places where the pieces fell and touched the ground were termed as the sacred Shakti Peeths. It is believed that Sati's eyes fell at the same spot where this temple is built. Thus the name Naina Devi. Naina Devi's temple can be reached by climbing to the top of the Naina hill. The gate to the temple is marked by a gigantic Peepal tree to the left. On the right are idols of Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganesh. Inside the temple are three deities. Mata Kali Devi, Maa Naina Devi and Lord Ganesh.
The Nainital Zoo or Bharat Ratna Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo is situated in the hills of Sher ka Danda and is just 1 km away from the bus stand. At an elevation of 2100m. Above sea level, this zoo is a favourite of tourists, students as well as children. It provides a safe and secure habitat to many high altitude animals. Some of the animals at the zoo include the Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Siberian Tiger, Barking Deer, Sambhar Deer, Palm Civet Cat, Wolf, Silver Pheasants, Hill Fox, Ghoral, Rose ringed Parakeet, Owl, Eagle and many rare Himalayan birds. The zoo is closed on Mondays and all national holidays.
At an altitude of 1635 mts Khurpatal is an awesome place, located just about 12 km from the Nainital town. This place is a heaven for anglers with clear weather, plenty of game and fishes. You can reach the place by trekking 5 km amidst lush greenery
Boating in Nainital-Jheel
Back to the hotel overnight stay at Hotel.