After a long tiring year I finally decided to go out with my family. Due to hectic work schedule we were unable to plan a holiday for a long time. Everybody at home was tired, bored of the usual routine and were longing for a break. However, by God’s grace we all quickly decided this year to plan a holiday without wasting any time to this amazing Himalayan resort town in the Kumaon region of the Uttarakhand state popularly known as Nainital.
The trip started with a train journey, from New Delhi to Kathgodam, a beautiful station in the hills. The moment we get down there we started to feel the vibes, the fresh cold air, the lush green mountains and we were relieved of all the pain and stress within seconds. The heart was filled with joy and enthusiasm and suddenly I could feel that amateur photographer coming of the shell, wanting to explore all he could and capture all he could in his phone, acting like a Pro.
We were then welcomed by the local taxi drivers, all of them giving different taxi fares and just like any tourist we booked the cheapest one to Nainital. In about 90 minutes we reached our spot, the weather was amazing, sun rays trying to reach out to the lake’s surface from between the clouds made the water in the lake to sparkle. The water turned to bluish greenish colour and I just couldn’t stop myself from taking beautiful pictures. I was stunned by the it’s beauty.
After capturing the moments we immediately decided to go for the famous Gondola ride. Amazing experience it was. We could even see the beautiful fishes under our Gondola. If you love fishes, you can even feed them there by purchasing the fish food from a localite at a nominal price which would be around 20 bucks.
The ride lasted for about 35 minutes and we paid just 200 bucks to the Gondolier. Pretty cheap for such a hard job. As we came out of the lake we were surrounded by some local guides who offered us to take us to some major sightseeing places but we wanted to explore the town and the nearby area ourselves and avoided the guides on the first day. After an amazing lunch at a local restaurant, Sher E Punjab, Nainital (the food and service were amazing) we headed for a famous tourist spot there called The China Peak, the highest point in Nainital at an altitude of 2,619 m.
I forgot to mention that the view from the restaurant was outstanding that could also be one of the factors making our experience there memorable there plus the glasses they served the water in were excellent.
After the China Peak, we headed back to the Mall Road, Nainital to find out what the locals had to offer. I must say that the locals there were very patient and down to earth and their attitude towards the tourists was amazing, full of energy.
Finally, our day ended and we headed back to our room to take some rest.