The ‘Tals’ of Uttarakhand: Naukuchiatal

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Fateh Veer Singh Guram, Travel @ The Hush Post: The town of the ‘nine cornered lake’, Naukuchiatal in Uttarakhand is located at height of 1,220 metres. Surrounded by hills covered with dense oak forests, the town is famous for its lake, which is the deepest among the lakes of the Nainital region. Set within an enchanting valley, this town is a must visit spot for those looking to connect with nature in a relatively peaceful and unpolluted atmosphere.

Places to Visit in Naukuchiatal:

Naukuchiatal Lake:

Located at an altitude of nearly 4,000 feet, this lake is one of the most beautiful and serene lakes of Uttarakhand. Fed by a perennial underground spring, this lake acts as a place for boating, swimming, fishing and parasailing. People also like to cycle along the paths cut out on the banks of the lake.

Named so because of its nine corners, it is said that anyone who can view all the nine corners of the lake with their feet planted to the ground will attain Nirvana.

Hanuman Temple:

Also known as the Vaishno Devi Mandir, this famous temple is located in the middle of thick forests of oak and pine. Believed to be one of the most sacred temples of the region, it houses a big statue of Lord Hanuman.

The temple complex is surrounded by artificial caves, which give it a look similar to the Vaishno Devi Shrine in Kashmir.

Junglia Gaon:

A must visit place in Naukuchiatal, it takes around 20 minutes to reach this spot from the city. Considered to be a paradise for angling lovers, it has a rich varieties of wild flowers and fruit orchids. Tourists love this place for the amazing wildlife photography opportunities that this place offers. Junglia Gaon is also an ideal location for bird watching.

Places to Visit around Naukuchiatal:

Bhimtal:

An ancient city named after Bhima from Mahabharata, Bhimtal is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Even older than Nainital, this city has been a stoppage point for travellers from the hills to the plains, and vice versa. This city was part of the ancient silk route that was used by traders to trade a variety of goods with China and Tibet. The town also houses the largest lake of Kumaon.

It is located 4 kilometres away from Naukuchiatal.

Sat Tal:

An interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes, Sat Tal in Uttarakhand is located in the Lower Himalayan Range of the Himalayas. Situated close to Bhimtal, the area is an ideal getaway location, which is located at a height of 1,370 metres.

It is located 12 kilometres from Naukuchiatal.

 

Sat Tal
Sat Tal

Mukteshwar:

Located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, Mukteshwar is a town which offers breathtaking, 180 degree views of snow capped peaks of the Himalayas. The town is famous for its 350 year old Shiv temple, and is also home to the summer campus of the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, which was initially built by the British in 1893. Robert Koch, a Nobel Prize winning scientist also visited this campus, and the instruments used by him have been kept in the museum being maintained here.

It is located at a distance of 35 kilometres.

Mukteshwar
Mukteshwar

Best Time to Visit:

Since the town is nestled amidst thick oak forests, it experiences cool summers, which temperatures averaging around 18 degrees. However, the temperatures drop to freezing point in the winters, with the cooling effect of the lake making the place even colder. Thus, the summer months of April, May and June are an ideal time to visit this enchanting town.

How to Reach:

Nainital, the district headquarters, is located at a distance of 33 kilometres. The statue capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, is located at a distance of 288 kilometres.

The nearest railhead to Naukuchiatal is in Kathgodam, which is located nearly 26 kilometres away. The Pant Nagar airport is the nearest airport to Naukuchiatal, and is located at a distance of 53 kilometres.

The cities of Chandigarh and New Delhi are located at a distance of 490 kilometres and 300 kilometres, respectively.

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