Lake Naini is a picturesque blue green lake located right in the heart of the city. A natural freshwater lake, it stretches over 3.5 km and offers captivating scenic views especially during sun rise and sunset when the lake’s water carries impressions of the bright crimson and vermilion colored sky. The soiuthern side of the lake has a beautiful view of the town and is more peaceful. Naini is one of the four lakes located in the hills of Kumaon. The other three are the Naukuchiyatal Lake, the Bhimtal Lake and the Sattal Lake. It is believed that the pretty lake was formed when the left eye (Nain) of Sati, Shiva’s wife, fell on earth while being carried by Shiva after her self-immolation act.
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Naini Lake is one of the major tourist attractions in Nainital town. There is a temple, Naina Devi Temple, dedicated to Shakti on the north shore of the lake. The northern shore is called Mallitala nd the southern part is called Tallital. Surrounded by picturesque hills, the serene lake has attracted many artists to the place. A visit to this place is incomplete without a boat ride in the lake. The famous Mall road close to the lake will let you indulge in some retail therapy.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT NAINITAL
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Nainital is as given below. The best time to visit Nainital is also specified.