Writing on a trip that happened almost three years back, Nainital will always be pretty close to heart. A bunch of students on a shoestring budget and in couple of hours notice, left for the unknown. We took an overnight bus from Delhi – the easiest thing to do by eternally unplanned backpackers and reached Nainital at the break of dawn.
The trip threw pleasant surprises as we left the usual sight-seeing and went on exploring through:
Or take a free-fall ride
(Note: this one can be pretty scary for ordinary mortals)
Going crazy shopping for umbrellas, and woolens (if you miss one in your backpack)
and of course, Nainital’s famous candles
Meanwhile, EAT, EAT, EAT….
Fresh and healthy
Also, not to miss is the piping hot paratha- dahi- achaar combo in either Sher-e-Punjab or Nani-Nanu Dhaba on the mall road. Both dhabas are amazing and should be business partners rather than competitors
The jeep safari inside the national park is amazing and glimpses of the wildlife can be seen.
Be careful though, watch out for monkey people in masks (if you’re really lucky)..
Finding a hotel: By the dawn’s break Nainital wakes up to super cold lake winds. Scurry through innumerable budget hotels, located mostly uphill to find out a suitable place to deposit your stuff.
TIP: If you are being stalked by hotel staff (touts), accept their offers to give you a free car ride up; after that if you can as well look for other hotels if you do not like what they have.
If you are okay with trekking up to your hotel each time, do not settle for lake side ones meant for those on leisure/luxury trip.
We found one very old perched at the edge of the hill with two interconnected dorms super cheap. Nevertheless, returning to this place especially at night was usually thrilling as many furry and non-furry friends would each time chase us to hike very fast!
This was actually our Kohli mama’s property, and no, THAT is not him 😉
After all this or otherwise, if you are really planning to just chill for hours, you can spend all the time you have in apni ‘Thandi Sadak’ (Cool Street). To reach here, keep walking through the town centre until you cross the lake to the other side, the Tibetan market and Gurudwara.
This street is worth its name.