Uttarakhand, also known as 'land of Gods', has some wonderful tourist spots, including one of the 'Char Dham' (four pilgrimage sites), Badrinath, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Nainital is one of the most significant tourist sites that draws tourists in good numbers, but now is lying in an abandoned state.

Scanty rains during the last monsoon have resulted in drought-like situation in the world famous hill station of Nainital which is also known as 64th Shakti Peeths - religious sites where eyes of Sati (Goddess Parvati) fell at lake. The Nainital lake started drying and water level dipped at an alarming lever during the last 25-years.
The apathy of the government authorities and the adverse weather deteriorated the health of the lake further.  Water level lowered to such level that the lake delta has become visible. However, district administration has taken notice and started cleaning campaigns to rejuvenate the lake.

Besides holding religious significance, Nainital is a central commercial point in the Nainital district area that feeds hundreds of local families.    

The lake has featured in many Bollywood movies including Koi Mil Gaya, Vivah, and Anita is situated at an altitude of 2,084 metres and set in a valley in a pear-shaped.

When it came to light?

According to modern history, Nainital first came to limelight in 1841 when British won the Anglo-Nepalese War.

How it became a tourist spot?  

During the 1810s, the first European house (pilgrim lodge) was built by P Barron, a sugar trader from Shahjahanpur. After Barron’s arrival, tourists started coming to enjoy magnificent views bounded by the great snowy range which forms the central axis of the Himalayas.

Latest News from Uttar Pradesh News Desk