Nainital

Pangot – Beyond the Ordinary

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Pangot is one such place. Just a short distance from Nainital – where Delhiites flock to during summer months – it boasts of no mall road or glitzy hotels but is a tiny hamlet within the folds of Kumaon hills with a few hotels now coming up. Drive up 15 km from Naini lake, go past snow-view point, you’ll reach this cosy little place without pretentions.

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कॉर्बेट राष्ट्रीय उद्यान

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बहरहाल हम सब जीप पे सवार हो के अन्दर गये ।एक अजीब सा सन्नाटा छाया हुआ था। कभी कभी किसी पक्षी की आवाज़ सन्नाटे को तोडती थी। तभी कुछ दूर स्पॉटेड हिरनों का झुण्ड दिखाई दिया। जैसे जैसे आगे बढे अन्य हिरन भी दिखे। बन्दर भी खूब थे। किन्तु बाघ अब भी नज़र नही आ रहे थे।अचानक ड्राईवर ने ब्रेक लगाया और चुप रहने का इशारा किया,हमे लगा बाघ होगा किन्तु कच्ची सड़क पार करता हुआ लगभग 10/12 फीट लम्बा किंग कोबरा अपना फन फैलाये बीच में खड़ा था। यु तो कई बार देखा था किन्तु उसके प्राकृतिक निवास में देखकर रोंगटे खड़े हो गये थे। लगभग 5 मिनट में हमें हतप्रभ कर नागराज जंगल में अंतर्ध्यान हो गये। हम और आगे बढे, कुछ दुरी पर जंगली हाथियों का एक झुण्ड दिखाई दिया।

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Kolkata to Kumaon- the lake city Nainital

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Our first halt was at “cave garden” .A network of inter connected rocky caves and hanging gardens, it leads the visitor into a mysterious and ancient dream world and gives the tourist an encapsulated glimpse of what the wilderness of the hill region can offer right in the middle of civilization. An wonderful world of our prehistoric ancestors. Six caves were in the form of Tiger, Panther, Porcupine, Bat cave etc.

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Lucknow to Nainital – Road Review

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During Ramzan Eid , we had a long week end holiday which I wanted to encash through visiting the nearby place and spend some quality time with family. Hence, we decided to visit Nainital which is a hill station and around 400 Kms from Lucknow. To reach to Nainital we have 4 options 1) By Train Journey till Kathgodam and from Kathgodam to Nainital by hiring taxi 2) Through UPSRTC Volvo Bus 3) Hiring a taxi 4) Hiring a Driver for own Car 5) Self Drive.  All the options except 5 were not working favorable to us due to Ramzan holiday and there was no availability of train ticket, and engaging taxi and driver is very very costly affair. Hence, I made up my mind to let me try self-driving.  

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Kolkata to Kumaon – Corbett to Kausani via Ranikhet

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 We reached the city at around 1230 hrs and found a place to park the car and went straight to the market place of the Mall area where maximum numbers of restaurants were there.We had a hearty lunch in a place, overlooking the descent of hill terrain and numerous colorful civilization monumented by the tiny match box like houses. After lunch we went straight to the Ranikhet Golf Course nearby and after that around 55 kms drive to Kausani.

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Going Crazy in Mukteshwar and Nainital

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Nainital was just 10 kms from Bhowali and the road went uphill. So we decided to board the cab at last. Nainital meant the usual activity of walking around the Naini Lake, One hour in peddle boats and a shopping spree on the mall road.

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दिल्ली से कैंची धाम और नैनीताल की यात्रा दो दिनो मैं

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कैंची धाम पहुँच कर के वहाँ पहाड़ी नींबू का शर्बत पिया और मंदिर मैं जा कर के थोड़ी देर मंदिर परिसर मैं बाबा के आसन के पास बैठा रहा, मैं जब वहाँ मंदिर परिसर मैं बैठा हुआ था तो मन मैं शांति का एहसास हो रहा था और बिलकुल भी इच्छा नहीं हो रही थी की मैं वहाँ से जाऊँ, पहले सोचा था की मंदिर परिसर मैं सिर्फ 10 मिनट तक रहूँगा लेकिन मैं उससे काफी ज़्यादा समय तक वहीं रहा और नहीं जानता कितनी देर तक बस वहाँ बैठ कर के मैं उस शांति के एहसास को महसूस कर रहा था, लेकिन मुझे वहाँ से चलना ही था मेरे पास समय की कमी थी शायद कभी मैं वहाँ फिर जा कर के एक या दो दिनो तक का समय बिताऊँ।

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Trip to Nainital – Lake View

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We hired a cab from Kathgodam that drove us through many a switchbacks and hairpin curves to Nainital in pitch darkness of early morning. It was a clear sky with bright constellations shining overhead – immaculate and sinless.

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Weekend getaway to Pangot

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But suddenly the guide told the driver to stop and he started throwing search light in the jungle. I thought that it would be a mountain goat again so I didn’t take any much interest but the guide shouted ‘Tendua” i.e Leopard. I jumped up from my seat

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Nainital – The Last Leaf

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Sitting in a restaurant on the Mall Road, you feel happy. The early December air is nippy, fresh and clear. There are few tourists this time of the year. Sun rays reflect off the dark green water of the lake creating silvery ripples. Wisps of clouds float in the incredibly blue sky. Such blue skies are seen over Delhi for maybe two days a year. You have chosen to sit in the open sided area. The sun is soothing. You are almost in a trance. It seems life has receded leaving you in a glowing fuzzy ball of warmth. And then you see the tree.

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Trip to Nainital – Around the Town

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Struggling via the Kilbury Road – a birding route with rows of hotels and cars parked haphazardly next to Eco Cave Garden (that we ignore because of its fabricated creation) we finally stopped at a furlong close to Jim Corbett Gurney House.

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Weekend trip to Corbett Tiger Reserve from Noida

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On 29-Jun 2014 morning, we took the bus at 6:30 am from Ramnagar bus stand and reached Nainital at 9:00 am. There were some taxiwalas standing for sightseeing packages but we denied them and thought to roam around on our own. So we walked on our foot till Tallital bus stand and hired a bike on rent for Rs. 1000 and Security Rs.2000. Then we have gone for boating in Mallital and Tallital Lake for Rs. 210. We have done our breakfast and shopping on Mall Road itself which is near to Tallital bus stand.

Then we moved ahead on bike for RajBhawan(Governor’s House). Wow it is a very beautiful place and the gardens, the sightseeing near it is really awesome. The guide there guided us and told us about the history of this place. Then we headed towards Himalayan view point, Lover’s point and Suicide point. Awesome the weather, the scenery, the clouds coming over the hills, just WOW:) And then monsoon 1st rainfall started :D so we moved back to Mall road for some shopping near Tallital bus stand. We returned our bike at 6:00 pm and got our Security money Rs. 2000 back. There were tourists and tourists only all around on the Mall road. No vehicles are allowed between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. The traffic management is very good. At 7:00 pm, we booked 2 seats in a Volvo bus. There were agents sitting in some shops on Mall road.

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