Naina Peak (Nainital)



Naina Peak Previously Known As ‘China Peak’

View Of Nainatal

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top, & then only you will see how low it was.”

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So, guys, here I am, back again, all set to share this write-up on Naina Peak previously known as China Peak.

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After reaching Nainital, the China Peak was always on my mind just to test the fitness level as the peak is situated at an altitude of 2,615m (8,579 Ft). Tanveer, my friend, stays in Nainital,  so, I visit this place every year and two guys with nothing to do in the beautiful City of Nainital always steal some time to make a day’s outing plan to this peak.

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Since 2008, I have visited  Nainital 7 times and tried this peak for 5 times and successfully reached the top on all 5 times with my dearest friend. The feeling and sense of joy were always different after reaching the top of the peak.

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So today, I would like to share a few words with you guys about this place.

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Before starting, I would like to let you people know that this is the first time I saw snow fall so good in Nainital which made this adventure even more energetic and mesmerising in the lap of nature.

 

I am in Nainital almost every year since 2008 probably during the months of Feb or March. We are smitten by the travel bug & adore it like anything   & that’s why after roaming around India when we are back, we try to observe and see the beautiful Nainital.

Snowfall

 

This Peak of Nainital provides a very panoramic birds-eye view of the town. The distance from Tallital is approximately  9 Kms and 6 Kms from Mallital to the top of China Peak. The walk from the town to reach the starting point of the trekking is so beautiful which you people must see with the help of these beautiful images & just imagine what an enchanting place we have been to!

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The road to Naina Peak (China Peak) takes you to the wilderness. The Deodar and Cypress cast a different spell on you giving a bit of spooky feeling. One side of the road is the side of the mountain and another side lays  the deep ditch.

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This time around, because of the snowfall, the road has turned out even more dangerous and slippery but the same road during the dry season is very nice.

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Whenever you reach the top of the peak you can see the beautiful town of Nainital on one side and the panoramic view of mountains on the Tibet border on the another side. It gives a 270-degree view of the Himalayan mountains range. The best part of this place is that it’s  accessible only by foot, so carrying water and little food while enjoying &  sitting on the top of this peak would not be a bad idea! Mind you, this peak gives a scintillating view of the Nainital town & you have to be there to experience what I am saying now!

We all live in a concrete world these days always looking to find some serenity & this place is very quiet and is indeed bliss for people who love walking & sitting alone or spending some quality time with loved ones.

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What’s more, one can go for long walks, breath fresh air and enjoy the scenic beauty.

If you have some time or looking to rejuvenate yourself, this is the place to visit & recharge your energies!

Until I share my next experience with you people, enjoy the images & enjoy the nature’s beauty!

Cheers!

 

 

Nainital

 

Nainital : It is believed that the Naini Lake is one of the 64 Shakti Peeths, or religious sites where parts of the charred body of Sati (Parvati) fell on earth while being carried by Lord Shiva.The spot where Sati’s eyes (or Nain) fell, came to be called Nain-tal or lake of the eye. The goddess Shakti is worshiped at the Naina Devi Temple on the north shore of the present day lake.

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Nainital Lake– Also known as Naini Lake, it is situated in the heart of the city and it is owing to this lake that Nainital earned its name. The eye-shaped lake is a tourist hotspot and acts as a magnet for all those visiting the hill resort. Here, a person can either take a leisurely stroll or indulge in boating and enjoy the surrounding beauty. The northern end of the lake is called Mallital, while the southern one is called Tallital. The Lake Bridge that connects the two banks has quite a few shops as well as a post office, the only one in the world to be located on a bridge.

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Naina Devi Temple– The temple is located on the northern shore of Naini lake. The presiding deity of the temple is Maa Naina Devi represented by twoNetras or eyes. Flanking Naina Devi are the deities of Mata Kali and Lord Ganesha. Nainital is believed to be one of the 64 Shaktipeeths, where one of the body parts of Goddess Sati fell, when Lord Shiva carried her body. In Nainital, the eyes (naina) of the Goddess are asumed to have fallen. The shrine of Naina Devi is a must visit for devout Hindus. and was reconstructed after being destroyed in the 1880 landslide. One can also get an amazing view of the hill station, overlooking the lake, from the temple.

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St. John in the Wilderness, a church established in 1844 and is located on the north end of town (Mallital), about half a mile north-west of the Naina Devi temple. The church was so named by Daniel Wilson, the Bishop of Calcutta, who, after falling ill during a visit to Nainital in 1844 to lay the foundation of the church, was obliged to sleep in an unfinished house on the edge of the forest. (See excerpt from Josiah Bateman on the Literary references to Nainital page.) A brass plaque on the altar is inscribed with names of the victims of the Landslip of 1880.

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Governor’s House also known Raj Bhavan and formerly, Government House was built in 1899 and designed in the Victorian Gothic domestic style(also called “domestic Gothic”) by the architect F.W. Stevens. Originally built as the summer residence of the governor of the North West Province, it later became the summer residence for the Lieutenant Governor of the United Provinces. Currently, Raj Bhavan is the official guest house for the governor of Uttarakhand and for visiting state guests. The complex consists of a two-storied mansion with 113 rooms, a large garden, a swimming pool, and golf links. Obtaining prior permission is a “must” for visiting.

Snow View is situated at an altitude of 2,270 m (7,450 ft) and located atop the Sher-ka-danda Ridge (north by north-east of the town centre), is easily reachable by cable car.Charges for cable car is Rs. 150 per person, Rs. 75 for child. Charges are for stay for one hour at the point. Timings are 10.00 am to 5.00 pm On a clear day, it offers spectacular views of the snowbound high Himalaya, including Nanda Devi, Trisul, and Nanda Kot. The best time of the year for viewing the mountains is late October and November.

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Naini Peak also known as China or Cheena Peak or Naina Peak is the highest peak in the town, with an altitude of 2,615 m (8,579 ft). and at a walking distance of 6 km (3.7 mi) from the north end of the town (Mallital). From atop the peak, one can not only see a broad swath of the snow clad high Himalaya, but also obtain a panoramic view of Nainital town itself. The summit is an invigorating hike from Nainital town; in addition, for the less energetic visitors, ponies can be hired in Mallital or on Snow View.

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Tiffin Top also known as Dorothy’s Seat This terraced hill top (2,292 m (7,520 ft)) on Ayarpatta hill is a 4 km (2.5 mi) hike from the town centre and commands a nice view of the neighbouring country side. Dorothy’s Seat is a stonework picnic perch on Tiffin Top built as a memorial to a British Army Officer’s wife, Dorothy Kellet, by her husband Col J.P. Kellett DSO MC, City of London Regiment, and admirers after her death from septicaemia aboard a ship bound for England to be with her 4 children, Elizabeth, Joan, Barbara and Richard. She was buried at sea in The Red Sea in 1936.

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Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo: Opened in 1994, it is one of the two High altitude Zoo in India, Second is in Darjeeling, West Bengal. It houses various Phesants e.g. Kaleej Phesant etc.; high altitude endangered Mammals like Siberian Tiger, Snow Leopard, Goat Antelope-Ghooral and Serao etc. The animals are according to their habitat altitude, e.g. Snow Leopard is kept on the highest point.

Gurney House, the former residence, of Jim Corbett, is located on Ayarpatta Hill. Before leaving for Kenya, Jim and his sister Maggie sold the house to a zamindari family in Bihar. It is a private residence but is open to visitors as a museum of Corbett memorabilia.

Eco Cave Gardens is a natural garden which is situated just next to Kumaon University Campus. It is just 1 km away from Sukhatal and 2 km from Mallital. It has six caves along with a musical fountain.

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