52Kms from Cottage Nirvana Resorts and at an average altitude of 1,938 meters above sea level, is a glittering jewel in the Himalayan necklace - Nainital. Set in a valley encircling a pear shaped lake, Nainital is surrounded by mountains – Naina on the north, Deopatha on the west and Ayarpatha on the south.
Situated in the heart of the city, it is owing to this lake that Nainital has earned its name. Here you can either enjoy a leisurely stroll, go boating or simply bask in the surrounding beauty of the lake.
Another popular lake is the Naukuchia Tal, famous for having nine corners. The serenity of the place makes it a place for a peaceful retreat.
Naina Devi Temple is considered one of the 64 Shaktipeeths, where one of the body parts (the Nain or the eye) of Goddess Sati is believed to have fallen, when Lord Shiva carried her body. Located on the North shore of Naini Lake, the temple is a must visit for devout Hindus.
Another architectural splendor, is the Governor’s house or the Raj Bhawan, built in 1899. Made in a Victorian Gothic style with well-manicured lawns, a beautiful swimming pool and a golf course, the Raj Bhawan was once the residence of the Governor of the North-Western province and later the United Province. Presently, it serves as the guest house for the Governor of Uttarakhand.
Located on the north end of the town and built in 1844, ‘St. John in Wilderness’ is one of the most tranquil places in Nainital. The Bishop of Calcutta, Daniel Wilson was the one who laid the foundation stone of the church in Nainital.
30 Kms to the north of Nainital is Choti Haldwani, a small village, once owed by the famous hunter turned conservationist of British India, Jim Corbett. Popularly known as ‘Carpet Sahib’ by the villagers, Jim Corbett, a third generation Irishman was born and lived in India till 1947. He is known to have killed a total of 10 large man eaters in Kumaon and Garwal regions of present day Uttarakhand. He later turned into a conservationist and established the first National Park of India in 1936 – The Hailey National Park, now known as Jim Corbett National Park (63 Kms south west of Nainital). In 1915,Jim Corbett bought a small hamlet of 221 acres, Choti Haldwani for Rs. 1500 to develop it into a model village and also his winter home. The village still has his memories intact in the form of a Chaupal (meeting place) – Moti House and the Corbett wall, a 7.2 Km long wall built around the village to protect the villagers from wild animals. Corbett’s home has been converted into a museum.
Besides providing a spectacular panoramic view of the splendid wilderness, Cottage Nirvana is also an ideal place where you wouldn’t want to do anything but bask in the sunny afternoon and admire the magnificent natural splendor of this place read more