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A glittering jewel in the Himalayan necklace, Nainital has it very own charm. Situated at an altitude of 2,084 metres (6,837 ft) above sea level, Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake the scenic Naini Lake. Nainital has been since long been a favourite destination. The numerous lakes that dot this region has earned her the title 'Lake District of India'.

Nainital's scenic beauty would undoubtedly keep one and all spellbound. It is a top honeymoon destination in India. Newly married couples flock this Himalayan abound in large numbers appealed by its serene locales and to soak in its breathtaking beauty.

From the top of the higher peaks awesome Himalayan snow-views could be seen. In winters this place receive snowfall weaving a white magic all around.

Mythologically Nainital's name figures since ancient times in India. In the Manas Khand of the Skand Puranas, Nainital Lake is called Tri-Rishi-Sarovar, hinting at the story of three sages (or rishis), Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha, who, upon finding no water in Nainital, dug a large hole at the location of the present day lake and filled it with water from the holy lake Manasarovar in Tibet. According to lore, a dip in Naini Lake, "the lesser Manasarovar," earns merit equal to a dip in the great lake Manasarovar.

It is also believed that The Naini Lake is one of the Shakti Peeths or religious sites of India 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 worshipped at the Naina Devi Temple on the north shore of the present day lake.

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