Nainital is one of the most popular hill stations in India, situated at an altitude of around 2000 meters from sea level, on the Himalayan foothills of the mountain state of Uttarakhand. The hill station was developed in the middle of the 19th century by the colonial British settlers and administration. The center of attraction is the ‘eye-shaped’ lake in the middle of the city called ‘Naini Lake’ and the city derives its name from the name of the same lake. Nainital is surrounded by seven hills, locally called ‘The Sapt Shring’. These seven hills around the town are Naina, Alma, Lariya-Kanta, Sher-Ka-Danda, Ayarpata, Deopata, and Handi-Bandi. According to ancient legends, the city and the lake derived its name from the mythological incidence associated with Goddess Sati. According to mythologies Goddess Sati lost her eyes at this place when her dead body was being carried by Lord Shiva. There is a beautiful temple (Naina Devi temple) situated at the flats to commemorate that incidence and is one of the most popular tourist spots in the city. Nainital is commonly called the lake city because besides Naini Lake it is home to several other lakes includes Naukuchiatal, Sattal, and Bhimtal. The major tourist attractions in Nainital are Mall Road, the market at the flats, Tibetan Market, Boat ride at the Naini Lake, Himalaya viewpoint, Pangot, Pt. G B Pant high altitude Zoo, Bhimtal, and Sattal.
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