Day 3- The last day of our trip
Post continuous rains on second day, our plan for the third and last day in Nainital was to cover rest of the places, including boat ride. Holy cow! Who does not go boating when in Nainital? We headed to the lake at seven in the morning. The vast expanse of blue pristine water was stunning. As we stood staring at the fish and empty boats, a boatman approached us offering a thirty minute ride
for 200 INR. (Rates are fixed, so no point of negotiating).
|Pic courtesy- Hubby|
|Our row hero- Naveen Joshi|
|The Sun God|
|Library- One of the oldest establishments in Nainital|
The animal lover within me spotted two little pups safely tucked in a shelter. Their mum came to check on the pups and left them in my company. The wooden shelter was covered with an old life jacket for the pups to keep warm. Nainital is indeed an animal friendly place. No body harms or chases stray dogs. See how these strays huddle on the street to bask in the Sun.
Moral of the story- Check everything while checking out from hotel.
The itinerary for the day was Saattal- Naukuchiataal- Hanuman Garhi- Bhimtal- Haldwani. Within an hour we reached Saat Taal.
The approach roads to Saat Taal runs through a forest across a long stretch. Advisable- Not to get off your car/taxi on the way. You run the risk of being looted or encountering a wild animal. No CCTV or street lights here, so you are on your own!
The driver lent an umbrella for us to de-board the taxi. (We were keeping the camera safe from rain). The place is famous for Rajma Chawal and kheer, which we tried in lunch at Mandakini restaurant. Gradually it turned sunny and we were able to move towards the lake.
Few resorts have recently opened in Sattal offering an offbeat weekend escapade. If you already have had a boating experience in Nainital, you may not want to do that again in Saattal. You can spend an hour or so, unless you stay back for forest hiking, which is not encouraged here.
Entry fees to Saattaal- Rs 20 Toll charge
Camera fees- None
We left Saattaal and headed to Naukuchiataal, a lake with 9 corners.
The legend goes that those are able to see the 9 corners in one go, is considered lucky. Well, viewing the 9 corners is not possible unless you are air borne.
Hose riding, water walk in balloons, boating are few activities tourists can indulge in. The charges of boat rides are displayed here. Hope this helps.
|The toys of the lake|
|Me chilling near the stalled boats|
|The quacky friends|
There is a lotus pond as well near Naukuchiataal, which blooms with pink lotus in season. We only witnessed the beautiful floating leaves.
Hanuman Garhi, is the place famous for 40 feet Hanuman Ji’s idol. The temple attracts lot of people for Hanuman darshan. The tall statue surely holds a record somewhere. The temple premises is also famous for the beautiful sunset, which we could not witness owing to the bad weather. The temple premises has an artificial cave which looks real. Nice aesthetics it has!
|Pathway to cave on ground floor|
Hanuman Garhi Entry fees- None
Camera charges- None
Our last stoppage was Bhimtaal. The stories from Ramayana state when Devi Sita was thirsty, her brother in law Bhima struck the ground with his mace (gadaa) and the lake oozed out. Hence the name Bhimtaal. We were tired of the day long travelling and seeing several lakes. Bhimtaal was no different.
|Surrounding hills of Bhimtal|
|The island in the center of the lake|
|The picturesque colorful boats in Bhimtal|
Gorging hot Maggie beside the lake was the most enjoyable moment for us. We spend about an hour and a half with long walk on the bridge and watching the serenity around for the last time, before we departed for Haldwani.
Parking & camera charge- Free
Advisable- To have dinner in Dominos like we did and killed time till 9:30 pm without being asked to leave. Hehe :)