Profile of Garhwali and Kumauni of Nainital
Nainital beautiful lake resort nestles amidst seven hills in a lush valley at an altitude of 1938 metres is a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace, blessed with scenic natural spledour and varied natural resources . Dotted with lakes(Naini Lake, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Khurpatal, Sattal) Nainital has earned the epithet of Lake District of India.
Naini is derived from the temple of goddess Naini which was built on the bank of the lake but later got destroyed due to land slides in the year 1880, The place is mentioned in Skand Puran as Trishul Sarover. Tri Rishi (three sages Atri, Pulastiya and Pulha) had come there for pilgrimage while they were at Gagar range (now called China Peak), they felt thirsty and could not find any water. Thereafter, they thought of Man Sarover and dug a hole which at once got filled with water. The lake then formed was called Tri-Rishi Tal (The lake of three sages). Today it has an impressive lake surrounded by the hills from three sides with highest peak Cheena (2610 m) and the valley in between running from east to west. The lake is a little more than 3 kms in circumference.