Nainital is no new city which needs introduction. It has been one of the most favorite vacation spot for decades now. Yes, decades. Naintal is also known as The Lake city and every year it gets lakhs of tourists coming there to witness the bliss themselves. Most of you already know all the famous spots to hit when in the city but here are few fascinating facts that I bet you didn’t know.
Tallital & Mallital
You will frequently hear the natives in Nainital use these phrases. In the Kumaoni language, Talli and Malli are the terms for lower and upper, respectively. Therefore, the region above the lake is known as Mallital, and the region below the lake is known as Tallital.
Flat ground over lake
There used to be a lake in the area where the earth is level. Large portions of the mountain that encircled the lake and the sacred temple were damaged in a significant landslide that occurred after the earthquake in 1880. The Naina Devi temple was originally located on the lake's banks, but it was moved there a few metres later, and the mountain's displaced rubble was used to create a flat surface.
Lake district of India
Like Cumbria in the United Kingdom, Nainital is referred to as India's Lake District. These lakes include Bhimtal, Sattal, Khuraptal, and Naukuchiya Tal, among others. Nainital's climate and location reminded the British of Cumbria, which attracted them there.
It sounds unbelievable but is true as a day. The lake at Nainital causes the weather to fluctuate constantly. The weather is unpredictable; after 15 minutes, it is sunny, and then, after some time, a change from the lake causes it to start raining. You leave Kumaon University believing that the weather is clear today, but the rain soaks you until you reach Tallital if it is pouring heavily in Mallital while it will be sunny on, with a view of the snow.
Lower Mall Road
Every hill city has a route named Mall Road that has its own feature. However, Nainital consists of two Mall Roads—Upper Mall and Lower Mall—that were constructed during the British era. Under British administration, the Lower Mall Road was designated for regular Indians, while the Upper Mall Road was reserved solely for the English. A punishment was meted out to an Indian who crossed the Upper Mall Road.
Capital of the United Province
Few people are aware that the United Province's summer capital during the British Raj was Nainital. The United Province's governor commissioned the construction of the Uttarakhand Raj Bhawan, which is located in Nainital. To escape the oppressive heat of Lucknow, the British would typically travel to Nainital.
The British desired to go by rail to Nainital. According to surveys, Nainital was vulnerable to landslides; hence specialized technology was to be deployed. The idea of connecting Nainital with Kathgodam by rail, however, was never realized because India attained independence before this plan could be put into action.