Naukuchiatal or ‘lake of nine corners’ is a small hill station in Nainital district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The lake is 175 feet deep and is situated at 1,220 m above sea level. It is surrounded by hills covered in trees and shrubs. It is the deepest of all the lakes in the Nainital region. Length of lake is 983 m, breadth is 693 m and depth 40.3 m. It is within an enchanting valley offering an opportunity of angling and bird watching. A picnic to this beautiful place also offers one with the tempting challenges like paragliding, fishing, rowing, paddling or yachting. Naukuchiatal will even enchant the picnicker with the rare adventurous activity of parasailing. The lake is fed by an underground perennial spring. Naukuchiatal is also famous for the ‘escape festival’ which happens once every year (in the month of may).
The lake is situated 4 km from Bhimtal, and 26 km from Nainital, 320 km from Delhi. Nearest railway station is Kathgodam. It is believed that this lake was created after hard worship(Hindi “tap”) of Brahmaji and a small temple dedicated to Brahmaji exist near the KMVN guesthouse. According to locals anyone performing a parikarma of the lake will be blessed by Brahmaji. Temperatures range from, Summer: 11 C-26 C Winter: -2C-14 C. The best time to visit Naukuchiatal is between the months of March –June and September – November. The temperature remains comfortable and is apt for sightseeing.
It is a small picturesque lake village is a destination for those who seek quietude and tranquility beneath the shade of pure nature. As the name of the place suggests, this place is mainly known for its nine cornered lake which measures up to 1 km in length and 40 m deep.
Lying at some distance from bustling hill station of Nainital, this place is also attached to a legend. It is said that one glimpse of all nine corners of lake with both feet on the earth can make the viewer disappear into smoke to achieve nirvana. With ample opportunities to rejuvenate your body and soul, Naukuchiatal is blessed with panoramically splendid surroundings and captivating lake. The beautiful weather throughout the year and several attractions like lakes and temples makes sure to make your trip a beguiling experience.
Places of Interest:
Sat Tal (‘Seven Lakes’)
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