Nainital, the Lake District of India lies in the Kumaun, Uttarakhand, at an altitude of around 6,840 ft, and 300 km/7hrs from Delhi, India. It is one of the most popular and exquisite hill station of India, the Naini Lake which is the major attraction of the region is pear-shaped lake and is approximately two miles in circumference, surrounded by mountains.The other lakes are at Bhimtal, Naukhuchiatal, Khurpatal, Sattal & Shymaltal.
The Naini Lake is a charming beauty that is surrounded by seven different peaks namely Ayarpata, Deopata, Handi Bandi, Cheena Peak, Alma, Laria Kanta and Sher Ka Danda. The lake itself can be divided into two distinct sections, the northern part called Mallital and southern region called Tallital. The Naini Lake is one of the 64 Shakti Peeths, the spot where Sati’s Nain(eyes) fell, came to be called Nainital. The goddess is worshiped at the Naina Devi Temple on the north shore of the present-day lake.
The hill station town of Nainital was founded in 1841, with the construction of the first European house (Pilgrim Lodge) by P. Barron.In September 1880, a landslide (the Landslip of 1880) occurred followed by heavy rainfall, which naturally brought down streams of water from the hill side, partially destroying the Naina Devi Temple. To prevent further disasters, storm water drains were constructed and a recreation area known as The Flats were later built on the site and a new temple was also erected.