Naukuchiatal, meaning a lake that has nine corners, is a beautiful town with hills and lakes in the popular city of Nainital, which is famous as the City of Lakes. The lake is surrounded by a peaceful town where you can enjoy a relaxing vacation without thinking about the stress of your work or other conflicts. The Naukuchiatal Lake is 175 ft. deep and covered with trees and shrubs around making it one the deepest lake in the Nainital region. The lake is just 4 km away from Bhimtal which means you can go there by combining a trip including a visit to places like Bhimtal, Nainital, Naukuchiatal, and Jim Corbett. The nearest railway station to reach here is Kathgodam and from here you can get a cab or rent a taxi to drop you at your location.
There is a pond here named lotus pond which is full of pretty Lotus flowers. Colorful kingfisher birds roaming over the pond make it even more beautiful. There is a strict policy that says no plucking of flowers.
How can you enjoy your trip here?
- Boating – Riding a boat on the lake will be a lot of fun when you’re visiting with your family. You can row the boat to the middle and see the surroundings while feeling the calmness of the water, hearing the chirping of birds, and many more.
- Kayaking – For those interested in some adventure, kayaking is a thrilling version of boating that requires your strength and coordination skills with your partner. It gives the one-of-its-kind experience of being in the middle of the wide lake and experiencing the soothing sound of water beneath.
- Ziplining – Zipline is another adventurous activity that gives a thrill to your soul. The feel while sliding above water from one corner of the lake to another leaves you in a spot where you are excited and nervous at the same time.
- Walk around – If you want to explore the town, make sure to go on a walk in the evening or early morning. On your way from Seven Cozy Stay, i.e., a renowned hotel in Naukuchiatal to the lake, you can find stops where you can drink tea, visit temples, check out the star observatory, and many more.
Mythological tale of Naukuchiatal
According to local lore, Naukuchiatal is the spot where Lord Brahma, the creator deity in Hindu mythology, performed a yagna to create the universe. As the yagna’s culmination, Lord Brahma pour holy water from his kamandal into the earth. This produces the mystical lake with nine corners symbolizing the nine corners of the kamandal.
The legend goes on to narrate that the gods and goddesses were so happy with this creation that they blessed the lake with divine energy, making its waters spiritually potent. People believe that taking a dip in the pristine waters of Naukuchiatal can cleanse the soul and purify the mind, offering a connection to the divine realm.