The history of Nainital begins in mythology. Naini Lake is believed to be the ‘naina’ or eye of Sati, the wife of Lord Shiva, which fell down to earth as he carried her charred body across the sky, deep into the mountains. The hills surrounding present-day Nainital came under the British rule in 1816. \n\nThe hill station of Nainital was founded in 1841 and the first European house, Pilgrim Lodge, was built. In the following years, many more British officers and their families sought refuge in this town, to escape the sweltering heat of the plains. This led to the gradual growth of Nainital, with houses, churches and schools being established. Then came the tragic landslip of 1880. But the resilient people built back the town which now flourishes as a sought-after holiday destination.
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If you want to discover the essence of Kumaon, head out to its ancient stone temples that seem wrapped in a serene time bubble.
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