Too Crowded in Nainital– For me half the fun of a holiday is gone if I am surrounded by too many people, which would surely happen to anyone visiting Nainital in the season (or even on a weekend in the off-season). I know it is weired but I prefer that there are just two tents for miles around in the places that I visit.
Too Many Touts– Try taking a walk around Naini Lake and within seconds you would be surrounded by people trying to sell you something. I perfectly well understand that they are trying to make a living but that is not my idea of a holiday. Once again this is not just true of Nainital but of any place where there is mass tourism.
Eat and Shop Out Routine– I do not like my vacations to be just about eating out or shopping. I do like to pick up stuff for people from the placesI visit but sometimes they just have to make do with pictures too! All around Naini Lake you really can’t escape the eating joints and shops selling souveniers. Not my typical scene.
Why Would I Still Visit Nainital– For one, because I have travelled so less in 2008 that any trip would be welcome. But mostly because all one has to do is to walk out of the place a little (like China Peak) and it becomes about you and the mountains and lovey, lonely walks. My nephew was with me on this trip, so it was not really lonely for me but there was almost noone else around, now that is my kind of a day.
7 thoughts on “Nainital- A Popular but Crowded Destination”
lovely colours..You know sometimes any place is a beautiful destination to travel to..I just went home to Madras for a couple of days and it was so refreshing
I loved the roads leading to Nainitaal- the driver didn’t let me take the wheels- have to plan a self drive mission from Delhi…Yes it is indeed crowded- Entire hill is filled with buildings as I could see from the lakeshore
I agree Lakshmi and with the kind of lack of travel I have seen in 2008 anything is attractive, much less than Nainital would do right now.Shrinidhi, Nainital looks over-constructed to me too. So, the driver didn’t trust you behind the wheels? I am sure you would be able to pull off a self-driving trip from Delhi to Nainital.
On my trip to Garhwal last month a met a group of bikers, supposedly from the Himalayan Odyssey group. One of them gave me a hitchhike and I biked along with them for a day. That guy was from Nainital and has invited me to his place. I am looking forward to visit there.
Ravi, must have been some experience! So when are you heading to Nainital?
That is such a pretty picture Mridula!…you have captured the perfect slice…Nain w/o the touristy crowds..
Akira that was just chance! Otherwise you know how the place is.