I had been hearing about a trek that goes to Nainital from Ratighat that is about 11 kms end to end. As usual, a plan formed in my mind after hearing about it and I enquired more about the trek a friend of mine who has already trekked that route earlier.
In the beginning, all of us were trekking quite easily but as we were climbing up the hilly area we started feeling exhausted. During our trek we met some villagers who seemed to find the trek very easy. They informed us that this was the main way to connect to Nainital city when there were no roads, now only a few people like us who wanted to trek were using the route.
Soon enough every step of ours seemed very heavy for us. Our clothes were wet with sweat as we were climbing almost straight up.
The view was beautiful especially when we were moving inside dense forest zones. We were also a bit scared because this was a wildlife zone and we could be attacked by stray animals. The advantage of trekking in the monsoons is also the lush green colour that is spread everywhere.
We had taken four hours to reach on the top of Nainital hence it was quite an exhausting trip for us but we enjoyed every bit of the way.
We saw a few wildlife and birds. If you are lucky, the area also has leopards, barking deer and lots of other species being within reach to the limits of Jim Corbett National Park.
The rain had begun again so we quickly hustled towards the city as a friend of ours was waiting there for lunch with us.
Other things to do:
Naintal has loads of things to do. It is a very popular tourist destination in Uttarakhand and attracts plenty of people every year. It has loads of treks around the city but also had a beautiful large Naini lake in the center of town. Visit Nainital for an array of interesting things to do.
Nainital is only a couple of hours drive to reach Kathgodam from Delhi by road. The only way after Kathgodam to Nainital is by road but there are different options including regular trains to Kathgodam.
Nainital has numerous hotels and resorts that cater to different needs. We usually stay at the Fairlight Resorts owned by Mr. Shailendra Shah, a beautiful bungalow with a fantastic view of the Naini Lake.