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Nainital is not just decorated with lush green hills but it also proudly shows off its many shimmering lakes. This is why Nainital is often called the City of Lakes. It is the perfect escape for people who are overwhelmed by the stress of their fast-paced lives. Now, do you know what is the best way to truly absorb the beauty of Nainital’s lakes? Well, it is boating. Nothing beats being in the middle of the lake, with the sound of birds and rippling water all around you. Add it to your list of must-do activities in Nainital. Here is everything you need to know to make the most out of your boating experience in Nainital.
WHERE CAN YOU GO BOATING IN NAINITAL?
Nainital has 7 lakes. You are allowed to boat in most of them. However, lakes that you should definitely visit are
- Naini Lake
- Bhimtal Lake
- Naukuchiatal Lake
These are all beautiful lakes with their own significance.
Naini Lake is a kidney-shaped lake that has a lot of mythology behind it. It is Nainital’s main attraction. Mall Road runs just along the lake, giving it the perfect blend of natural beauty and colonial architecture.
Bhimtal Lake is considered to be the biggest lake in Nainital. There is a lot of flora and fauna for you to appreciate around it. Bhimtal itself holds a lot of mythological importance. Even apart from boating, there are a lot of activities for tourists around Bhimtal Lake. That is what makes it a popular destination.
Sattal translates to ‘seven lakes’. It is where 7 freshwater sources are mysteriously connected. It is definitely a must-visit place. There are a lot of exotic birds around that you can bird-watch while boating.
Naukutchiatal lake is a lake with nine corners which gives a mesmerizing view. Exploring the lake in a boat just makes the entire experience even better!
WHAT KINDS OF BOATS ARE AVAILABLE?
The most popular boats in all of these lakes are the traditional boats that use oars. The rates are about 200-300 INR for 1 round. However, you will be able to find out the exact prices on the spot. In one go 3-4 people can sit in the boat. Thus, if you are with a bigger group you may have to break up into smaller groups and enjoy the ride.
There are also swan-necked motorboats. In some places, you might find such longboats to fit in more people. However, the most common ones are the two-seater boats. It is the perfect boat for couples. Also, it will look very pleasing in your pictures.
If you want to ride the boat on your own, you can try kayaking in Naukuchiatal lake as well. It is a moderately adventurous activity. It is easy to do, and it is a very nice experience.
SOME TIPS FOR A BETTER BOATING EXPERIENCE
- Try not to carry very expensive items with you. While the rides are safe, you may still drop something in the lake by human error.
- Be careful of your phone and camera while taking pictures. The view is irresistible so you must take a lot of pictures. However, make sure you do not ask your kids to take pictures. Stay attentive even when an adult is clicking pictures.
- Visit early in the morning or during sunset. The view is the best during those items. The temperature is also perfect. You will get the perfect mix of a cold breeze and faint sunlight reflecting from the surface of the water. Also, you will be able to clearly see your surroundings.
- If you have very young kids with you, ask for a life jacket for them. Stay very careful with them on the boat.
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