Prachilekha Sahoo
by on January 12, 2016
Travelling opens up a can of memories,some gargantuan picturesque and some miniature portraits.For some it's like playing a guitar solo and for some it's an organized orchestra. Every thinking mind and beating heart has one opinion or another. The memories are composed of three segments in which the eyes capture,the heart visualizes and the mind plays it on a loop.These three segments fabricate and makes it a wholesome experience for those seeking it.
For 2016,I would hinge the loop and would love to revisit Nainital which captured the essence of beauty at it's nascent stage since the time it was discovered.Be it post exam fun,or to mend a broken heart,or to seek a romantic quest it is the perfect place to have a balanced soul. Gossamer mist shrouded trails,romantic pine-scented forests,stupefying mountains,mellifluous bird-songs, cosy chalets and wooden lodges --are just a few reasons that Nainital is quite famous for. Sitting on our chairs in the balcony we looked over the green valleys spread out,the terraced fields snuggled under the feet of Himalayan ranges. At night the mountains look like a teenage girl decked up for a party with twinkling lights in her hair.It was like living in a dream- a dream which I would never like to wake up from. The three spotlights of the trip were:-
a) Mukteshwar :- Perched at an elevation of 2900 metres above sea level,it sits atop a high ridge in a remote corner of the Kumaon mountains and is surrounded by fruit orchards and thick forests. The sunrise point is the Indian Veterinary Research Institute which was built by Britishers in 1893 .Mukteshwar got its name from from an 350 year old temple of Shiva,known as Mukteshwar Dham,situated atop the highest point in the town,on the veterinary institute's campus.It is believed that Lord Shiva killed a demon at this spot and granted him salvation.
b) Bhimtal :- The lake is located at an elevation of 1375 meters in Bhimtal town in the Nainital district.The town and the lake are named after Bhima,one of the Pandavas who is said to have visited the place.The lake is 'c' shaped,largest in the Kumaon region. One can watch the lake with a cup of tea and peanuts ,enjoy the solitude it offers.
c) Sattal:- It is an interconnected grop of seven freshwater lakes situated in the lower Himalayan Range near Nainital. The lakes Ramtal, Sitatal, Laxmantal, Garudtal, Nal Damayanti tal, Sukhtal and Purnatal have been named after the mythological figures. The seven rivers often evoked strong comparisons with Westmoreland of England by the Britishers. The famous movie scene of 'Khoon Bhari Maang' where actress Rekha was thrown into the lake by her on screen husband so that crocodiles can eat her was shot here.
d) Nainital:- The lake is named after Shiva's wife Sati and is said to be one of her emerald green eyes that fell to the earth after her act of self-immolation.One of the biggest attractions of Nainital is the Naini temple situated near the nainital lake and for the children's enjoyment there is Appughar. One can see the Great Wall of China faintly when perched on top of one of the tombs located there. The candles for sale in Nainital are mystical. You won't find candles like these anywhere in India. Shapes ranging from Ice creams to trees and mountains, there is hardly a shaped candle that you cannot find there.