Hey, peeps! Hope you would have enjoyed my last Blog about My weekend getaway story to Nainital. Hill stations are the perfect escape for everyone. This is very obvious that travellers from India and also outside India are attracted to explore hills and mountains as they have a lot to explore and experience. We had a 3-day trip where we took out time for a lot of things to explore in Nainital and nearby places. The first thing that we did was to offer prayers at Naina Devi Temple.
Naina Devi Temple History
Naina Devi Temple is found on high of Naina Hills at the northern shore of Naini Lake in Nainital, Uttarakhand. Naina Devi is one of every sixty-four Shaktipeeths conjoint spiritual sites of Hinduism. There is a lake 167 yards wide and ninety-three feet deep behind the temple. An ancient temple is believed to own been in-built and fifteenth century A.D that was reconstructed in 1883. Within the ancient days of history once Sati, the love of Lord Shiva, unable in contact the insult once her father King Daksha refused to ask Sati and Lord Shiva for a yajna, burnt herself to death. Ruined and grieving, once Lord Shiva was returning to their abode together with her body in His arms, her body elements fell on varied places on earth. The temple of Naina Hindu deity, and for that incident people around this place named that temple Naina Devi temple.
The best time to Visit Naina Devi Temple
There is no specific month that is recommended to visit Naina Devi Temple. But it is advisable to avoid the rain rainy season as there is heavy rain falls on Hills. There are also a lot of chances of landscapes on heights. Other than that whole year is a good time to visit Naina Devi Temple.
How to reach Naina Devi Temple
Staying in Delhi makes it easy for us. We actually took a train from Old Delhi railway station to Kathgodam. Where boarded the train at 10 P.M and got down at Rudrapur Station at 4 A.M next morning. The advantage of getting down Rudrapur is that it’s just 60-70 km from Nainital and we had our relatives in Rudrapur so we thought of taking a halt of one day there also n explore the city as well. After spending a day in Rudrapur, we took a Cab to Nainital which took around 2 hours to reach there.
The other ways to reach Nainital are:
By Flight – The nearest Airport is Pantnagar and the distance from there is around 70 km.
The nearest station from there is Anandpur Sahib, and the distance from there is 30 km.
The famous temple is connected through National Highway No.21.
Temple is about 350 km from Delhi and 100 km from Chandigarh. Frequent State Transport, bus services are available from all important cities of Punjab and Uttarakhand.
You can hire taxis from Anandpur Sahib and from Chandigarh to reach the temple.
Delhi to Rudrapur Train Tickets – A.C Two tyre – Rs. 1200/- (each person).
Cab fare from Rudrapur to Nainital – Rs.10/- per km.
Day well spent
The visit to Naina Devi was more special as we also spent time roaming around the place and enjoy exceptional Himalayan views. If you are visiting the temple during the first half of the day, you may enjoy Bhandara (food) on the Campus. Bhandara space is open for everyone till 2 pm. There are a lot of Dhabas and snacks corner around the Temple.
Spending a night at the temple would be more fun because of the weather you will experience on the top of this hill. There are few Home-Stays on the way from Rewalsar to Naina Devi Temple. The one which is closest in just on the roadside and opposite of the dry lake. I’m not on the top hill but can be a good place to stay if you don’t find the place in the guest house.
A massive fair is organised during the celebration of the Shravan Ashtami ( Sharavi Mela in July- August ) and the Navratras in the months of Chaitra and Ashwin. Durga Ashtami is another major festivity.
I seat myself on a bench and watch the clouds play hide and seek with the Himalayas, as they gradually descend to greet us mortals and reveal to us a gorgeous sunset. No power, I assure myself, can rob the people of such natural beauty, and the conviction that comes with it.
Plan your visit soon guys, go explore the hills and mountains.
Keep rocking and stay positive!
Love, Madhu! 🙂