One of the many lakes the lower himalayan region of Nainital is famous for- Naukuchiatal (नौकुचियाताल) is one of the biggest among them and perhaps most serene. The only lake comparable to this in serenity will be the Sattal. Located at an altitude of 1220 metres, this is also the deepest lake in the region. Fed by underground perennial spring, this lake is an all the year round spot to be. Might not suit those bubbly-shubbly north Indian tourists who prefer to have some ‘happening’ spot, but will certainly be liken by all those who want to spend some quite quality time in the lap of nature.
This lake is within a beautiful valley offering tremendous opportunity for angling and bird watching. Off late many adventure activities like paragliding, rowing, paddling or yachting have also come up at this place. You can enjoy calm boating as well. So serene is the atmosphere here that, many writers and artists have made this region as their second home. One of the finest places to revitalise mind and soul and go for your creative pursuits. Appealing sights of paddocks and terraced fields make this place a perfect and pleasing destination. A nice promenade through the tree-flanked banks of the lake is a miraculous experience. This lake also has some association with a few mythological and religious folklores. As said, lake has nine corners but it is impossible to see all of them in a single ground view. Above all, Naukuchiatal is also an idyllic location to watch some rare butterflies and himalayan birds.
Naukuchiatal has many descent places to stay and The Lake Resort is perhaps best of them as per location as well as facilities. There is also a Club Mahindra Resort and few other descent properties. There is KMVN guest house right at the lake. As always KMVN guest house has the best view in the town. A few images rom the Lake Resort which also holds a now famous film festival here every year.
This lake is approximately 4 kms from Bhimtal. While coming from Kathgodam side, once you cross Bhimtal and start climbing towards Bhopal, there is a turn to right which takes you to Naukuchiatal.