Summer vacation in nainital

[Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand, India] On Cloud Nine at Naukuchiatal

A crimson sunbird perched among red gladioli. If that isn’t camouflage, what is? Find the bird! Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand, India.   Beyond the garden adorned with flowers of various hues lies a calm lake. Surrounded by gently sloping hills. A man rows a small boat across, creating beautiful patterns of ripples. Welcome to Naukuchiatal, the lake with nine corners. A garden and a lake beyond. Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand, India.  

[Nainital, Uttarakhand, India] Our Summer Sojourn in Kumaon: Nainital

  Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. The Journey: We took the night train from Dehradun to Kathgodam. A refreshing cuppa tea at Kathgodam railway station helped to drive away the groggy feeling in my head. And then, we hopped into a taxi that took us along winding roads in the hills to our destination, Nainital. Inside Nainital, the roads were as scary as they could get. As I clenched my fists and muttered every prayer that came to mind, the taxi driver zoomed up and down the narrowest of paths and the steepest of streets in an attempt to locate our hotel.