Nainital Town is a beautiful lake resort that nestles amongst seven hills in a lush green valley full of wild flowers and evergreen trees, at a height of 1938 metres. A Britisher by the name of Lord Barren was so enamored by it that he sold off his sugar business and came and built a home here in 1841. In time a town came up here and it was a favorite haunt of the British for as long as they were in India, until 1947. The surrounding area called the district of Nainital is just as beautiful and is dotted with lakes. Nainital is also spiritually very vibrant. The town itself has a temple of an ancient Goddess and the surrounding district is populated with the ashrams and abodes of several holy men. More about the Goddess and one of the well known holy personalities that appeared in this district has been described in this blog.