Naukuchiatal situated 28 km from Nainital and 4 km from Bhimtal is a small town perched at an altitude of 1,220 mts above sea level is a must-visit for tourists looking for a picture perfect destination accompanied with serene environs and enchanting meadows and fields. This town captures the ultimate beauty that nature has to provide to relax and rejuvenate your mind and body. The bio-diverse forest that lies within a perimeter of 10 km and the lovely Lake both captivates all and gives the place a feel of virtual heaven on earth.
The beautiful Lake is named 'Naukuchia Tal' because it actually has nine corners and hence derived the name 'Nine Cornered Lake' in English; however, this lake was initially spelled as 'Nokoocheea' Lake during the British rule in 1815. It is consistently fed by an underwater perennial spring that keeps the level of water always high and 40 mts deep making it the deepest Lake in Nainital District. It measures almost 1 km long and 0.5 km wide and fringed with tall oak trees and pastures fed by this lake. A myth that surrounds the lake is if you view all the nine corners of this lake at one shot, you will attain salvation and another myth states that you will disappear into thin air which definitely sounds unbelievable but worth a try for daring hearts.
Naukuchiatal is also the right place to admire a variety of colourful butterflies and Trans Himalayan migratory birds that feeds and breeds on the Lake offering a good venue for bird watching. You can trek through a 4 km foot trail that leads you through secluded paths sprinkled with blossoming wild flowers and diverse fauna.
This town also offers unlimited fun and adventure that may not be available in other places. You can enjoy a quite time boating with your loved one in the evening and watch the mesmerising sun setting behind the valley or enjoy angling and swimming. The lake also offers yachting which is a more superior sport than boating especially for people who know the art of yachting. This town also attracts tourists who want to get an aerial view of this town and lake and at the same time fulfil their desire to fly by trying their hands in Paragliding or Parasailing available at a reasonable rate along with the required facilities. Due to its scenic environs, the town also allows for mountain biking and the night camping, mountaineering and rock climbing which is another way of enjoying your time here.
Naukuchiatal offers excellent weather ranging from 27°C to 10°C almost throughout the year that allows many tourists to tour here all year round. January is the only month that sees the town covered in snow which can also offer a romantic getaway for new couples and honeymooners.