Naukuchiatal, one of the unexplored places in Uttarakhand is a famous hill station which lies at merely a distance of 28 km from Nainital. Surrounded by densely forested hills on all sides, at an altitude of 1219 metres above the sea level, Naukuchiatal provides solace from the maddening rush of the plains. As the name suggests, this 175-foot-deep lake has 9 corners and it is beautifully set in the lap of the magnificent Kumaon peaks. It is the deepest lake in the Lake District of India (Nainital) and is nourished by an underwater spring. Resorts in Corbett
The lake is also known for its unique mystery. The locals claim that one can only see eight corners with feet on the earth, even though the Naukuchiatal has nine corners. They say, “Seeing all the nine corners with your feet on the ground is a good omen, and anyone who sees all the nine corners of the lake with their feet on the ground can turn into a cloud and attain salvation.”
Naukuchiatal is one of the few unspoilt fresh-water biomes in India and a pedal boat ride on the cold shimmering waters of the lake is a surreal experience. The reflection of the trees and hills on the lake creates a lovely frame and it is likely that your mind would wander away amidst the gorgeous waterscape of the Naukuchiatal.
Naukuchiatal is an ideal location to sight rare butterflies and colourful parades of Himalayan birds. It also attracts migratory birds, which makes it a bird watchers paradise. The place offers ample scope for angling, trekking, paragliding, mountain biking, rowing, paddling, yachting, etc.
A nature walk early in the morning through the nearby villages is quite refreshing. Blooming flowers and swooping birds are ubiquitous on the nature trail, not to forget the ever-smiling villagers. Carry binoculars as you are likely to spot a macaque or a barking deer graze by. One also gets an aerial view of the enchanting Naukuchiatal Lake during the walk. With chirping birds and seeping morning rays, the numerous open fields and patches of forest are an absolute delight to walk through.