5 Lesser Known Attractions of Nainital

There is more to Nainital than the Mall road, the big overcrowded lake, Punjabi restaurants and shopping for ‘Made in Delhi’ exotica. In fact, here is a list of 5 places in Nainital, that will add some fun to the most ordinary of trips.

1.  St. Joseph’s Boat Clubkayak

 

The St. Joseph’s College Boat Club is housed on the shore opposite to the mall road. If your stay extends longer than a week, you can learn Kayaking here for Rs.25 a year (yes twenty five, no typo there 😀 )

 

2. Garud Talgarud

Part of the Saattal network of seven lakes, Garud Tal lies within a christian missionary estate. The pristine water and the serenity of the hills around, make this place an ideal destination for a small picnic.

 

3. Khurpa Talkhurpa

Merely a stone’s throw away from Nainital, Khurpatal is one of those places where you won’t find a trace of tourists. A must visit if you require some ‘alone time’. Avoid swimming though, its rumored that the lake has whirlpools.

 

4. Kilbury Bird SanctuaryIMG_20150618_084408_757

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Located on the outskirts of Nainital, the Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is the perfect place for spotting rare Himalayan birds of the wild, in their natural habitat.

 

5. Nainital Mountaineering Club

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For adventure sports enthusiasts, the NTMC office situated at Barapatthar (Nainital) offers activities such as Rock Climbing on artificial wall as well as natural rocks, Rappelling, River Crossing and Caving.

 

These hidden nooks of the beautiful lake city, will surely enrich your weekend getaway. Let me know how you found them, once you’ve visited 🙂

 

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Slacklining

…and how to go about it.

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I have taken up the sport of slacklining quite recently. It is the finesse of measured movements and the precision with which one has to balance on this hyper active and ever dancing piece of tape that attracted me to it. Also, the kind of performances athletes such as Dean Potter have rendered on a high line, have inspired me to try my hand or rather feet on the line.

As a climber, I have found the slackline quite useful in developing faculties to identify my zone, increase focus and enhance my footwork. In addition, the line has also helped me exercise certain muscles of the feet and is a good workout for the core and thighs as well.

In this post, I am sharing certain pointers that will help you in getting started with the slackline.

Step 1

Establish the line on two solid anchor points.

Step 2

Tighten the line and make sure it is taut. A tighter line is easier to walk on.

Step 3

To get up, place a foot on the line and put down a little weight on it holding the line closer to the inner thigh (of the other leg); this will keep the line from swaying.

Step 4

Get up instantly on the foot placed on the line, putting down all of your weight on the leading leg. Keep only one leg on the line at a time. Try to keep the leg straight and maintain the center of the pelvic portion parallel to the slackline.

Step 5

Keep the arms a bit outstretched and use your hands to balance just like a balancing pole.

Step 6

Keep your gaze fixed onto something, preferably look straight; this will aid in focusing.

Step 7

Synchronize your breath with your steps and try to achieve a rhythm.

 

You can even watch this simple how to video I have made on this subject.

Do leave your comments and experience with the line.