The biggest crowd puller in Nainital is the Naini Lake. The Naini Lake is the centralized feature in Nainital. It is flanked by the mountains like it was being cosseted from the world. Families bring their children for a pleasant boat ride here. Scores of Honeymooning couples too can be spotted a mile away snuggling while attempting to control their row boats. Groups of youngsters too will be seen here enjoying the boat rides as they unsettle the others with their merry making. It’s all in good fun though. These row boats or pedal boats can be rented from several places along the Mall. A few yachts are also available for rent at the Nainital Boat Club.
Other facilities at the Nainital Boat Club include a bar, a ballroom, a library and a restaurant. The club used to be very exclusive in the past. An amusing story is linked with this club. At one time, Jim Corbett was denied membership to the club as he wasn’t a pakka sahib since he was born in India.
The main road running through the town parallel to the lake is called the Mall road. There are bazaars at both ends of the Mall. These are called the Tallital and the Mallital. The Tallital is in the southern end while the Mallital is at the northern end. Walking down the Mall in the evenings can be quite delightful because of the cool breeze blowing from the lake.
A major landslide had occurred here on 16th September 1880 leading to a disaster. 151 people who were at the Assembly Halls at the time of the landslide got buried underneath. Since then the place has been turned to a recreation ground known as the Flats. Today several games are played and various activities take place at the Flats.