Meaning ‘nine lakes’ Nainital is the largest of a cluster of lake towns in the Kumaon region. Once a favourite summer spot for homesick Brits for its apparent resemblance to Cumbria. It still bears the hallmarks of a former British hill station, including the centuries-old St. Joseph’s College. In recent years, the Nainital Lake has undergone a serious clean-up, and it once again hosts a healthy carp and trout population. Blessed with the jovial atmosphere of a holiday resort town, take a boat out on its placid waters, walk along the bustling Mall Road, or ascend the charmingly named, Tiffin Top lookout point. Between March and June is the best time to travel.