Naini Lake is the heart of the beautiful city of Nainital. The Naini Lake presents a beautiful and a majestic view not only during the day but also during the night. The beautiful mountains surrounding the lake are a sight to behold. The lake offers its visitors lots of opportunities for yachting, boating or paddling on the lake. It is because of Naini Lake that the place is called Nainital.
Naini Lake is a blue green lake and is so called because of its eye like shape. The name Nainital denotes the eyes of the Goddess. It is widely believed that the lake represents the eyes of the Goddess Sati who was the "associate" of Lord Shiva. According to legends, Goddess Sati's father, Daksha Prajapati did not invite Lord Shiva to the yagya that was to be held at his place. This was the reason behind Sati's immolation. As a result, Shiva became enraged and began to perform a cosmic dance that threatened to destroy the whole universe. Lord Vishnu, then, prevented this destruction by scattering the remains of Sati across Earth.
The northern end of the Naini Lake is known as the Mallital and the southern end is called Tallital. There is a bridge which is popularly known as Danth, at the southern side of the lake. There is also a post office situated here which is the only post office that is located on a lake bridge in the whole world.