Naukuchiatal is situated at the foothills of the Kumaon ranges and is one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes in the whole of Uttarakhand. Located at an altitude of 1,219 metres above sea level, and about 24 kms. from Nainital, Naukuchiatal is surrounded by some enchanting green slopes and oak forests.
The source of the blue water at Naukuchiatal is an underwater spring. It is widely believed, among the locals that if someone sees the nine corners of the lake at one time, he/ she will have attained Nirvana. As with many other places in Uttarakhand, Naukuchiatal also presents a beautiful view of the whole place.
Although the lake is the main attraction at this place, but there are other activities like angling, trekking, bird-watching and paragliding in which a tourist can easily participate in. There are yachts and paddle boats that one can easily hire for a joy ride on the beautiful lake.