It was my second time in Bhimtal and I was keen to check out new places around the town in which Nal Damyanti Tal was one of them. My options were Naukuchiatal, Sattal, Koi Mil Gaya House (KMG was shot in this house). I was looking for a place which will take me away from hustle bustle of Bhimtal, which is becoming increasingly crowded.
I came to know about Nal Damyanti Tal by a friend who is in college.The way she described the place to me, I chose it over all the other places. The trekking route to Nal Damyanti Tal goes through block road, where one encounters a mix of kaccha-pakka roads. The route passes through traditionally built old houses to modern flats which are up for sale. The scenery changes every few minutes.
When I came across Nal Damyanti tal, it was a pound which has black grass carp and other beautiful fishes. A small shop which server wafers and tea was nearby. It seemed like a perfect picnic spot. Various resorts, Dharamsala, Camping Area, and private bungalows surround the lake.
Nal Damayanti Tal is a well-kept secret. It’s a quiet, serene place to enjoy the beauty of nature. The water is quite shallow, waist height, but one would be well advised not to take swim unless he/she is a good swimmer. I came to know lately a boy had drowned in the lake.
Nal Damyanti Tal – Small Mythological Lake of Uttarakhand
There is also a mythological angle to the place. The story starts as many do. Once upon a time, there was a couple, whose love tales were famous in far off lands, King Nal and Queen Damyanti. They lived happily and the people in their kingdom loved them.
The queen, Damyanti, had a dream one night in which a soul appeared in her dreams and asked, “Can I come?” The dream repeated every night and the queen often woke up horrified trying to guess what was the soul trying to tell her. The queen was too afraid to tell about this dream to anyone. One day, she mustered up the courage and narrated the whole story to the king.
The king advised her that she should answer the soul in her dream with a “Yes” and see what happens. That night, when the soul re-appeared in the dream, it asked her again “Can I come?” The Queen replied “Yes”.
At the same moment, a storm came and everything was destroyed and the kings palace fell into a lake. The lake henceforth came to be known as Nal Damyanti Tal. There are only two colorful fish in the pond and it is believed that they are the king and the queen. There is also a place for the cremation of dead bodies besides the lake. The moral of the story is don’t say yes to a freaking soul in your dream.
I along with my friends enjoyed in the lake. I found that place full of rugged hills and mesmerizing lake,its truly a healing place. We spent some lovely time there.
How to Reach Nal Damyanti Tal?
Nal Damyanti Tal is 2 kms from Bhimtal. It took us 25 minutes walking at a leisurely pace. People who make their trips to Nainital, Pangot or Mukteshwar often comes here to see the nearby nature beast. You can also visit Nal Damyanti Lake on your way to Sattal. It’s hardly at a distance of 100 m from the road.
Shiksha Bajetha (Intern)
For Team Uttarakhandli