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April 21st 2012
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Nainital was our first stop in India.
After driving for more than 8 hours in the scorching heat of Uttar Pradesh state, we arrived in the cool Himalayan climate of Nainital. At almost 2000 m above see level, Nainital is a favorite hill station for many Indian tourists. We thought Easter would be a peaceful off-season time to visit India. Yet, we were wrong! Hundreds of Indian families had come to Nainital to relax over the Easter holiday. When the holiday was over, streets were empty and prices were 50%!o(MISSING)ff.

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First stop - NainitalFirst stop - Nainital
First stop - Nainital

Nainital, at 1,938m altitude, resembles a lake town in Ticino.
The lakeThe lake
The lake

Nainital is a favorite hill station where Indians like to hide from the summer heat. During the Easter weekend vacation, which funnily is also celebrated in India, we were one of the few western tourists in Nainital.
Indian breakfastIndian breakfast
Indian breakfast

That's how a typical Indian breakfast looks like. Luckily, they also offered grilled sandwiches.
Cycle Rickshaws Cycle Rickshaws
Cycle Rickshaws

Let's see with whom we'll bargain the best price. A 1.5 km ride along the lake would cost a western tourist 1 CHF during high season and 50% less during low-season.
40 rupees40 rupees
40 rupees

+ 10 rupees baksheesh for the heavy baggage
Three touristsThree tourists
Three tourists

Indians love to take pictures of and especially with western tourists. We loved it too! :)
Cricket fieldCricket field
Cricket field

There wasn't a time that we passed by this field and someone wasn't playing cricket. Funnily most of the spectators were fast asleep under the sun.
The MosqueThe Mosque
The Mosque

Nainital has 38000 inhabitants, one gigantic mosque, Christian Catholic and a Methodist church, multiple Hindu temples, and a Tibetan Buddhist monastery hidden high up in the hills.
On the lakeOn the lake
On the lake

We couldn't resist not to go for a pedal white swan boat ride. Again we got a lot of friendly attention from the Indian tourists.

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