Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Base Station: Nainital

Nearest City to Nainital: Delhi City (294 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Nainital: March to May & December to February

Peak Season: April to May & December to January

State: Uttarakhand | District: Nainital

Nainital Weather: Summer: Maximum - 24°C and Minimum - 14°C
Winter: Maximum - 13°C and Minimum - 0°C

At a distance of 66 km from Ramnagar, 294 km from Delhi and 278 km from Dehradun, Nainital is a beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand and headquarters of Nainital district in the Kumaon foothills of Himalayas. It is one of the most popular hill resorts in India and also one of the top places to experience Uttarakhand tourism. It is also among the popular 2 day trip near Delhi and one of the top hill stations near Delhi.

Nainital is famous for its scenic mountain views and is commonly known as the Lake District of India. Situated at an altitude of 1938 m, Nainital derives its name from Naini Lake. The highest point is Naina Peak or China Peak, with an elevation of 2,615 m. Nainital is surrounded by mountains on three sides and the town is spread around the beautiful Naini lake.

Nainital was founded by a European businessman Percy Barron in 1841 and later it became summer retreat for the British who spent summers in these hills to escape the extreme hot weather of the plains. The British government built several schools and colleges in the region. This place is named after Naina Devi Temple, which is dedicated to Shakti, a form of Parvati.

Nainital is a famous tourist destination of India, attracting large number of domestic and foreign tourists every year. Some of the important places in Nainital are Naina Peak, Nainital Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Mall, Raj Bhavan, High Altitude Zoo, Bhimtal and Sattal. Naini Lake has facilities for boating and yachting. Facilities for horse riding, skating, golf and rock climbing are also available for the visitors. Nainital is also famous for its various schools and research facilities. The Observatory or The Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) is the center for astronomical studies and optical tracking of artificial satellites.

Pantnagar Airport (68 km) is the nearest airport to Nainital which has direct flights from Delhi. Kathgodam Railway Station is the nearest railway station, which is 24 km from Nainital. It is well connected with Moradabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Jammu Tawi, Kanpur, Dehradun, Jaisalmer and Howrah. Nainital is well connected by Road with Delhi, Haldwani, Dehradun and Rampur. Regular buses can fly from Kathgodam to Nainital.

The best time to visit Nainital is from March to May & December to February. The hill station receives snowfall during the winter months from December to February, which receives the maximum number of tourists.

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STD Code: 05942
Languages Spoken: Garhwali, Hindi and English
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By Air

Nearest Airport: Rudrapur - Pantnagar Airport (68 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Kathgodam (24 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Nainital Bus Station (0 Kms)



At a distance of 1 km from Tallital Bus Station, Mall Road is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Nainital. It connects the North and South West corner of Nainital Lake known as Mallital and Tallital and runs parallel to Nainital Lake. Shopping in Mall Road is one of the top activities in Nainital.

The Mall Road was constructed during the British colonial rule. This is the main commercial area which runs through the heart of the Nainital town. The Mall road is now named as Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. The road has a number of Hotels, Banks, Showrooms, Department Stores, Shops, Restaurants and Cafes. It is a cluster of many small shops offering varied products.

Visitors can enjoy their leisurely evening stroll on the Mall Road, with a cool refreshing breeze blowing across the lake on to the road adding to the charm of the Mall. During summers, this road becomes crowded with locals and tourists enjoying the evening weather.

The entry of vehicles is restricted .....

Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 1.5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Nainital Lake is a natural freshwater lake, situated amidst the main town of Nainital. Nainital Lake is one of the prime places to visit in Nainital town. The lake is most commonly represented to promote Nainital Tourism.

According to the history, this lake was built in 1839 by P. Barron at an altitude of 2,000 m. This is one of the four lakes of Kumaon hills, the other three lakes are Sattal Lake, Bhimtal Lake and Naukuchiyatal Lake. Nainital Lake is lunar-shaped and has an outlet at the southeastern end. The lake covers a perimeter of 2 miles with a depth varies from 6 m to 28 m. Northern part of the lake is called as Mallital while southern part known as Tallital. Balia Nala is the main feeder-stream of the lake. Other than this, 26 major drains, including the three perennial ones, feed it. It is surrounded by panoramic hills on three sides.

According to a legend, three sages .....


At a distance of 1.5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo is a high altitude zoo situated in Nainital. It is one of the popular Nainital tourist places and is one of the three High Altitude Zoo Parks in North India, apart from those in Darjeeling and Sikkim.

The Zoo was established in 1984 and is spread over an area of 11 acres. It is situated on the Sher Ka Danda hill at an altitude of 2,100 m (6,900 feet) and is the only zoo in Uttarakhand. The Zoo was opened to visitors on 1st June 1995 and is managed by Bharat Ratna Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo Management Society, Nainital from 1st March 2002.

The Zoo was established with the objective to conserve and protect the wildlife and biodiversity of the hill region of Uttarakhand. The zoo has several endangered species of animals in the Himalayas and animals like snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, Japanese Macaque, Sambar, Himalayan Civet, Himalayan Martin, Barking Dear, Royal Bengal Tiger and Himalayan .....


At a distance of 2 km from Tallital Bus Stand, The Naina Devi Temple is situated on northern end of the Nainital Lake near the Nainital Boat House Club in Nainital.

The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Naina Devi represented by two eyes. According to the legend, Naina Devi Temple is the place where eyes from burned body of Goddess Sati fall when her corpse was being carried by Lord Shiva. The word Naina is synonymous with Sati's eyes. The temple is one the main places to visit in Nainital.

It is said that the current temple at Nainital actually replaces the original 15th century temple. In 1842, a devotee Moti Ram Shah installed an idol of Naina Devi. A major landside has destroyed the temple completely in 1880. Naina Devi temple was replaced by the present structure in 1883.

Inside the temple, devotees have darshan of three deities. On the extreme left is Mata Kali Devi, the center representing two eyes of Naina Devi and to right side is idol of Lord Ganesh. .....

Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 3 km from Tallital Bus Stand & 2 km from Nainital Lake, Snow View Point is one of the most beautiful places in Nainital and also among the most visited Nainital tourist places.

Situated at an altitude of 2,270 m, Snow view point offers excellent views of snowcapped mountains like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot. It also offers great views of Nainital Lake and the town. Snow view point is well connected by road but a ride in aerial ropeway from Mallital is the best way to reach this place.

In order to provide a perfect view to visitors, a pair of huge binoculars is installed at this spot. A small temple housing images of Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman with Durga and Shiva is located on the peak. The Tibetan monastery Gadhan Kunkyop Ling Gompa of the Gelukpa order situated near Snow view point is also a must visit spot. An early morning trek to this place gives some of the best views of the great Himalayan ranges. A special attraction for the kids is an amusement .....

Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Tiffin Top also known as Dorothy's Seat is located in Ayarpatta Hill of Nainital. This is the second highest peak in Nainital after China Peak.

Situated at an altitude of about 2,290 m, Tiffin Top is a famous vantage point in the scenic hill station of Nainital. It is one of the most famous among Nainital places to visit. It is also one of the best places for short trekking in Nainital. This place is named after Dorothy Kellet, an English Painter, who died in a plane crash. Tiffin Top is a stonework bench built in the memory of Dorothy Kellet by her husband J.P. Kellet. This was the place where she used to sit and paint the beautiful town and its surroundings. Later, it started becoming a famous picnic spot for the Rajas who ruled this place and hence was officially converted into a picnic spot and locally named Tiffin top which denotes packed food consumed during the day.

Tiffin Top is a very popular picnic spot and is sought .....

Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 10 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Naina Peak, also known as China Peak, is the highest peak and a famous attraction in the town of Nainital. A trek to Naina Peak is one of the top things to do in Nainital and it's also a nice place for short trekking in Nainital.

Naina Peak is situated at an altitude of 2615 m. The peak was renamed from China peak to Naina peak after the 1962 war with China. Due to high altitude and lush green forest path, Naina Peak is also a favorite place in Nainital for trekking. This highest point of this mountain is widely known for its amazing natural surroundings and the snow covered mountains all around. Naina Peak is a quiet place from where the Nanda Devi peak and the mountains on the Tibet border can be viewed.

The peak offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. The trek to Naina Peak is little challenging, covering a distance of 6 km from Mallital. One can reach here by taking a horse ride or traversing the hilly paths. Pony .....


At a distance of 17 km from Nainital and 8 km from Bhowali, Kainchi Dham is a religious pilgrimage center located at Kainchi on the Nainital - Almora Road in Uttarakhand. The word Kainchi means two sharp hairpin bends in a local dialect and hence the name. It is one of the well known temples of Uttarakhand state. Famous visitors of the temple include Apple founder Steve Jobs and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Kainchi is a beautiful secluded shrine and is famous for the Hanuman Mandir. The ashram is situated at an altitude of 1400 m. In 1962, Neem Karoli Baba built a platform around a place where two spiritual gurus Sadhu Premi Baba and Sombari Maharaj had performed Yagyas in Kainchi village. The Hanuman temple was later built over the platform thus establishing the Kainchi Ashram. The first temple of Lord Hanuman was inaugurated in June 15, 1964 by Neem Karoli Baba.

Baba Neem Karoli .....

Hill Station | Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 20 km from Nainital and 11 km from Sattal, Bhimtal is a picturesque lake located in the town of Bhimtal in Nainital district. It is situated at an altitude of 1,370 m and is one of the major places of sightseeing near Nainital. Bhimtal is older than the Nainital city as it was once part of the ancient silk route. The town and the lake are named after Bhima, one of the Pandavas of the epic story of Mahabharata who is said to have visited the place during the exile period of the Pandavas.

Bhimtal is the largest lake in Kumaon region and situated amidst lush green mountains. The lake is of 1701 m length, 451 m width and depth of 18 m. It is spread across 63.25 hectares of area. The Victoria dam was built on this Lake in 1883 when Kumaon region was under the British Raj. Bhimtal offers splendid views and visual vistas of nature's beauty. The lake provides drinking water supply and supports aquaculture with several species .....

Hill Station | Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 22 km from Nainital & 12 km from Bhimtal, Sattal or Sat Tal is a cluster of seven inter-connected freshwater lakes located in Nainital district. At an altitude of 1,370 m, it is one of the most scenic places around Nainital and also one of the popular Uttarakhand tourist places.

The group of lakes is set amidst dense forests of oak and pine trees. Sattal is one of the few unspoiled and unpolluted fresh water bodies in India. This is often compared with Westmoreland of England by British. The names of the seven lakes of Sattal are Purna Tal, Ram Tal, Sita Tal, Laxman Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Sukh Tal and Garud Tal. The Garud Tal is a solitary lake and is not interconnected. The Ram, Sita and Lakshman Tal all together form the Sattal main Lake.

These lakes are heaven for migratory birds. It has 500 species of resident and migratory birds, 20 species of mammals, over .....


At a distance of 4 km from Ramnagar Railway Station, 65 km from Nainital, 232 km from Dehradun, and 261 km from Delhi, Jim Corbett National Park is India's oldest and most popular National Park situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The Park acts as a protection zone for Bengal Tigers of India. It is one of the wellknown Uttarakhand tourist places.

Corbett National Park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. After India's independence the park was named as Ramganga National Park but later in 1956, it was renamed after Jim Corbett - the famous hunter turned conservationist and author, who played a major role in the establishment of the national park. The area came under Project Tiger in 1973. Spread over an area of about 520 sq. km, out of which 330 sq. km forms the core area, the park supports mixed deciduous and Sal forests, and Savannah grasslands. Owing to its location .....

Distance (From Nainital): 65 Kms
Trip Duration (From Nainital - Including Travel): Full Day

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 2 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Gurney House is a historic building located on Ayarpatta Hill in Nainital. This place was the residence of hunter-conservationist and writer Jim Corbett.

Gurney House is a charming 19th century British cottage. In 1871, Jim Corbett's mother, Mary Jane Corbett had bought this 1.7 acres of land. The cottage was constructed in 1881 with the dismantled material of their earlier house on Alma Hill. After the death of their mother in 1924, the home was inherited by Margaret Winifred Corbett, sister of Jim Corbett. Jim Corbett lived in the Gurney House along with his sister Maggie Corbett till 1947 before leaving permanently for Kenya. The house was sold to Mr. Sharada Prasad Varma. Currently the house is owned by his granddaughter, Nilanjana Dalmia.

The house is surrounded by a beautiful garden having trees of Angu, Rhododendron and Tilaunj or Kharsu. The cottage is a typical English country home with complete glass windows. There .....


At a distance of 2.5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Hanuman Garhi is a famous Hindu temple situated towards south of Tallital in Nainitaal. This temple is situated at an altitude of 6,401 feet.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and was built by Neem Karoli Baba, who is a famous saint around the year 1950. The presiding deity is Hanuman, a devotee of Lord Rama, who is depicted in the image as opening his chest and revealing the images of Lord Rama and Sita in his heart. This temple has a large idol of Lord Hanuman, who is also known as Maruti. The statue of Lord Hanuman is covering with a golden umbrella.

The temple complex also has shrines of Lord Shiva and Ram beside that of Hanuman. On the other side of the hill has temple of Shitala Devi temple and Ashram of Lila Sah Bapu. Hanuman Garhi temple is easily accessible by road.

This temple is built on a beautiful hill. One can view the magnificent sun set, sun rise and valley view of the Tarai from here.

It .....


At a distance of 3 km from Tallital Bus Stand & 1.5 km from Nainital Lake, Eco Cave Garden is a newly developed tourist spot located in Sukhatal or Mallital on the Kaladungi road in Nainitaal.

Eco Cave Garden is a natural park that comprises of several rocky inter connected caves and hanging gardens. Eco Cave Gardens is managed by Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam. It offers visitors a glimpse of wildlife of Himalayas.

There are six underground caves in this garden, connected through tunnels. The caves are named as tiger cave, panther cave, bats cave, squirrel cave, flying fox cave and apes cave, some of them are very narrow.

There is one small garden atop a hill where tourists can enjoy the panoramic views of beautiful cliffs nearby. A musical fountain is also present in Eco Cave Gardens but it is operational only in peak season.

Entry Fee: Rs.20 for Adults, Rs.10 for Children and Rs.25 for Camera.

Timings: 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM

Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 km from Tallital Bus Stand & 1.5 km from Nainital Lake, St John Wilderness Church is located adjacent to the High Court of Uttarakhand at Mallital in Nainital.

St. John in the Wilderness is one of the oldest and finest churches in Nainital. The Church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. This Anglican Church was built in 1846 and is one of the earliest buildings erected in Nainital. As per the legend, Daniel Wilson, the Bishop of Kolkata visited Nainital in 1844 to lay the foundation of this church. During his visit, he fell ill and had to stay in an unfinished house which was on the edge of the forest. Hence, the church got the name of St John Wilderness Church.

The church was built in Neo Gothic style, amidst pine and deodar trees on the hilltop. The church is also famous for its stained-glass windows. It is said that Jim Corbett worshipped here during his tenure in the British army and was a great follower of this Church. St John Wilderness Church contains .....

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 3 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Raj Bhawan also called as Governor House is a colonial building located at Tallital area of Nainital. It serves as the official residence of Governor of Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand is one of the few Indian states with two official Raj Bhawans. The first one is located in the capital city of Dehradun and the second one is situated here in Nainital. Raj Bhawan was built by British as a residence of Governor of then North West Province. The foundation stone of the Nainital Government House was laid on 27th April 1897 and the building was completed in March 1900.

Raj Bhawan previously served as summer residence of British Governors. After Independence it was renamed as Raj Bhawan. In the post-Independence period, Sarojini Naidu, the first Governor of Uttar Pradesh, was the first occupant of this historic monument.

It is built in Victorian Gothic style as a replica of Buckingham Palace. The Raj Bhawan estate is spread over 220 acre .....

Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 6 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Land's End is a view point situated near Barapathar in Nainital. It is situated at an altitude of 2118 m above sea level and provides a magnificent view of the plains and the beautiful Khurpa Tal surrounded by beautiful village and pine forests. It is one of the most scenic places and most visited places in Nainital.

Land's End literally means dead end and this cliff is exactly means it. It became popular and famous as people started coming here to determine the reason and quench their curiosity as to why it was called Land's End.

This hill top is a perfect spot for aspiring photographers as they can capture the picturesque view of the valleys.

Land's End can be easily reached with a short trek or with help of Pony. One can go to Barapathar on a vehicle and then walk about one km to reach the spot.

Timings: 5.30 AM - 6 PM

Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 7 km from Nainital, Jeolikot is a beautiful hill station situated on NH 87 in Nainital district. It is situated at an altitude of 1,219 m and is popularly known as a gateway to Naini Lake.

Jeolikot is surrounded by magnificent mountains, lush green forests and pine forests. This is an ideal place for those who are interested in floriculture and butterfly catching. Maintained by the horticulture department, every year visitors in large numbers come to the hill station to see flowers in bloom.

Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo, the well-known philosophers, spent a lot of time meditating in the hill around Jeolikot. Another important attraction of the hill station is the bee­keeping center. It is a place where honeybees are bred and honey is extracted. This place also offers some adventure activities like nature walks and bird watching.

Jeolikot was a favorite haunt of the British during colonial era. There are many cottages and hotels in Jeolikot, which .....

Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 8 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Sariyatal is a small but beautiful lake located on Kaladungi Road in Nainital.

Sariyatal is among the numerous lakes of Kumaon range and is fed by a beautiful stream surrounded by lush green picturesque landscape. The water of the stream is very cold. This deep emerald lake is also referred as Sarita Tal.

Apart from the beautiful lake, Sariyatal is also famous for Himalayan Botanical Garden which is run by Uttarakhand Forest Department. The Botanical Garden, spread over an area of 30 hectares, is a prominent center of study. It has a collection of several rare and endangered native plant species. This garden also has some major attractions which include an orchidarium, herbarium, Thunia Alba orchid, geodesic dome, waterfalls, etc.

Entry Ticket for Botanical Garden: Rs.20 per person.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM.


At a distance of 8.5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) is an autonomous institute situated at Manora Peak near Nanitaal.

Established in 1955, ARIES was shifted to present location at Manora Peak in 1961. Having one of the best in world and most advanced telescopes in India, this observatory was setup in Nainital due to clear skies over the area. It came under the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India as an autonomous body in 2004.

ARIES is one of the leading research institutes specialized in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Atmospheric Sciences. The main research interests of Astronomy & Astrophysics division are in solar, planetary, stellar, galactic and extra-galactic astronomy including X-ray binaries, star clusters, nearby galaxies, quasars, and inherently transient events like supernova and highly energetic gamma ray bursts. Research focus in Atmospheric Sciences division is mainly in the lower part .....


At a distance of 15 km from Tallital Bus Stand and 3 km from Pangot, Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is a bird watcher's paradise on Kilbury road in Nainital District. This is famous for numerous bird species and is located at an altitude of 2528 m.

Kilbury is surrounded by lush dense forest of oak, pine and rhododendron which provides ample opportunities for bird watching. One of the India's scenic and famous birding routes, Kilbury is known for more than 580 species of birds. Both migratory and local birds can be spotted in the region. The most commonly found birds are the Brown wood Owls, White- throated laughing thrushes, Collared Grosbeaks, and Fork tails. The Sanctuary is situated in the reserve forest of Nainital. The place is calm and serene and the occasional sounds made by birds are just pleasant to the ears.

The place is located midst mountains and a driving to this place is exciting. A lot of Mammals can be .....

Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 25 km from Nainital and 6 km from Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal is a picturesque lake situated in Nainital district. It is situated at an altitude of 1,220 m and it literally means nine cornered lake.

The lake is 175 feet deep and is the deepest lake in the Nanitaal region. It is surrounded by thick vegetation of trees and shrubs. The length of lake is 983 m and breadth is 693 m. The lake is fed by an underground perennial spring.

According to mythology, any person who can spot all the nine corners of the lake standing on the ground is guaranteed nirvana. It is believed that the lake was created by Lord Brahma and a small temple dedicated to Brahma exists near the KMVN guesthouse. It is also said that anyone who performs a circumambulation of the lake will be blessed by Lord Brahma.

This place is famous for the mesmerizing beauty of terrain and green landscapes. A walk through the woods, which offers scenic .....

Hill Station

At a distance of 34 km from Nainital and 28 km from Mukteshwar, Ramgarh is a small hill station in Uttarakhand state and popular place to visit in Nainital district. Situated on the way to Mukteshwar, this place is famous for orchards.

Ramgarh is divided in two parts known as Malla located on elevation and Talla located downhill. This is situated at an average elevation of 1518 m above sea level. Ramgarh is away from the hustle bustle of the city offering pristine environment and gigantic view of the Himalayas.

This hill station is founded by British and was frequently visited by many high profile personalities of India and British. The place was once the cantonment of the English army. The hill station carries the legacy of some ancestral buildings, used as inspection bungalows and temporary palaces for officers dating back to British colonial period.

Ramgarh is also known as Fruit Bowl of Kumaon as it houses orchards .....

Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 25 km from Haldwani, 32 km from Ramnagar, and 34 km from Nainital, Jim Corbett Museum is a heritage museum situated in Choti Haldwani on Ramnagar road near Kaladhungi Town.

The museum was formally initiated by a few forest officers in the year 1965. Jim Corbett built this house in 1922 for himself at Choti Haldwani, which now houses the museum in his memory. It is a single storied bungalow built using stone and lime mortar on a high plinth. This house served as winter residence for Jim and his sister Maggie. Before leaving India in 1947, he sold this property to a friend Babu Chiranji Lal. Later, in 1965 it was sold to the forest department for setting up the museum.

The museum brings the memory, life and activities of Jim Corbett. Jim was a renowned environmentalist, hunter as well as a front runner in the tiger conservation. At the museum, tourists can view amazing belongings of Jim Corbett. Corbett Museum showcases Corbett's own hunting weapons, his personal .....

Distance (From Nainital): 34 Kms
Trip Duration (From Nainital - Including Travel): 3 Hours


At a distance of 38 km from Nainital, 5 km from Kaladhungi and 26 km from Ramnagar, Corbett Waterfalls is situated on Ramnagar - Kaladhungi highway in Nainital district.

Corbett Falls is a scenic water fall and is surrounded by dense teak wood forest. This waterfall is cascading down from a height of 20 m in to a pool. Sound of the waterfall makes perfect melody with chippings of the birds. The fall is not very huge and bathing in the falls is no longer permitted, but the natural beauty around the place has to be enjoyed and appreciated.

Trekking in the forests, bird watching and nature walks are popular activities around Corbett Falls. There are no shops or stalls, so visitors need to carry their own food and water.

Corbett Waterfall can be reach by hiring taxi or bus from Kaladhungi or Ramnagar. Visitors have to take small trek of 1.5 km from main road to reach Corbett Falls or one has to drive from the main road .....

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