Kurpa Tal where garrison class of N. Tal used to be
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a small lake in Nainital from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of views of 'Naini Tal' taken by an unknown photographer in 1885. This is a view of a smaller lake where the garrison class of Nainital were based. The huge lake of Nainital formed the focal point of the hill-station. According to legend Nainital takes its name from the Hindi word for eye as it is said to be the spot at which Sati's (Parvati) eye fell to earth. The town was founded in 1841 and became the summer headquarters of the colonial administration of the province. It was a popular retreat for the residents of the plains. Being popular with the British, the town developed a British character with several European schools, barracks and a sanatorium.