View looking across the lake towards Nynee Tal.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
This print shows a lake in Nainital photographed by Samuel Bourne during the 1860s as part of an album entitled 'Photographs of India and Overland Route'. During the nineteenth century the area around Nainital was favoured by the British as an escape from heat of the north India plains. The landscape also appealed to their their Victorian taste for the romantic pastoral. Nainital was chosen for its pleasant climate and spectacular views of forests of pines, firs and cedars and rows of snow capped peaks disappearing into the distance. It became a venue for leisure activities and the area rapidly acquired a reputation as a sanatorium and health resort.