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  • Presenting a wonderful escape, the best time to visit Nainital depends on your vacation goals and budget considerations. Although anytime throughout the year is great to visit the destination, one can choose to click here from the months of March to June to have a wonderful time. Nainital is known for its picturesque landscapes and offers a refreshing getaway to all the tourists with its pleasant climate and its exciting tourist attractions during the time.

    While the summers are great to beat the sun compared to other places in the Northern Plains and have a romantic adventure, winters in Nainital are a great time to see the snow. Bask in the misty charm of Nainital from the month of October to February! Monsoons are mostly avoided by the crowds due to the challenge of roadblocks and landslides, however, it is one of the best times to enjoy travel discounts and deals on hotels.

    Here are the best seasons to visit Nainital:

  • 01Nainital in Summer

    Nainital in Summer
    Months:  One should plan a visit from the month of March to June to witness the summer season in Nainital

    Why you should visit at this time: 
    Boasting of pleasant weather, the summer season in Nainital is a great way to escape the heat of North India and enjoy the pleasant weather. This is the time when one can bask in the natural beauty of the town and witness the flora that comes out in full bloom during this season. The hills look verdant with nature and it is a sight to behold indeed.

    During the summer season in Nainital, the sun could be at times unbearable during the day but the evenings are generally pleasant. With temperature usually ranging between 14 to 30 degrees Celsius, the summer season in Nainital is nice to visit while enjoying the relatively cooler climate. However, it is advisable to carry light clothing and keep yourself hydrated at all times during the summers when visiting there.

    Places to visit and activities to during this time: 
    Visiting Nainital in the summer season is recommended if you are looking for a summer escape. It is a nice time for sightseeing and indulging in other activities. Some of the popular places which one should visit during this time are Caves Garden, Land’s End, Naini Lake, and Naina Devi Temple. Hopping on a boat ride after 4 pm on any summer evening is one of the best ways to catch a captivating sunset from the Naini Lake.

    Summer season in Nainital is a delight to visit if you want to witness the festival of Phool Dei. The popular festival in Nainital is usually celebrated in the month of March by picking the first flowers of the season and then putting them on the entrance of all the houses in order to herald good luck and prosperity.

    Average Temperature: Day:
    27 degrees Celsius

                                           Night: 10 degree Celsius.

  • 02Nainital in Monsoon

    Nainital in Monsoon
    Months: The monsoon season in Nainital is from the month of June to September.

    Why you should visit at this time:
    Visiting Nainital in the monsoon season is a great idea if you love rains and like to experience the adventure of the rainy season in the mountains. This is when not many tourists are seen in Nainital and it becomes a great deal for budget travellers. Tourists can enjoy hefty discounts and nature can be seen in its most glorious form. It is the low season in Nainital and one can enjoy some awesome hotel deals and travel discounts then.

    Even though there is a contingency of roadblocks and muddy terrains during this season, it is a great time to witness the beauty of Nainital. The temperature is lower and the landscape is covered with mist and clouds making it a delight for those who plan to have a romantic getaway. Also, with lesser crowds, lovebirds can enjoy their alone time and cherish some privacy in the beautiful landscapes of Nainital

    Places to visit and activities to during this time:
    One of the popular events not to miss in Nainital during the monsoon is Nandadevi fair and festival of Khatarua which is held in September. Moreover, Nainital boasts of natural beauty during this season and many tourist places like Hanumangarhi, Khurpatal, Kilbury and Naina Peal look fabulous during this time.

    Average temperature: Day: 
    25 degree Celsius
                                         Night: 20 degree Celsius.
  • 03Nainital in Winter

    Nainital in Winter
    Months: Nainital is best visited from the month of October to February to enjoy the winter season. October is when the weather is calm and pleasant and from November, one can see temperature dipping down to a great extent in Nainital, kicking in the snowy season. With heavy snowfall, the temperature may drop to 0 degree Celsius and tourists may need to brace for a challenging winter.

    Why you should visit at this time: 
    One of the popular reasons to visit Nainital during the winter season is to witness the Nainital Mahotsav which is one of the most celebrated festivals. It is a great way to see the exuberant way of celebrating folk art, dance and cultural programs of the town.

    Also, it is one of the best places to escape for a romantic honeymoon. As the weather turns a little colder, Nainital becomes a wonderful escape for honeymooners. During the month of December and January, one can also see the snow and make the most of their winter holiday.  Ski lovers can look forward to having an enthralling adventure with the snowy landscape of Nainital in winters.

    Places to visit and activities to during this time: 
    Also known as the snowfall season, this is when you can see colourful Christmas festivities and an exciting celebration of New Year's Eve. There is also the Vasantotsav which presents the folk performance of Kumaon in a thrilling manner. Some of the best places to see in winter here are Snow View, Naini Peak, Tiffin Top, Sattal and the Mall and Guano Hills. The weather remains calm and pleasant which allows the tourists to enjoy their vacation in a carefree manner.

    Other prominent festivals which can be seen during the winter season include Bikhauti that takes place on the first day of Navratri in October and Sharadotsav that showcases the enthralling folk celebrations of the town. Marking an end to the winter season are the festivals of Uttarayani and Basant Panchmi that are celebrated in January in Nainital.

    Average Temperature: 
    Day: 15 degrees Celsius
                                          Night: 5 degrees Celsius.

Sightseeing in Nainital

Adventure in Nainital

Attractions in Nainital

Trekking in Nainital

Nature and wildlife in Nainital

Camping in Nainital

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Nainital

If lush green plains and misty clouds allure you to nestle in a hammock and read a good book, far away from the city life then you need to head to Nainital, a stellar getaway place near Delhi for trekkers and nature lovers alike! Situated in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Nainital is also known as the 'Lake District' of India.

 It has also been termed as a pious place for Hindus and is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi due to its fascinating hills, picturesque plains, enjoyable climate and stunning lakes.  Adventurers engage in trekking activities and hike to the top of the beautiful hills just to witness the beautiful view and the wispy sky.

Distance from Delhi: 278km

Best time to visit: March to June and October to February.

Attractions: Nainital Lake, Governor's House, Eco Cave Gardens, Naini Peak and Snow View Point

Activities: Lake Visits, Village and Wildlife tours, Cable Car Rides, Rock Climbing and Trekking

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Bhimtal Lake

It is a famous lake located in the town of Bhimtal. The reason why it is so famous is because of the masonry dam built in the year 1883 which enabled a good storage facility. It has a catchment area of around 17.12 sq km which is quite large.

Location: The lake is located in Bhimtal, which is a famous town in Nainital. It is more than 22 km away from Nainital. If you want to reach a railway station from here, the nearest one is Kathgodam which is at a distance of 20 km from the lake.

Highlights: The Bhimtal lake is the largest lake in the region of Kumaon, which is popularly known as the lake district of India owing to the density of lakes present here. This lake helps in providing drinking water as well as makes sure that the different species of fishes are habitable here.
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Nainital Lake

Nainital Lake is one of the best natural freshwater bodies in the state of Uttarakhand. Being a lake in midst of a bustling township, it receives huge tourist attraction. It is a crescent shaped lake with Naina Devi Temple at one end.

Location: It is located in the city of Nainital which lies in Uttarakhand. The Sukhatal and Tallital bustands are nearby and thus you can choose to opt for roadways while travelling to the place in public transport.

Highlights: There is a famous Nainital Boat Club which offers yachting facilities at the lake. You can enjoy boating through the lake with the calm and serene atmosphere.

Price: The Nainital Boat club charges Rs. 350 for boating you around the lake. If you want to pedal the boat yourselves, you will get them for Rs. 150 per hour. Other boatmens will boat you for Rs. 210 in the Nainital Lake.
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High Altitude Zoo

The High Altitude zoo is a place every animal lover must visit. It has some of the most endangered as well as reserved animals which you can't see elsewhere. It was opened in the year 1995 and receives around 125,000 annual visitors.

Location: It is located at a distance of just 2 KM from the Tallital bus stand but many visitors chose to climb up the hill without any transportation.

Highlights: You will see there are many endangered animals from the Himalayas. Some of the famous animals include the Royal Bengal Tiger, Tibetan wolf, sambar, leopard cat and Himalayan bear. It was also home to India's only Siberian tiger but he died in the year 2011.


Best time to visit: The zoo is open from Tuesday to Sunday and the timings are from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Plan your trip accordingly so that you can visit the place while it stays open.

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Eco Cave Gardens

It is one of the most popular gardens in Nainital which tourists often visit and apart from the visitors, even the residents come here often because of its nice atmosphere. The natural park is maintained and taken care by the local administration.

Location: It is located at the Sukhatal region of Nainital and falls on the Kaladungi road. Reaching here is not a hassle as most of the transportation facilities are nearby.

Highlights: There are many interconnected rocky caves as well as hanging gardens. The garden makes the most out of the hilly regions in which it is located. Even for children, it is a lot of fun due to the presence of a lot of activities on offer.

Price: The price for adults is Rs. 20 and that for children is Rs. 10. If you want to carry a camera along, you have to pay a fee of Rs. 25 for the same.
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Khurpatal Lake

As the region of Nainital is famous for its lakes and various water bodies, Khurpatal lake is one such body which plays an essential role in supplying water to the town. These lakes make sure that residents can drink safe water and never fall short of it. There are hills and tall trees surrounding the lake which makes the location look more beautiful.

Location: It is located in the Khurpatal town of Nainital. The place is just at a distance of 10 km from Nainital.

Highlights: You can spot a lot of fishes here because it provides a natural habitat for many fish species. Even fishing activities are carried out here which suffices the need of fish eating habits in the region. If you notice, the lake resembles the color of an emerald. This is quite interesting for the tourists and they love to take pictures of this beautiful natural lake.

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Mukteshwar Temple

It is a 350 year old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a famous tourist destination in Uttarakhand. There are many such temples throughout various states in India.

Location: It is situated in the Kumaon Hills and is 51 KM from Nainital. Usually tourists prefer road vehicles to get to the place. However, if you prefer airways, the nearest airport is at Pantnagar and the nearest railway station is at 65 KM from the town.

Highlights: From the temple, you will get a beautiful view of the Himalayas. People tend to enjoy the nice atmosphere and the stunning view from over the mountain top.

Best time to visit: The summers are warm with moderate heat and a little rainfall sometimes. The place receives heavy rainfall during the rainy seasons. Winters usually have freezing temperatures. So, you can decide the best time for you to visit the place as per your preferences.
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Kainchi Dham

It is one of the most famous ashrams in our country. There are many followers of Kaninchi Maharaj who believe in his teachings. If you want to go through a spiritual journey, this place is a must visit.

Location: It is at a distance of 9 KM from Bhowali and 17 KM from the town of Nainital.

Highlights: The place was visited by tech legend Steve Jobs in his earlier days. He also advised Mark Zuckerberg to have a visit here. It is believed that the place enhances spiritual enlightenment of oneself and thus most of the people visit for the same reason. In the annual Bhandara held on June 15, more than 1 lakh people are fed at the place.

Best time to visit: You can visit the place during anytime of the year however, if you want to stay inside Kanchi Maharaj-ji's ashram, you have to personally write a letter to the manager.
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Snow View Point

If we check out the most visited tourist spots in Nainital, Snow view point is surely the most visited and loved spot by people all over. The mountain also has a temple to which residents worship. While you move in the cable rope, you can have a great view of the Nainital lake.

Location: The point is around 3 Km from the town of Nainital and you can travel there through either cable rope or your car. If you are comfortable, you can also visit Snow view point by walking there or book a taxi if you prefer it.

Highlights: From the top of the mountain, you can have a full view of the city which looks just marvelous. If you notice, there will be a place which says The highest mountain in the British empire. Before Sikkim became a part of India, Naina Devi was India's highest peak.
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Astronomical Observatory

This observatory known as the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences is a place for doing astronomical studies. It was built in the year 1955 to enhance the study in this field. This institute is funded by Department of Science and Technology.

Location: The observatory is at a 4.5 KM distance from Nainital which you can easily reach through any means of transportation.

Highlights: If you are interested in astrophysics and related domains, this place is something you must surely visit. With proper permission, you can have a look at the various celestial bodies through the telescope in the observatory.

Best time to visit: The observatory is only open from 7 to 9 in the evening. If you want to visit the place, make sure that you visit it in the given times. You must plan your trip accordingly so that you don't miss out on this amazing place.
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Sariyatal

This is one of the most beautiful lakes in the city of Nainital. Residents and tourists both just love the place for the tranquil ambience it provides. It also has a Himalayan Botanical garden nearby which you can visit if you are interested in different varieties of flowers. It is a great place for the study of botany and science.

Location: The place is 5 KM from the main town of Nainital. It falls on the way to Kaladhungi.

Highlights: Although this lake is a bit small compared to other big lakes, it is quite beautiful and one of the places tourists love to visit. It is calm, serene and makes you feel better. The lake is surrounded by nature in the form of trees which makes the experience even better.

Price: The entry ticket is just Rs. 20 but it is totally worth it and for tourists, it is a must visit place.
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Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

Kilbury bird sanctuary is the ultimate destination for anyone who loves watching birds. Due to this reason, it is also called as the bird watcher's paradise. Most of the people who visit the place are frequent visitors who take time out of their lives to watch birds and fulfil their desires. This sanctuary is placed in midst of the reserved forest of Nainital.

Location: Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is at a distance of 12 KM from Nainital. You can choose to reach here through any convenient public transport or your private vehicle. Many affordable options like taxis are available from Nainital to bring you here.

Highlights: The bird sanctuary has more than 580 different species of birds which is a delight for all the bird lovers. Some of the most famous birds which are a part of this sanctuary include Brown wood owls, white throated laughing thrushes, forktails and many other birds.
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Naina Peak

Want a stunning view of the snow capped Himalayas from Nainital? Naina peak is the place you must head to. The road which gets you there is through a pleasant forest of deodar, cypresses and rhododendrons. It is quite a beautiful experience both reaching there as well as on top of the mountain.

Location: The peak is at a distance of 6 KM from Mallital where you can get a bus or some other public transportation facilities to take you to the top.

Highlights: What people love most about the place is the view of snow capped Himalayas from Naina peak. It is something which makes the whole experience worthwhile. Naina peak is also the highest peak of Nainital through which you get a bird's eye view of the whole city, the Himalayas and the Kumaon hills. The atmosphere there is calm and serene which makes the experience even better.
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Lands End

If you want to have a stunning view from a mountain top, Lands end is probably one of the best places to head. The best part about this spot is that visitors don’t need to climb much and can reach the place which is rightly named as Lands end.

Location: Lands end is at a distance of around 4 KM from the town. Transportation and reaching there is not a hassle and you can easily get to the place. You can walk up to the top or simply ride on a horse back to reach the Lands end.

Highlights: The view is something which people visit the place for. The top view from the mountain is exhilarating and lets you view the plains and the Khurpa Tal. Overall, the mountain is surrounded by beautiful villages and pine forests all over. The place will get you a nice touch with nature if you haven't had it lately.
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Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)

Among the various picnic spots in Nainital, this is one of the most loved spots for tourists and residents alike. The Tiffin top is also famously known as the Dorothy's Seat. This place was built by the British Army officer Col J.P. Kellet. The name of the place was decided as such because people used to come here to have their food.

Location: It is located at a height of around 2300 meters on the Ayarpatta hills. The place is around 4 KM drive from the Nainital town and it is quite convenient to get there.

Highlights: From the place, you can have a look of the Nainital town in a 360 degree view. Also, you get a stunning view of the Kumaon hills from the Dorothy's seat.

Best time to visit: You can visit the place any time you want as it has no time restrictions. You must consider the climatic conditions before going to the place.

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