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Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital

The much endangered species found in the Himalayas are being protected carefully over Pt. G. B. Pant High Altitude Zoo located in Nainital. Royal Bengal Tiger, Tibetan Wolves, Sambar, Leopard Cat and Himalayan Bear are a few of the important ones one can spot in the zoo. Along with them there are different species of high altitude birds live happily. Sher ka Danda hill is the preserver of this zoo, perched on an altitude of 2100 meters and over 4.6 acres of serene forest. Built in 1984 and opened to public in 1995, the zoo is located just 2 KM away from Tallital Bus Station in Nainital, between Shivalik and middle Himalayan Ranges. The zoo is one of the prime attractions in Uttarakhand now.
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The Ridge of Shimla

The Ridge of Shimla is known for organizing several government functions and fairs. It is the key venue for all the major events as well as celebrations that take place here in Shimla. Summer Festival that is the most famous festival is held here at the Ridge.

Location: The Ridge of Shimla is an extremely famous tourist attraction that is set in the heart of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall Road that is the famous shopping center of Shimla.

Highlights: The Ridge of Shimla is the hub of all the cultural activities of Shimla. Some of the prominent place of Shimla such as the Lakkar Bazaar, Mall, Scandal Point, Jakhoo hill, etc is in close proximity to the Ridge.

Best time: Open all round the year but since the Summer Festival is held during the months of April or May, one can plan a visit during these months.
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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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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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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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What You Should Know More About Nainital

  • Travel Advice

    • Do prepare a detailed chart of all your plans and needs in advance so as to ensure that you don’t miss out on any important activity there.

    • In the summer months, the hill stations tend to be cooler than the plains. So, even if you are visiting during the summer months, carry with you few warm clothes in order to beat the chill. If you have kids on board, ensure that stuff sufficient woolens for them.

    • Never carry with you excess hard cash. There are ATMs around at every nook and corner. Do carry the plastic money to avoid being stuck anywhere.

    • Driving at a hill station may require enough practice. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Beware of the turns and drive carefully. Hire a driver, if needed.

    • Make the hotel and other bookings in advance. This is particularly needed when you travel in peak season. Also confirm your bookings by calling the hotel before leaving.

    • If traveling in own vehicle, have it serviced well in time. For those who hire a car for an outstation trip, get it inspected by a car mechanic to avoid any mishap.

    • Ensure that you park the vehicle in safe parking. Most hotels and resorts of Nainital provide for complimentary parking.

    • Don’t forget to put on life jackets when boating in the splendid water of the lake.

    • Be a good traveler and ensure that you don’t hamper the beauty of the place in any manner.

    • Do research about any new place that you visit before actually going.

  • Drinking Law

    In Nainital (Uttrakhand), the legal age for alcohol consumption is 21 years. If you are aged below 21, alcohol consumption may be prohibited.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Naini Lake
    If legends are to be believed, Naini Lake is the very spot where the eye of the Parvati fell making it the much acclaimed Shaktipeeth. Yachting and Boating are the prominent activities here. 

    Boat House Club
    The boathouse club is located on the Naini Lake and has been in existence since the mid 19th century. It is a must-see attraction and has a wooden-floored bar. You can get access to the bar and the billiard rooms here based on temporary memberships.  

    Nainital Zoo
    The well-maintained zoo of Nainital is located at a high altitude and houses within it some of the rare species of animals. Don’t forget to check out the Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, and the Steppe eagle. Climbing from the parking can be a little steep however it is worth the time. 

    St. John’s Church
    Built in 1844, this is one of the best places to visit in Nainital. It lies on an isolated hill in Mallital and stays aloof from all the hullabaloo of the city. This Gothic-style church is an architectural brilliance. Loners and Photographers can come here to get some exceptional views here. 

    Gurney House
    Gurney House is located on the Ayarpatta Hill and is the former house of Jim Corbett who was a British Indian conservationist, hunter, writer and a naturalist. This house is named after Jim’s father and is today a museum of the Corbett memorabilia. 

    Corbett National Park
    The Jim Corbett National Park of Nainital is worth every expense. It is one of the oldest parks of India and is a place you’ll never forget. Situated about 65 km from Nainital, it is one of the best places to see when here. The park is a home to different species of animals and birds. You can take a jeep safari here to best explore the park.

  • What you will like there?

    Eat at Chandni Chowk: Savor the taste of Delhi on the budget of Nainital

    Of course, it is not like one of those busy bazaars like the Delhi’s Chandi Chowk however, this place is equally fascinating. Located on the Mall Road of Nainital, it is an incredible restaurant, the architecture and the interiors of which have been inspired from the Chandani Chowk of Delhi. The idea was to delude the tourists and guess what, it’s been working phenomenally well. Tourists here barge in large numbers when they see something totally out of the box. If you get here, you just cannot leave without a belly full of delicious food. Must try at the restaurant is the very popular, “Dilli ki Chaat.”  One of the most alluring part of the restaurants is its moving mannequins that apparently look like cooking different items.

    Awe at the gleaming Mountain Range

    Simply take a cable car or a ropeway to reach one of the most prominent destinations of this town – Snow View. It looks like a miniature fun park which is just ideal for some family enjoyment. If the weather is right, you may just be able to see the far fetched snow capped mountains from the Himalayan range. View here is simply exhilarating and you’ll not regret even a single minute spent here. 

    Cave Garden – Live the adventure life

    The Cave garden of Nainital will give you the look and feel of being transported to the game of the Temple Run. Of course there is no eagle faced beast running after you here, but the experience is going to be every bit thrilling. There are a group of interconnected natural caves here that can be easily crawled in. You can opt from 6 caves and the easiest one from it is the Tiger Cave. The most difficult of it is the Bat Cave in which, you’ll literally have to crawl.

    Rock Climbing   

    Behind Baahar Patthar aur Barah Patthar is the spot where you can learn and try rock climbing. Not too far from the cave garden, it is a place only for the pro climbers. Amateurs may have a hard time here. You’ll have to take a 7 day course where you’ll learn activities such as river crossing, bouldering, scrambling, climbing and abseiling. If you stay here for a week or more, do take up this course and have a thrilling time climbing rocks.  

    Shop at the Tibetan Market

    This is a market that will particularly attract the ladies. One trick to get the best quality at the best price is – SMILE, Bargain, SMILE AGAIN, Buy, SAY THANK YOU! Does it work? Heck, Yes! You can find some of the best clothing and accessories here. Do make a visit!

    Desi head Massage

    Get over those hi fi health and fitness spas! Nothing in the world can replace a desi typical head massage here in Nainital. After all that exploration and loitering around with your family or kids, you are naturally going to be exhausted. So, when your wife and children are indulging in shopping at the Tibetan market, you indulge yourself in a calming and a soothing head massage. The head masseurs can be found just about everywhere in Nainital. You can get a good massage done for a price as low as INR 50.

    Boating

    What is a trip to the Nainital without rowing a boat? Why would God create this big, beautiful lake in the heart of the city? Of course, to get you all rowing! Boating in Nainital is going to be one of the most cherished experiences ever. Don’t miss it. Yes, you can opt either for the paddle boat or the rowing boats, just as convenient

    Trek to the Cheena Peak

    Cheena Peak or the Naina Peak is one of the highest points of Nainital. It is a major highlight here and many people trek all the way up to get that extra dose of adventure. This is an easy trek where you’ll encounter pine forests, deodar trees and cypress. The view up from the top is breathtaking and will sure give you an adrenaline rush.

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)

    Website: 

    Nainital Tourism

    Book: 

    Nainital: The Land of Trumpet and Song ; Based on J.M. Clay's Book on Nainital

Traveller Tales from Nainital

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Sayan Chakraborty

04 January 2017

Explore Corbett in a hassle-free manner by booking your stay at Le Roi Corbett Resort. The resort features modern facilities and ensure an excellent time. For more information visit: http://www.leroihotels.com/leroi-corbett

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Vrinda Kaul

06 March 2016

Nainital is one of the most stunning hill stations in India. One has to go there to experience the beauty and its natural splendor. The Lake Resort gives you a luxurious experience while you indulge in different kinds of adventure sports. We did paragliding and witnessed the amazing view of this enchanting hill station. Since this resort is located very close to the lake you can go for activities like kayaking as well. Horse riding in this hilly area was also a great experience. The rooms in the resorts are spacious with all the modern amenities. We had a very comfortable stay. The resort itself has such a huge area that you can go and relax in any corner. Due to its ideal location you can go for a day outing to the Jim Corbett National Park or Butterfly Museum. Or if you just want to stay indoors and relax then you can engage in some indoor games like table tennis, chess or snooker. Overall it was a great experience.

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