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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


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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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Traveller Tales from Nainital


Jyoti Bhattathiri

18 December 2018

If we had booked this stay in a hotel then we would have definitely had to pay at least the thrice the price we paid here and the service would have been only half as good. The place looked so grand an...


Ranjit Malik

18 December 2018

I honestly never thought that I would ever get such a beautiful place like this for such a low price. The stay looks so posh and luxurious, and our room had its own private balcony with a beautiful vie...


Tanushri Namboothiri

13 December 2018

Luxury and just the right dose of wilderness. Amazing hospitality and service on the part of Thrillophilia. The rooms were rustic yet rich, comfortable - like cottages. We were a party of 2, and could ...


Amish Sharma

13 December 2018

When we saw the place online, we instantly fell in love, and knew we had to go there for a vacation! Fatema, the Thrillophilia agent handled all the booking arrangement and all we had to do was get to ...

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Ajit Khan

12 December 2018

We came here as a group of 4 college friends and we loved the entire trip! The mats and sleeping bags for the tents were all provided to us by the caretaker, Karan, and the stay was comfortable and spa...

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Udit Mukhopadhyay

12 December 2018

Staying right inside the Jim Corbett Park was really an extraordinary experience for me and my family. We got to go on nature walks and see some interesting plants and animals and there was even a quie...

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Akula Guha

10 December 2018

Nainital is a beautiful place and we loved our weekend escape here. There were a lot of activities planned out for us so we never got bored the entire weekend, and the food and hospitality of our caret...


Kashyap Trivedi

10 December 2018

Lake Resort is one of the most serene places I have stayed when in Nainital. It was so nice to enjoy a great time and having activities like paragliding, kayaking, flying fox etc here.


Hiranya Tandon

10 December 2018

Booked a premium family suit for my family. It was my mom and dad's anniversary and they were so happy to be living in this British style house. The fruit orchard around is ideal for morning or evening

What You Should Know More About Nainital

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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 in 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.

  • Q. 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.


    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.

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


    Nainital Tourism


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

  • Q. When is the best time to visit Nainital?

    Nainital is a treat for vacationing all throughout the year. However, it is

    recommended to try planning one’s visit during the summers, that is, from March to

    June. During this time the climate is pleasant, temperature recorded being in the

    range of 10 degree celsius to 27 degree celsius.

    For those who do not mind a bit of rain and snow, the monsoons and winters are

    just as great a time to plan the much needed getaway to Nainital.

    During the monsoons, temperature hovers around the range of 15-25 degree celsius

    while winters offer a unique chill with temperature ranging from 0 degree celsius to

    15 degree celsius.

  • Q. How to reach Nainital?

     Nainital is accessible by all three means, namely bus, train and air.

    By Bus

    One can take an overnight bus from Delhi to Nainital. It takes approximately 7 hours by road to reach Nainital. The winding roads and the lush greenery maketravel by road an unique visual experience. 

    By Train

    The nearest railway station to Nainital is Kathgodam, at a distance of 34 kilometres from the town and located at the foothills of the Kumaon hills. It has good connectivity to places like Lucknow, kolkata and daily trains to Delhi. Some of the popular trains to Kathgodam are Ranikhet Express, Bagh Express, Kranti Express. After one reaches Kathgodam, there are taxis available to travel onwards to Nainital.

    By Air

    The nearest airport is at Pantnagar, about 65 kilometres away from Nainital. There are mainly private chartered flights and no commercial ones. It is advisable to take a flight to Delhi and then route the journey by train or bus.

  • Q. Which are some best resorts to stay in Nainital?

    ANainital’s resorts are a perfect blend of comfort and simplicity. The experience of stay at some of the finest resorts in the hill station is as much an aesthetic treat as much as an experience of homecoming amidst nature. Some of the best resorts in Nainital are :

    • Dolmaar Resort
    • Vikram Vintage Inn
    • View Point Resort
    • The Manu Maharani Hotel
    • Seasons Hotel and Resorts
    • Dynasty Resort
    • Alpine Club
    • Aamari Resort
    • Shervani Hilltop Hotel
    • Langdale Manor
    • Naini Retreat
    • Palace Belvedere
    • The Hive and Pavilion
    • Emerald Trail

  • Q. Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Nainital?

    Nainital offers a taste of its local cuisines both in street side stalls as well as proper restaurants. Sonam Fast food centre, for example, is famous for its mutton momos. It is located in the Tibetan Market.

    A few other places that offer local cuisine are :

    Embassy Restaurant

    Zooby’s Kitchen

    Machan Restaurant, Bhimtal

    Boat House Club

    Sher-e Punjab

  • Q. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Nainital?

    Nainital with its marvellous view tempts one to explore on foot most of the time. Nothing like a nice long stroll along the markets in Mall road with a clear view of the lake to keep company. However there are cycle rickshaws available to travel from one end of the town to the other from 8 am in the morning to 6 pm in the evening. One can also avail of taxi services to explore the city. However it is to be noted that taxis are not allowed to enter Mall road after 6 pm in the evening.

  • Q. What are the best places of shopping in Nainital?

    Nainital understands the need to display its palette of elements of Kumaon and Garhwali culture. One can find exquisite handicrafts, clothes, and other artefacts that can act as souvenirs for tourists at the Tibetan Market, Bada Bazaar and Mall Road Market.

  • Q. Which are some famous winter treks in and around Nainital?

    Nainital exploration on foot offers some amazing sights and sounds to cherish throughout life. Trekking in the picturesque landscape naturally thus occur at the top of most tourists’ priority lists. The most famous and only winter trek in and around Nainital is the Brahmatal trek. It is a trek to the place where Lord Brahma is said to have meditated millions of years ago and is the trail which accords a view of peaks as lofty as 7000 metres.

  • Q. Which are some famous summer treks in and around Nainital?

    Summers are a good time to trek in the region as temperature is pleasant and there is better visibility. There are a number of summer treks famous in the region spanning over local villages as well. A few of them are as follows :

    A trek to Snow View Point, proceeding to Naini Peak, Camel’s Back, Land’s End, Tiffin Top and back to Nainital : a 16 km long trip.

    A trek to Tanki, Kilbury and Pangot, Naini Peak : 19 km long trek

    Overnight trek to Ghugukhan (overnight stay) through Tanki, Naini Peak and Pangot and return trek through Kilbury and Tanki to Nainital.

    A trek from Nainital to Kahala Garden via Birla Chungi and Dunikhal : 15 km round trek

  • Q. Which are the famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in and around Nainital?

    Nainital is a perfect spot for nature lovers. The alpine jungles offer a lush green abode to many exotic birds and beasts. Wildlife sanctuaries and national parks are thus an indispensable part of one’s itinerary. A few famous wildlife havens in Nainital are :

    •  Jim Corbett National Park
    • Nanda Devi National Park
    • Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
    • Valley of Flowers

  • Q. How is Nainital for Honeymoon couples? What all romantic things can be done here?

     Nainital is the quintessential little world of lovers, away from the din of everyday existence. Honeymoon experiences in the resort town can leave one craving for more such romantic experiences amidst the mesmerizing scenery for times to come. It is a memory worth investing in for all your money’s worth.

    The hand in hand evening strolls beside the lake, boating in the lake, the adventures of Snow View Point, the thrill of realizing the gradual lighting up of the town around the eye shaped emerald lake as the curtain of the night falls and your fingers intertwine with that of your beloved, the experiences are undoubtedly unparalleled. Add to the romance some nice local cuisines over the candle light and aromatic spa facilities in the resorts where one can stay, the experience can be safely quoted as nothing short of unforgettable.

  • Q. How difficult is Roopkund trek? What is the approx. cost of trek?

     The Roopkund trek is a one of lifetime experience and as such experience demands commitment and conviction, it naturally involves a readiness to brave the challenges of harsh weather at an altitude of 4800 metres. The trek begins from Lohajung uptill which there are motorable roads. The trek leads up to a famous glacial lake through grassy meadows or bugyals and an unimaginable range of varied mountain topography.

    The approximate cost of the trek is around 11,000 rupees.

  • Q. .Where is Nainital Lake located? What can I do there?

    The Nainital lake is a freshwater body of tectonic origin also mentioned in the Skanda Purana as “Tri-rishi Sarovar”, the spot where three sages had reported meditated once upon a time. It is spectacular as a sight, fenced by seven peaks and have attracted lovers and creative souls, adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. One can spend an entire day just taking in the scenic beauty while the skies change its hues according to the passing time. There are also options of boating and shopping along the lake in the local bazaar.

  • Q. Where can we do paragliding in and around Nainital? What will be the cost of Paragliding?

    Paragliding is for the ones who are looking for a surge in adrenaline to be a part of their experience in Nainital. These adventure seekers are not going home disappointed. There are affordable paragliding provisions in Naukuchiatal and Bhimtal near Nainital. The approximate cost of paragliding can be expected to be around 1500 rupees.

  • Q. How far is Pangot from Nainital? What all places are must visit in Pangot?

    Pangot is located 15 kms from Nainital. It takes around 47 mins approximately by road to reach the location.

    Pangot is famous for its bird sanctuary and for being the perfect place for long strolls amidst nature. Cheena Peak, Kilbury and Snow View point surround the location and its forested landscape is a rich repository of a wealth of birds and plant species. Visiting the peaks such as Snow Point, Cheena Peak and Kilbury and visiting the bird sanctuary are a few things that one could indulge in while visiting Pangot.