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Best Things To Do in Nainital

When it comes to Nainital, there are a lot of things to do. Nainital is not just a name of a place but a wish, your novaturient wish to find yourself in the places you would love to explore, the scents you would love to inhale and to meet the people whose words and energies would stimulate your thoughts.

A glittering jewel in the mountains of Himalaya, Nainital is an indelible impression of an endearing beauty that has been catching eyes of the travelers since the first European house found space on it after trekking down thousands of kilometers of the sinuous Himalayas. A land juxtaposed to none, Nainital is a hill station that has surfaced up radiantly, nestling in the arms of Kumaon hills where the night holds the moon in the glistening water of a magnificent pear-shaped ancient lake and the misty clouds in the blue sky cradles the baking sun to calmness.

The land separated by a lake and surrounded by mountains holds majestic views in the vast plains to the south, and in the mass of tangled ridges bounded by the great snowy range which forms the central axis of the Himalayas in the north. The temples and the exotic scenery around, makes this land a perfect honeymoon paradise and an amazing retreat for the ones looking to escape the unendurable summers of North India.

This 'Lake District of India', is a gushing lake-beauty that breathes a new life, beaming in sheer joy when the blue rain drops, swirling in quiet circles, falls magically on its murk-settled surface. Nainital in monsoons, is a ‘refusing to die’ memory of a nesting place of love where nature entrances in you with a lake’s emerald eyes and in what you find the droplets dripping of the green leaves over the wings of a colorful bird. Offering a list of best things to do in Nainital, this place is a must-visit if you are looking to spend some good time with your loved ones. Nainital is a nature destination, an experience of a new beginning, utterly exceptional in every way!

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    Corporate Team Outing at a Jungle Camp and Resort in Nainital
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    About the Activity:If you are planning for a corporate outing after a tiring long week,this tour is the perfect fit for you.Enjoy your stay at a Jungle Camp in the most fascinating rooms while making your nights interesting with bonfire and soft music.Indulge in some of ...

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    Weekend Camping in Pangot near Nainital
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    About the Activity:Get amused at the serenity prevailing in Pangot, a picturesque hamlet in the state of Uttarakhad which is just 15 KMs away from Nainital with this 3 day camping trip.Pangot is quite famous for being a haven for more than 200 species of birds since the ...

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    Sightseeing of Nainital in a Car
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    About the Activity:Nainital is a beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake, and surrounded by mountains.By renting a car along with a driver as a guide you can visit some of the major attractions and scenic spots in the vicinity....

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    Paragliding in Nainital
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    About the Activity:Experience the thrill of flying high up in the air and the best way to experience this is through tandem paragliding. Take the sky with our highly experienced instructors and enjoy the breath taking ariel view.  You do not need any experience or knowle...

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    Adventurous Stay at The Corbett View Resort
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    About the Activity:Located on the southern periphery of Corbett National Park, Corbett View Resort provides you a stay in wilderness close to protected areas and nature reserves. Grasp the dense varieties of wild trees placed haphazardly all over. Enjoy the mountain r...

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    Divine Experience with Camp Purple, Mukteshwar
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    About the Activity: Camp Purple, Mukteshwar Camp is surrounded by apple and peach orchards and its name is inspired by the color which blends perfectly with nature as the sun sets (or rises) over the snow covered mountains. Mukteshwar literally means 'Abode of Shiva'...

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    Mountain Quail Birding Lodge, Pangot
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    About the Activity: Embraced in the lap of the well famed Naina Devi Himalayan Bird Conservation Reserve, Jungle Stay at Quail Birding Lodge is located near the hamlet of Pangot. Enthrall in an experience of living in wide – open jungles unlike any of your previou...

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    Corbett to Kunjkharak Trek in Uttarakhand
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    About the Activity:Start your 3 day 2 night trek by getting picked up in Near Jim Corbett and take a drive to Kunjkharak.This trek starts from the Akashkanda on the foothills of the Himalayas and winds up through dense low altitude jungles and Deodar forests. The remoten...

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    About the Experience:Take an opportunity to renew your body and soul with the help of unlimited laughter and overwhelming activities at Casa Dream Resort.Casa Dream Resort is sprawling across 10 acres of pristine land in Mukteshwar, 1 hour drive from Nainital and archite...

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    The Mountain Trail Resort, Mukteshwar situated at 8000 feet is an idyllic, perfect spot for your relaxing holidays as well as adventure activities set in the lap of nature and lush greenery makes this resort a perfect place to spend your weekends.Located on a gentle h...

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    About the Activity: Le-Roi Resort is set amidst scenic beauty and charm of the serene surroundings of Jim Corbett, and is sure to create a lingering experience for the guests. The resort offers a perfect getaway for nature lovers with its exciting adventure activities...

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    About the Activity:Unravel yourself at Hotel Spring Birds, Nainital, shed off all the humdrums of the city life by taking a break here. Experience one of the best serenity of Naukuchiatal,Nainital at Hotel Spring Birds. Located at the foothills of the kumaun mounta...

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    About the Activity:La Perle Resorts is a perfect getaway to revive your senses for weekend stress free of city life. Take a deep breath and prepare yourself as La Perle Corbett Resorts provides a serene setting far away from the everyday distractions.  Accommodation v...

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    About the activity: Set amidst the green belt of Himalayas, supporting an enormous variety of flora and fauna, lies the Kafal House in Pangot. Well-furnished rooms with twin beds and attached baths with hot and cold running water and wooden-tin roof that give good in...

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    About the Activity:Riverine Woods, Corbett is an eco-friendly resort which has been constructed by local workers who used only renewable natural elements like mud, stones and thatch. It thus complements its surroundings very well and provides guests with a rustic ambi...

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Attractions

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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 Things To Do in Nainital

  • What are some of the best things to do in Nainital?

    So much to grasp! And so much to imbibe! And more importantly, a glimpse of the nurturing nature speaking of rare existences, flickering a ray of hope in the politeness of the humane, Nainital is a reminiscence of your joyous journey when the life was thrilled with so much to do amidst the range of Himalayas, blocking all nagging thoughts and getting your adrenaline-high doing something amazing.
    Nainital offers you an outstanding and exhilarating experience with some enthralling activities like boating, sailing and trekking

    • View the Himalayan Mountain Range from Tiffin top
    • Shop at Tibetan Market
    • Experience Sunset at Hanuman Garhi
    • Enjoy Ropeway of Nainital
    • Collect Candles from Mall Road
    • Visit Naina Devi
    • Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
    • Visit to Raj Bhawan
    • Corbett National Park
    • Eat at Chandani Chowk: Savour the Taste of Delhi on Nainital Budget
    • Himalaya View from Snow View: Awe at Gleaming Himalayan Mountain Range
    • Visit the Nainital Zoo: Respond to the Original Nature’s Call
    • Cave Garden: Give Adventure a Way
    • Learn Rock Climbing:
    • Governor’s House: Witness the Buckingham Palace in India
    • Trek to China Peak
    • Capture the Beauty of St. John’s Church
    • Attend Sharadutsav
    • A special tour to Gurney House or the house of wildlife conservationist Jim Corbett is a must if you are in Nainital
    • Kilbury, Pangoot & Kunjakharak
    • Bhim taal
    • Saat Taal
    • Naukuchiya Taal
    • Khurpa Taal
    • Observatory
    • Kainchi Dhaam
    • Jim Corbett National Park
    • Mukteshwar
    • Ramgarh

  • What are some adventure activities to do in Nainital?

    An endless risk, disregarded as thought, Nainital keeps you going, exploiting the lovely landscapes, holding the views of a cloudy day, of a dark drizzling night guarded with snow-capped mountains, an inseparable embrace, and a sense of a wonderful world carrying glorious adventures ahead.
    Reach the peak of contentment after a satisfying arduous adventure from the wild wind and unknown breeze with the borrowed wings from the affectionate Nainital:
    • Enjoy Zorbing at Bhimtal and water zorbing near Nainital Zoo
    • Experience Bungee Jumping
    • Try your hands at Boating at Naini Lake
    • Hop on the horses at Barapathar or Near Nainital Mountaineering
    • Rock climbing or artificial wall climbing at Barapathar
    • Rock scrambling or caving at Barapathar
    • Rock climbing at Sattal, near Bhimtal
    • Paragliding at Naukuchia Tal and Bhimtal
    • Overnight camping at Ayar Jungle Camp and at Pangot
    • Explore Corbett’s Wild Life
    • Enjoy the Jeep Safari at Corbett
    • Trek to Naina Peak Trek
    • River/Valley crossing
    • Take Ropeway at Mallital
    • Experience the thrill of activities like flying fox, commando net, go adventure, zip line, high jumping and more at Nainital Adventure Park.

  • Which are some of the best treks in and around Nainital?

    The city of lakes awaits for you to explore the jungles, trek through the greens and walk along the nature trails extending a life of grand adventure with the opportunities to have your body floating over river canal, swimming in the river pools, rock climbing or rappelling down a waterfall. Luxuriate in the magnificence of nature and experience freshness and quietness all around with the trails brimming with woodpeckers, birds, thrushes, and songbirds.

    • Barapathar, an astounding trekking spot 4 kilometers far from the primary city.
    • Kilbury, 12 kilometers away, ideal for some peace and isolation in the midst of green woods and the superb perspectives of the Himalayas.
    • Cheena Peak (Now Naina Peak) Trek
    • Snow View Trek
    • Tiffin Top Trek
    • Nainital Betalghat Trek
    • Nainital Pangot Trek
    • Nainital Ratighaat Trek
    • Nainital Binayak Trek
    • Nainital Kainchi Trek
    • Nainital Kilbury Trek
    • Nainital Kunjkharak Trek
    • Trekking at Guano hill

  • Which are best places for camping in Nainital?

    The times we crave for when you hold your breaths to count the stars stuck in the constellations and reading the way they behave in the times of clouds and sun. Nainital holds the stunning views on a moonlit night gazing at the night sky. Various camps where you can experience this:
    • Naina Devi Jungle Camp
    • Camping in Mukteshwar
    • Camping at Saattal
    • Camping at Pangot

  • Where can I go for paragliding in Nainital? How much is the cost of paragliding?

    Paragliding in Nainital is an awesome experience of gliding through the sky with a spectacular view of amazing landscapes. There are many famous service providers at various places that offers a reasonable price and an alluring view of the mountains in Nainital. Few of the places for paragliding are at:
    • Naukuchia Taal.
    • Near Bhimtal
    For people planning to enjoy paragliding in this hill town, it is advisable to pre-book a package with a renowned activity operator. Booking such packages in advance not only helps them get the best price for the adventure, but also ensures that they do not have to return disappointed due to shortage of time or unavailability of an operator.
    Look for various offers before you opt for one. The price usually is between Rs. 1300-1500.

  • How far is Jim Corbett National Park from Nainital? What is the best time for tiger safari in Corbett?


    Ramnagar is a small city, near the Corbett National Park which can be easily accessed through road and rail network from all the major cities of India such as Delhi, Nainital, Moradabad and Bareilly. You can reach the National Park in only half an hour as it is situated at a distance of 15 km from Ramnagar railway station.
    • Delhi - Ramnagar (260 Km)
    • Nainital- Ramnagar (62 Km)

    Best time to Visit:
    Corbett is one of the oldest natural habitat mainly maintained to keep the endangering species of white Tiger aka Bengal Tiger. This natural park is a house of exotic wildlife, beautiful colorful birds, deer and various other breeds of animals that could be found taking sunbath in winters and enjoying a walk on a summer’s eve.
    October - February
    Though the temperature does not go to extremes, but still Corbett looks beautiful when in the winters, animals come out to get the warmth of the sun or when the temperature is in and around 22-28 degrees Celsius, when the forests in the evenings looks a little dark green and the birds inhabit here filling the air with their melodies and the views with their colors.

    March – June
    To find the solace in between the nature as at this time the temperature rises, the tourists are less comparatively to the rest of the year. Come during this season here and enjoy river rafting and have an unforgettable meet with endangered animals and bird species closely.

    July – September
    The monsoon and the beauty will be at its peak with exotic greenery and amazing vegetation around. In this season, mostly the crowd gets declined. So, we must say that it is an ideal season to have amazing trekking experience. At that time, the overall weather has an appealing aura as the temperature drops. It is said that in rainy season, the animals enjoy their mating time. So, tourists can get experience of this moment as well.

  • Which are some famous lakes in Nainital for boating?


    Visiting Nainital will be incomplete if you don’t get into a boat and float across the lake with capturing some beautiful views sprinkled over your laughs of lite emotions.
    Popular locations for boating in and around Nainital:
    • Naini Lake
    • Bhimtal Lake
    • Sattal
    • Sariyatal
    • Naukuchiatal
    • Khurpatal Lake

  • Which are best places for shopping in Nainital?


    Elegance of Nainital lies in the cheerful murmur of the markets which speaks of the humane story of the people in some of the exclusive arts of their traditions and of the dwelling modernization in their souls. Stuff your soul with Nainital art and craft from:
    • Mall Road
    • Tibetan Market
    • Bara Bazaar
    • Bhotia Bazaar

  • Is it worth going for ropeway tour in Nainital? What is the cost?


    “Amazing” – the adjective to Ropeway. This ride will give you the best of the views of the Nainital, the Naini lake and the snow-capped mountains around.
    The ride for about 10 minutes would cost Rs150 for an adult and 100Rs for a child but it is totally worth it if you wish to capture all the unforgettable memories of a place that is surrounded by mountains and divided by a lake.

  • Where can I go for bird watching in Nainital?


    “I have seen the world talking of wonder in the sounds of the birds and the colors of their feathers, a story of hope being told in winters for the joyous journey of this life”.
    From the heights of the highest Himalayas to the greatest mangrove forest delta in the Corbett National Park, the land is unique, making Nainital District a home for some of the most sought after wild birds in the world.
    Experience the colors of nature flying in the wings of a bird in Nainital at:
    • Sat tal Birding Lodge
    • Kilbury Bird Watching Spot
    • Pangot Bird Sanctuary

  • Where can I go for rock climbing in Nainital?



    Rock Climbing inculcates a sense of adventurism, develops the morale character of an individual, helps in honing the risk taking abilities of a person.
    • Piteria behind Bara Pathar Nainital
    • Nainital Mountaineering Club
    • Rock Climbing at Sattal
    • Level i rock climbing, ayarpatta hills

  • Which are must visit places in Nainital during sightseeing tour?


    Ever dreamt of a house where the window opens up to an organic vegetable garden? Head Nainital to experience the richness of flora and fauna while you make yourself feel comfortable in a tent-house or a hut-house. This distinct piece of land is a hideaway haven nurturing in the arms of nature and extending a life of grand adventure with the opportunities to have your body floating over river canal, swimming in the river pools, rock climbing or rappelling down a waterfall. Explore the jungles, trek through the greens, nature trails and relish some of the flavorsome delights while you make memories at Nainital.

    • Take a Lake Tour
    • Eat at Chandani Chowk: Savour the Taste of Delhi on Nainital Budget
    • Himalaya View from Snow View: Awe at Gleaming Himalayan Mountain Range
    • Visit the Nainital Zoo: Respond to the Original Nature’s Call
    • Cave Garden: Give Adventure a Way
    • Cave Garden at Barah Patthar
    • Shop at Tibetan Market
    • Governor’s House: Witness the Buckingham Palace in India
    • Trek to China Peak
    • Capture the Beauty of St. John’s Church
    • Watch Sun Disappear at Hanuman Garhi
    • Kilbury and Pangot
    • Attend Sharadutsav
    • Gurney House
    • Corbett National Park
    • Sit by the Lakeside

    Nainital will infect your dreams painting them in colors of its little cottages, gifting you a pleasant getaway packed lots of thrilling activities like trekking, paragliding and bird watching.

Traveller Tales From Nainital

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Sayan Chakraborty

04 January 2017

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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...

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