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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
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What You Should Know More About Tours in Nainital
Nainital is known for its beautiful lakes and hills that make the place worth a visit in Uttarakhand. During winter season, this place ensures you enjoy the best climate. The town is located on the foothills of Kumaon area and is blessed with beautiful lakes that further make this place blissful. Some of the famous lakes in Nainital are:
Nainital is known for its hilly region and beautiful lakes, so the place offers enough options for camping. The Himalayan region is nothing less than the paradise for camping and trekking. For offbeat travellers, the place is nothing less like heaven. Indulge in adventure activities throughout the day and spend time around the bonfire around your camp in the night.
There are tour companies that conduct camping for tourists. One of the famous camping sites in Nainital is in the Bhowali Ramgarh road. During the camping one can explore the flora and fauna of the region. The Nainital Camp is in the dense forest which can be reached on vehicle and accommodates approx. 220 people. The cost of the camping for per person is Rs 3000/- which include stay, food, tour manager and transportation management. Another famous camping site is Camp Mehi in Pangot
The entire Nainital is worth sightseeing. Every place gives the glimpse of magic that stays in your mind for long. Some of the well-known places here are Tiffin Top, Kilbury, Snow View Point, Land's End, Hanumangarh, Naini Lake, etc. Also there are some good places in the outskirts of Nainital including Bhimtal, Khurpatal, Naukuchiatal, etc. There are around 20 spots and each spot offers enough leisure time to spend. Some of the best spots are:
Naina Devi Temple
The Mall Road
Snow View Point
If you are planning to enjoy some adventurous activity in Nainital, then trekking is your best option. Situated in the midst of hills, one can get close to the beauty of Himalayas while trekking. The trekking trails range from easy to difficult. The Nanda Devi trek, China Peak, Tiffin Top and few others are worth options to choose and trek. Every trail will take you through the flora and fauna of the region. The panoramic view through the trek is perfect to find some solace amidst the verdant forests.
If you are in Nainital and want to trek, then there are some good options. For adventure junkies, it is worth exploring. So pack your bags and head to these trekking locations like:
Pangot near Nainital
Mountain Trail Resort
Naini Peak and Pangot
China/ Naina Peak
Adventure is the part of trip to Nainital. Whether you’re staying in the campsite or hotel, you will have multiple options. Some of the fun adventure activities are:
Bungee Jumping at Nainital Zoo
Artificial Wall Climbing in Barapathar
Cable ride journey in Mallital
Rock Caving in Barapathar
River Valley Crossing
Water Zorbing, Nainital Zoo
Boating in Bhimtal
Nainital offers some amazing range of cuisines with the mix of international and north. There are restaurants and street food stalls where you can have a food tour to enjoy various food items. Don't miss the Momos. Some of the food tour options are:
Boat House Club
When in Nainital, you can miss an opportunity to shop around. Be it the mall road or any other location, it is worth to place your hands on different items sold in this hill station. From accessories to handicrafts and fruit squashes, you will certainly find some amazing items. You need to good in bargaining, as sellers may charge higher price to tourists. Shopping is one of the important things to do in Nainital and some of the famous localities for shopping are:
Mall Road- This energetic place in close by to Naini Lake and is a bustling market. Crowded with small shops, you will find plethora of goodies.
Tibetan Market: Want to buy some Tibet related accessories? Then head to this colourful market where you will some good displays of products.
Bara Bazaar: Get yourself a treat with aromatic fragrance of home-made jams, fruit squashes and fruit preservative at the Bara Bazaar.
Bhotia Bazaar: As you're touring around during winter season, then wrapping up with woollen garments is the best thing. So buy some intricately designed and knitted warm cloths handcrafted by women from Almora.
The Guided tour to Bhimtal is the best you can have. During the tour, you will be provided with enough knowledge about the place and get your hands in various activities. Boating in the lake, horse riding, mountain biking, hang gliding are some of the activities. You can rent a car and go deep in the place.
As a part of sightseeing, there are many places to explore. The large Victorian Dam is one of the places to explore. At one of the lake and terraced flower gardens can be found on either side. The dapped pathways blessed dog rose and wild raspberry makes it worth.
Then there is a Folk Culture Museum in Bhimtal, which is a private institution. You can find a good collection of artefacts and information about the hill districts of Uttar Pradesh. There is a huge lake in the midst of Bhimtal where you can enjoy boating and food at the nearby restaurant.
Nainital is the favourite honeymoon place and every year during winter season, couples visit this place to enjoy the coolness and charm it offers. There are many romantic things to do in Nainital and knit it in memories. Some of romantic activities are:
Taking a boat tour in Naini Link
Taking view of Himalayan Mountain Range from Tiffin Top
Visiting Naini Peak to get majestic view of snow-clad Himalayan Mountain
Find a lovely spot in Bhimtal Lake and enjoy the serenity around
Shop around Mall road
Enjoy the Ropeway from Mallital to Snow View to get amazing view of Nainital
Get inside the wildlife at Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
Have a candle light dinner at Bhawanipur Greens while watching the beautiful lake view
Stay at the cosy Balrampur House that offers majestic view of snow-clad hills
Nainital is blessed with some amazing wildlife sanctuaries that house some rare species. Be it in Nainital or outskirts, taking a jeep safari trip is a must to explore the ground closely. Some of the must visit wildlife sanctuaries in Nainital are:
Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
Pangot Bird Sanctuary in Nainital
PT GB Pant High Altitude Zoo in Nainital
Corbett National Park
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Eco Wave Park
Boating is an important outdoor activity in Nainital and it offer soothing pleasure to boat around the hills. There are many natural and artificial lakes in Nainital where boating is fun. In present there are 9 lakes boosting the large expanses of calm water. If you want to have a calm and lazy activity, then boating is the best option. From yacht to paddle boat, you have varied options to select from. Some of the lakes where boating is available are:
If you want to go offbeat, then birding is the best activity to do in Nainital. The place is a birdwatcher's paradise offering view of various species of birds. Himalayan Kingfisher, Gourd Sunbird, Rufous Babbler, Buzzards, Woodpeckers are some of the options. Nainital Zoo, Pangot, Corbett Riverside Resorts, Camp Kyari at Syat are the options that you can choose for the birding activity in Nainital. Upon hiring, you will certainly admire the place and birds you will come across. You can even spy on some birds from heights.
Some of the listed places of bird watching are:
Corbett National Park
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