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Best Places to Visit in Nainital of 2017

  • Situated in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Nainital is also known as the 'Lake District' of India. Also considered a pious place for Hindus, this is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi due to its fascinating hills, picturesque plains, enjoyable climate and stunning lakes.

    Attractions: Lakes, Temples, Eco Garden Cave, Mountain Peaks and View Points

    Activities: Rock Climbing, Wildlife Tours, Temple Visits, Cable Car Rides and Trekking

    Distance from Delhi: 278km

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


  • 01 Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)

    Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)
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    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.



  • 02 Lands End

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    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.


  • 03 Naina Peak

    Naina Peak
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    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.


  • 04 Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

    Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
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    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.


  • 05 Sariyatal

    Sariyatal
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    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.


  • 06 Astronomical Observatory

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    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.


    Top Things To Do in Astronomical Observatory

  • 07 Snow View Point

    Snow View Point
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    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.


  • 08 Kainchi Dham

    Kainchi Dham
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    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.


  • 09 Mukteshwar Temple

    Mukteshwar Temple
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    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.


    Top Things To Do in Mukteshwar Temple

  • 10 Khurpatal Lake

    Khurpatal Lake
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    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.



    Top Things To Do in Khurpatal Lake

  • 11 Eco Cave Gardens

    Eco Cave Gardens
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    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.


    Top Things To Do in Eco Cave Gardens

  • 12 High Altitude Zoo

    High Altitude Zoo
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    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.



  • 13 Nainital

    Nainital
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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



  • 14 Nainital Lake

    Nainital Lake
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    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.


  • 15 Bhimtal Lake

    Bhimtal Lake
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    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.


  • 16 The Ridge of Shimla

    The Ridge of Shimla
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    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.


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

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

  • Nearby Getaways from Nainital
  • 01 Manali

  • 02 New Delhi

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    New Delhi – Mayhem, Magic and Mystery! Welcome to Delhi, a city of 25 million people co-existing with their similarities and dissimilarities. Just like an eastern Rome, India’s capital is also littered with the remains of the lost kingdoms. Here, a generation of armies have marched around the Indo-Gangetic plain. They have successfully imprinted their identity into the subjugating city before vanishing into the thin air just like the conquerors who ruled before them. In stark contrast to this is the modern Delhi of today which is a poetic tapestry of dusty bazaars, medieval fortifications, mega malls, Cineplex, colonial-era architecture and the Mughal mausoleums.    

    Travelers who visit Delhi sometimes leave from here underwhelmed after scrimmaging with the touts and ticking off the overhyped sights. But given the city, the chance it deserves, believe me, you cannot help but fall in love with it. Delhi is way beyond its Red Fort and the Hauz Khas. It’s often the fewer known corners here that are rewarding and appealing. The pleasure you’ll get with the Qawwali at the Nizamuddin Dargah, beauty of the Lodi Gardens at the dusk and Delhi’s very own Purana Qila is paramount. One of the most ideal ways to know, understand, analyze and feel Delhi beneath the surface is by exploring the streets of the Delhi in its interiors. Perhaps a cycle tour along the River Yamuna or a walk on the streets of Old Delhi will serve the requisite. Navigating the 7 cities of Delhi is made easier by its cheap and efficient metro service.


  • 03 Kullu

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    Kullu is the bustling administrative capital of the Kullu Valley that offers a gritty change from the bohemian holiday resorts that can be found everywhere else in the valley. In the months of October, Kullu stages the most fascinating and the colorful festival – The Kullu Dussehra.

    In the eastern side of the Kullu runs down the majestic River Beas and its ancillary river, the Sarvari River passes across the northern and the southern halves of Kullu. On the southern half you can also find the tourist office, taxi stands, an array of hotels and restaurants as well as Dussehra grounds – there are two vast spread out lands adjoining each other). Towards the north lies the Raghunath Temple and the bus station. There is a footbridge in proximity to the bus station which lead you to the bazaar street and brings you out towards the Hotel Shobla International.

    Situated at altitude of 1230 meters above the sea level, this along with Manali is a beautiful nature lover’s paradise. Brimming with wonderful climate, lush green surroundings and pristine river streams, it is indeed one of the top spots of Himachal Pradesh. Anyone seeking respite from the warm climate of the planes can head to this tourist attraction.


  • 04 Haridwar

  • 05 Dehradun

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    When one speaks about a family vacation, the first few things that strike one’s mind are green trees, blue skies, chilly weather, great food and a place where you can forget all your woes and calm down. This holiday destination is among those that fall under the category of delivering this experience to its visitors.

    Lying at the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun which is the capital of Uttarakhand is known for its beautiful climate and the lovely landscapes it encompasses. One of the most astonishing facts about this place however, is that it is also one of the most important education hubs in the whole of India. How a place so small and petite be able to give a tough competition to other financial sectors of India is truly unimaginable.

    Dehradun lies in Doon Valley which is located on a varying height of approximately 410m. The region is especially known for its climate. While one will experience a pleasant cool weather in Dehradun, the city is often times referred to as the ‘Rainy city of India’ due to the continuous rainfalls especially during monsoons.

    Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand. In the recent years – there was a sense of construction boom that took place wherein endless residential property emerged in the city. Modern buildings have gradually been constructed making up for the good portions of Dehradun.


  • 06 Shimla

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    The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla was once the summer capital of the country. Located around 2,205m above the sea level, this hill station was one of the most celebrated summer escapades of the British officials. Its fascinating snow-clad peaks, picturesque valleys and phenomenal climate make it one of the most popular hill stations around Delhi.

    Attractions: Christ Church, Anand Vilas, Chali, Temples, Waterfalls, Scandal Point and Museum

    Activities: Sightseeing, Ice Skating, Toy Train Ride, Church Visit, Hiking and Local Shopping

    Distance from Delhi: 358km

    Best time to visit: October to June


  • 07 Rishikesh

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    Known as the "Yoga Capital of the World", Rishikesh is one of the most beautiful & most visited places of India. Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is rich in scenic beauty. It is a pilgrimage town where sages visit to gather knowledge regarding Hinduism, meditation and yoga. Rishikesh is the starting point to travel to the most famous holy places of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri & Yamunotri. Haridwar is its neighbour district. Rishikesh is a perfect escape from your super busy life.

    There are a number of places to visit in Rishikesh. The best ones among them are Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Triveni Ghats, Parmath Niketan Temple, The Beatles Ashram, Neelkanth Mahadev, Neer Garh Waterfalls, Vashishta Gufa, and Patna Waterfalls.

    Apart from visiting these places one can do a lot of adventurous activities in Rishikesh such as jumping from heights (Bungee jumping), go river rafting, etc. Rishikesh is a must-visit for all. October to June, except January, is the best time to visit Rishikesh and go for river rafting. You can also experience camping and bonfire in Rishikesh. Camp Aqauaforest, Camp Rapidfire and Camp Gold Coast are the best camps. Rishikesh is no less than Paradise for trekkers. If you are looking for the best of adventure experiences, Rishikesh must be at the top of your priority list.


  • 08 Gurgaon

  • 09 Chandigarh

  • 10 Manesar

  • 11 Mussoorie

  • 12 Kasol

  • 13 Garhwal

  • 14 Corbett

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    If you are looking for a holiday destination which is located amid abundance of natural beauty, then you have your answer. Corbett is a place where you can enjoy your stay without being a victim to Air Pollution, traffic noise and a flock of tourist crowds. Jim Corbett National Park, which is located in Nainital, Uttarakhand is one of the most popular ecotourism destination in India. It was established in the year 1936 with a motive to protect the endangered Bengal tiger species. Currently, it houses over 488 wildlife species and has some of the best landscape views in the country. What makes it a splendid destination is the extravagance of natural beauty and relaxation which is has to offer, and city dwellers who are stuck up in a hectic lifestyle are indeed going to fall in love with this place. For nature and wildlife enthusiasts, Corbett is nothing but a pilgrimage spot.

    Visiting Corbett is a thrilling experience,  calm nights, regular alarms of sounds of different animals, especially the wolves howling and elephants trumping. It is indeed a worthwhile experience to visit Corbett and one can never get enough of it.


  • 15 Agra