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  • With so many places to visit in Nainital, it is extremely easy to plan a trip to India’s Lake City. Known for its beautiful lakes, charming hill station environment, and magnificent architecture, the town is visited by several holiday goers from all around the country. Extremely popular during the summer months of April to June, Nainital derives its name from the eye-shaped lake that is in the heart of this gorgeous hill station.

    Depending on your likes and interests, you can choose from a plethora of tourist places in Nainital. Those interested in architecture and history could explore places such as St. John’s Wilderness Church and Gurney House. Nature lovers can pay a visit to the Hawa Caves for their network of caves and one of the many neighbouring hill station areas such as Sariyatal, Khurpatal, and Wonderland Waterfalls.

  • Must Visit Places in Nainital

  • 01Nainital Lake

    Nainital Lake
    Image Credit :  Aman Aröra-Flickr

    One of the most beautiful lakes of the country, Nainital lakes is known for its exquisiteness. It is one of the four lakes of Kumaun Hills which includes the Sattal Lake, Bhimtal Lake and the Naukuchiyatal Lake besides the Nainital Lake. The famous lake finds its mentions in ancient scriptures and many poems by prominent writers. Naina Devi Temple is situated on this lake where it is believed that Sati’s eye’s fell to earth after her act of self-immolation.

    The lake is surrounded by the green hills which give the town a mesmerizing landscape. Being a natural freshwater lake, all nature lovers find the lake a charming site to sit, relax and spend some quality time either by oneself or with their loved ones. Lately, environmentalists have cited worries regarding the health of this lake and preservation measures are gaining momentum to save this natural treasure.

    Your visit to Nainital Lake will be incomplete if you do not try out the famous boat rides. The activity will give you a picturesque view of the Lake District and an opportunity to click great pictures. If you’re a morning person, we say you go for a walk around this beautiful lake with fresh air and rays of sun pouring through the clouds before you embark upon the day adventures in Nainital. And if you don’t like mornings, an evening stroll by the lake is equally charming with all the bright lights across the night sky.

    The price of boating in the lake: Starting INR 150(30 minutes)

    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.
  • 02Naina Peak

    Naina Peak

    Situated at an altitude of 2,615 km, Naina Peak is known for its breathtaking bird's eye perspective of the town, the Himalayas and furthermore, the immense breadths of the Terai areas of Kumaon. The Nanda Devi Peak and the mountains of the Tibet border are visible from the top of this peak. Also known as the China Peak (before the 1962 Indo-China war), it is situated at a 10 km distance from the Tallital Bus Stand of Nainital. The famous place is one of the most recommended places to visit in Nainital on a vacation.

    It is a delight for individuals who adore strolling. One can go for long strolls, breath fresh air and appreciate the picturesque excellence. Because of high elevation and rich green forest path, Naina Peak is likewise a most loved place in Nainital for trekking. The trek to Naina could be a little tricky, covering a length of 6 km from Mallital. One can reach the place by t riding a horse or by navigating the sloping ways. From Snow View Point or Mallital, one can hire pony or horses to visit this peak.

    No shops are accessible on the peak. In this way, it is best recommended for you to carry your own eateries and drinking water for your picnic. Enjoy a photography session as the place offers some of the best perspectives of the snow-clad pinnacles of Himalayas. The place is well-known among the travelers for its sentimental nightfall and dawn.

    Price: Entrance fee is nil. Separate charges for horse riding

    Location: Naina Peak, Nainital

  • 03The Mall Road

    The Mall Road

    Constructed during the British colonial rule, Mall Road is the primary road which goes through the core of the Nainital town parallel to the lake, interfacing the two closures of the town. It is now named as the Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. The road is one of the most vibrant places to visit in Nainital.

    Mall Road has a number of hotels, travel agencies, banks, showrooms, department stores, shops, restaurants and cafes. You will find some of the best hotels and restaurants of Nainital located on the Mall Road.It is one of the busiest and crowded during the day time. Parking is prohibited and the road is closed for vehicles during the peak seasons so that the tourists can easily walk besides the lake on this famous road in Nainital.

    With the cool wind blowing over the lake through the road, a night walk around the mall has its own particular appeal. It is a famous shopping center among tourists and provides a splendid view of the Nainital Lake. Some specialties which you can find here include unique candles in different shapes and sizes. Wooden artifacts and locally produced handloom products are also popular among the tourists.

    Handicraft and gift items adore the shops here and a delight for tourists looking for shopping on a holiday.Also an interesting fact about this place is that many popular Bollywood movies like Kati Patang and Koi Mil Gaya were shot here.

    Price: Various

    Location: Mall Road, Nainital, Uttarakhand
  • 04Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)

    Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)
    Image Credit : draskd-Flickr

    One of the popular picnic spots in Nainital, the Tiffin Top is a place where you can get enjoy the spectacular scenery of Nainital from its highest point. Also called the Dorothy’s Seat, it is located on the Ayarpatta Hills, offering a gorgeous 360 degree view of the Lake District. It was named Dorothy’s Seat by a British Army Officer in the memory of her wife Dorothy Kellet who died from septicemia.

    The Kumaun Hills which surround this location give the place calm and serene scenery making it a delight for all visitors. If you love hiking, the Tiffin Top makes for an exemplary 4 km ride from the main city where you can go by foot or hire a pony that are easily available from the Mall Road. The horse riding up the hill is full of adventure and fun if you go with your friends and family. Other activities like Rapelling and Rock Climbing are also conducted in the Tiffin Top. However, most activities are recommended to be undertaken during the day to enjoy the experience.

    The magnificent views and the panoramic landscapes offer an opportunity for photographers to capture one of the most amazing lakes and hills of the country. Nature lovers are sure to enjoy the beauty of this place which resonates with tranquility and exquisiteness.

    Price:
        -Free Entry.
        -Round Trip Pony (Horse Riding) will cost between INR 500 to INR 700

    Location: Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand


    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.
  • 05High Altitude Zoo

    High Altitude Zoo
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    The High Altitude Zoo, officially known as GB Pant High Altitude Zoo, is a one-of-a-kind zoo that is known for its intriguing location at 2,100 meters above sea level. Expanded across 4.6 acres of lush greenery, the zoo was built in 1984 and is one among the only three high altitude zoos in India. Home to numerous endangered and rare species of birds and animals, the zoo allows you to spot Royal Bengal tigers, Tibetan Wolves, the Himalayan Bear,

    Hill Partridge, Kalij Pheasant, and Red Junglefowl. Most of the inhabitants of the zoo are either adopted by animal organizations or individuals. Located between the Great Himalayas and the Shivalik Range, the zoo provides its visitors a spectacular landscape to admire and be lost in.

    Location: Tallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002, India

    Highlight: Fauna

    Price: INR 50  for adults, INR 20 for children, INR 25 for still camera, INR 200 for professional video camera, Entry free for senior citizens and people with special needs

  • 06Lands End

    Lands End
    Image Credit : wikimedia
    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.
  • 07Bhimtal Lake

    Bhimtal Lake
    Image Credit : Raja Harjai Follow-Flickr
    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.
  • 08Sattal

    Sattal
    Image Credit :  draskd-Flickr
    Sattal as the name says is a body of 7 freshwater lakes in the lower Himalayan range. The place is near Bhimtal which is a popular town in the district of Nainital. As the pollution level has grown in the recent times, Sattal is one of the few unpolluted and unspoiled freshwater biomes in our country.

    Location: The river of the bodies is situated at and height of 1370 meters and it is right below the lush orchards of the Mehragaon village.

    Highlights: The lake has oak and pine trees surrounding it which make the whole experience of visiting the lake better. If you are an avid birdwatcher, this place shall not disappoint you, you will find a lot of migrated birds in the vicinity.

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit Sattal is probably during early mornings or just before dusk, it is the time when you will spot a lot of birds and find the calm.
  • 09Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

    Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
    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.
  • 10Kainchi Dham

    Kainchi Dham
    Image Credit : Rakshit Pandey-Flickr

    One more religiously significant sites in the list of famous places to visit in Nainital, Kainchi Dham was built in 1962 by Neem Karoli Baba, the founder of Hanuman Garhi. A temple and an ashram, Kainchi Dam is engulfed by lush greenery and marvelous hills. Set alongside a glistening river, the temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is visited by several believers and worshippers regularly.

    Made famous to the world by Ex-Apple CEO, Steve Jobs’ visit in the 1970s and followed by Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, the temple hosts a massive fair every year on June 15th which is attended by locals and visitors alike.

    Location: 17 kilometers from Nainital

    Highlight: Religious temple visited by Steve Jobs in 1970s

    Price: No Entry Fee

  • Other Places to Visit in Nainital

  • 11 Gurney House

     Gurney House

    The former summer house of Jim Corbett, the British naturalist, tracker, and hunter, Gurney House is a heritage site and one of the most important places to visit in Nainital, especially for architecture enthusiasts. A short walk from the famous Mall Road, the 18th-century British house is surrounded by lush gardens and has been preserved to give its visitors a feel of how Jim Corbett lived here during the 1800s.

    Walking around the house, you can see some of Corbett’s prized possessions such as his books, furniture, fishing rod, trophies, and an African drum. Though there is no entry fee to the house, you must have an appointment to visit this colonial marvel.

    Location: Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002, India

    Highlight: 18th-century architecture and furnishing

    Price: No Entry Fee

  • 12St John's Church

    St John's Church

    One of the most visited tourist places in Nainital, St John Church, also known as St John’s the Wilderness, is a breathtaking church constructed in the 1800s. Named by a bishop from Kolkata, the church takes you back to a historical era while giving you all the time to compose yourself and reflect within.

    A place of religious importance, the site is best enjoyed during a prayer service, especially for those seeking the Almighty. Built within the church grounds, the cemetery stands as an ode to those who lost their lives due to a catastrophic landslide. Photography may not be allowed inside the church itself, but the serene landscape surrounding the church is just as beautiful to capture and should not be missed. 

    Location: Nainital - Kaladungi Rd, Sherwani, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002, India

    Highlight: History and religion

    Price: No Entry Fee

  • 13 Jeolikote

     Jeolikote

     A quaint hill station within Nainital, Jeolikote is among the most peaceful sightseeing places in Nainital for travellers wanting to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and unwind themselves. Commonly known as the ‘Gateway to Naini Lake’, the area serves as a pitstop for tourists heading towards Nainital but it also makes for a great detour if you wish to explore the surrounding areas.

    Particularly a haven during hot, strong northern summers, Jeolikote offers stunning natural surroundings, butterfly spotting, and a chance to witness floriculture. The enchanting ambience and surreal beauty of this place also make it extremely popular among meditation practitioners.

    Location: 18 kilometres from Kathgodam on NH 87 towards Nainital

    Highlight: Hill station

    Price: No Entry Fee

  • 14 Nainital Ropeway

     Nainital Ropeway

    One of the primary tourist places in Nainital, specifically for family vacationers, Nainital Ropeway sees hundreds of visitors daily. A three-minute ride over the spellbinding landscape of Nainital, the aerial ropeway takes you from Mallital, near Mall Road, to Snow View Point which offers one of the most astonishing views in Nainital.

    Constructed with Swiss technology, the ropeway offers a steep climb up and down the hill and can carry a maximum of 11 passengers in each of its two-cabin cars. While the market at the starting point of the ropeway offers an amazing opportunity to shop for candles and pinewood souvenirs, the Snow View Point, at 2270 meters above sea level, presents you with an unadulterated view of the Great Himalayas.

    Location: Ropeway Rd, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002, India

    Highlight: Cable car and views

    Price: INR300 return for Adults, INR 200 return for children aged 3 to 12

  • 15Binayak

    Binayak

    Binayak is a beautiful retreat for all trekker out there and you must try it when you are on your vacation in Nainital. One can go for a trekking trip that lasts for about 3-5 days and enjoy the amazing landscapes with the scenic Himalayas in the backdrop.

    If you like to experience adventurous hikes, Binayak is the place for you to get the adrenaline rush. It offers one of the most spectacular trails and the beautiful trees on the hills which will take your breath away.

    Location: Binayak, Nainital


  • 16Snow View Point

    Snow View Point
    Image Credit : draskd-Flickr
    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.
  • 17Eco Cave Gardens

    Eco Cave Gardens
    Image Credit : sightseeings.co

    Situated within proximity of Nainital's famous Mall Road, Eco Cave Garden is one of those tourist places in Nainital which have gained importance in the recent past. A cluster of natural caves transformed into a cave garden, Eco Cave Gardens is home to 6 intriguing animal-shaped caves that offers children as well as adults an opportunity to experience several animals in an almost-natural habitat.

    Adorned with a musical fountain with audio-visual effects, the caves also have a series of exquisite hanging gardens along the caved pathways. Dedicated to the wildlife species of the Kumaon region, the Eco Cave Gardens is of high importance to Nainital tourism.

    Location: Sukhatal, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263001, India

    Highlight: Cave Gardens and children entertainment

    Price: INR 60 for adults, INR 25 for children, INR 25 for camera

  • 18Raj Bhawan- Governor’s House

    Raj Bhawan- Governor’s House
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    Built by the British as a residence for the Governor of then North West Province of India, the Raj Bhawan is one of the most recommended places to visit in Nainital. Raj Bhawan was built as a replica of Buckingham Palace built in Victorian Gothic style designed by the architect F.W Stevens.

    Spread over 200 acres of land, this place is famous for its Golf Course which is counted as one of the vintage golf courses of India and many golf tournaments are organized here. Some other great places in the complex include a swimming pool, garden, Jhandidhar Modi Heights and Munshi heights. The lush green area is decorated by Deodhar and oak trees which give the place a serene landscape. The charm of British architecture and the calm and splendid scenery around the place makes Raj Bhawan one of the most famous tourist attractions of Nainital.

    The Raj Bhawan remains closed on Sundays and all other national holidays. The timings for visiting are 8 am to 5 pm/4 pm and 6 pm. It is located 3 km from Mall Road of the city. One can easily reach the place by walking or taking a rickshaw from Nainital Bus Stand.

    Some facts include, it is the only Raj Bhawan open for tourists in India and post-independence, Sarojini Naidu was the first occupant of the place.

    Price: Entry ticket of Rs. 20 per person

    Location: Amghari, Nainital, Uttarakhand

  • 19Naina Devi Temple

    Naina Devi Temple
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    Located atop the Naina hillock near northern shore of the Naini Lake, the Naina Devi Temple is one of the most revered temples in Northern India. It is a famous Shakti Peeth of Hindu religion and draws devotees from all over the country. It is believed this was the place where eyes of Sati’s corpse fell when Lord Shiva carried her.

    There is a huge peepal tree and across it there is an idol of Lord Hanuman. The inner sanctum has sculptures of three deities, Naina Devi (represented by two eyes in the center), Mata Kali Devi to the left and Lord Ganesha to the right. The temple organizes a big fair during Nanda Ashtami which runs for 8 days here. During other holy occasions like Navratri, Chaitra etc, a large number of devotees pay a visit to this sacred temple.

    The temple complex spreads around an area which is 1567 yard long, 167 yard wide and a 93 feet profound lake. A stupendous statue-immersion ceremony has been occurring here, on the occasion of Bhadrapad Shukla Ashtami since 1918. Naina Devi Temple fills in as a noteworthy vacationer spot of Nainital. It is said that the present temple at Nainital r replaces the first fifteenth century sanctuary, which was worked amid Kushan tradition reign and got demolished in 1880 due to a landslide.

    The temple remains open for devotees from 6 am to 10 pm.

    Price:  Free Entry

    Location: Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand

  • 20Hanuman Garhi

    Hanuman Garhi

    Situated at an elevation of 1950 meters, Hanuman Garhi is one of the most important religious places to visit in Nainital. Around 3 kilometres from the centre of Nainital, the temple is dedicated to the Hindu Deity, Lord Hanuman, the God of strength and energy, who is often believed to be a reincarnation of Lord Shiva.

    Constructed in 1950 by the extremely revered Neem Karoli Baba, the temple’s centrepiece is a massive statue of Lord Hanuman with an image of Lord Rama in his chest cavity. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Hanuman was an ardent follower and the most trusted friend of Lord Rama, and he also helped Lord Rama to win over Ravana. The temple is especially busy on Tuesday and Saturday as these two days of the week are dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

    Location: Haldwani Road, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002, India

    Highlight: Religion, Sunrise and Sunset views

    Price: No Entry Fee

  • 21Khurpatal Lake

    Khurpatal Lake
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    A peaceful getaway close to Nainital, Khurpatal is one of the most serene places to visit in Nainital. Tucked away in the outer Himalayan Range, the area is most famous for its emerald blue-green lake, the Khurpatal Lake. Surrounded by majestic pine trees and dense greenery, this offbeat location is a paradise for nature lovers as well as photography enthusiasts.

    Named after its ‘trowel’ shape, the lake is home to several species of fish, making a great spot for fishing and angling. In fact, fishing is almost a family activity around the area and is enjoyed traditionally. Adventure lovers can also enjoy strolling or trekking through the surrounding forests or enjoy a tranquil boat ride on this remarkable lake.

    Location: 12 kilometres from Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263001, India

    Highlight: Emerald blue-green lake, mountains, and landscape

    Price: No Entry Fee

  • 22Bhutia Market(Tibet Market)

    Bhutia Market(Tibet Market)
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    Located near the Naina Devi Temple, Bhotia Market is one of the most famous shopping destinations. This place is every shopaholic’s delight as you can buy a lot of amazing clothing at good bargained prices. If you are looking for beautiful scarves, fashionable bags, winter clothes like shawls or mufflers or ethnic items, this is the place where you should pay a visit while in Nainital on a holiday.

    The woolen wear offered here is famous for being intricately woven by Almora women.. Artificial jewelry and artifacts are other famous items which you should look for while shopping here. The decorative wooden pieces are other unique handicrafts available here. There are also some famous restaurants and cafés where you can dine or enjoy street food in Indian and Tibetan cuisines.

    The place is ideal for visiting after you have paid your respects at the Naina Devi Temple or when on an evening stroll looking to collect some souvenirs which will always remind you of your wonderful vacation.

    And a quick tip before you visit this place- Don’t forget to haggle with the shopkeepers as most of them overstate the prices of commodities. Also, do not forget to miss out on trying the delectable momos and noodles offered here.  

    Price: No entry fees

    Location: Nanda Devi Path, Nainital, Uttarakhand

  • 23Mukteshwar Temple

    Mukteshwar Temple

    Located at a height of 2,312 meters above sea level, Mukteswar Temple is regarded as one of the most significant tourist places in Nainital. Dating back 350 years, the temple is dedicated to Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, the destroyer and the highest of all gods. Rumor has it that the temple was constructed by the Pandavas during their exile.

    As the story goes, the brothers were firm believers of Lord Shiva and they created the temple to be blessed with deliverance from their uneasy life. The area surrounding the temple is bestowed with immaculate natural beauty. From the temple, you can view the snowclad Himalayan Peaks of Nandakot, Trishul, and Nanda Devi, the second-highest peak in the country.

    Location: Link Road, Simyal Gaon, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263138, India

    Highlight: Religion and landscape

    Price: No Entry Fee

  • 24Pangot

    Pangot

    One of the most panoramic sightseeing places in Nainital, Pangot is a small colony near Nainital which is most famous for its lush green jungles and bird community. To reach Pangot, you have to travel through the enchanting forests of Cheena Park Range through Snow View Point and Kilbury, which are considered to be the main bird habitats around the area.

    Adrenaline junkies can enjoy mountain biking as well as trekking in the area. Reportedly, Pangot is home to over 580 bird species including but not limited to rufous-bellied niltava, Himalayan griffon, lammergeier, and spotted & Slaty-backed forktail.

    Location: 15 kilometres from Nainital

    Highlight: Bird Watching

    Price: No Entry Fee

  • 25Astronomical Observatory

    Astronomical Observatory
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    Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, or ARIES, as it is commonly known, is among the one-of-a-kind sightseeing places in Nainital. The Astronomical Observatory is one of the leading research centers in India for Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Atmospheric Science. Situated approximately 9 kilometers from Nainital atop Manora Peak, the Observatory is a great spot to visit if you are travelling with children.

    Boasting one of the most technologically advanced telescopes in the country, the Observatory enables you to witness the moon, the stars, and other celestial bodies that are otherwise reclusive to the usual eyes. Night viewing is mostly possible during a couple of days around full moon.

    Location: Beluwakhan, Uttarakhand 263002, India

    Highlight: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Atmospheric Science

    Price: No Entry Fee

  • 26Sariyatal

    Sariyatal
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    Nainital is most famous for its various gorgeous lakes, and Sariyatal, an astonishing Jade green lake, is among one of the most serene places to visit in Nainital to enjoy the beauty of the lakes in the hill town. The perfect place to enjoy chilly waters, brilliant landscapes, and peaceful environment, Sariyatal is extremely popular with honeymooners as well as nature lovers.

    Home to a massive botanical garden, the area is also famous for botany enthusiasts and families with children due to the many herbs and boutique parks in the garden. For adventure lovers, this is the perfect place for boating and water zorbing.

    Location: Smanora Range, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263002, India

    Highlight: Lake, Botanical Garden, Water Zorbing

    Price: No Entry Fee

  • 27 Jama Masjid

     Jama Masjid

    Originally build to cater to the Muslim soldiers in the British army, Jama Masjid is an important place of religious worship in Nainital. Built in 1882, the mosque is known for its notable architecture and inscriptions.

    As you enter the mosque, you can see the fine Arabic inscriptions at the main entrance but the most remarkable characteristics of the place are the mihrab, a section of which displays directions to Mecca.

    Location: Tallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002, India

    Highlight: Architecture and Religion

    Price: No Entry Fee

  • 28Naukuchiatal

    Naukuchiatal

    Naukuchiatal, literally meaning ‘lake of nine corners’, is a quintessential hill station coined after the namesake lake which is believed to be the deepest in Nainital. An extremely beautiful yet peaceful place, the area is a hub of interesting activities for adventure lovers.

    Bestowed with picturesque views and a shimmering lake, Naukuchiatal offers great opportunities for bird watching as well as angling. Some of the other popular activities to be enjoyed in the area include but aren’t limited to fishing, paragliding, rowing, and parasailing. Every year in May, the region celebrates the ‘Escape Festival’, one of the most popular music and art festivals in the country.

    Location: Nainital, Uttarakhand

    Highlight: Hill station

    Price: No Entry Fee

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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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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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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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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.
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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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Snow View Point

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.
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Astronomical Observatory

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.
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Sariyatal

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.
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Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

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.
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Naina Peak

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.
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Lands End

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.
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Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)

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.

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  • Q. what are the best places to visit near Nainital?

    There are more than 15 places to visit near Nainital, click here to know more:

    1. Jim Corbett National Park - 153 Km from Nainital
    2. Ranikhet - 60 Km from Nainital
    3. Almora - 65 Km from Nainital
    4. Bhimtal - 20 Km from Nainital
    5. Sattal - 46 Km from Nainital
    6. Naukuchiatal - 26 Km from Nainital
    7. Rishikesh - 257 Km from Nainital

  • Q. what are the best things to do in Nainital?
  • Q. Which are the famous resorts in Nainital?

    Here is the list of some of the best resorts in Nainital:

    1. The Naini Retreat - Starting only @ 5,200 
    2.  Shervani Hilltop - Starting from 6,600
    3. Balrampur House Nainital - Just @ 5,500
    4. Seasons Resort - Starting only @ 5,600 
    5. The Hermitage, Kailash - Starting from 1700

  • Q. What is famous in Nainital?

    If you are planning a visit to Nainital, then there are a lot of places to keep you hooked. Situated in the lap of nature, the Naini Lake is the most popular place to visit in Nainital. Other areas of tourist interest include Eco Cave Gardens, Naina Devi Temple, Mall Road, Snow View Point, Tiffin Top, Naina Peak, Jeolikot, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram, Himalayan View Point, Land’s End, Pangot, G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, Hanuman Garhi, Nainital Ropeway, Peora, Khurpa Taal, Astronomical Observatory, Sariyatal, Gurney House, St John Wilderness Church and Sitabani among others.

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

    Being a hill station, Nainital offers a pleasant atmosphere round the year and is an ideal place to visit in all seasons. You can enjoy breathtaking sight of the landscape between the months of March and June, when colourful flowers adorn the surroundings. If you are a winter enthusiast who loves snow, you can also visit the hill station between November and February, when it is covered in a white blanket. The cheapest season to visit Nainital is between June and September when the place observes rainfall.

  • Q. Is there snowfall in Nainital?

    Nainital observes a cold winter between the months of November and February with the temperatures dropping below zero degree Celsius. If you are fortunate, you may witness snowfall in Nainital in the months of December and January. Enjoy the pleasure of experiencing a white Christmas and a New Year in Nainital as the hill station is most likely to receive snowfall in December end.

  • Q. What is famous for shopping in Nainital?

    The Mall Road is the most popular place for shopping in Nainital. With a large number of shops, the market offers items like fruits, woollen items, uniquely designed candles, Bamboo fabric, Pine Tree craftworks and the Bells of Gorakhal’s Golu Temple. If you are a food enthusiast, you may want to try the Bal Mithai Sweet of Nainital. Apart from Mall Road, you can visit Bara Bazar, Tibetan Market and Bhotia Bazaar for shopping. 

  • Q. Is Nainital safe to visit in December?

    Nainital is a safe place to visit throughout the year, even during December as the hill station experiences sub-zero temperatures. If you are a snow enthusiast, you can visit the place in December end or January to experience snowfall. The place is well connected to nearby major cities, reducing the chances of road blockage during winters.

  • Q. How can I reach Nainital?

    The best and the most convenient way to reach Nainital is by road. NH 87 connects Nainital to nearby major cities like Rudrapur and Haridwar. Many cabs and bus services also run from Delhi, which connect the two cities by a 6-7 hour long drive. The nearest railway station from Nainital is Kathgodham, which is located at a distance of 35 km and is well connected to Delhi, Lucknow and Howrah. By air, you can reach the airport in Pantnagar, which is located at a distance of 65 km. From there you can take a cab to reach Nainital.

  • Q. Is it safe to drive from Delhi to Nainital?

    A lot of people drive from Delhi to Nainital to spend a happening getaway from their routine. The distance between Nainital and Delhi is 300 km, which can be covered in 9 hours. While the route is scenic, it is advisable to reach Kathgodham or Haldwani till sunset if you are an inexperienced driver. If you are an experienced driver who can ride in hills at night, it is safe to cover the hilly terrain from Kathgodham to Nainital.

  • Q. Is Nainital good for honeymoon?

    Nanital offers breathtaking views of the landscapes. A lot of couples throng the place to celebrate their honeymoon and spend some romantic moments in the lap of nature. The onset of winter in October-November is the best time to visit Nainital as the climate is pleasant. Nainital has a lot to offer to the honeymoon couples in the form of shopping and food. You can also go boating in the picturesque Naini Lake with your partner to experience romance in the middle of the mountains.

  • Q. What should I wear in Nainital?

    Being a hill station, Nainital experiences a significant change in climate in every season. If you are travelling between March and June, you can wear loose clothes that are ideal for summers and spring. If you are travelling between July and September, you are likely to witness rainfall so it is advised to pack accordingly. If you visit Nainital during the winter months between November and February, you may experience chill at night as the temperature drops below zero degrees, especially during December-end. It is advisable to carry woollen clothes during this time as the region is likely to witness freezing temperatures and snowfall as well.

  • Q. How many days are enough for Nainital?

    Nainital is one of the most popular hill stations in India, and there are a lot of places in the surrounding regions which you can visit. You can explore Nainital in 2-3 days as it offers a lot of lakes and other sightseeing options besides shopping in the markets. You can also spend an entire day trekking the Naini Hill for picturesque views of the Naini Lake. A two-night stay in Nainital will allow you to cover pretty much every destination in the hill station and in surroundings, that are worth a visit.