Sattal situated at the lower Himalayan range near Bhimtal and is an accumulation of seven freshwater lakes. The reason why Sattal is one of the highly recommended places to visit in Naukuchiatal because of its rich biome, dense oak and pine forests and alluring untouched beauty. This pristine lake is neatly seated below the fragrant Orchards, which further beautifies the Mehragaon valley.
Migratory birds flock from various geographies to make Sattal their home for a few weeks and again fly back to their home. Sattal boasts of a butterfly museum with a massive collection of 2500 butterflies and moth and 1100 insects. Sattal also has a Mission estate and a Methodist ashram on the banks of the Lake.
Distance: 12km from Naukuchiatal.
The largest lake in the Kumaon region, Bhimtal Lake is one of the prime places to visit in Naukuchiatal due to a brilliant display of foliage. This particular lake provides drinking water to all the nearby region of Kumaon. The island neatly placed at the centre of the lake gains attention due to the strategic position, this has been converted to a place of tourist interest.
It boasts of a little aquarium displaying fishes of various hues and shapes. It is guaranteed that nature lovers will be allured by the scenic beauty of this place and cherish every moment spent here having a dialogue with the vast open sky, the Mystic Lake and the thriving green around.
Distance: 3km from Naukuchiatal.
The Hanuman temple is a place to visit in Naukuchiatal if you are an ardent devotee of Hanuman Ji, the monkey god. The entrance of the temple is like a cave which takes you to an open space towards the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. The 52 feet statue of Lord Hanuman with the backdrop of green mountains and a clear blue sky is a sight to witness.
The temple premise is very clean, which helps you connect with the spiritual world immediately on arrival. The temple also houses Vaishno Devi temple, Shani Mandir, Ram Darbar temple a reflection and a place to sit back and rest for the visitors.
Distance: It is 2 km before you reach Naukuchiatal, close to the Bhimtal market
Timings: 5.00am to 11.00pm.
This happens to be the Prima donna for nature lovers in this region. The serenity of the lake and the splendid lush greens will enamour you by its sheer brilliance. Tourists are often seen enjoying Mountain biking, fishing, parasailing and boating. The magnificent mountain range, colourful butterflies, Himalayan birds and the iridescent bluish water calls for picture-perfect postcard images.
While you stroll down the idyllic lake the fragrance of woody forests amalgamates with the mist and makes you feel tranquil and at peace. Though Naukuchiatal Lake can be visited any time of the year, summer and post-monsoon travel to this destination offer vista par excellence.
Distance: 2.2km from Naukuchiatal.
Mukteshwar, this little hilly town of Nainital one of the popular tourist places in Naukuchiatal has a lot of history entwined along its existence. The 350-year-old Shiva temple, Mukteshwar Dham adorns the tip of the highest point in town. Historical evidence claims that the temple has been built by Tamil Pandya king.
Close to it, is Chauli ki Jali, overhanging cliffs which are best enjoyed for rappelling and rock climbing and offers a breathtaking view of the valley below. There are several attractions for visitors at this place, like the Orchards, the deodar forest, the IVRI lab, a post office founded in 1905 and many more interesting places all within this bewitching serenity and providing solitude to a busy mind.
Distance: 32km from Naukuchiatal.
Jungliagaon, the pride of Uttarakhand is a hotspot and a haven for nature lovers. Out of all the places to visit in Naukuchiatal, Jungliagaon has caught the eyes of wildlife Photographers and birders for long. People spend hours gazing at the bluish-green mountain range, to catch a glimpse of an exotic bird or to learn some new tricks in angling.
Flora and fauna of various species hover around this majestic mountainside and call it their abode. There is a host of outdoor activities to be explored here for the brave heart and fun loving tourist.
Distance: 8km from Naukuchiatal.