A small town situated in Uttrakhand, Bhimtal is a famous tourist attraction because of the Bhimtal lake. The lake has a small island right in the centre which has a huge aquarium in the showcase. The town is named after the charismatic mythological character Bhima. In the vicinity of the lake, you can find a number of hotels and guest houses to stay, much pocket-friendly than Nainital.
Similar to Almora, Bhimtal can be visited during any month of the year and surprisingly is less crowded than Nainital. Bhimtal, unlike Nainital, offers a surreal quite leisure stay to the tourists wanting to explore out of the box places.
How to Reach: Since Bhimtal tops the list of places to visit near Nainital, it would take less than an hour to drive there.
Things to Do: An absolute example of intricate architecture is Bheemeshwara temple that dates back to 17th century. Apart from the temple and the lake, Garg parwat, victoria dam and folk museum are some of the worth visiting spots in town.
Distance from Nainital: 20 Kms.
Like we mentioned Kumaon, Naukuchiatal is a small village full of serene views and peace. The village is highlighted due to the presence of a 9 cornered lake which is 1 km in length and 40 m deep. It is known widely that if a person views all the 9 corners of the lake with his feet on the ground, he disappears and attains nirvana. This fact makes this village a must go in the itinerary list of places to visit near Nainital.
The presence of such a gigantic spread of the lake there is the reason of existence of some really beautiful lake resorts. The staff and the locals of the village are super friendly and will guide you to do different activities there like boating etc. This place is quite untouched and clean as the tourist footfall is lesser as compared to places like Nainital.
If you plan to visit, please make sure that you carry your own waste bags and minimise the use of plastics during your trip. The best time to visit is April to June and September to November.
How to Reach: One can reach Naukuchiatal very easily from Nainital in a couple of hours by hiring a local taxi.
Things to Do: Try your hands on photography around the beautiful lakes of the city or simply chill and enjoy the scenic beauties.
Distance from Nainital: 26 Kms
Known as the fruit bowl of Kumaon, Ramgarh is the place of exotic fruit orchards like plums, apples, peaches and peers. Once the cantonment of the English army, this small hill station will give you unobstructed views of the snow capped mountains. Situated at 1789 metres, this place gives you the most delightful and serene sunrise and sunset.
The whole Ramgarh is divided into 2 parts, uphill is Malla and downhill is Talla, home to ashrams of renowned poet Rabindranath Tagore and social worker Narain Swami. The best time to visit is from October to May when the orchards of Nathuakhan are in full swing coloured by apples, plums and peaches.
How to Reach: One can reach Ramgarh from Nainital in a couple of hours by local buses or hired cabs.
Things to Do: If you happen to be a trekking lover, you can enjoy the easy route of around 10 km to Devi Mandir from where you can get a panoramic view of the Himalayan range.
Distance from Nainital: 34 Kms.
One of the most colourful cities of India, Rishikesh celebrates the religion in a way no other city does. The city attracts spiritual seekers from all over the world as it is a hub of yoga and meditation centres. Temples and ashrams line up at the eastern banks of the river as the city holds deep cultural and spiritual significance. It is also an ideal example of noise-free, pollution free and alcohol-free habitat and is considered as the gateway to Garhwal.
Another major attraction of the city is the cafes spread in the vicinity of Laxman jhula. If you plan to visit Rishikesh, do not forget to chill in Little Buddha cafe and Freedom cafe built on the beautiful ghats of the river Ganges. Most evenings here show live music by different artists all over the world adding to the good smells of the delicacies offered by these cafes.
How to Reach: There is no direct bus between Nainital and Rishikesh. You can take a taxi from Nainital to Haldwani then take State Transport Bus from Haldwani to Rishikesh.
Things to Do: Water rafting, bungee jumping, and mountain biking are some of the famous activities one can try in this region.
Distance from Nainital: 257 Kms.
One of the commercial cities of Kumaon region, Haldwani is the third largest populous city of Uttarakhand. Haldwani zoo safari is a major attraction of the city as gigantic wind turbines feature at this modern zoo & the whole area focuses on the concept of carbon neutrality. Apart from this, the city has many Hindu temples to visit like Devi Mandir, Kali chaur, Haidakhan mandir.
At a distance of just 8 km from the city, you can find one of the ancient railway stations of India, the Kathgodam railway station. The station provides easy access to the Kumaoni hills as there are direct trains to major cities like Delhi.
How to Reach: The convenient, fastest and cheapest way to reach from Haldwani to Nainital is to take a taxi from Haldwani to Nainital.
Things to Do: In the vicinity of the Kathgodam station, do stop by the Gaula and Kainchi dams to feel the heavy rush of the rivers in the valley.
Distance from Nainital: 41 Kms.
Are you a bird watcher? Well, then this one is surely for you. Satta or Sat Tal is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes situated in the Lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal, the one above in the list of places to visit near Nainital. The lakes are perched at an elevation of 1370 metres above sea level. Another worth watching spot in Sattal is Subhash dhara. It is a freshwater natural spring with crystal clear waters, layered under the dense forests of oaks.
Out of all the places to visit near Nainital, this town beholds the untouched beauty of colonial architecture in its truest forms. Methodist ashram sets the perfect example of it. Do take a detour to Sattal as the journey is only 1 hour from Nainital. The best months to visit the town from April to June and September to December as the lakes are in the best view during that time.
How to Reach: You can reach Sattal from Nainital by taking a local bus or hiring a shared cab.
Things to Do: Breathe in the mountain goodness by doing some serious bird watching, trekking, boating.
Distance from Nainital: 46 Kms.
Famous for its adventure sports activities, Mukteshwar stands at 2268 metres above sea level in Uttrakhand. The town derives its name from a 350-year-old temple of Shiva known as Mukteshwar Dham situated at the highest point in Mukteshwar. Chauli ki Jali is the spot for you if you want to try rock climbing and rappelling with an excellent view of the valley down below. Chauli ki Jali is basically a range of overhanging cliffs which serves the activities of your adventurous fantasies.
The other major attractions here are the IVRI laboratories (experiments on tiny rats, gold-plated books, cattle-sheds), orchards of the Central Institutes of Temperate Horticulture-Regional Station and an expansive deodar forest (Himalayan cedar) measuring 15 square miles.
How to Reach: One can reach Mukteshwar from Nainital easily in a day via Bhowali Ramgarh Mukteshwar road through local and hire based convenience.
Things to Do: Take the challenge by trying rock climbing, rappelling and camping in the beautiful deodar forests.
Distance from Nainital: 47 Kms.
Ranikhet literally means the queen's farm and is located in the peripheral elevation of Nainital. It is also the headquarters of Kumaon regiment of the Indian Army with Kumaon regiment centre museum as one of the highlights. The museum showcases a splendid collection of weapons to enhance your history knowledge quite well. Another popular location in Ranikhet is the Nanda Devi peak and a must visit to soak yourself in the religious offerings of Uttrakhand.
To add to the ritual offerings, Jhula Devi temple offers you continued sweet tinkling of bells that can be heard from kilometres away. If you plan to take a morning walk in the pure scenic green routes, have a visit to the Chaubatia gardens. Spend some tranquil moments in the lap of nature shadowed by cedar and pine trees.
How to Reach: The best route to reach Ranikhet is to hire a cab or rent a vehicle and drive along the beautiful sceneries.
Things to Do: One can visit temples, museums and spend the mornings going for a walk in the beautiful gardens of Ranikhet.
Distance from Nainital: 60 Kms.
As known worldwide, the national park is home to 50 species of trees, 580 birds and 25 reptiles living in an area of 500 square kilometres spread across. The park can be an absolute treat to the wildlife enthusiasts as some rare tiger species can be found here. The best time to visit the park is October to June as the forest authorities grant permissions in a particular period of time only. The government has divided the National Park into 5 different zones to promote tourism.
These are the core areas of the park where tourists can be a part of the wildlife safaris and can enjoy the views of wildlife by bare eyes. In order to do the booking and explore the tourist packages option, you can visit the official website.
How to Reach: Ramnagar is the best way to reach Corbett Park. It is well connected through road networks to all the major cities like Delhi. From Nainital, you can either hire a cab or take a local bus to reach.
Things to Do: You should go for a thrilling experience of jungle safari, camping or trekking. Since Corbett is full of different species, spend some time bird watching in the woods.
Distance from Nainital: 153 Kms.
Popular for the immensely rich flora and fauna, Almora is one of the very few places with pleasantly mild weather all over the year. The nights are quite chilly due to lush green valleys around, carry a good amount of woollen clothes before, to spend a good cosy time.
As soon as you reach, you can shop some amazing local handicrafts, the famous Angora clothes and Almora's special copper vessels at a 200-year-old market known as Laal Bazaar as Almora is one of the business hubs of Kumaon region. Amongst all the places to visit near Nainital, this one is home to 800-year-old Sun temple (Katarmal).
How to Reach: Since it would take around 1.5 hours to reach Almora from Nainital, the best way to reach is by hiring a local taxi.
Things to Do: The terrain of Almora is such that you can test your endurance and stamina by trying out some new adventure activities like rock climbing, Burma bridge and spider web.
Distance from Nainital: 65 Kms.
Uttarakhand state is administratively divided into two regions, one is Garhwal and the other is Kumaon. Kumaon region includes districts of Almora, Bageshwar, Champawat, Nainital, Pithoragarh, and Udham Singh Nagar. The region is popular as it includes the famous Army regiment, the Kumaon Regiment and also includes a plethora of temples like Patal Bhubaneswar and the famous temples of Jageshwar, Bageshwar, and Almora.
As you begin to travel through this region you can come across some idyllic villages as well, where you can spend your nights in cosy home stays and savour the local Garhwali and Kumaon dishes. Also, there is a very interesting side to this region as well. A lot of non-profit organisations, self-help communities, women cooperatives and other programs shape up here.
You can even plan a good long trip here to experience the less technology affected lives and meanwhile indulge yourself in some social works. The best season to visit is from April to July when the springs are in full swing.
How to Reach: One can reach Kumaon from Nainital in a couple of hours by local buses or hired cabs.
Things to Do: One can go around in the region to find a plethora of Hindu temples and do some adventure activities like paragliding, rock climbing or trekking to some high peaks of the region.
Distance from Nainital: 69 Kms
Pantnagar is a town and a university campus in Udham Singh Nagar district, Uttarakhand. The first agricultural university was established here in 1960. Pantnagar has an airport so air access to major cities becomes feasible. This town has emerged as a business hub after SIDCUL established their first integrated industrial estate here, followed by big companies like Tata, Bajaj, Nestle, Britannia etc.
Who knows, while roaming around this town on a trip, you might get a decent job offer !! The town presents your luxury stays and hotels and you can easily travel to other places like Haldwani, Nainital and Jim Corbett through Pantnagar.
How to Reach: Similar to Haldwani, you can conveniently reach Pantnagar from Nainital by hiring a local taxi.
Things to Do: The town offers some beautiful views for sightseeing as well as local markets for shopping.
Distance from Nainital: 74 Kms.
Wish to see Kedarnath Peak, Shivling, Trisul? This place promises the best of views. A cut off travel destination, Binsar is located at an elevation of 2412 km above sea level. It is actually in the middle of the Binsar wildlife sanctuary spread. The main attraction of Binsar is the 300 km of majestic and panoramic view of Himalayan peaks from Zero point. Another interesting geographical fact about Binsar is about the terrain.
The slopes of the city have varying expanse and have developed naturally by the course of running water, making it perfect for good long nature walks and treks. The dense Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is the home of 200 bird species, Barking Deer, Himalayan bear, leopard, fox, musk deer, langur, porcupine, flying squirrel, chital, jungle cat etc. An entry ticket of Rs. 40 per person and Rs. 50 for a car has to be paid at the entry point of Binsar.
How to Reach: There are various public transports ply between Binsar and Pant Nagar at frequent intervals for which you can easily enquire from Binsar transport office.
Things to Do: Binsar hills also known as Jhandi Dhar, is ideal for some serious bird watching and photography.
Distance from Nainital: 268 Kms.
A romantic date your thing? Head over to this beautiful small village situated at 1870 metres above sea level in Uttarakhand. The beauty of the Alpine hills is the food for the soul here, unlike in all other places to visit near Nainital. It's 300 km wide scenic views can easily be a nature lover's paradise. Lakshmi Ashram, Sumitranandan Pant Museum, and Baijnath Temple are some other spots you can explore around here.
It is a little far from Nainital as compared to other places on the list, takes about 3 hours to reach. So if you have got a good number of days in your trip schedule, do not miss out this tiny paradise in the state. The summer months of April to June is the ideal time to visit Kausani, Uttarakhand. Kausani weather is mild and hovers around 9 to 26 degrees.
How to Reach: The cheapest way to reach Kausani from Nainital is to take a taxi from Nainital to Almora then take State Transport Bus from Almora to Kausani.
Things to Do: Kausani offers ample scope of super thrilling rock climbing, mountain biking, and rappelling. You should dine at the famous garden restaurant or simply shop at the old mall road.
Distance from Nainital: 114 Kms.
Bageshwar is a holy town located at the confluence of Saryu and Gomti rivers and offers the best of the old and new world to the visitors. It is home to several shrines and holy temples that offer enlightenment and divine bliss to the spiritual souls. Tucked in the Kumaon region of the mighty Himalayan range, it is a haven for nature enthusiasts as well as holy souls.
If you’re looking to escape from the harsh realities of intellectual life, then Bageshwar should be your best bet. It’s a nature’s paradise, and you can witness here meandering terrains, cascading waterfalls, and lush green forests that are the perfect companion for a tranquil vacation. The rustic yet peaceful life of the villagers will further enchant your senses to explore its untouched beauty.You can find life pumping over here through the veins of this tiny town. It is replete with scenic villages, snow-capped glaciers, and picturesque rivers.
Some of the most famous temples over here that take the visitors on the path of divinity are Chandika temple and Bagnath Temple. It also serves as the entry point to some of the most breathtaking trekking routes, such as Kafni, Pindari Glacier, and Sunderdhunga Glacier.
If you’re looking for some of the best things to do in Bageshwar, then it will offer you myriads of options to satiate the wanderlust within you. It is a trekkers paradise, and you can also try camping over here for an adrenaline-rushing experience. You can even watch the enthralling folk dance such as Baul, Hurka over here to have a taste of its cultural vividness.
Bageshwar experiences a relatively cooler climate all year round since it is located in the lap of Himalayas. The summers(March-May) over here are breezy and cloudless, and the average temperature ranges around 27.2 degrees during this season. Winters(October-February) can be a bit harsh, but the snowfall makes it an equally enthralling season to visit Bageshwar.
This is where the pilgrims start their holy journey to Mount Kailash and Mansarovar shrine. In the outskirts of the city, over the top of a hill stands the magnificent Pithoragarh fort famous for its historic importance and ancient architecture. There are 2 temples in the vicinity worth visiting.
One is the Thal Kedar, a Lord Shiva temple situated around 15 km from the main city. The other one is Dhwaj temple located at around 4 km from the main city. Askot sanctuary and Munsiyari are also some spots in the city where you can roam around enjoying the natural habitat of different species of flora and fauna.
How to Reach: There is only 1 direct bus (state transport) plying between Nainital to Pithoragarh. The minimum time a bus takes to reach Pithoragarh from Nainital is 4h 22m.
Thing to do: If you are up for a thrill-filled morning, you must try Paragliding from some serious heights here.
Distance from Nainital: 170 Kms.