15 Amazing Things to do in Nainital
Seating on a pearl shaped valley in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Nainital is undoubtedly one of the most scenic hill stations in the country. Adorned by the charm of the outer-Himalayas, the entire of this hilly retreat is scenically guarded by snow-clad peaks, with the untouched greeneries adding more to its beauty and appeal.

For those planning for a trip to this heavenly destination, the list of things to do in Nainital is a must experience! Ranging from some of the enthralling treks to local shopping, lake visits to sightseeing, ropeway rides to elephant safari, the list of things to do in Nainital comprises all!

Here is the list of things to do in Nainital:

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Adventurous Trip at Aamod, Bhimtal
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  • Nainital
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  • Nainital
₹3,320

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Aamod at Bhimtal provides you with an array of activities to choose from! Delight in the calm environs of this stunning hill-station embraced in the ever-so-popular hill station of Naintal in the stunning state of Uttarakhand. Pamper yourself with an adventure stay at Aamod Resort that provides you with all the soothing activities so that you win back your lost energy.

Engross in a fun-packed nature walk in the surrounding forest, delight in the natural beauty of the thickets as you make your way through the wild. Please in a fun-filled boating experience, listen to distant chirpings of the birds in jungle as you paddle your way through this placid land.

For adventure junkies, Aamod has much more in its kitty than just leisure walks. Enthrall in an adrenaline boosting experience of rock climbing with other group members. Feel your heart racing as you cling to your rope while rappelling through the surrounding peaks. Trek in the open atmosphere where every turn opens door to a completely new and beautiful scenery. Unravel the beauty of this astonishing place with an adventure stay at Aamod Resort.

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Adventure Activities at The Lake Resort, Nainital Flat 17% Off
  • 3D/2N
  • Nainital
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  • Nainital
₹16,190 ₹13,390

The Lake Resort, Nainital is located in calm hills of Kumaon, Uttarakhand. Spread over 70 acres of serene oak forest; this resort is situated at 4320 feet above sea level. One can experience nature and its beauty in full bloom as wanders the trail by the lake. One can find orchids and ferns in abundance. There are many quiet spots for keen anglers as well. Explore the nine corners of the Naukuchiyatal. Folklore has it that if anyone finds a place that has a view of all nine corners of the lake, they'll attain nirvana.

Home to more than 135 species of Birds, making it a bird watcher's paradise. This area falls in the buffer zone between the Palearctic and the Indo-Malayan climates. It has a Flora and fauna from both sides making it a picturesque setting with its large variety of multitude trees, flowers, shrubs and plants.

Located in three different blocks, the thirty tastefully furnished spacious bedrooms and Swiss Tents; offer a panoramic view of the lake from their large haven windows and veranda's.

The Orchid Cafe offers Indian, Western and Chinese Gastronomies and caters to individual taste and preference. Mainly organically grown food and herbs ensure healthy meals prepared under strict standards of hygiene and quality.

Meal Types: Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian-Breakfast

Accommodation Types: Double Occupancy

Activities: Table Tennis, Pool and Snooker Tables, Gym, Badminton, Chess, Board Games, Carom Board etc.

Wildlife Experience: Angling, Horse Safari, Bird Watching, Nature Walk, Butterfly Museum (Bhimtal), Corbett National Park visit (on request).

Soft adventure activities: Burma Bridge, Monkey crawl, Tarzan swing, Flying fox

Adventure Activities: Paragliding and Kayaking

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Camp Kyari at Syat, Nainital
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  • Nainital
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  • Nainital
₹2,640

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Come and experience Camp Kyari, Siyat, Nanital which is located in an organic farm on the hill slopes above Kotabag. American Safari Tents along with mats and sleeping bags ensure a comfortable stay on the meadows. 

For maintaining the natural jungle environment, no electricity is used at the camp rather kerosene/solar lanterns are used to light the camp adequately during the night. Here you can harvest fresh vegetables for your next meal, go swimming in river pools or rock climbing and rappelling over a waterfall. 

You can trek through densely forested hills or explore the river valley dotted with villages and farmlands on mountain bikes. The more adventurous can pitch the tents deeper into the forest to co-exist with varied Wildlife and live a life 'out there'. So, are you ready for this wild experience?

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Escapading at Shervani Hilltop, Nainital
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  • Nainital
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  • Nainital
₹16,590

Shervani Hilltop, Nainital an abode of peace, serenity, devotion and calmness is located is 2 km away from the Mall Road and yet away from the maddening crowd. Relax and rejuvenate in the fresh air and pleasant sights that offer a getaway from the dull monotony of every day. Whenever, the city life gets too much to handle let your senses be pleasured in this stunning retreat of nature!

Shervani Hilltop, Nainital is built in the form of little cottages set apart from the busy township with modern amenities like cable connections, efficient room service, etc. Surrounded by the beautiful flora and fauna of the Himalayas, it is like paradise rediscovered. The best thing about the resort is that even when it is full, one does not get a feeling that it is crowded.

Meal Types: Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian- Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Types: Double Occupancy

Activities: Air Hockey, Table Tennis, Play Station, Carrom, Chess, Foosball, Ludo, Pool Table, Bonfire, Tambola, Disco Nights, Live singing, Puppet Show, Trekking, Bird Watching, Paragliding, Bird Watching, Croquet Game, Kite Flying, etc.

Difficulty Level: Easy


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Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, Pangot
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₹11,650
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Walking into Pangot is like stepping into a fairytale.This birdwatchers' paradise has more than 250 species of birds in and around as recorded by Jungle Lore Birding Lodge. The forests of Pangot and surrounding areas are dominated by thick Oak, Pine and Rhododendron. One can see a variety of bird species along the way to Pangot such as Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Blue-winged Minla, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktail, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Khalij pheasant are to name a few. The pleasant and spell bounding weather in summers and snow clad mountain peaks in winters attract visitors from all over the world. Pangot is an ideal destination for people searching for calm and peace.

Meal Types: Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Types: Double Occupancy

Activities: Birding, Trekking

Difficult Level: Easy

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Visit Jim Corbett

Visit Jim Corbett

Named after the British Hunter in India, Jim Corbett is an active area of wildlife, granted the national park status in the year 1936. The oldest National Park of India, Corbett is known to have the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers. Located inside the bounds of the lake city, visiting the Jim Corbett National Park for a tiger safari is surely one of the best things to do in Nainital.

Apart from this, there is also the Ramganga Reservoir inside the reserve where a number of Elephants, Leopards, and hundreds of birds that flock to this place.

Location: Nainital District, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715

Timings: Everyday, 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Charges/Fees: INR 200 for Indians, INR 900 for foreigners.


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Enjoy Boating at Naini Lake

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Enjoy Boating at Naini Lake

In the entire district of Nainital, the Naini Lake is the one that is the most famous, owing to its location and ease of access. Surrounded by beauty on all sides, the lake is a great place to have some mesmerizing memories of the city. As you sit on a boat that slowly glides on the waters, indulge in what is one of best activities to do in Nainital. 

Take a boating trip of the lake and marvel at the beauty that surrounds you in this amazing location, from where you can see the serene snow-capped peaks, the Cheena Peak, and the Tiffin Top. Take pictures of the amazing valley or record a video of the pleasant weather.

Location: Naini Lake, Nainital, Uttarakhand

Timings: Everyday, 6 AM to 6 PM

Charges/Fees: Starts from INR 150 and goes on to INR 500 (per person)

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Trekking at Cheena Peak

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Trekking at Cheena Peak

Also known as the Naina Peak, Cheena Peak is the highest point in Nainital. Covered in forests of Rhododendrons, Deodars, and Cypresses, the trek to the top of Cheena Peak is as rewarding as the view from the top. After just a small and relaxing hike up the hill, you will get to see the beautiful range of the Himalayas all covered in snow.

Also, the city of Nainital looks even more beautiful from the peak. The trekking to the top, and taking in the views from there, can together be called the best things to do in Nainital.

Location: Nainital, Uttarakhand

Charges/Fees: None

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Enjoy Himalayan View from Tiffin Top

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Enjoy Himalayan View from Tiffin Top

Also known as Dorothy’s seat, the Tiffin Top is a locals’ favorite picnic spot in Nainital. Located on the Ayarpatta Hill, Tiffin top sits in a location where you can see the city of Nainital on one side, and the majestically beautiful Kumaon hills on the other side. A photographer’s paradise, the place got its name because Dorothy’s Seat was popular for picnics. 

If you are looking for activities to do in Nainital, then a hike up to Tiffin Top to capture the beauty of Himalayas, is surely a thing you should go for.

Location: Ayarpatta Hill, Nainital, Uttarakhand.

Timings: Everyday, 8 AM to 5:30 PM

Charges/Fees: Free Entry


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Visit the Nainital Zoo

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Visit the Nainital Zoo

Nainital Zoo, or the Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo, is a high altitude home for wildlife, first of its kind in North India, and the 3rd in the country. Located at a height of about 2,100 m above sea level, the zoo is one of the best places to visit in Nainital. 

Housing animals like Royal Bengal tiger, Tibetan wolves, sambar, leopard cat, and Himalayan bear, the zoo also has many bird species like Kalij pheasant, Lady Amherst pheasant, rose-ringed parakeet, golden pheasant, and red junglefowl. A visit here is surely one of the best things to do in Nainital.

Location: Tallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002

Timings: Friday to Wednesday, 10 AM to 4:30 PM

Charges/Fees: INR 50 for adults (above 13 years), INR 20 for children.

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Go for Camping

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Go for Camping

Nainital is not just hills and lakes, rather, the place has its fair share of meadows and ridges to enjoy the best of camping in Kumaon. With weather that remains pleasant for almost all throughout the year, the experience of camping in Nainital is nothing short of a getaway from the bustling life of the city.

 Fill your mornings with sunrise views, catch up on some trekking and birdwatching through the day, get warm with a bonfire as you sing and dance around it, and sleep under the billions of stars in the clear sky. Find a place to pitch your tent and you will find all of the above easily.

Location: Nainital, Uttarakhand

Charges/Fees: Depends on the campsite and required permits and entry charges.

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Learn Rock Climbing

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Learn Rock Climbing
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More than a place blessed with beauty, Nainital is an adventure destination as well. A roster of adventure sports waiting for you to explore is present in the lake town, but the most amazing of all things to do in Nainital has to be the rock climbing. With a few schools that will teach the basics and necessities of rock climbing, you can easily become an enthusiast of the sport.

And with plenty of opportunities to practice in the city, there is a lot of fun that is yet to be had, and rock climbing is one of those unexplored and untapped adventures. You can learn with Nainital Mountaineering Club.

Location: CRST Inter College, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263001

Timings: Everyday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Charges/Fees: Starts from INR 600

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Shop at Tibetan Market

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Shop at Tibetan Market

Right along the banks of the Naini Lake, the famous Tibetan Market of Nainital runs. Offering authentic Tibetan winterwear, souvenirs, and much more, the market is one of the most famous, affordable, and beautiful setup to shop in the city, and is run by the natives of Tibet. 

Skillful at their work, Tibetans have shops and shacks on the side of the road selling Tibetan bags, scarves, ethnic dresses, designer shawls, woolen mufflers, junk accessories, and stylish watches, all of which are available at affordable prices and can be bargained for.

Location: Nanda Devi Path, Ayarpatta, Nainital, 263002, Uttarakhand

Timings: Everyday, 9:30 AM to 9 PM

Charges/Fees: None

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Experience Sunset at Hanuman Garhi

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Experience Sunset at Hanuman Garhi

Dedicated to Hindu God and loyal follower of Lord Ram, Lord Hanuman, Hanuman Garhi is a temple that enjoys an amazing location on the top of a hill in Nainital. Built in the year 1950 by a local saint, the best part about this temple is the amazing sunset view of the place, where people can watch the sun slowly gliding down and set behind the hills. 

Tourists from all over the country come to witness this marvel, and the best part is that it does not require a strenuous walk to reach the temple. Take the blessings of the lord and take in the beauty of the scene as it unfolds in front of you.

Location: Hanuman Garhi, Haldwani Road, Nainital, Uttarakhand

Timings: Sunset Time

Charges/Fees: None

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Enjoy Ropeway of Nainital

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Enjoy Ropeway of Nainital

The main attractions of Nainital include the amazing name of the Ropeway of Nainital. Connecting the city to the snow view point, the ropeway takes one to a height of about 2,250 m above sea level. While the destination is undoubtedly beautiful, the ride to the top is itself very serene, making it one of the best things to do in Nainital.

There are 2 trolleys that run between the two terminals and take time of about 2 and a half minutes to complete the journey on one side. Another great thing about this is that the ropeway was built by the Swiss pioneers, making it the safest ropeway in the region.

Location: Ropeway RdMallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263001

Timings: everyday 10 AM to 4 PM

Charges/Fees: INR 150 for adults, and INR 100 for children, both way.

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Stroll through Mall Road and Buy Fancy Candles

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Stroll through Mall Road and Buy Fancy Candles

The Mall, or the Mall Road, is a popular tourist attraction in Nainital. Built by the Britishers when they planned the city, the road runs by the side of the lake, it runs by the heart of Nainital connecting two major points of the city, Mallital, and Tallital. With the best time to arrive here being in the evening, one can easily find a horde of tourists and locals flocking here for the views or to shop.

Mostly, the Mall Road is home to a number of hotels, restaurants, banks, travel agencies, and shops, you will find that it is closed for vehicles during peak time to ensure safe passage for the tourists.

Location: The Mall Road, Nainital.

Timings: Everyday, 9 AM to 10 PM

Charges/Fees: None

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Visit Naina Devi

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Visit Naina Devi

A Shakti Peeth (seat of power) in the Hindu Belief, the Naina Devi temple is perched on the northern bank of the Naini Lake in the city of Nainital. A famous attraction and a spiritual hotspot, the Naina Devi Goddess resides inside the temple and is depicted by her two eyes. Pilgrims from everywhere flock to the temple to take blessings of the mother goddess.

Despite being destroyed in a landslide in the year 1880, the Naina Devi Temple was rebuilt and has since then attracted thousands of visitors every year.

Location: Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002

Timings: Everyday 6 AM to 10 PM

Charges/Fees: None

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Visit Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

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Visit Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

A small village in the boundaries of Nainital goes by the name of Pangot and is home to a small creek known to be the watering hole of several wild animals like Leopard, Civet, Goral, and Deer. In a large portion of this place is a jungle-like area especially famous for the bird species that reside here.

Home to almost 580 species of avifauna, the Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is a haven for bird lovers. One can spot Brown Wood Owls, White-Throated Laughing Thrushes, Collared Grosbeaks and Forktails, amongst many endangered, endemic and rare species of indigenous and migratory bird.

Location: Village Pangot, Budhlakoti, Via Kilbury Road, Uttarakhand 263001

Timings: Everyday, from sunrise to sunset

Charges/Fees: None

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Eat at Chandni Chowk

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Eat at Chandni Chowk
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Named after a popular street of the same name in Delhi, the Chandni Chowk Restaurant tries to create the same taste like its namesake. Carefully decorated to resemble Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, even the food takes after the same taste. Eat and enjoy the delicacies of various regions of North India, incorporating the real taste of everything, including the sweets of north India.

This includes Gol Gappas, cuisines in Paneer and rice, various types of rice, hot Jalebi, Gulab Jamun, Lassi, Masala Milk, and Buttermilk.

Location: The Mall Road, Tallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002

Timings: Everyday, 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Cost for 2: INR 400

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Visit Cave Garden

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Visit Cave Garden

A rather new addition to the crown of exciting tourist attractions of Nainital, the Eco Cave Gardens are a series of several interconnected caves. Educating its visitors, especially small kids about the wildlife that resides in the Himalayas. Rising in fame in the recent years, the gardens have caves named like Tiger Cave, Panther Cave, Bat Cave, etc based on the name of the animal the cave is about.

There are also hanging gardens, as well as a musical fountain in the place, making it an even better place. A tour of the entire is recommended for the best experience, as it can be called the best of all activities to do in Nainital.

Location: Sukhatal, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263001

Timings: Everyday, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Charges/Fees: INR 20 for adults, INR 10 for children.

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