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  • Things to Do in Nainital

    Every category of traveller can find their taste of things to do in Nainital. From leisure tourists to the nature-loving or adventure enthusiast, this destination has everything for everyone. Activities like Bird watching, nature exploration, and adventure sports are very popular among the tourists visiting here. People also shop for hand knitted woollens from the natives here as souvenirs for their trip.

    Some of the popular
    activities in Nainital that capture the attention of the travellers at this place are Boating, paragliding, trekking, camping and others. People who love to trek may find this place as paradise. With tons of trekking spots like Tiffin’s Top, Naini peak and others, this tourist destination satisfies the adventure lust in each traveller.

    For the kids too, activities like boating, water Zorbing, rock climbing and others help them feel the thrill of adventure with utmost safety. With homely food, adventure sports, bonfire, fun games and sleeping under the star lit sky, visit Nainital for an exceptional experience.

    Here is the list of things to do in Nainital:

  • 01Aamod Resort Bhimtal Stay with Activities @ Flat 33% off

    Aamod Resort Bhimtal Stay with Activities @ Flat 33% off
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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 Nainital 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 the 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.

  • 02Adventure Activities at The Lake Resort, Nainital Flat 17% Off

    Adventure Activities at The Lake Resort, Nainital Flat 17% Off
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    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

  • 03Camp Kyari at Syat, Nainital

    Camp Kyari at Syat, Nainital
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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?

  • 04Escapading at Shervani Hilltop, Nainital

    Escapading at Shervani Hilltop, Nainital
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    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

  • 05Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, Pangot

    Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, Pangot
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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

  • 06Visit 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.

  • 07Enjoy 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)

  • 08Trekking 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

  • 09Enjoy 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

  • 10Visit 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.

  • 11Go 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.

  • 12Learn 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

  • 13Shop 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

  • 14Experience 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

  • 15Enjoy 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.

  • 16Stroll 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

  • 17Visit 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

  • 18Visit 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

  • 19Eat 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

  • 20Visit 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.




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


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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 famous things to do in Nainital for couples?

    1. Camp Kyari at Syat: If you love camping, then you would love the Camp Kyari experience with safari tents and sleeping bags in a jungle environment. Here you can participate in activities like rappelling, rock climbing, swimming, and harvesting vegetables.

    2. Adventure activities at The Lake Resort: You can participate in various activities with your partner at The Lake Resort in Nainital. This is a popular spot for bird-watching. You can also take part in angling, and horse safari.  

    3. Boating at Naini Lake: The Naini Lake is the most famous among all the lakes in Nainital, and it is surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges. Boating at Naini Lake is a great way for you and your partner so create some lasting memories.  

    4. Rock Climbing: If you and your partner are adventure enthusiasts, you can take part in the rock climbing activities at Nainital. There are instructors that will teach you the basics of the activity.

  • Q. What are the best adventure activities to do in Nainital?

    With a bunch of adventure things to do in Nainital, this destination offers a whirlwind of experiences to the travellers. Browse through the below mentioned itinerary that is perfect for all the adventure seeking people for an exceptional experience in this pristine destination.

    1. Camping: Out of the many activities in Nainital, this one has always been a perfect escape for the adventure souls who seek for a refuge amidst the lap of nature. Sleeping under the star lit sky, practising thrilling sports, bonfire, enjoying with your friends and others sums up for this activity.

    2. Paragliding: The famous spot for this activity in Nainital is Nakuchiatal. Catch a bird’s eye views of this gorgeous location through this great adventure sport that is practised under the guidance of an expert.

    3. Trekking: Walk your way down on the trails laid in the thick forests and landscapes of Nainital. Be it the beginners or experts, one can always find a trek as per their fitness level in Nainital. With tranquillity and natural beauty spread all over, this activity soothes the mind and soul.

    4. Water Zorbing: This unique adventure sport will truly thrill you to the veins. Stroll over the water as you get seated inside a floating plastic ball called Zorb that enhances the body equalisation. The expert guides will help you perform this activity in the right way.

    5. River Crossing: One of the many activities, this sport is also one of the many famous things in Nainital. Crossing the rustling freshwater lakes with the help of ropes and other safety gears, this sport requires strong daring power and mental health.

    6. Boating: With popular and scenic spots like Naini Lake, Bhimatal Lake, Sattal and others, one has to definitely try it while visiting this destination. Various lakes offer this activity in Nainital that are set amidst the picturesque landscapes worth capturing.

  • Q. What are the best treks in Nainital?

    1. Snow View Peak: This spot is the most popular among the travellers to catch the sights of lofts Himalayan ranges. It includes a distance of 3 kilometres to be covered. It is an easy to cover trek that offers pristine views of the himalayan peaks from its end destination.

    2. Guano Hills: Get rid of the hustle and bustle of the city as you go on the moderate level trek in the tranquillity of the Guano hills. The enchanting forest with rich flora, fauna and birdwatching will add on to your experience of trek here.

    3. Naini Peak-Pangot Trek: Extended up to two days, this trek commences from Mallital in Nainital and ends at Naini peak with 14 kilometres of trekking distance. This trek demands good fitness.

    4. KunjKharak Trek: This jungle trek that commences from Pangot. The trekkers have to cover this trek amidst the deodar and oak forest whose tranquillity only will get you Goosebumps. It is a moderate level trek passing amidst the lush green forest.

    5. Tiffin’s Top: Also known by the name of Dorothy’s peak, this 4 kilometre easy trek will take you to the peak through lush green surroundings and spectacular views of the valley.

  • Q. What are the best places for camping in Nainital?

    One of the popular activities in Nainital among the adventure souls visiting is camping. Explore the below mentioned popular places to choose from before you gear up for your camping expedition.

    1. Ayar Jungle Camp: Travellers seeking for an adrenaline rush should definitely visit this camp. With natural beauty all around the calmness and thrilling activities will give you an ultimate experience on your trips.

    2. Nainital River Camp: With a bunch of adventurous activities like wildlife sighting, river crossing, rapelling and others. Their homely food an ideal setting in the location will soothe your senses.

    3. YMCA Campsite: Encouraging the youth travellers into new and thrilling adventure at this unique camping site is an ultimate experience. They aim at fitness of the youth and is also known to trains many Indian athletes for the Olympics.

    4. Camp Mehi Nature Resort: With camps set up amidst the sky high trees and thick forests of oak pine, it would be a worthy experience for nature and wildlife lovers. They offer activities like trekking, Burma Bridge, Rapelling, Tarzan Swing and others.

    5. Camp Dhanuli: Experience guided adventure sports like rock climbing, valley crossing, paragliding, night hiking and others at this Nainital adventure camp.

  • Q. What are the best places for boating in Nainital?

    Boating is one of the many popular things to do in Nainital that lures every tourist at this place. Check out the list of popular locations for a worth experience.

    1. Naini Lake: This is the best spot for a boating experience in Nainital. Get to know about the astonishing facts about the Naini Lake from your boat driver as you take a drive over the waters.

    2. Bhimtal Lake: Another popular boating spot, Bhimtal Lake is named after the Mahabharat legend, Bhima. Apart from boating, one can also visit the aquarium seated in the middle of the lake.

    3. Sattal Lake: Bragging its lush green aura, this destination is really extravagant for a boating experience in its emerald green waters.

    4. Nakuchiatal: Another famous location popular for boating in the colourful boats here, this lake nestles in a serene landscape. It is open for boating everyday and charges a nominal cost.

    5. Khurpatal: Seated in the serene landscapes of Nainital, this location also welcomes boating enthusiasts at its place amidst the gorgeous views of mountains and old cedar trees.

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

    The best time to visit Nainital is during the summer season which extends from March to June. The pleasant temperature of this location makes this place an ideal getaway from the scorching heat of the other parts. With an array of things to do in Nainital, this destination is a great vacation sport for every kind of traveller.

  • Q. Is Nainital safe?

    Absolutely! Nainital is completely safe to visit. Do stick to rules and regulations of the place to save yourself from getting into any trouble. If self-driving to the destination, keep a check on the speed limits and take all precautions on the route. This way you would be able to complete your trip safe and sound.

  • Q. What is Nainital famous for?

    There are many famous things in Nainital that are worth experiencing on your trip to this pristine destination. Boating in the Naini lake, shopping of woollen clothes, Trekking at Cheena peak, Sighting Himalayan view from tiffin top are some of the great activities and places popular in Nainital.