15 best places to visit in Nainital Nainital Tourism (2020)
Nainital also spelled as Naini Tal, is a popular hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is the headquarters of the Kumaon division as well as an eponymous district.Nainital is located in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas at a distance of 285 km (177 mi) from the state capital Dehradun and 345 km (214 mi) from New Delhi, the capital of India. Situated at an altitude of 2,084 metres above sea level, the city is set in a valley containing an eye-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference,and surrounded by mountains, like Naina , Deopatha , Ayarpatha.From the tops of the higher peaks, “magnificent views can be obtained of the vast plain to the south, or of the mass of tangled ridges lying north, bound by the great snowy range which forms the central axis of the Himalayas. Here is the list of 15 places to visit in Nainital
Best season to visit Nainital
The best time to visit Nainital is from March to June which is the summer/ spring season in the country. Most people want to escape the scorching heat in the country and prefer visiting Nainital. For the snow lovers, a trip can be planned from late November to February which is the winter season.
Top 15 Place to visit in Nainital
1. Nainital Lake
Nainital Lake famously known as Naini Lake is the major attraction of Naintal town as well of Uttarakhand. Surrounded by panoramic seven hills, Nainital lake is a favourite spot among romantic travellers around the world. It is one of the most visited lakes in India.
Location : Heart of Nainital
2. Sattal Lake
The name Sattal means a body of 7 freshwater lakes in the lower Himalayan range. This lake is located near Bhimtal, which is a popular town in the district of Nainital. Sattal Lake is one of the few unpolluted freshwater biomes in India. The oak and pine trees surrounding the lake add to its beauty and you can also find many migrated birds in the vicinity. While planning your weekend getaway, you can consider this as a decent location for affordable accommodation in Nainital.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.
Location : Heart of Nainital
3. Bhimtal Lake
Located in the town of Bhimtal, this lake has historical significance. It is famous for the masonry dam built in the year 1883, which provided good storage facility and has a
catchment area of around 17.12 square kilometres which is quite large and widespread. Also, did you know that Bhimtal Lake is the largest lake in the Kumaon region, which is
popularly known as the Lake District of India owing to the density of lakes present here? The Bhimtal Lake also provides drinking water, which does not threaten the natural
habitat of the different species of fish living inside the lake.
4. High Altitude Zoo
Pt G.B. Pant High Altitude is one of the most famous popular places to visit in Nainital. Situated on the Sher Ka Danda Hill at a height of 2100 meters, it is one of the high altitude zoos in India. A safe home for many endangered species, the zoo offers tourists a chance to explore the magnificent flora and fauna of the region. Some of the animals and birds, which you can spot here are the Royal Bengal Tiger, Tibetan Wolves, Lady Amherst Pheasant, Rose Ringed Parakeet, Golden Pheasant etc.
Location : Sher ka Danda , just 2 Kms from Tallital Bus Stand
5. Eco Cave Gardens
If you enjoy exploring the unknown and yearn for adventure, then this is the perfect place for you! The Eco Cave Garden is located just a kilometre away from the Mall Road and introduces you to the Himalayan way of life. The caves here have different dimensions, which narrow down further into the tunnels giving it a natural look. So if you’re looking to discover the kind of spaces where animals reside in the Himalayas, this is one of the popular places to visit in Nainital on a weekend getaway.
The caves here are named as Tiger Cave, Panther Cave, Bats cave, Squirrel Cave, Flying Fox Cave, and Apes Cave, each of them depicting a particular animal’s habitat. Petroleum lamps illuminate the caves and there is also a musical fountain, which adds to the beauty. Eco Cave Garden is known for its primeval landscape to give you a glimpse of the
prehistoric times. Mornings are usually the best time to visit this place.
6. Naina Peak
Situated at an altitude of 2,615 kilometres, 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 kilometres distance from the Tallital Bus Stand of Nainital. It is one of the most famous tourist places in Nainital. It is a delight for
individuals who enjoy strolling and love spending time with nature.
Location : Naina Peak, Nainital
7. Naina Devi Temple
Regarded and revered as one of the fifty-one Shakti Peeths that are located all across India, the Naina Devi Temple is a holy site that is situated on the northern shore of Naini Lake, in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. This temple is one of the most renowned places of Hindu worship all over the country. Dedicated to Devi Sati’s eyes, devotees from all parts of India flock to this region in huge numbers all year round.
Location: Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand
8. 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
9. 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.
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.
Location : Mall Road, Nainital
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10. 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.
11 . Tiffin Top (Dorothy’s Seat)
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.
Location: Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand
12. 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.
13. 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.
Location: Nainital – Kaladungi Rd, Sherwani, Nainital
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.
15. Snow view point
Snow view point is 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.
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Nainital Budget Hotels
- Lake Retret
- Hotel Himalaya
- LakeSide Inn
- Hotel Evelyn
- India Hotel
- Dolmaar Resort
- The Pavilion
- Shervani Hilltop
- Royal Windsor Hotel
- Snow View Huts
- Valley View Cottage