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About Nainital

The gem of Uttarakhand - Nainital is a charming hill station that sits prettily at the green foothills of the Kumaon ranges in the Himalayas. Located at an elevation of around 1938 metres, the epicentre of the town’s popularity and beauty lies within the gorgeous Naini Lake, after which the town is named. Founded by the British due to its resemblance to the Cumbrian Lake district, Nainital brims with elegant colonial structures that amplify the beauty of this place. It is a perfect weekend getaway from the Indian capital of Delhi. This quaint little town experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year, making it a tourist getaway, especially preferred by families and honeymooners. The Naini Lake, along with the other lakes in the area, has earned this town the title of ‘City of Lakes’. Whether you want to go boating on the beautiful Naini Lake or any of the other lakes, relish some local delicacies, shop at the Tibetan Market and Mall Road, or take a ropeway ride to soak in the beauty of the Himalayas from Snow View Point, Nainital is sure to leave an imprint on you that will last a lifetime.

Hanuman Garhi – Under The Shadow Of Lord Hanuman

Hanuman Garhi – Under The Shadow Of Lord Hanuman

Built in 1950, this hillside Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman offers sunrise & sunset views. One of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand, the Hanuman Garhi was established by Baba Neem Karauli with a beautiful statue of Lord Hanuman at the top that attracts visitors from far off. Located at an altitude of 6,401 ft above sea level, it gives magnificent views of the sunset, besides being a charming place for travelers to enjoy a leisurely walk. Category: Religious

Binayak – A Thrilling Spot

One of the most famous trekking spots in Himalayas for tourists visiting Nainital, Binayak offers fantastic trails. If you’re fond of hiking, Binayak is one of the best places to visit near Nainital wherein you can walk amidst the towering pine trees and unwind. If you’re already planning to get going, the best time to visit Nainital is anytime! Summers (March – June) is peak tourist season as Nainital gives relief from the scorching heat in neighboring states like Delhi. If you’re visiting in monsoon season (July-August) then do keep a track of the weather as heavy rains pour in. Autumn (September- October) is also an ideal time to visit. Winter (December- February) are chilly but can be enjoyable. Being a popular tourist destination you don’t have to wonder how to reach Nainital, as this place is well-connected to different towns and cities across the world via rail, air, and road. Category: Adventure

Binayak – A Thrilling Spot
Eco Cave Gardens – A Picturesque Garden

Eco Cave Gardens – A Picturesque Garden

One of the best places to visit in Nainital, the Eco Cave Gardens are a fascination for tourists, especially for children. The park comprises of seven caves which can be reached through a narrow and winding road. Eco Cave Gardens are among the best spots to hangout with family, where everyone can relax and unwind amidst the natural surroundings. Ticket Cost: Adults: INR 35/- per person Children: INR 20/- per person Category- Adventure

Gurney House Nainital

The former abode of the British hunter, conservationist, naturalist and author - Jim Corbett is called Gurney House. The charming colonial cottage, located near the Nainital Lake, has a tiny museum with the achievements and life story of Jim Corbett. A quaint little nursery is also housed in the premises with a variety of shrubberies and plants. Even though the Gurney House is a private residence, tourists are welcome to visit by prior permission. The lovely owners also give a complimentary house tour to the Corbett lovers. Located in the picturesque Ayarpatta hill slopes, the Gurney House continues to maintain its colonial charm and vintage aura. Corbett's writing comes alive here, in the house hiding his possessions and furniture. The Gurney House was sold to Mr Sharda Prasad Varma in 194 by Jim Corbett's sister. It is currently owned by Mr Varma's grandaughter Nilanjana Dalmia.

Gurney House Nainital
St John Wilderness Church

St John Wilderness Church

Situated adjacent to the High Court of Uttarakhand in Mallital, Nainital, St John Wilderness Church is the oldest and one of the best churches in the hilltown. Perched atop a hill amidst beautiful pine and deodar trees, the church is constructed in Neo-Gothic style of architecture and has beautiful tainted glass windows. The colonial church is often visited by solitude seekers and history buffs. St John Wilderness Church is named after a Bishop from Kolkata who spent the better half of his life here and is dedicated to St John the Baptist. The calm aura and divine peacefulness render the church a serene environment, away from the din of everyday lives. The beautiful architecture of the edifice is a cherry on the cake.

Sariyatal

Located near Kaladhungi, Sariyatal, also spelt as Saria Tal, is an artificial lake constructed as a tourist spot. The tiny lake has numerous activities like paddle boating and water sports. It is also popular for the Himalayan botanical garden which is a research centre other than being a herbarium and a butterfly park. Hiding a steep waterfall at the corner, Sariyatal is an ideal spot for solitude seekers, nature lovers and photographers.

Sariyatal
Khurpa Taal

Khurpa Taal

At a distance of 12 kms from Nainital, Khurpa Taal is a pristine lake situated at an elevation of 5500 feet. Laced with tall trees, the lake is considered ideal for fishing owing to its crystal clear waters and abundance of freshwater fish. Unexploited by tourists, the lake is a secret haven replete with bounteous nature and idyllic locales. Located on the Bajpur Road - Kaladgungi Road, Khurpa Taal is an ideal location for solitude seekers as the lack of tourists, and people in general, lend an aura of deep calm and serenity to the site. It also a great photography spot, especially during sunrise as the lake glistens like a diamond when the rays of the sun fall on it.

Nainital Ropeway

Nainital Ropeway or the Cable Car Ride is the most popular tourist attraction in the city of Nainital and touted as one of the fastest ropeways in the country. The aerial ropeway connects Mallital to the Snow viewpoint- from the base to a height of 2270 metres. The aerial trip hovering over the Naini lake and the valley offer panoramic views of the breathtaking landscape. The stunning Nainital ropeway covers half a mile distance in about 3 minutes with 2 trolleys accommodating around 11 people in total at a time.

Nainital Ropeway
High Altitude Zoo,Nainital

High Altitude Zoo,Nainital

Established in 1984, Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo or Nainital Zoo is situated on the Sher ka Danda hill in Tallital, Nainital. Perched at a height of 2100 metres and spread over an area of 4.6 hectares makes it the only one of its kind. The zoo is home to several endangered species and is a popular tourist spot. The Nainital Zoo is managed by the fund that comes from the entry fees and is managed by the Bharat Ratna Pandit Govind Vallabh Pant High Altitude Zoo Management Society. The major wildlife spotted at the zoo includes Himalayan Bear, Himalayan Civet, Hill Patridge, Tibetan Wolf, Sambar, Barking Deer, Royal Bengal Tiger among other species of birds and animals. During the winter season, the bird enclosures are covered with curtains to keep them warm.

Pangot

Located just 15 kilometres away from Nainital, Pangot, located in the Kosiyakutoli tehsil of the Nainital district of Uttarakhand is a small and picturesque hamlet. The village is at the height of 6,300 feet above the sea level and is well known all across the nation for its rich and exotic bird life. Pangot also becomes a hub for photography enthusiasts when hundreds of different species of birds flock here during the harsh winters in the upper Himalayas and settle down here temporarily. A step into the wilderness of Pangot, and you will find yourself in the midst of a remote Himalayan village. The entire drive that reaches up to this marvellous area passes through the forested areas of Chenna Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, both of which are famous and excellent habitats for birding. A myriad of bird species can be seen along the way to Pangot. Some of these include Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktail, Himalayan Griffon and Khalij pheasant. Spotting mammals like Yellow-throated Himalayan Marten, Sambhar, Himalayan Goral, Leopard Cat, Serow, Wild Boar, Red Fox etc. is also not uncommon. The famous Corbett National Park is situated just 80 kilometres from Pangot. Thick oak, pine and Rhododendron can be found dominating the vegetation of Pangot and nearby areas. The streams that pass by further enhance the aesthetic appeal of this breathtakingly fantastic sight. Undoubtedly, Pangot is the apt place for a small vacation with your partner, or the entire family, wherein you can simply lay back and relax.

Pangot
Land's End

Land's End

Set across the Khurpa Tal and vast stretches of plains, the Land's End is literally the spot where the land ends and all you can see is steep cliffs surrounded by snow-dusted mountains. 4 km off the main town, Land's End is frequented by adventure enthusiasts who trek to the scenic spot and relish the breathtaking view of mango-shaped Khurpataal Lake. The less-adventurous can take a pony, horse or taxi from the city. Do keep in mind that the view from Lands End depends on weather conditions.

Naina Peak

Naina Peak is the highest peak of Nainital at a height of 2615 metres. A major tourist attraction in the city, the peak remains covered with snow throughout the year and the blanket of trees over it project a picturesque view. Due to the high altitude and scenic trails, the peak is very popular among hikers and trekkers. Also known as China Peak, it is renowned among tourists and locals for its romantic sunrise and sunset. It is a must-visit for couples as well as friend groups. One can capture the landscape from many angles, while on a trek to Naina Peak. Apart from trekking, people also reach the summit of the mountain with the help of a pony-ride. About 3 kilometres from the base of the peak is Tanke Band, which is the nearest taxi stand. One can indulge in a photography session of nature and snowclad mountain views during the day and the immensely beautiful cityline of Nainital at night.

Naina Peak
Tiffin Top

Tiffin Top

Located in Ayarpatta Hill of Himachal Pradesh, Tiffin Top is a very famous tourist attraction in Nainital, also popularly called as Dorothy's Seat. A fantastic picnic spot in its own right, one gets a complete view of the town of Nainital and its surrounding hills in the Kumaon region from this location. The serene and peaceful environment of Tiffin Top makes it irresistible to the photographers. Those who love nature's beauty must not miss out on this vacation spot. Adventure activities such as rappelling and rock climbing are conducted at Tiffin Top as well. The attraction got its name as Tiffin Top after people started to have lunch on top of the hill on Dorothy's Seat. Tiffin Top is also called Dorothy's Seat because it was constructed in the loving memory of the English artist named Dorothy Kellett by the army officer Col J.P. Kellett. The officer lost his wife Dorothy whilst she was aboard a ship to be with her four children. The beautiful Tiffin Top is surrounded by trees of Cher, Oak, and Deodar. Naini Lake and Kumaon Hills look lovely when seen from here. On clearer days, one can also get hold of the majestic view of Nanda Devi.

Kilbury Bird Sanctuary Nainital

At a distance of 15 km from Tallital Bus Stand and 3 km from Pangot, Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is a bird watcher's paradise on Kilbury road in Nainital District. This is famous for numerous bird species and is located at an altitude of 2528 m. This is one of the best tourist places to visit in Nainital and also among prime place to visit on a Nainital tour. Kilbury is surrounded by lush dense forest of oak, pine and rhododendron which provides ample opportunities for bird watching. One of the India's scenic and famous birding routes, Kilbury is known for more than 580 species of birds. Both migratory and local birds can be spotted in the region. The most commonly found birds are the Brown wood Owls, White- throated laughing thrushes, Collared Grosbeaks, and Fork tails. The Sanctuary is situated in the reserve forest of Nainital. The place is calm and serene and the occasional sounds made by birds are just pleasant to the ears. The place is located midst mountains and a driving to this place is exciting. A lot of Mammals can be spotted such as Leopard cat, Sambar, Himalayan Goral, Barking deer, Wild Boar, Red Fox. Kilbury has a tourist bungalow for visitors who want to spend a day in the company of birds.

Kilbury Bird Sanctuary Nainital
Snow View Point,Nainital

Snow View Point,Nainital

Snow View Point in Nainital stands at a dizzying altitude of 2270 meters above sea level and is one of the most attractive tourist spots of the area. As the name suggests, Snow View Point offers a panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas draped in a blanket of milky-white snow. One can see a picturesque view of all three important peaks- Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot peaks together from this point. A huge pair of binoculars has been installed at the Snow View Point that allows you to take a closer look at the Himalayan range and its magical peaks. If you look closer, you will find a small temple housing the images of Ram, Sita, Laxman, Hanuman with Durga and Shiva. An aerial cable car connects you to the Snow View Point directly from the Mall Road of Mallital and shows you a spectacular view of the beautiful town.

The Mall Road, Nainital

The Mall Road of Nainital, which runs parallel to the Naini Lake, connecting the two ends of the hill town (Mallital and Tallital), is the prime shopping, food and cultural centre of the wonder that is Nainital. Whether it is digging into some luscious food or shopping for the cutest local woollens that are to be found, Mall Road is your go-to for it all. Officially named as Govind Ballabh Pant Marg, the Mall Road in Nainital was built by the Britishers. Today, the road is synonymous to the town of Nainital. You can see unwary tourists taking a stroll at Mall Road at all times of the day. Entry to heavy vehicles and traffic is prohibited during the peak season of May, June and October.

The Mall Road, Nainital
Nainital Lake

Nainital Lake

Nestled amidst the township of Nainital, Naini Lake (short for Nainital Lake) is a beautiful natural fresh body lake. The lake is in crescent or kidney shape and is one of the most famous lakes of the Kumaon region. Bounded by Naini Peak on North West, Tiffin Point on the South West and snow-capped peaks on the north, the Nainital Lake offers a breathtaking view, especially during early morning and sunset. The mesmerising lake is most famous for its wonderful scenic beauty which is a hotspot for family picnics. Boating, long evening walks and endearing interactions with ducks are some of the things that are a must do whilst visiting this glittering lake. You can also seek the blessings of Goddess Naina Devi at the Naina Devi temple which is also situated near the Naini Lake. The Nainital Lake is a charming beauty that is surrounded by seven different peaks namely Ayarpata, Deopata, Handi Bandi, Cheena Peak, Alma, Laria Kanta and Sher Ka Danda. The lake itself can be divided into two distinct sections, the northern part called Mallital and southern region called Tallital. Coniferous trees that cover the hillside add charm to the raw beauty of the place. You can also visit Naini Temple on the shores of the lake. A pretty lake that once a European man fell in love with, Naini Lake today serves as a major tourist spot for people from all over the country.

 Khurpa Taal

Khurpa Taal

Khurpa Taal has to be on the list of places to visit in Nainital and around. Just 12 km away from Nainital, Khurpa Taal is goegeous lake located at an elevation of 5500 feet. Featuring tall trees and azure waters, this lake is one of the most picturesque places near Nainital. Khurpa Taal has freshwater fish in abundance and the water in it is crystal clear because of which it is also an ideal spot for fishing. This is one of the less explored places to visit neat Nainital. Category: Nature

Himalayan View Point

Located just 5 km from Nainital, the astonishing view from the Himalayan View Point is something you just cannot afford to miss. This is a place from where you can see the mighty Himalayan Ranges. This is one of the best places to visit near Nainital. Come up here with your DSLRs to capture the perfect shots of World’s youngest mountains. Category: Nature

Himalayan View Point
Land’s End

Land’s End

Land’s End is one of the most populat tourist places in Nainital district. Located near Barapathar in Nainital, Land’s End is a viewpoint situated at an altitude of 2118 meters above sea level. This place provides a spectacular view of the gorgeous Khurpa Tal and the plains. The lake, surrounded by village settlements and pine forests looks wonderful from the top. The curiosity generating name, ‘Land’s End’ is apt for this place as it is originally a cliff. Category: Nature

High Altitude Zoo

High Altitude Zoo gets its name from the stirking location it is situated at. Set at a height of 2100 meters, High Altitude Zoo is located on the Sher Ka Danda hill. Rich with the abundance of flora and fauna, the zoo is home to many endangered species. The visitors can spot wild animals including Royal Bengal Tiger, Tibetan Wolves, Rose Ringed Parakeet, Lady Amherst Pheasant, and Golden Pheasant. Category: Wildelife

High Altitude Zoo
Jeolikot

Jeolikot

Jeolikot is one of the best places to visit in Nainital in 3 days. Located at an altitude of 1,219 meters, Jeolikot is popularly known as a ‘gateway to Naini Lake’. This place that features a variety of flora and butterfly species, is maintained by the horticulture department. The pleasant climate and, opportunities for nature walks and adventure activities make it a great holiday spot. The landscape characterized by streams forest, mainly of pine trees make it a picturesque location for photographers too. Category: Nature

Car

Nainital enjoys excellent road connectivity with several cities and small towns of north India. Daily bus service to Nainital is available from Delhi and Kathgodam. Coaches like Volvo, AC and non AC are available in this route. Boarding an overnight bus from Delhi is the most convenient way to reach Nainital.


Bus

Nainital enjoys excellent road connectivity with several cities and small towns of north India. Daily bus service to Nainital is available from Delhi and Kathgodam. Coaches like Volvo, AC and non AC are available in this route. Boarding an overnight bus from Delhi is the most convenient way to reach Nainital.


Train

Kathgodham Railway Station, located around 34 km away, is the nearest railhead to Nainital. Plenty of trains connect Nainital with Delhi and Dehradun. Passengers coming from Kolkata, Lucknow, Agra and Mathura, can even take a train till Kathgodam and then hire a private cab or shared taxi for Nainital.


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