Nainital is truly like a treasure of Kumaon region which is wrapped in a thick foil of nature, inspired by the smell of blooming flowers blending in the fresh air. Nainital is located close to Dehradun and Delhi, it is most visited hill stations of North India among tourist since British Period.
Nainital is a heaven for nature lovers because of most interesting facts about Nainital it is hilly surrounding and the calm lake offer an interesting and mesmerizing experience to the tourist that is why it is called as the “Queen of Lakes”.
What is Nainital famous for?
Nainital is famous for hill station, lakes, boating, Yachting, pilgrimage, Himalayan views, snow-draped mountains, lush green mountain, romantic scenes, adventure activities and many more.
Apart from this, Nainital is famous for winter and summer vacation and also famous for honeymoon destination.
Best time to visit Nainital
Although Nainital can be visited at any time of the year but the peak tourist season for Nainital is during summer and winter. During this time there is always heavy rush of tourists in Nainital. If you would like to avoid unnecessary crowd then you can visit Nainital during other time of year. April to November months are the best time to visit Nainital. You should avoid rainy season due to slippery road
How to reach Nainital
By Road – Nainital is situated in Nainital District of Kumaon region in Uttarakhand, India. It is very well connected to rest of India through network of Roads. From Delhi, Haridwar, Dehradun and Rishikesh, Buses are directly available to Nainital.
By Train – The nearest railway station is Kathgodam Railway Station which is 41 km away from Nainital and many trains connect to Kathgodam from various cities of India like Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and Delhi.
By Air – The nearest airport for Nainital is Pant Nagar Airport, Pantnagar(72 km).
What to do in Nainital
Trekking: There are numbers of trekking trails in and around Nainital where adventure lovers can trek and explore the nature. You must trek on some popular trekking trails in Nainital like Nainital-Betalghat trek, Nainital-Kilbury trek, Nainital-Kainchi trek, and Snow View Trek.
Shopping: You can shop for handicraft, artifacts and monuments in local markets of Nainital like Tibetan Market, Mall Road Market, Bara Bazar and Bhotia Bazar. These Markets are famed for artificial jewelry, key chains, scented candles, shawls and woolens. In the market you can also eat some delicious pahadi style food.
Boating & Yachting: You can go boating with lots of enjoyment because boating is one of the most popular activities in Nainital among excursionists and honeymoon couples. Other than this, you can also enjoy Yachting, it is another form of boating which is gathering popularity in Nainital.
Ropeway Ride: You can enjoy ropeway ride which connects the town to the snow view point, which offers spectacular views of the Himalayas in front and breath-taking views of the lake below.
Must Know Before Travel
- Journey: 2 days are enough to explore Nainital. Additional 1-2 days are required to visit nearby destination.
- Minimum INR 6000 to 7000 budget required for 1 day. This includes INR 1500-2000 for hotel, 1000 for food, 2000 for local transportation and 1000 for entry fees for various attractions.
- You can hire bike or scooty on rent.
- Budget and luxury accommodation available. Most hotels are placed around Mall Road and Bus Stand.
- During the peak season, there is always heavy rush of tourist, so accommodation gets expensive and tough to find hotel to stay. It is better option for you to book your room in advance in Nainital and to avoid any last minute hassle.
- Must try the famous Bal Mithai (sweets) from the local sweet shops.
- There are several other beautiful destinations nearby Nainital such as Haldwani, Bhowali, Ramnagar, Kaladhungi, Mukteshwar, Ghorakhal, Betalghat, Ramgarh, and Sattaal.
- Nainital is a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi and Dehradun.
Places to visit in Nainital
Naini Lake is located at the heart of the city which is surrounded by beautiful seven hills- Deopata, Ayarpata, Handi Bandi, Cheena Peak, Alma, Sher-Ka-Danda and Laria Kanta. These hillsides are coverd with coniferous trees which add a charm to the resplendence of the place.
Every year thousands of tourists are attracted to see the beautiful fresh water lake which is in kidney shaped. This lake presents its magnificent view at the time of sunrise and sunset.
Travelers also love to explore glittering lake on a boat because Nainital visit can’t be complete without a boat ride in the Lake. Apart from this, Naini Lake is divided itself into two distinct sections – The Northern part called as Mallital and Southern part called as Tallital.
Naina Devi Temple
Naina Devi temple is one of the fifty-one Shakti Peeths in India and is famous for Hindu pilgrimage site. The Naina Devi Temple is located at the upper end of Naini Lake. Goddess Naina Devi is the goddess of Naini Devi Temple which is devoted to the Goddess Sati that’s why number of devotees comes here from far off places to worship.
According to Hindu mythology, the temple is built on the location where Goddess Sati’s eyes fell when Lord Vishnu cut her body into fifty-one different parts.
Nainital Yacht Club
The Nainital Yacht Club is located along with the Naini Lake which is run by the Boat House Club. Nainital Yacht club is the highest yacht club in India. It was innovated in 1910 by the British and till 1970, it was only open to members of Yacht club. But today, tourists can pay fee for a sailing session on the yachts and explore glittering lake on a yacht because Nainital visit can’t be complete without water ride in the Lake.
Snow View Point
Snow view Point is located in Nainital at a height of 2270 meters above sea level. It is one of the most visited places among tourist for viewing royal Himalayas from Nainital. As the name suggests, Snow view point offers a scenic view of snow-capped mountains and individual can see a picturesque views of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot peaks from this point.
The Snow view point allows you to see the Himalayan range and its magical peaks from close quarters. If you look closely, you will find a small temple which has idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman along with Durga and Shiva. Snow View Point is very well connected by road but an adventurous ride in aerial ropeway connects you directly to the Snow View Point from the Mall road in Mallital and gives you a remarkable view of the beautiful city.
Naina Peak is a sightseeing place located at the high altitude of 2611 meters in Nainital. Due to high altitude, lush green forest path is blissful for people who love walking. Tourist can go for long walks, breath fresh air and enjoy the beauty of Naina Peak.
This peak is also known as China Peak and Cheena peak by locals in Nainital. It offers a splendid view of the Himalayas range and a Birdseye view of Nainital.
Tiffin Top is a beautiful picnic spot which is known as Dorothy’s Seat. It is located on Ayarpatta hill which offers impressive views of the mighty Himalayan ranges along with rural landscape from here.
Tiffin Top should be visited by those travellers who enjoy the stunning beauty of nature and love to capture the divine beauty of nature in photographs.