Nainatial 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 interest fact about Nainital is its hilly surrounding and the calm lake and 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, Himalayan views, snow-draped mountains, romantic scenes, adventure activities and many more.
Nainital is famous destination for winter and summer vacation and also famous for honeymoon destination.
Nainital is popular among people who seek of inner peace and standstill.
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 vacation. 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 and also you can eat some delicious pahadi style food.
Boating & Yatching: Boating is one of the most popular activities among excursionists and honeymoon couples. Yatching 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.
- Do 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 Auli
Gurso Bugyal is famous for trekking and meadows which situated at the height of 3056 meters above the sea level and 3km far from Auli. This place is known as lush green nature land during summer. In the spring season, white sheets of snow melt, which helps the land to grow herbs, shrubs and different varieties of plants and flowers due to which the land turns into heaven. Gurso Bugyal is surrounded by conifers and oaks forest. You can reached here by ropeway (udankhatola) from josimath and Travelers roam here throughout the day and return to Auli at night due to lack of residential facilities.
Chattrakund is also known for its sweet crystal clear water lake near Auli which is situated at an elevation around 3300 meter. Chattrakund is a trekkers spot near Auli, joshimath. You can enjoy romantic treks of 4km from Auli and one km from Gurso Bugyal which could be a healthy option for you. This lake is surrounded by thick and lavish green forest which offers stunning views of mountains.
Artificial Lake in Auli
Artifical Lake in Auli is the highest man-made lake all over the world at the height of 3056 m above the sea level and 25000 cubic meters is the storage capacity of water. It is situated 1.5 km from Auli.It is one of the topmost places to visit in Auli. The beauty of this lake is real both in winter as well as in summer. This lake is developed by Government for creating artificial snow on the ski slopes during less snowfall.
Let’s talk about kawani Bugyal, Kawani Bugyal is a lavish green meadows which is situated around 13 km from Gurso Bugyal at the height of 3380 meter. Kawani Bugyal is similar popular as Gurso Bugyal among trekkers. This bugyal offers majestic view of snow-capped mountain like Nanda Devi and Dungari. If want you to enjoy lavish green meadows which feel like you are in heaven so, you can reached here by trekking. During month of June and September is the best time to visit Kawani Bugyal.
Along with this, Kawani Bugyal is the favorite destination for camping. Joshimath base camp provides trekker services like porters, guides, camping equipment and kitchens. So, you can setup your camps at this place and enjoy snacking and chatting along with natural surroundings.
Saildhar Tapavan is a beautiful hamlet located around 15 km from Auli. This place is known for natural hot water spring and a temple. Another hot water spring is situated at a distance of 3 km away in Saildhar. Tourists can explore here the traditional handicrafts of the area and feel at home among the residents.