Nainital is located in the Kumaon region and is popularly known as the Lake District of India. Nainital is a famous tourist destination of India, attracting hundreds of both domestic and foreign tourists every year. It shines as a glittering jewel in the Himalayan Mountains and is surrounded with lakes and nature.
Nainital is famous for the Naini Lake where it is believed that Lord Shiva performed his tandava. The Naini peak or the China peak is the highest in Nainital with a height of 2611mts. Some of the other places of tourist interest are the Mall, now known as the Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. You can find restaurants, offices and hotels all located in the Mall.
Nainital is abstractly divided in two halves, with Tallital on the southern side of the lake, Mallital on the northern upper reaches, and scenic spots everywhere in between. It is an excellent year-round weekend getaway and also a great base to explore the numerous beautiful villages and scenic spots in the Kumaon region. From boating to feeding animals at the zoo; from picnicking on the hills to exploring Jim Corbett’s home, Nainital is a serene hill station filled with many attractions.
In and Around
One of the main highlights of Nainital, the vibrant Mall Road, was built during the British rule in India and is the centre of all activities in town. There are a number of shops, restaurants, hotels and cafés at the Mall Road and no trip to Nainital is complete without taking a walk around here.
The fact that Nainital is named after the Naini Lake speaks highly of its significance. This beautiful, stagnant pool of water in the heart of the city, is surrounded by seven majestic mountains and is a popular tourist attraction. You can enjoy row boating as well as paddle boating at the lake, while the stunning scenic surroundings please your senses.
Sattal is another excellent tourist and picnic spot with seven lakes, each in a different hue of green and blue. Bhimtal, 23 kilometres away, is a large lake with an island restaurant in the middle that’s accessible by boat. While visiting Sattal you should also visit Naukutchiatal, a placid lake with nine corners, which is located about 26 kilometres away.
Snow View Point
Situated at an altitude of 2,270 metres, Snow View Point offers spectacular views of the snow-clad Himalayas. Located about 3 km away from the main township of Nainital, this spot can be reached by an adventurous hilly trek or a comfortable taxi drive. Out of the different ways to reach this place, the most exciting one is by cable car, which commences at Mallital.
Set at an elevation of about 2,290 metres in the Ayarpatta Hills, Tiffin Top is a famous vantage point in the scenic hill station of Nainital. This picnic spot is fondly known as Dorothy’s Seat, in the loving memory of the eminent painter Kellet Dorothy. A cobblestoned walkway leads you up to Tiffin Top which can be a tiring trek, those travelling with their families opt for a horseback ride all the way up.
Naina Devi Temple
“Naina Devi Temple is a famous Hindu shrine, situated next to Naini Lake in the beautiful hill station of Nainital. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Sati and is counted amongst the 64 Shakti Peethas devoted to Her. According to mythological legends associated with this temple, the eye of Goddess Sati fell at this spot while Lord Shiva was carrying Her mortal remains to Mount Kailash. This is how She began to be worshipped as ‘Naina’, which means eye on translation.
A famous temple dedicated to the mighty Lord Hanuman, which lies in the outskirts of Nainital, Hanuman Garhi also has a sunrise and sunset point from where you can see one of the most mesmerizing views of the sun dipping in and out of the horizon dotted with hills.
Famous for its absolutely stunning Bhimtal Lake, Bhimtal is a small town and Nagar Panchayat in Nainital. Bhimtal is located 22 kilometres away from Nainital and 11 kilometres from Bhowali. Tourists from all over India come to Nainital to spend some time at the Bhimtal Lake.
Sariyatal is a small but very alluring lake located at a distance of just 5 kilometres from Nainital. This almost heart-shaped lake is quite appealing what with its blue shimmering waters and serene environment. You can spend some time in solitude here basking in the absolute beauty of nature.
Situated at an altitude of about 2610 metres, it prides in being the highest pinnacle in the entire town. It is a famous trekking haunt and viewpoint too. From here, you can capture panorama of Himalaya’s snow-laden peaks like Nanda Devi, Bandarpunch, Api and Nari. Situated about 6 km away from the main town, the Naina Peak can be reached by taking a horse ride or traversing the hilly paths that are lined with tall trees of deodar and cypress as well as blooming rhododendrons.
High Altitude Zoo
Around one Km. away from bus stand at an altitude of 2100 meters in sprawling open area there is Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo . Now a days it has Monkeys, Himalayan black bear ,Leopard ,Siberian Tiger,Palm civet cat, Wolf, Silver Pheasants, Rose ringed Prakeet, Hill Fox , Ghoral, Barking Deer, Sambhar.
It is one of the main attractions of Nainital. This ropeway connects Snow-View Point (at 2270 Mts.) with Nainital near flats. Aerial ropeway starts at Mallital , there are two trolleys to carry passengers .It takes approx. 151.7 seconds to cover one way journey by trolley .
At the northern side of the lake there is a place of rendezvous for people from all walks of life . Here evenings are heavily crowded. There is a statue of Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant and a beautiful fountain . There is a band stand. The Flats has playing ground used for sports games and cultural activities during festivals. There is Chat Bazar,Bhotia Market in the flats . In Bhotia Market vendors sell their fancy items .There is Mosque,Gurudwara and Naina Devi temple in flatts.Capitol cinema and Rink theatre which is used for roller skating are also situated in Flatts.A portion of the flatts is used for car parking .New club ,Boat House club ,Masonic Hall are in the periphery of the flatts for recreation.
The best time to visit Nainital are from March till June and again in September-October.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is located at Pantnagar, which lies at a distance of 65 kilometres from Nainital. Most of the air traffic to Pantnagar airport includes private chartered flights. There are no commercial flights operational to and from here.
The second nearest airport is in New Delhi which is approximately 290 kilometres away from the central town in Nainital. Delhi airport is well-connected to different cities across the globe.
The nearest railway station is located at a distance of 34 kilometres at Kathgodham, at the foothills of the Kumaon hills. Kathgodam railway station enjoys good connectivity to important places such as Delhi, Lucknow and Howrah, with daily trains running to New Delhi.
Nainital is well-linked to all nearby places by a network of well-constructed roads, including National Highway 87, which links it to Rudrapur and Rampur. A 6 to 7 hour drive from New Delhi, Nainital can easily be accessed by road, with a few halts en route. Tour operators offer regular taxi services to and from Nainital, and one can also opt to drive all the way up, being a little careful on the uphill climb.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Adjacent to Head P.O. Mallital,
Vikram Vintage Inn
The Earl’s Court
Where to Eat
Boat House Club
Next to Naini Lake,
Mall Road, Mallital,