Why To Go

Nainital is a beautiful hill station located in the green foothills of Kumaon in  Uttarakhand. It is the gateway to the western Himalayas. Situated at an altitude of 2,084 metres or app. 7000 feet above sea level, Nainital is set in a valley containing a mango-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains, of which the highest are Naina on the north, Deopatha on the west, and Ayarpatha on the south. A magnificent panoramic view of the city and the surrounding valley can be experienced from the nearby Naina Peak, which is the highest local point. Nainital is one of the tourist hot spots of the state of Uttarakhand. It plays host to tourists throughout the year except for a few months during the monsoons.

The scent of flowers that bloom in the greens blends with fresh air makes Nainital the most preferred hill station of North India.

Nainital now is an ideal place for honey moon couples and is surrounded by snow clad mountains and lush greenery. Enclosed by three sides with mountains, Nainital is situated around a serene lake Naini Tal, which stands at a height of around 2000 metres. Gujarati thalis, cable car and boat rides, as well as schools of high repute, some nice hotels, views, birds and he ever-present snow-capped Kumaon hills in the distance.

Travel Tips

Being a charming hilly town, Nainital is thronged by tourists all round the year. The spring and summer months that is from March to June is the ideal time to visit this town, as the climate remains cool and pleasant and is perfect for sightseeing. If you want to enjoy snow, make a trip during late November to February. It’s better to avoid Monsoon as there is heavy showers that can play a spoil sport to outdoor activities. It is much safer to pre-book hotels because Nainital caters to a lot of tourists and most of the hotels are fully booked. It is advisable to carry a light jacket even during summers because the evenings can get chilly.

Things To Do

There are numerous places of attraction in the city itself. The greatest attraction of Nainital is, of course, the mango-shaped lake. It is known as the Nainital Lake or the Naini Lake. It is in the heart of the city and acts as a tourist magnet. The northern end of the lake is called Mallital, while the southern one is called Tallital. The Lake Bridge that connects the two banks has quite a few shops as well as a post office, the only one in the world to be located on a bridge. You can go for boating at this lake also. The Naina Devi temple is located on the northern shore of Naini lake. Naina Devi who is the enshrined deity of the temple, is represented by two eyes. On either side of the idol of Naina Devi are the deities of the goddess Kali and Lord Ganesha. The Gurdwara beside the temple is also a tourist attraction as is the St. John in the Wilderness church. The church was established in 1844 and is located on the north end of the town (Mallital), about half a mile north-west of the Naina Devi temple. The Governor is a classic example of the Victorian domestic-Gothic architecture. However, prior permission has to be obtained for the visit. With rocky caves, hanging gardens and musical fountain, the Eco Cave is another tourist attraction. The well-maintained Nanital High Altitude Animals Zoo has some rare high-altitude species like the Siberian tiger, Steppe eagle and the Himalayan black bear. Although the climb from th parking is a little steep, it’s well worth the wheeze to head up there. Great view of the lake Snow View, situated at an altitude of 2,270 m and located atop the Sher-ka-danda Ridge, can be reached by cable car. On a clear day, it offers spectacular views of Nanda Devi, Trisul, and Nanda Kot. The best time of the year for viewing the mountains is late October and November. The Naina Peak or the China Peak is the highest local point at 2,615 meters and offers a beautiful view of the city and the surrounding plains. Tiffin Top or Dorothy’s Seat is a terraced hilltop picnic perch which also offers an enchanting view of the countryside. You may also stroll along the Mall Road of Nainital that has local shops and eateries serving local delicacies.

Getting Around

Sightseeing tour packages are available from the KMVN Central Reservation Office on Mallroad. There are other private travel agencies which arrange for sightseeing tours in buses and cars. The best way to travel in an around Nainital is by hiring a car because there are many spots around Nainital where bus or share-jeep service is erratic. Pony rides are also available to climb up to China Peak. And another best way is to walk around this majestic hilly town to experience its beauty.

How To Reach


Pant nagar airport is the closest airport to Nainital at 71 kilometers from the city but its connectivity to other cities is relatively poor. The Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is somewhat 260 km from Nainital and it takes around 7 hours by cars or taxis to reach from the airport to this town. The Delhi airport at 300 kilometers from Nainital and is the nearest international airport. Taxi services are available from the airport to Nainital.


Kathgodam is the nearest railway station at 35 kilometers from Nailnital. It is directly connected to Delhi by the Ranikhet Express, to Lucknow by the Bagh Express and to Bareilly by the Bagh Express. Delhi, Lucknow and Bareilly are well connected to all the other cities of India. From the station hire a taxi or private cars to reach Nainital.


Nainital is well connected to other cities by road. Super-Deluxe and Deluxe buses ferry passengers from Delhi and other cities of Uttrakhand. Shared cabs and private cars are also available.

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Surrounding Attractions

The Jim Corbett National Park in the Nainital district is India’s oldest national park. The park, which is 63 km west by north-west of Nainital, contains a wide variety of wild life. The hill stations of Ranikhet, Almora and Kasauni are quite near Nainital and each other. Thus, these places can be seen within a two day venture out of Nainital. Other attractions include the Bhimtal Lake which is situated 22 km from the city center and is the biggest lake of Nainital, the Sattal, a group of seven lakes, the Naukuchia Tal which is a nine cornered lake 4 kilometers from Bhimtal and the Hanumangarh Temple Complex which stands at an altitude of 1951 metres and is about 3.5 kilometers from Tallital. You can also visit to close by towns such as Ranikhet, Mukteswar, Ramgarh, Sattal,Bageshwar often called as Uttrakhand’s Kashi, etc.
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