Located in the state of Uttaranchal, Nainital is dotted with lakes and wooded valleys. The sparkling waters of the natural lake and cool weather make Nainital a sought after health resort and a popular hill station.
Main attractions in Nainital
Nainital derives its name from this lake. The north end of the lake is
called Mallital and the south end the Tallital. The lake is a great entertainment spot with yachting and boating facilities. The lake is in the centre of
the town and is flanked on all sides by shops, hotels, the mall and residential buildings and beautiful views of the hills.
This is a major attraction in Nainital. The aerial ropeway starts at Mallital and connects the Snow View Point (2,270 meters high) with Nainital. The ropeway has two
trolleys for passengers and takes 151.7 seconds to cover the one way
journey. The Snow View offers beautiful views of the snow capped Himalayas.
Hanuman Garhi is a religious centre and is famous for its views of the
sunset. The temple has the deity of Lord Hanuman. The Shitala Devi
temple and Lila Sah Bapu Ashram are on the other side of the hill.
Aryabhatta Research Institute
The Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational
Sciences (ARIES) is about a kilometer from Hanuman Garhi and is the
centre for astronomical studies and optional tracking of artificial satellites. On moonlit nights, tourists can get a night time view of the stars and planets with prior permission from the Institute.
Naina Peak or China Peak is the highest point in the town (at 2,611
meters). You can get a bird's eye view of Nainital from here. The full
Himalayan range can also be seen - Bandar Punch in the West to Api and
Nari peaks of Nepal in the East.
Lands End offers beautiful views of the neighboring hills and
valley. On reaching this spot, the tourist actually feels that the land
ends here. The Khupatal Lake is also visible from here.
Tourists can also visit the Zoo, Dorothy Seat and Tiffin Top and Caves Garden that make for ideal picnic spots.
Excursions around Nainital
Bhowali located 11 kilometers from Nainital is a road junction popular for its scenic views. It also has a hill fruit mart.
Bhimtal is about 22 kilometers from Nainital and 11
kilometers from Bhowali. Bhimtal has a lake that is larger than Lake
Naini. Tourists can explore the boating facilities in the lake. Apart
from a 17th century Bhimeshwar temple and a 40 feet dam, Bhimtal also
has a restaurant that is set on an island in the middle of the lake.
Naukuchia Tal is around 26 kilometers from Nainital and is a
good place for bird watching. Tourists can also try out rowing,
paddling or yachting in its deep clean lake.
Kainchi Dham is a modern pilgrim center situated around 17 kilometers from Nainital. The famous Neem Karoli Maharaj Ashram is located here.
Mukteshwar is home to an old temple of Lord Shiva. Fruit
orchards and thick lust forests make this place an interesting
How to get here
The Pantnagar airport is located
around 70 kilometers from Nainital and tourists can either take a bus
or taxi to proceed to Nainital. The Palam Airport in New Delhi is about
300 kilometers from Nainital. Kathgodam is the nearest railway station
that is 34 kilometers from Nainital. Direct bus services to Nainital
are available from Delhi, Lucknow, etc. Kathgodam is also well
connected by road to Nainital.
Where to stay
Nainital has high end as well as budget hotels. Guest
houses and tourist rest houses that offer standard stay facilities are
also available. Most of the high end hotels are located around Mallital on the northern edge of the lake. The budget hotels are around Tallital towards the southern side.
Tourists can shop around for woollen garments, shawls, local
handicrafts, Tibetan curios and locally manufactured tweeds from Kumaon
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Tourists can hire a
car, cycle rickshaws, ponies, etc. to go around the city. Local
palanquins called 'dandies' are also available.
The best season to visit Nainital is from March to June and September to October.
The Autumn Festival is organized in the month of October.
Carry warm clothing as Nainital can get cold even in summer because of the rains.
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