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Nainital – The City of Lakes

Nainital, “the city of lakes,” is a picturesque hill station located in the foothills of the Kumaon range in Uttarakhand. The tranquil city draws both national and international guests, is one of the most popular hill stations in India, and is considered to be a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Nainital’s lifeline is its Naina Lake; a boat ride through its tranquil waters is also a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Major tourist attractions in the city are Naina Devi temple, Hanuman Garhi for the religious, Mall road and Tibetan market for the shopaholics, Naini Lake, Naini Tal Zoo, and Jim Corbett National Park.

Nainital is guaranteed to create an impression on you, whether you wish to go boating in the gorgeous Naini Lake or eat some Garhwali and Kumaoni specialities.

Best Things to do

Boating in Nainital | Best things to do

1. Boating: Do not miss to enjoy a boat ride on the famous Naini Lake when exploring Nainital. Boating in Naini Tal is one of the top things to do here. You can enjoy this activity from 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening. This boat ride would be filled with beautiful scenic views, and you can take a look at the snow-covered peaks of Naini Tal too.

Time: 6 am to 6 pm

Price: Approx INR 150 (round trip)

Trek to Tiffin top

2. Trek to Tiffin Top: Complete a 4 km trek to reach Tiffin’s Top and get ready to see the most beautiful sunrise of your life. Watching the sunrise from Tiffin top is the topmost thing to do in Nainital, which is famous among tourists. The beautiful peaks of the Himalayan Range would be a plus point, along with the mesmerizing sunrise. 

Time: 6 am to 6 pm

Nearby things to do – Cycling

Shopping Tibetan Market | Best Things to do

3. Shopping at Tibetan Market: Do not miss shopping in the famous Tibetan Market of Nainital. Experience the local Tibetan culture here and shop for items like Tibetan bags, dresses, wooden items, jewelry, famous shawls, etc. Explore this market and shop for souvenirs from here for your loved ones waiting back at home. 

Time: 9:30 am to 9 pm

What to shop for – Jewelry, & Tibetan bags.

Mall Road | The Best Walking Tour

4. Explore Mall road: Explore Mall road in Nainital is one of the favorite things tourists enjoy here. Mall road in Naini Tal connects Mallital and Tallital, the two major points of the city. You can take evening strolls here and enjoy the happening environment on this road. If you are fond of candles, do not forget to add some to your Naini Tal collection. 

Shop – Best candles.

Visit Naina Devi Temple

5. Visit Naina Devi temple: Naina Devi Temple is a Shaktipeeth built by the Naini Lake in Nainital. Visit this one of the popular spots on your Nainital trip. You can have a peaceful time here with your family or loved ones. Soak in the spiritual environment here, and pray to Naina Devi goddess here. 

Operating Timings: 4am to 10pm

Best time to visit – September to October

Enjoy Paragliding in Bhimtal

6. Enjoy the Paragliding Fly Ride: Paragliding, which gives a chance to touch the heights of the sky, is another fascinating activity of Nainital, which is done in Bhimtal, about 25 km from the central city of Nainital. Paragliding in Bhimtal offers a chance to see snow-capped mountains, natural beauty, lakes, and beautiful town. 

Price: INR 150 (adults) INR 100 (children) Book Now!

Best Places to visit

Cheena Peak | Best Trekking Site

1. Cheena Peak: It is popularly known as the Naina Peak, is undoubtedly one of the best tourist places in Nainital. This is a paradise for trekking lovers. Enjoy a mesmerizing bird’s eye view of the beautiful lake city from the highest hilltop. This is a must-visit place.

Things to do: Trekking 

Timing: 8am to 5pm

Sariyatal | Best places to visit

2. Sariyatal: Popular for its lakes, another beautiful lake you can visit and explore in Nainital is Sariyatal. This beautiful jade green lake is another good place to visit in Nainital. Its serene atmosphere, cooling weather, mesmerizing landscapes, photogenic backdrop, beautiful botanical garden, and more makes it a must-visit place. 

Things to do: Boating

Khurpatal | Best places to visit in Nainital

3. Khurpatal: Enjoy a beautiful ropeway ride to the snow view point from the main city. This activity is one of the best things you can do at Nainital in December. Catch a bird’s eye view of the majestic hill station and get mesmerized by the scenic views of the snow-capped peaks on your way. Undoubtedly, this would be a memorable experience for you.

Things to do: Camping

Enjoy ropeway ride (trolley) to the top of Naini Lake

4. Nainital Ropeway: If you visit Nainital, you must take a ropeway ride. Naini Tal Ropeway is one of the best things to experience during your trip. The ride is filled with mesmerizing scenic views and a lot of excitement. The most surreal views of the gorgeous Lake City can be seen above the sky.

Timing: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Lands End and picnic point| places to visit

5. Lands End: Lands End is the perfect place for you to enjoy a stunning view of this lake city from a hilltop. You will be stunned to see the beautiful views of Khurpatal, small villages, and pine forests from here. You need to cover a short distance of 4 km to reach here, either by walking or enjoying a pony ride.

Things to do: Horse Ride & Trekking

Bhimtal Lake | Places to visit in Nainital

6. Bhimtal Lake: A famous lake in the town of Bhimtal, it is the largest lake in the Kumaon Region. Located amidst beautiful green mountains, this is a very famous tourist spot. You can enjoy evening strolls around the lake, boating, or bird watching here. Bird watching is a favourite activity of tourists visiting here in the Autumn and Spring seasons.

Things to do: Boating 

Best Time To Visit:

March to June is the best and most beautiful time to visit Nainital as the climate is favorable to travel. The average temperature of this hill station during these months ranges from 12 to 22 degrees Celsius, Which feels cold in the summertime.

Read more about Nainital Weather.

How To Reach:

By Train – The nearest railway station to Nainital is Kathgodam, located about 35 km from here. Kathgodam Railway Station has good connectivity to major cities like Delhi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Howrah and has daily trains to Delhi. Some of the trains that operate from Kathgodam station include Ranikhet Express, Uttar Sampark, Kranti Express, Bagh Express, Dehradun Kathgodam Express, and AVT KGM Shatabdi Express. There is a taxi stand in front of Kathgodam railway station from where you can book any cab. Here is the schedule of some of the daily and week-long trains:-

  • Dehradun Kathgodam Express – This train (14120) departs from Dehradun (DDN) at 8:30 AM and reaches 11:30 AM by traveling a distance of 335 kms with 11 stops.
  • Kgm Shatabdi Special – This train (02040) runs daily between Delhi to Kathgodam. It departs at 8:00 AM in the morning and reaches 11:30 AM. It covers a distance of 281 kms in 8 stops.
  • HWH KGM Special – This train (03019) departs from Kolkata/Howrah Junction at 9 AM, reaches Kathgodam at 9 AM, travels about 34 hours, and arrives at Kathgodam at 8 AM and is 1514 kms with 59 stops determining the distance.
  • MMCT KGM Special – It reaches Kathgodam from Mathura via Moradabad-Rampur.

By Road – Nainital has good road connectivity. Kathgodam and Haldwani are the two main bus stations located near Naini Tal. The bus station has direct buses from metro cities, including Delhi & Lucknow, and other major cities like Dehradun and Haridwar. Cabs & rickshaws are the options to travel further from the bus station to Naini Tal.

By Air – Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Nainital, located about 60 to 65 km from here. Taxis are readily available from Pantnagar airport to Naini Tal, and you can take a cab to reach here.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Nainital:

Nainital is one of the best places to visit in India. Surrounded by mountains, this place makes the vastness of Naini Lake in particular. You will get majestic views of Naini Lake, a chance to see the Mall Road, try paragliding in Bhimtal and visit Kausani.

Known for its many natural attractions and pleasant seasonal climate, Nainital is a beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand. Tourist attractions here include boating, ancient temples, British-built structures, and stunning panorama every step.

Summer(March to June) is the best time to visit Nainital. As the weather is pefect for sightseeing and travel.

A 2 Night 3 days Nainital Weekend tour will cost you Rs 11,500 per person. The price includes stay, meals, transfers & Sightseeing.