15 Things to do in Nainital

Things to do in Nainital

Nainital, the city of lakes, is a beautiful place in Uttarakhand to explore. You can do so many things here, such as local sightseeing, trying out adventure sports including paragliding, river rafting, kayaking, jungle safari, trekking, and camping, visiting famous points and religious temples.

Here are 15 Best Things to do in Nainital to make the most out of your trip:

1. Boating

Boating in Nainital | Best things to do

Do not miss to enjoy a boat ride on the famous Naini Lake when exploring Nainital. Boating in Nainital 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 Nainital too.

Time: 6 am to 6 pm

Price: Approx INR 150 (round trip)

2. Trek to Tiffin Top

Tiffin top In Nainital

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

3. Shopping at Tibetan Market

Tibetan Market | Best Shoping Market in Nainital

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, famous ethnic shawls, Tibetan bags, etc.

4. Explore Mall road

Nainital Mall Road | The Best Walking Tour in Nainital

Explore Mall road in Nainital is one of the favorite things tourists enjoy here. Mall road in Nainital 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 Nainital collection. 

Time: 9 am to 10 pm

Shop – Different shapes and sizes of candles.

5. Visit Naina Devi temple

Naina Devi Temple in Nainital

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

6. Enjoy the Nainital ropeway ride

Ropeway (Trolly) in Nainital

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.

Time: 10am to 4pm

Price: INR 150 (adults) INR 100 (children)

7. Visit Hanuman Garhi

Hanuman Garhi in Nainital

The Hanuman Garhi is the best spot to enjoy the enchanting sunset of Nainital. Capture this delightfully charming moment with your cameras and take it with you. Visit the Hanuman temple, seek the blessings of lord hanuman and enjoy a mesmerizing sunset in the evening. You can get here by taxi easily. 

Time: 5am to 12pm & 4pm to 9pm

Distance: 3.5 km from bus stop

8. Explore Corbett National Park

Visit Jim Corbett National Park | Bengal Tiger Reserve Park

Explore the biggest tiger reserve in India, and enjoy a delightful safari. If you are lucky, you can spot a tiger on your safari and witness this beautiful place’s diverse flora and fauna. This is a fun activity and one of the best things to do in Nainital in December. 

Time: 6:30 am to 6pm

Best time: November to June

9. Visit Cave Garden

Eco Cave Garden Park in Nainital

Visiting and exploring the Eco Cave Gardens is one of the best offbeat things you can do in Nainital. Explore the various caves: Tiger Cave, Bat cave, Panther Cave, etc. This is a hidden gem of this beautiful lake city. If you are someone who wants to learn about Himalayan Wildlife, then do not miss this place on your next visit to Nainital. 

Time: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fees – Adult INR 20, children INR 10.

10. Try Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing Near Nainital Uttarakhand

Rock Climbing is one of the best adventurous activities for the adventure junkies out there in Nainital. You can try this activity under expert supervision across many rock-climbing schools in the city. You can visit the Nainital Mountaineering Club to try out this activity and many adventure sports. 

Time (NMC): 9 am to 6 pm

Fees: Starting INR 600

11. Enjoy Paragliding

paragliding over nainital lakes

Paragliding is one of the best adventure sports you can participate in on your Nainital trip. Catch a bird’s eye view of the beautiful city while flying at the height of 3000 ft. You should not miss this adventurous experience anyhow. This would be a memorable time indeed. 

Time: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Cost – Rs 1500 per person

12. Try river rafting in Kali river

White River Rating In Nainital | Best things to do

Enjoy the most thrilling and adventurous water sports of river rafting in Nainital. Rafting on the Kali river would be a memorable experience for you. Experience the thrill and pump up that adrenaline through your body. This is surely one of the best things you can do on your Nainital trip.

Cost – Varies from INR 600 to INR 4000 per person 

Distance – 70 kms

13. Trek to Cheena Peak

Cheena Peak Trek in Nainital

Trekking is one of the most famous and best activities you can do on your Nainital trip. The Cheena Peak is the highest point of Nainital. Complete the small trek and get mesmerized by the stunning view of the valley. This would be a very enthralling trek experience. 

Fees: none

Difficulty level: easy

14. Camping

Best Camping In Nainital | Campsite in Nainital

If you are a nature lover and want to spend quality time in the lap of nature, do try camping in Nainital. You can try camping in Kumaon, and this would be one of the best things to do in Nainital. Spend some time under the beautiful clear sky, have fun with an evening bonfire, witness mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets, and more while you camp. The weather stays pleasant throughout the year, suitable for camping, so you don’t have to wait for a perfect time. 

Recommended Campsite – Kumaon, Sattal, Ranikhet, etc. 

Price Range – INR 1k to INR 3k

15. Visit Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary in Nainital

Visit the Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary on your next Nainital Trip. This is one of the best things you can do in Nainital on vacation. Located in a small village named Pangot, this is home to around 580 species of avifauna. Known as heaven for bird lovers, you can spot forktails, brown wood owls, and more here. 

Timings: Every day (sunrise to sunset) 

Entry fees: None

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