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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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 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)
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
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
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.
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
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
Book your paragliding session in Nainital.
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
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.
Difficulty level: easy
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
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