Naini Lake, Nainital
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Naini Lake

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in Nainital
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26 Ratings & 18 Reviews

About Naini Lake

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Saturday: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Sunday: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Public Holidays: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Surrounded by seven panoramic hills and situated at an altitude of over 2000 metres, Naini Lake is a favourite destination for many travellers from around the globe. This natural, charming freshwater beauty has been an inspiration for several writers and its extensive exquisiteness has been explained in their poems and writings. During your visit to the lake, the mesmerising emerald view will reveal to you the inspiration that it provides the poets.

Visitors fall prey to the beauty of the surrounding Nainital town, named after the Naini Lake, where you can find wonderful homestays and small eateries to taste the authentic cuisine of the area.

The best way to enjoy the scintillating expanse of this water body is by boat. Pick a pedal boat or a rowboat, or if you are in the mood for a typical Nainital experience, you could board the decorated Gondola boats and glide across the waters. Or you can choose to walk around the lake, breathing in the beauty as well.

Visitors also enjoy walking along the Mall Road, situated in close proximity to the lake, while shopping for handicrafts and other daily necessities. The lake is located in the centre of Nainital and can be easily reached by bus or taxi.

What travellers are saying about this Sightseeing

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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  • Food available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
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1 Video Reviews for Naini Lake

Shashank Agarwal

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  • Shashank Agarwal
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 8 Reviews
  •  19 helpful votes
  •  113 readers
  • Posted 1 month ago
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Urmila  Rao

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  • Urmila Rao
  • Lives in Udupi
  • 22 Reviews
  •  33 helpful votes
  •  175954 readers

"Enjoyable boating"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 20, 2016
I like the lake, ever since I saw it in movies, so I wanted to do boating with my wife and we did. It is for nearly 45 mins and lovely. The boatman also was good and helped us in sitting in the boat, which is tricky, for newcomers. During that time, scenery is lovely indeed.
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Faisal aman

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  • Faisal aman
  • 16 Reviews
  •  31 helpful votes
  •  56152 readers

"Star attraction for all the visitors"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted May 10, 2016
Naini lake the most beautiful thing to visit while you visit to Nainital, must try a tour of Naini lake through the open boats, available at different points on Mall Road.
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Rohit Sehrawat

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  • Rohit Sehrawat
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 photos
  • 9 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  4120 readers

"A nice lake to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 22, 2016
Last week on 14-04-2016 I visited Nainital with my wife and daughter. Nainital is situated in Himalayan region in Uttarakhand. I like that place because if you want to relax from your busy lifestyle then it's good to visit Nainital. Weather is good if we compare it with Delhi Ncr and it's also only 300 km from Delhi. On of best think I found in Nainital is that Govt took an initiative so that Tourist were not suffered. They made some rules so that no one charge extra money from the tourist. I had done boating also in Naini Lake and there were lots of sights to visit around Nainital. I love the food also and evening walk on Mall Road is awesome. Truly it's a complete weekly holiday.
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Rakshit Bhatt

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  • Rakshit Bhatt
  • 2 Reviews
  •  531 readers

"Attractive lake"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2016
The Naini Lake is very big lake and very attractive. It is a very big lake so it gives wonderful experience of boating. It has very beautiful scene to take pictures.
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Ankush Gulati

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  • Ankush Gulati
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 32 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  26456 readers

"Good view of Lake"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2016
You can get an excellent view of Naini Lake from Naini Peak. View of the lake and surroundings is great. But not many people visit it now because of tough climb. Ponies are available. The mountain views are marvellous and amazing.
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Suraj Sulya

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  • Suraj Sulya
  • Lives in Barwani
  • 3 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  4178 readers

"Beautiful lake"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 20, 2015
Take a bus and get there it will change your past and you can't stop looking at this beautiful lake, clean, soothing and gives peace. Must go place.
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Prajakta baikar

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  • Prajakta baikar
  • Lives in Agra
  • 7 Reviews
  •  18 helpful votes
  •  11437 readers

"Cool lake"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 2, 2015
Naini lake is very beautiful and cool place in Nainital. It gives wonderful sight of lake surrounded with green mountains. Boating experience in the lake is must to do activity in nanital especially when you are on your honeymoon. Also there is naina devi temple near lake and shopping area to visit.
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Amaya Thakur

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  • Amaya Thakur
  • 1 Review
  •  271 readers

"Beat the heat"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 19, 2015
Chilled lake water. There is a fee for boat if you wish to ride else you can relish the view of lake free of cost. You can take cameras or handicams along with you. There is no such restrictions. Boats are beautiful and this is the perfect place to get your selfies clicked.
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Mani Wadhwa

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  • Mani Wadhwa
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  651 readers

"Relish the view for free cost and enjoy the cool water"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 16, 2015
Chilled lake water, there is a fee for boat if you wish to ride else you can relish the view of lake free of cost. You can take cameras, handycams along with you and there is no such restrictions. Boats are beautiful and this is the perfect place to get your selfies clicked.
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Akash Verma

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  • Akash Verma
  • Lives in Agra
  • 10 Reviews
  •  55 helpful votes
  •  8962 readers

"Most adventurous and beautiful lake"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2014
Naini Lake is one of the beautiful place to watch where you find a clean water, thousands of fish and hundreds of boats in that lake, Naini lake is one of the eye catching place as it has behind it is covered with the beautiful mountain and on the left hand side a beautiful market which is called Mall road I must say a place of adventure and worth.
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