Nainital Tourism
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Nainital Tourism

Nainital Info

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 2084 m
  • Pincode: 263001
  • District: Nainital
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 05942
  • Weather: Summer 10 to 24°C, Winter -4 to 13°C

History of Nainital

Located in the Kumaon foothills, Nainital is a beautiful hill station in the state of Uttarakhand. It is nestled amidst the mountains, few of the eminent ones being Mount Deopatha, Mount Naina and Mount Ayarpatha. The name ‘Nainital’ means ‘lake of the eye’. Nainital holds religious significance and is a part of many mythological stories. It is believed that once when three sages visited the place, they found that there was no water. They dug a hole and filled it with water from Mansarovar Lake.

Nainital was founded in 1841 by the British and served as their summer retreat. Nainital sightseeing places include lakes, hot water springs, hillsides and mountain peaks. The place is known for its picturesque beauty and natural charm.

People and Culture of Nainital

The major part of the population of Nainital include Kumaonies. A large number of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims also reside in the place. The predominant language of the place is Kumaoni. Hindi is also spoken by a vast majority of people. A spectrum of festivals and fairs are celebrated in Nainital.

Things to Do in Nainital

Being a popular tourist destination, there are many places to visit in Nainital. The Naini Lake is among the most visited Nainital tourist places. Also known as Trishi Lake, it is believed to have been named after Goddess Parvathi. Tourists visiting the place can enjoy boating and yachting at the Lake. Offering a splendid view of the snow-capped Himalayas, Snow View Point is also among the major Nainital attractions. While sightseeing in Nainital you must visit the Eco Cave Gardens. It is a set of six interconnected rocky caves and also has hanging gardens and a musical fountain.

Tourists looking for some adventurous things to do in Nainital should head over to Naina Peak, which is also known as China Peak. Located at an altitude of 2615 metre above sea level, it is a very challenging trek. The place is lined with beautiful rhododendrons and offers a view of the Tibetan Border. Land’s End is also one of the popular places to see in Nainital. It is a vast stretch of land known for its lush greenery and quaint hamlets.

Food and Shopping in Nainital

All types of cuisines such as Indian, Continental, Thai, Chinese, Tibetan are available in Nainital. Aloo ke Gutke, Arsa, Ras are some of the specialities of the place. Some of the restaurants that one must visit are Machan Restaurant, Chandni Chowk, etc.

Nainital tour is incomplete without shopping at the famous Mall Road. It is dotted with shops that sell everything from artificial jewellery to handicrafts to textiles. Bara Bazaar is another popular place to go for shopping. Handmade candles, garments, souvenirs and local specialties are available in the market. Tibetan Market, which is a flea market run by Tibetan natives also attracts many tourists. A wide range of items such a fashionable clothes, accessories, shawls can be bought at the market at affordable prices.

Accommodation in Nainital

Those who are inquiring about how to reach Nainital need not worry since there are many transport options. The closest railway station is Katgodham which is located at a distance of 17 km and the nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport. Therefore, Nainital is well connected by rail, air and road.

There are many homestays, lodges, guesthouses, hotels and resorts located in Nainital. For a convenient trip, tourists can also look for hotels in Nainital that lie in the vicinity of the popular Nainital places to visit. Since Nainital is always brimming with tourists, it is better to book hotels well in advance.



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Mahesh Suthar

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  • Mahesh Suthar
  • Lives in Jodhpur
  • 221 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  315 helpful votes
  •  7316 readers

"The eye of nature amidst the Himalayas"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A place of tranquility amidst chaos is a desperation of escape from monotony and rut. Coming up to the altitude of this lake city, people of all faith find a way to connect to divine and Nature together as one, be it in the clanging bells of temple or aroma of burning candles in church or in the serene silence of understanding Himalayas. Nautical and it's lakes will leave any nature lover in awe.
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Sanjay Kumar

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  • Sanjay Kumar
  • Lives in Kanpur
  • 7 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
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"Naintal- best destination for couples and friends group"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Hey friends.
Recently I was visited the Nainital with my f and friends its a group tour. It is the best destination for couples and friendsgroup because its to affordable for everyone.
The way to reach is very simple just take any cab from Delhi. Or take any train which destination is kathgodam. Because kathgodam is the nearest railway station after reaching kathgodam there are several cab services who charge 100/- rs per person from kathgodam to Nainital mall road. If you want more cheap and enjoyable ride go through city bus they will charge 55/- rs per persom fro. Kathgodam to Nainital. Its a 33 km very beautiful and enjoyable ride.
After reaching Nainital there are several hotel from average to luxury. Most of hotel provide lake view rooms and balcony which is best for morning photography. The hotels start from 600 onwards in peak season
The food is very delicious here and the candles are famous. There are several candles shop. Never forget to bargain at tibbati market which is located near naini mata mandir.
Things to do :
* Boat riding
*12 sightseeing by any cab services
*Jim carbet
* Roapway
*Roadside fresh strawberries and momos
*Cave garden
*Himalaya view
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Sanjay Kumar

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  • Sanjay Kumar
  • Lives in Kanpur
  • 7 Reviews
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"Naintal- best destination for couples and friends group"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Hey friends.
Recently I was visited the Nainital with my f and friends its a group tour. It is the best destination for couples and friendsgroup because its to affordable for everyone.
The way to reach is very simple just take any cab from Delhi. Or take any train which destination is kathgodam. Because kathgodam is the nearest railway station after reaching kathgodam there are several cab services who charge 100/- rs per person from kathgodam to Nainital mall road. If you want more cheap and enjoyable ride go through city bus they will charge 55/- rs per persom fro. Kathgodam to Nainital. Its a 33 km very beautiful and enjoyable ride.
After reaching Nainital there are several hotel from average to luxury. Most of hotel provide lake view rooms and balcony which is best for morning photography. The hotels start from 600 onwards in peak season
The food is very delicious here and the candles are famous. There are several candles shop. Never forget to bargain at tibbati market which is located near naini mata mandir.
Things to do :
* Boat riding
*12 sightseeing by any cab services
*Jim carbet
* Roapway
*Roadside fresh strawberries and momos
*Cave garden
*Himalaya view
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Mahesh Hande

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  • Mahesh Hande
  • 7 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2072 readers

"Relaxing at Nainital"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Nainital one of the best hill station, very clean, disciplined place, greenary everywhere. Enjoyed in lakes, nearby muktheswar is one of the place to see.
While selecting the lodge you should be careful about approach roads to reach the
Lodge. Local people are cooperative.
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Rishabh shukla

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  • Rishabh shukla
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nainital will always be a great place to relax !!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Nainital is a place where you can go again and again. You never get bored from Nainital. There lots of places to go and have fun. On top Neonatal lake is a gem of Uttarakhand. Nearby places are Cave Graden, High Altitude Zoo, Khupa Tail etc. Where you can spend pleasant time.
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Amit aari

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  • Amit aari
  • 5 Reviews
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"Nainital is a dream location for holiday"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 17, 2016
I went in June first week to Nainital and found this place very pleasant, a lot of tourists were there in fact very crowdy but trust me so much well managed destination, cleaness of this place with so much tourists is very surprising, it's a nice place to spend holiday with family, so many places of sightseeing. I can assure no one will be disappointed to be here
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
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"Nainital"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 8, 2016
It was very good and very amazing trip. We were first go to Nizamuddin by train and then we pick up our taxi our driver name is Vicky. He was very good person and very good nature. He is very good driver for us he drive very good car. We were take lunch on the way and then we were reach at Nainital. We took dinner and then we took relax at our hotel seconday we were go to side scene and take were good filling there. Then we were take visit Nainilake, Cave garden and Nainadevi Templ and other place we were very happy on The Mall Road. This is very good road. We were stayed there three four day and then we were going to Kousani. Kousani is very good and hill place of our India. It is very good fill and our kid also very enjoyed fill.
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Sourabh Singh

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  • Sourabh Singh
  • Lives in Yamunanagar
  • 7 Reviews
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"Good Relaxed place Near to himalys. Peace full peole and nice environment"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 2, 2016
Nainital is a Himalayan resort town in the Kumaon region of India's Uttarakhand state, at an elevation of roughly 2, 000m. Formerly a British hill station, it's set around Nainital Lake, a popular boating site with Naina Devi Hindu Temple on its north shore. There's shopping in Bara Bazaar, and hiking trails with mountain views crisscross the surrounding area's wooded hills. Hotels are cheaper Online booking is the best option to book hotel by make my trip only
Train from Kathgodam then take taxi aur bus is hardly take 45 min to reach there
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Gaurav Bagla

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  • Gaurav Bagla
  • Lives in Saharanpur
  • 4 Reviews
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"Trip to Nainital"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 12, 2016
It was wonderful trip to Nainital. We enjoyed a lot in Nainital. One of the best mall road. One of the best lake Nainital. Lakes of lakes Nainital. Naina Devi temple. Rope way. All was good. Tibettian market was there. Snow view point. Bhimtal. Mallital. Skeletal. Such romantic place to visit Nainital.
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Srijan Srivastava

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  • Srijan Srivastava
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Nice place to injoy hollydays"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 12, 2016
Nainital is a beautiful hill station in Himalayas. My father is very fond of Nainital. This year we went just after Deepawali to Nainital on a short trip. There is no direct suitable connection by train to Nainital from Lucknow so we first went to Rampur and then from there we took a train to Kathgodam.
From Kathgodam we took a taxi and by road went to Nainital. It was a call for BANDH (a strike) in Uttarakhand, the new state people wanted to be carved out of Uttar Pradesh, so there were very few people on the roads and shops were closed.
We were stopped a kilometre short of Nainital by roadblocks and we had to cover this last kilometre of our journey on foot. When we reached our rest house, we saw monkeys were playing opposite our suite. There is a lake named Naini here. There were pedal boats and rowboats in it. Pedal boats were in three shapes - Duck-shaped, Misshaped and standard ones.
There are temples also at Nainital. Naina Devi temple is near the large flat ground which is carved out of the lake itself due to landslides in olden times. It is near the Mallital area. Pashan Devi temple is on the Sadak' on the other bank of the lake. On this side of the lake lies the Mall road.
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