Nainital Tourism

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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Anurag Meel

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  • Anurag Meel
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 44 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  883 readers

"A must visit place in June/July"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Nainital, a destination of heavens gives a joy of healthy feelings. This beautiful place is a synonym of heaven. Those beautiful hill tops, horse riding, taxi riding over the hills, Nainital Zoo, delicious food, lovely people makes it worth of visiting.
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Navin Pradhan

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  • Navin Pradhan
  • Lives in Darjeeling
  • 8 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"Semi paradise"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 4, 2017
It would be better if someone visit during winter. Scenic beauty makes you feel cool and peace. This destination is best for couple.
Hotel charge is variable. You can get good hotel around 1000 rupees too.
Family and group can also visit this place because here you can get so much fun, adventure, and many more. But best spot to chill out in the snowy mountain and cool water lake ...
So don't take time Have a fun
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  • Navdeep
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good place to enjoy with family"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2017
It was my chance for Nainital tour with my family and friends family that time climate was very good and enjoyed here. Nainital boating experience with family was enjoyable and romantic. Tea Bagan greenery was romantic and like green area. We went with own car with family full enjoy in nainital and also took local car for visit site.
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Harsh  Sharma

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  • Harsh Sharma
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 70 photos
  • 19 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  8081 readers

"Perfect for 2/3 days outing"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jan 5, 2017
Destination is food for 2/3 days outing with family ... I visited in january first week so it was very cold. You can visit Naini Lake, Mall Road, Highh Altitude zoo, Snow view point, Eco caves garden, botanical garden, lake view point, water fall etc. But all these places are average ... Don't expect any extraordinary sigh seeing & pleasure. All these places can be covered in single day by hiring a taxi .. We were 3 couples & we hired a tavera to see all these places in rs 1800. Driver was Saurabh 09456319246. If you want to visit Nouakchott or bimodal you can visit them on 2nd day. Thy are same like naini lake. So overall a good destination with all modern facilities for your 2/3 days holidays. Nearest railway station is kathgodam.
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Imtiyaz Sayyed

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  • Imtiyaz Sayyed
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Nainital is costly"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 1, 2017
I came to Nainital all the way from Manali via Delhi.
It, s quiet expensive compared to Manali
You don, t have choise to travel by your self
You have to take government authorised cabs
Food is quite expensive
Hotel rooms were also expensive
Overall Nainital is costly
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  • Ritesh
  • 1 photo
  • 7 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2793 readers

"Nanital, Bhimtal, Pangot"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 24, 2016
Planning a weekend with friends?
A trip to Bhimtal, Nainital and Pangot is good option. Go to Bhimtal by car. It's 300km from by road. You can do paragliding and Boating and many other activities. Next morning go to Nainital it's approx 30km. Spend some time on mall road. Book any Camp in Pangot. It is approx 15 km from Nan ital. It will cost approx 1500 per person including all meals. Do bone fire, night safari, jungle walk in morning at 5-6am in pangot.
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Jagjeet Sidhu

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  • Jagjeet Sidhu
  • Lives in Sangrur
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"Nainital trip 2016"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Dec 22, 2016
I went to Nainital for the 1st time with my new roomiesx the trip was awesome. But we got tired of driving. Food was good but not much to see. Mall Road is quite expensive to explore but local food is delicious. We also went to Mukteshwar and Corbett park
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Atanu chakraborty

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  • Atanu chakraborty
  • 3 Reviews
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"Nainital the place of Lakes in the Hills"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 20, 2016
The weather was cool and the Air quality was excellent. I had taken the Air full in lungs and was feeling so good. Taken a alto from local and went to the top to see the Himalayan range. Sky was clear blue and it was a good sight. From there we have seen the Nainital as a mango shape, Sukha taal, Khurpataal, Lovers point and Suicide point, Camel peak, Sarita Tail etc. I have enjoyed a lot
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Mahesh Suthar

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  • Mahesh Suthar
  • Lives in Jodhpur
  • 218 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  316 helpful votes
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"The eye of nature amidst the Himalayas"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 6, 2016
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
  • Lives in Kanpur
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"Naintal- best destination for couples and friends group"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2016
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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