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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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Farah

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  • Farah
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 1 Review
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"Lifetime favourite destination" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Nainital is my favourite destination for relaxation and activities. Nainital has best lake boat ride, sightseeing, lover' point, zoo, kalam Patthar, cave garden. Each place has best view in their respect where any traveller can enjoy their stay of 3 nights/4 days at least.
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Amit Chaudhary

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  • Amit Chaudhary
  • Lives in Pune
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"Best hill station to visit at any time" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Best hill station to visit at any time. Avoid heat in summer or just go in winter this city never disappoints you. So just back pack and go to this city. Here you find so much lakes like naini lake, sattal, sukha tal, bhimtal and many more rather than cave garden, highest zoo of India (monday close), naina devi temple, gondola ride, boat ride and many more, awesome fun.
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Kanwal Preet

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  • Kanwal Preet
  • Lives in Ludhiana
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"Nice weekend getaway but too commercialised" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Amazing weekend getaway from Delhi, about 8 odd hours drive especially if you start early in morning. Boating in lake is a soothing experience. Zoo out there is not worth a visit. Overall, a relaxing and soothing experience. Will definitely visit again.
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Sachin Kumar

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  • Sachin Kumar
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"You will never get bored" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I went with one of my college friend and we two decided to have an adventurous trip, I am a budget traveller so I decided to complete the tour in minimum budget possible, I am sure same will not be the case with My friend as he will be travelling with family, best part about Nainital is you will never get bored as there are number of places to visit nearby. Must visit are boating at Naini lake, Tiffin top, Eco cave garden, zoo and Himalayan view point.

There is lot to shop specially the local made wax candles to bring home as local memories and you can find cheap and good quality food at reasonable prices near mall road and you can find good Restaurants on mall road.

Best part about Nainital is that you will never get bored there is lot to do but, also if you are on a week long vacation then you can visit and explore nearby places as well, for sure the trip is going to be a relaxed one as there are so many places nearby where you will find peace like not so far are sattal and naukuchiatal that are not much explored and exploited. Other relaxing places being almora, kausani and jim corbett national park for wildlife safari, so all these places will keep you busy and will keep your body and mind relaxed, so there are plenty of nearby gateways. You can just sit back in your hotel balcony and relax for the whole day watching the beautiful naini lake or do number of activities like trekking, nature walks and bird watching.

My advice to my friend is that one thing is common on most of the Hill stations is that you have to walk a lot, so be prepared to walk a lot as many areas are not accessible by vehicles, best way to reach is by Train Ranikhet express which leaves Delhi every night at 10:30 pm and you can hire a taxi from kathgodam railway station to Nainital, there are no special items to be carried as such. Have a wonderful trip.
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Ravi Agrawal

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  • Ravi Agrawal
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"Soft glance at the views" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
For reasons obscure, visiting Nainital came up on my mind in 2015; though I have been living in Delhi for 10+ years. And since Nainital is close by, six hours by road; that wish was translated into actionable agenda soon. There was some flip-flop because of changes on professional front; but we made it!

As observed with some other pilgrim destinations, the intent and resolve to visit a deity has to have some degree of firmness. Reverence and love towards deity is suspect if slightest discomfort turns us off.

We reached Nainital an hour after noon, had a nice boat ride in Naini lake, entered the temple premises when sun was about to set. There was a nip in wind and we put our jackets on. Nothing spectacular inside, no pomp and show. Just some energy field that glances softly and caresses kindly.

Bought some great stuff: woolen clothes, fruit jam, honey and incense (lotus, patchouli, musk, jasmine) : at reasonable rates. Retired into my hotel room (Hotel Prim Rose) and slept peacefully.

Visited Neem Karoli Baba's ashram and Golu devata temple the day next. While the former is a revered seat of Hanuman devotees, latter is dedicated to kuldevata of several Uttarakhand families. If Hanuman represents power derived through self-restraint; Golu devata represents power derived through dispensation of justice and fair play.

I hope that soft glance and kind caress of Goddess Naina Devi will bring light and delight to my family and loved ones. And Lord Hanuman and Golu devata will protect me from pitfalls of moral degradation.

Rode horses till lovers' point though steep crags and boulders. Awesome views of mountains and city from top. Wonderful colonial houses on way down. Nature's bounty can be experienced in Nainital. Goddess giveth in silence!
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Shishir agarwal

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  • Shishir agarwal
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"Nice small place for a weekend or short trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice small place for a weekend or short trip! Boating is by far the most impressive attraction. Great Tibetan market for deal hunters, really cheap clothes.

You can get best shaped candles here as Nainital is the manufacturing hub of candles. Ask for drip less and smoke free candles. They are a bit more expensive than normal wax candles but quality is really superior for the small increment in price.
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Sourabh Tk

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  • Sourabh Tk
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"A getaway"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Well, Nainital is exotic for you if you have lived and thrived for your entire life in plains, cities like Delhi where pollution level is almost killing. For beginners in travelling I would recommended road trip to Nainital as it is a perfect place to go.
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Shubh Gujar

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  • Shubh Gujar
  • Lives in Satara
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"Coolest place and very beautiful"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nainital is a hill station attraction point found at the foot of the Himalayas. It is located at a place known as Kumaon. It is found in Uttrakhand state of India. Most people visit Nainital during winter seasons. The location of this village is in a valley. It is surrounded by mountains around it, making it more attractive to tourists. On the northern part of the village, there is the Naina. Deopatha Mountain is on the west of the village while Ayarpatta is found on the South part. This hillside village is mainly visited during winter seasons, when other places are experiencing high temperatures. Nainital village has many sightseeing places for one to visit. Among them, includes the Naini Devi Temple. This is located on the northern shore of the Naini Lake. It was given this name after Maa Naina Devi. This popular temple is one among the many Nainital tourist places visited by the local Hindu believers, just loved it like anything. This location ensures that it has a cool climate all the time, so go any time, sometimes it snows too, one can also visit Nainital, and enjoy other beautiful sights. Raj Bhavan is another one of the places to visit. It was initially known as the Governor house. It was home to the governor of the united provinces. He used to reside in this house during the summer seasons. State guests are also housed in this place up to date. It has over one hundred rooms, a golf field and a swimming pool.
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Jyotsna Trivedi

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  • Jyotsna Trivedi
  • Lives in Noida
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"Most romantic and beautiful place, must visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is the best place to visit. There are several places in Nainital providing panoramic views of the mountains. Tiffin top and the snow view point are two such places. One of the most scenic places to visit in India, Nainital in Uttarakhand is names after the naini lake which is also its primary tourist attraction. The Nainital zoo is quite popular with children and wildlife enthusiasts.
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Sanjay Shah

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  • Sanjay Shah
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"A place of eternal beauty"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nainital is the place. It has nature's beauty, lake, and mountain hills. Naini lake, Naina devi temple, Caves, China view. Nearby visiting place is Bhowali & Bhimtal. You will enjoy food festival from North/South and Chinese at the same place - Mall Road. This place is also nice for shopping. Boating, hill climbing, china view and roving around in Mall road. Keep your camera handy to capture natural beauty & you being yourself once again.
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