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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Nainital Traveller Reviews

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Amit kumar Sah

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  • Amit kumar Sah
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3628 readers

"Nainital - Valley of lake" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Place where one totally forgets everything when they are here. Climate is very pleasant and romantic. Each and every location is wonderful and eye catching. It is best for couples visiting in the month of Feb-March. It would not be wrong to say that the place is fully occupied by lakes. It is one of the Shaktipeeth, where eye of mata sati fall and it is named after that Nainital.
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Aditya Singh

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  • Aditya Singh
  • Lives in Shahjahanpur
  • 6 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  8505 readers

"Beautiful place - perfect for summer vacations" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The town is situated on the hills, the location is awesome. Pleasant weather during summer and chilly winters.

There are many places to visit in nainital.

1) Naini lake
2) mall road
3) Zoo
4) Snow view point
5) Naina devi temple
6) Cave gardens
7) Adventure point
8) suicide point
9) lovers point
10) Lands end
11) Tiffin top
12) china peak


Must try momos in Tibetan market. Boat ride in lake is also must. Overall, a great city to enjoy with family and friends.
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  • 6 votes

Gordon paul denoronha

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  • Gordon paul denoronha
  • 10 Reviews
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"Great place for a summer vacation" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nainital is a very beautiful place. Nainital is just like a glittering jewel in the Himalayan Necklace, blessed with amazing natural beauty. There are lot of places to visit in Nainital Lake (Great for boating and relaxing), Goddess Naina Devi (Beautiful temple), Eco Cave Gardens or we can say "Garden of caves", Mukteshwar Temple, Kainchi Dham, Snow View Point, etc.
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Shoury bansal

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  • Shoury bansal
  • Lives in Haldwani
  • 6 photos
  • 22 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  177996 readers

"Awesome place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's a great place to visit and we find both the beauty of hills and lake. Boating in lake between hills is a great experience. It's a loving place.

Clouds roam around us or we can say we are in between clouds. Also there is a famous Naina Devi temple here.

Nainital Zoo is also awesome as it is on hill and it makes it beautiful.
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Amitabh Bhatnagar

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  • Amitabh Bhatnagar
  • Lives in Faridabad
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  •  5 helpful votes
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"Queen of Hills" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This weekend just thought of getting away from the hustle & bustle of Delhi. Took to wheels around 2. 30 am via Hapur and reached Moradabad by 5 am. Highway is just awesome. On reaching Moradabad there are three routes to reach Nainital. I took the gamble and went via rudrapur Haldwani way. Roads were not pathetic but one will not enjoy the ride. Took breakfast at potli restaurant and felt refreshed. Haldwani onwards road is awesome. It is recommended to book a Hotel in advance or you will feel cheated by guides. Otherwise park your car in Tallital they will charge Rs 100 for 1 day!!!! And look for hotels nearby after check-in and rest took family for for exploring Nainital. A nice cool place.

One can watch

1. Naini Lake
2. Zoo
3. Cable car ride and seven points

3 days is more than sufficient to go around. Booking of cable car should be done in advance and for zoo go to tallital and book your tickets.

Hotel grand is a nice option. While coming back I took kaladhungi-corbett-ramnagar way. Beautiful view and nice road. Much better than Haldwani's. You might spot a tiger in Corbett, just kidding. Happy Hunting!
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  • 3 votes

Shubham Bothra

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  • Shubham Bothra
  • Lives in Barmer
  • 1 Review
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"The best adventure place in Uttarakhand" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The best adventure place you can visit in Uttarakhand and go for a thrilling trek which would allow you to live out loud and experience the adventure of nature. We get to see the large range of Himalayas called "Himalaya Darshan " which have a temperature of 10 degrees Celsius so it's cold there. Happy journey for those who are going.
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Deepak Goyal

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  • Deepak Goyal
  • 1 Review
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"Nice place for a weekend outing" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Nice place to go on a weekend outing with family members. Even aged people who have difficulty in walking can go, choose a hotel which has lake view, sit back and relax. Good restaurant in mall road and lots of shopping opportunity. Wooden work, artificial jewellery, clothes etc.
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Faisal aman

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  • Faisal aman
  • 15 Reviews
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"Good weekend gateway for all busy souls" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Nearest hill station with in the reach, you can travel by road or by train, place is quiet and calm, can be good for all season especially from Jan-Mar and from May-Jul, nice and pleasant temperature, lots of places to visit nearby Nainital, not to forget to visit Mall Road and Naini Lake in Nainital.
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Naveen Kumar

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  • Naveen Kumar
  • Lives in Karnal
  • 1 Review
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"Adventurous but average" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I visited Nainital in September, it was good experience but we find some inconvenience as we had not booked room for stay. However we got a room with high price not as worth, then we saw many lakes with beautiful sights, top sight was Himalay darshan beautiful, then we enjoyed boating in lake. Experience was good except the high price of average quality rooms.
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  • Farah
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 2 Reviews
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"Lifetime favourite destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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