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

Nainital is located in Kumaon foothills in Uttarakhand. The town lies in the midst of mountains, three of the most significant ones being Mount Naina, Mount Deopatha and Mount Ayarpatha. The name of the town literally translates to ‘lake of the eye’; ‘naina’ meaning ‘eye’ and ‘tal’ meaning ‘lake’. 

History of Nainital

The town features in many mythological stories in Indian literature. According to folklore, when three sages - Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha - visited the town and found no water, they dug a deep hole where the present lake stands and brought water from Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. It’s also believed that a dip in the lake here is equal to a dip in the holy lake of Mansarovar.

According to another mythological account, Nainital is one of the 64 places where the parts of Goddess Parvati fell while Lord Shiva was carrying her. This gives the place religious importance and that is evident from the presence of the Naina Devi Temple, which is dedicated to Shakti, a form of Parvati.

Nainital is one of the popular hill stations of North India and was founded in 1841 by the British. It was the summer retreat for the British. They spent their time in this hill station to escape the extreme hot weather of the plains. The British built many European schools and colleges in the region, which are operational even today.

Nainital has an approximate population of about 38,559, but the population of the town more than doubles during the peak tourist season. Of late, there have been concerns by environmentalists over the deteriorating condition of the lake here.

Things to do in Nainital

Based around a lake, Nainital is a small town with steep mountains covered with green forests. This beautiful hill station of Uttarakhand has number of sightseeing attractions popular among tourists. Sightseeing in the town includes elevated peaks of Himalayas, lakes and tree-covered hillsides. Amongst numerous lakes within as well as around the hill station, Naini Lake is most popular. Other notable lakes in Nainital are Bhimtal Lake, Naukuchiatal Lake, Khurpatal Lake and Sat Tal Lakes.

Food & shopping in Nainital

With increasing number of tourists visiting the hill station every year, Nainital has evolved into a tourists’ paradise. The best way to get around Nainital is on foot. Moreover the important tourist hubs like The Mall are shut for vehicles in the evenings. Therefore, exploring Nainital on foot is the best option for tourists. Also, in areas like the Barra Bazaar, tourists can shop for local handicrafts, shawls, woolens, fresh produce like fruits and jams. Tourists can avail Nainital holiday packages to explore the hill station, both in winters and summers. 

With commercialisation taking place at a fast pace, much of the area around the lake has been subjected to deforestation, which has resulted in the silting of the lake and other environmental issues. Efforts are on to stop the rapid commercialisation and encourage afforestation to restore the ecological balance of Nainital. 

Travelling to Nainital

The town enjoys cool weather throughout the year; with the maximum temperature in summers reaching 27° Celsius while the temperature in winter goes down to 7° Celsius. The hill station even receives snowfall during the winter months of December to February, during which time it receives the maximum number of tourists.

Nainital is well connected to Delhi and other smaller towns located close to the hill station. The nearest railway station is in Kathgodam, which is 35 km away. The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is the closest to Nainital. Regular private buses ply between Delhi and Nainital. It takes close to 8 hours to reach Nainital by road from Delhi. The best time to visit Nainital is from December to June.

Accommodation options in Nainital

Hotel options in Nainital range from budget hotels to resorts, homestays as well as guest lodges and hostels, popular among backpackers. 



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Shubham Gupta

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  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
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"One more time" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Many reasons to visit this destination because this is a very small and peaceful place. And full masti package in a very reasonable rate.

Many places here to visit but of course firstly you can start your journey to go to naina devi temple. You can also visit mosque and gurudwara which situated near naina devi temple. A very cute football stadium also situated near naina devi temple. You can enjoy the boating in the lake. Then you can go to zoo. It is very beautiful small zoo there after you can go to the dorothy seat that is situated on upper side of Nainital. You can see whole nainital from this place. It all can be done in one day. Next day you can go to the Cave garden after that you can start your journey for naina peak where you can see Himalayas. It all can be done in second day. On third day you can take a taxi and then go to all the lakes which is situated in different places. If you have time then you can go to the Jim Corbett park but it will take two days and it remains open from November to June.

You can eat parathas that is the best food which I ate. You should go to the near of taxi stand of the nainital where you can eat at cheap price. You can also try rajma chawal and dal chawal.

Always use sports shoes and take enough water and some food for trekking.
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Subodh Bisht

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"Major hill station of Uttarakhand" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was an evening when we reached at Nainital. Little walk then reached to hotel, checked in later went to visit Naina Devi temple and Local Tibatti Market of Nainital. Had a walk around Naini lake, we had dinner outside at local restaurant. First time I tried handi Chicken and that was amazing. After an overnight next day we went to see local sightseeing of Nainital. After little walk we reached, I don't remember the name think Snow Point, Peak point tip n top forget it, don't remember the Name. So here we did Go carting and other adventure activities. It was a pack includes 4 activities. You definitely have fun doing these activities. After these activities we came down and enjoyed boat ride at Naini Lake. So Nainital you may choose as a weekend destination if you want to take break from your busy routine life. Near by place you can visit Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal and other tal. Nearby other hill station are Ranikhet, Almora, Kausani, Kasaar etc.
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Tonoy Tarafdar

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"Nothing much to see apart from views" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nothing as compared to Himachal and Kashmir. Nothing much to see here apart from views. Our cab driver took an additional visit to paragliding and self boat which made the trip bit adventurous. Moreover, the hotel Himalaya ambiance and exotic views comforted us. Nothing much to shop here apart from candles.
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Hitesh Jain

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"Perfect temperature and tasty chaats" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Sat Tal, Bhim Tal, Nachiketa Tal and Naini Devi Temple. I like the chaats and corn bhel over there. We did some trekking. We went roaming in bazaars, purchased warm clothes, modi jackets and extra. You should surely visit. The temperature was beautiful to have pleasure over there. Good place.
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Uttam Raijada

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Chill in the hill" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We went to Nainital in the mid of April when the summers have just begun but we had been lucky as our decision of vacation in Nainital has been really superb as the temperature there was 17 degrees and it was quite pleasant out there. We were 9 adults and 5 kids and we didn't carry any of our winter clothes but in the evening, kids as well as ladies were shivering. We enjoyed boating in the Naini lake. We stayed in Welcome Inn and from the balcony we had a beautiful view of the lake. Candles are very famous over there and anybody visiting there can't resist from buying it.
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Raj .

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"Romantic place for couples" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Best place. A perfect tour destination. Beautiful lake sight and temple gives you a good atmosphere. You should go there. It is good and romantic place for couples only. About zoo and points, should go there. Cheap to visit and save your money to visit Nainital.
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Ayushi Murarka

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  • Ayushi Murarka
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Superb for a small getaway with family and friends" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Nainital is one such place that I keep coming back to. It's a small city with beautiful scenic beauty all around. The naini lake situated in the middle of the city is open to boating for the tourists. You can enjoy paddling as well apart from the normal boat which is rowed by the person in charge. One boat costs you around 200 Rs. For max. 4 persons at a time. I visited with my friends in June 2015 and it was a perfect weather to be there; neither too cold nor too hot. You can also feel the rain during some part of the day which makes you fall in love with the weather and the surrounding. You can indulge in some shopping on mall road and bhutia market as well. Remember bargain is the key.

And since june is the peak season time, the rates are normally high. The momo's shop at the end of the bhutia market is a must visit as it serves mouthwatering veg and non-veg momos and you will always find it overcrowded;will have to manage your timing to get your share. Apart from this you can book yourself a ticket to the rope way which costs around Rs. 150 per person. Its usually an hour stop where you can indulge in go karting, video games, rock climbing and some good food. Different kinds of Parathas topped with butter and served with curd and chutney are not to be missed as the weather is perfect for stuffing yourself up. One can also book certain full day tours to places like naukuchiatal, hanuman gadi, etc. Bikes are also available on rent to help you explore the mountains. Naini devi mandir situated right beside the bhutia market is not to be missed. The zoo is over-hyped and is useless to waste you time visiting it. While travelling home don't forget to carry the famous baal mithai/chocolate mithai for your loved ones.

All in all its always a bliss to be back to nainital for a small getaway from the hustle and bustle of life.
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"Awesome place and chiily weather" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Last month in June I visit Nainital after leaving Delhi it was very delightful and pleasure, peaceful experience to be in Nainital. I had booked volvo from Anand vihar to Nainital. It takes 8-9 hours in morning I were there. On mall road there are no. Of hotels you can book them online also. My stay was in Alka hotel, lake view from balcony of my room is awesome. Naina devi temple is also very near from there and Bhotia market for purchasing winter clothes are awesome people are very honest there. City of lakes really provide me a very good experience. I am Planning my next trip to there in July 2015. I want to go there again and again because there are too many places and many places are like i want to visit there again and again like, Tiffin top, lands end, china peak, camels view, Suicide point, Hanuman Garhi, Nainital zoo. Wonderful experience of my life.
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"Best short weekend destination in North-India" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Nainital, also famous as the "City of Lakes", is one of the best hill stations situated in North India. The place is surrounded by various lakes such as Naini lake, Bhimtal lake, Naukuchiatal Lake, etc. Nainital is like a second home for Delhiites because it is a best short weekend destination near Delhi. One can easily explore the place in 2-3 days. Nainital is an ideal destination for every type of tourists. One can visit there with a family, group or as a couple.

Best Time To Visit:

The best time to visit Nainital is in the month of January, April, June, July, October and November. If you want to enjoy snowfall then you have to visit Nainital in the month of January. The temperature in the month of January freezes down to -4. So don't forget to bring some warm clothes. But during snowfall some places gets closed due to heavy snow such as China Peak and Mukteshwar.

If you want to enjoy the clear weather there then April, October and November is the month. You can also visit in the month of June and July but the place remains crowded in these months due to vacations. And don't forget to bring raincoats in the month of June and July because there is a maximum probability of heavy rain at this time.

Best Places to Visit in Nainital or near Nainital:

Cave Garden, China Peak(Naina Peak), Tiffin Top, Raj Bhawan, Mukteshwar, Astronomical Observatory, Snow View, Jim Corbett National Park.

Things To Do:

1. Try boating at Naini Lake in the evening.
2. One can also do some adventure activities such as Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Rowing, etc.
3. One can choose a option of trekking or horse riding to reach China Peak.
4. One can do shopping at Tibetan Market and try some local street food.
5. Visit the places which are mentioned above.

Where to Eat:

There are various local restaurants and food chains available at Mall road in Nainital. Two persons can easily have a good meal at any local restaurant or any food chain, starting from Rs. 500/- to Rs. 2000/-. If you are looking for some delicious street food then tibetian market is the place.

Tip:

The best and cheapest way to reach Nainital is, Board a train from Delhi and reach Kathgodam and then board a bus from Kathgodam to reach Nainital.
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"A place for all age groups" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It is a very good place for all age group people. There are nine lakes available and it is very beautiful. There atmosphere is very good. The food was good and location is very beautiful. The natural scene is very good. You must go there one time in your life. It had good sightseeing spots. It was my amazing trip, I am very happy in my life for this trip.
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