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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Saurabh Nagar

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  • Saurabh Nagar
  • Lives in Kota
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"Nainital a beautiful place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
It's my first trip. And I think it's an awesome place for trip. Really a different experience I got from this place. Feeling somehow nearer to nature. All the lakes I visited are awesome. And most beautiful is Naini lake. That's all I needed.
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Jigar Jha

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"Great picnic spot-Nainital" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
If you are looking to spend some quality time with your family and thinking to go to a place to visit then this is definitely the spot you must visit. This place is famous for its natural beauty with a lot of temples and lakes.

The place has 7 lakes and you can visit all lakes because they are not very far. The best place for everyone for holidays and weekend in hills of Nainital. You can enjoy ice in winter and feeling of winter in summer season. This is very silent place there is no traffic and noise.

Also the place is very affordable you can visit here for small picnics or just to relax. The place is not very expensive and so will not have any problems regarding money. There we can do many activities like river rafting, hill climbing and one of the most famous that is bungee jumping which is very famous all over the world. It is located at Uttrakhand and it is also cold heaven of India. So best and very beautiful place to visit at any time in a year especially in winter season.
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Varun Goyal

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  • Varun Goyal
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Nainital, awesome place to go!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Nainital is very popular hill station at Uttarakhand in India. Nainital are place in the foothills of outer Himalayan. Temperature of Nainital in summer not more than 27 degree Celsius and at night the temperature falls to minimum-10 degree in summer and 0-5 in winter. There are many Place f for wandering like Aryabhatt Research institute of observation science in arise there are many telescope for astronomic observation. And in Nainital there are various famous wandering place like cave garden, arise, zoo. So my experience in Nainital is very good I watched Himalayan hills like Nanda devi, Panchchooti and other place in Nainital. The name of Nainital are depend upon Nani devi. The shape of Tal is mango. You will go Nainital at summer these is my suggestion and you will carry warm clothes.
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Bangari

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  • Lives in Kanpur
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"Nainital beautiful city" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
A very picturesque tourist centre with a lovely lake and beautiful hills & mountains all around. It gives the panoramic view of the snow clad mighty Himalayan Range. A walk through the woods gives one pleasure & peace. The entire region is calm and serene. It is nice that tourists are allowed to walk through the forest around the Rajbhavan. People there are very honest and helpful.
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Anchal Agarwal

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  • Anchal Agarwal
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Awesome place to spend in summer vacations" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Its one of the places to be visited during summer vacations. I loved the view and especially the lake view. I enjoyed boating and also the street food. The overall scenario was very beautiful. This place is also famous for different shapes of candles.
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Nikhil Tyagi

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  • Nikhil Tyagi
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
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"Perfect destination for summer vacation" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We really had a great time spending our vacations in Nainital. We had come from Delhi and really enjoyed being here. From boating to paragliding, we had just an adventurous tour. Local street food is awesome and there is street bazaar nearby lake from where cultural and beautiful items are available at cheaper price. There are many hotels available and peoples there showed hospitality. Not only lake, there are so many place to visit lush green gardens, see beautiful mountains and can relax from your busy life. I suggest to reach this destination by road as it create more fun and adventure. Also you can visit many places which we can't while in train.
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Geeta Garg

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  • Geeta Garg
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"Ultimate place to go!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It is one of the best place we have visited. Nainitaal is full of scenric beauty. Naini lake adds to the natural beauty of the place. Uttarakhand government tried to attract the visitors by adding the attractions such as himalaya Darsham, rope way etc. Naina devi temple and Gurdwara are situated opposite to lake and adds on the religious temperament of the city.
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Samir Kode

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"It was an awesome trip, loved it"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was fun spending summer vacation in Nainital. We loved it. Awesome food, polite and friendly people. Food is delicious. And the hospitality is awesome. Spending some calm and peaceful time at Nainital lake is the best in all. Must visit place. Recommended for budget friendly holidays.
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Mayank Arora

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  • Mayank Arora
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Awesome experience & superb scenery"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We really had a great time spending our summer vacations in Nainital. Awesome scenery around, naturally beautiful view, lush greenery, mountains and the food here. People are simple and loving, ever ready to help. Best experience in all to spend some time alongside of the Nainital lake.. The calm and pleasant experience. Recommended.
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Ghanshyam Patel

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"Lovely weather & awesome Nainital lake"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We have been to Nainital many times before, and probably will be going in future as well. Its such a beautiful place. Food was awesome, people here are very helpful, ever ready to assist. I love spending time around Nainital lake here. What a great place it is. Recommended.
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