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Nainital proved to be a perfect weekend getaway to escape from the scorching Delhi heat wave. Our weekend trip to Nainital in June 2013 was amidst the perfect weather which made it all so exciting. We took a overnight bus journey from Delhi on friday night and made it to Nainital by 8 AM the next day. The trains to Kathgodam are better options than these buses but for a short notice weekend trip, the train ticket availability is a rare scenario. We had booked KMVN, Rest House, Tallital and it turned out to be an amazing place with a perfect lakeside view of the beautiful Naini lake. All in all, a short but rejuvenating trip.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: We tried food at Chandni Chowk, Nanak and Purohit and we liked Nanak the most. There are so many eating joints alongside the Mall Road that you won't run out of options. There's this roadside coffee and hot-chocolate stall that you should not miss. Sipping hot coffee as you walk along the Mall road is very refreshing. Lovely candles come in all prices and are a must buy. Try going to Bara Bazar for these candles as they are manufactured here and so are more economically priced than those on the Mall road. Local fruit squashes, jams and fresh fruits are also on the Nainital 'must buy' shopping list. Tibetan market is full of colorful garments, accessories and handicrafts and one cant escape without shelling some money for your shopping cravings here.

Activities & things to do: As we were on a weekend trip, we went for the local sightseeing on the first day which starts from Bara pathar on horsebacks. Shopping at the tibetan market, Naina devi temple and Naini lake boating in the evening made a perfect finish to the first day. Next day morning we took the aerial ropeway to Snow view point, and then took a lake tour to Bhimtal, Naukuchiyatal,Hanuman Garhi and Sattal to end our rejuvenating tour to the City of Lakes.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Travel tips would include preferring train over a bus journey from Delhi to Nainital, bargain hard at the Bara pathar horseback local sightseeing tour, haggling at the Tibetan market is also a must and buses ply for lake tours everyday morning at affordable prices, so one can go for it instead of taking a car tour if budget is to be trimmed.
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Sue Jmr
  • Sue Jmr
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"College Trip to Nainital" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was an awesome experience, and it is a beautiful place. The best time to visit in from Feb to April or September to November. The Naini Lake in the middle is surrounded by the Tibetan market and the mall road. The best thing I liked about the place was the cleanliness of the place and the hospitality of the people residing there. There was many places worth visiting, like the tiffing top, Himalayan view point, etc.

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Ashish Mehrotra
  • Ashish Mehrotra
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 1 Review

"Very good time we had" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
My overall experience with my Nainital trip was very good. If I again get a chance to make a programme for holiday I would love to visit Nainital again.

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Mohit Mehta
  • Mohit Mehta
  • 1 Review

"Value for money" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Value for money trip to Nainital, including everything including meals, the view, and the way a smooth drive overall, just a little disappointment with the hotel I booked. I booked it through a local agent who suggested the hotel to me but wasn't as good as other same budget property.

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Ayushi Rastogi
  • Ayushi Rastogi
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Good place for relaxing" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Nice, economical and cool place to visit this summer. The beauty of the place is Awesome. Governor House is very beautiful; zoo is also very good. In short it is a nice place where you can relax and enjoy with your family. Tibetan market is also good place to buy cheap items .

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Honey Singh
  • Honey Singh
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 1 Review

"Nainital is a very cool place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Nainital is surely a destination for people in 300-400 km radius. I find it better than Mussourie. The lake is astonishing and nicely maintained. I would suggest to stay not exactly at mall road but some where up, may be 3-4 km as the view is better and even temperature decreases to 5-6 degree C. I have visited Nainital in November 2010 with my friends. I found there are so many sightseeing points which can be visited if you are traveling with your car. Major attractions of this place is Naini Lake. We all friends had so much fun in boat in Naini Lake which was a good experience. Food is also good there

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Aakanksha
  • Aakanksha
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"Nainital - A good place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
To forget the heat of Delhi, visit Nainital. It is different as it has lake alongside mountains. You can relax here and enjoy too. There are good destinations for shopping; there are some good food joints, some awesome street food shops too, plus mega budget restaurants.

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Manish Arora
  • Manish Arora
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 3 Reviews

"A place to have fun" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Had a wonderful experience at Nainital with family. This is a must visit place. You can have a good time here and go around caves, Himalayan darshan, Boating, Ping Pong Jumping, Zoo, etc.. Shop for Local squash and honey at the Mall Road.

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Vickram sahai
  • Vickram sahai
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"Very well organised" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The place is good for family vacations;you can get good food and enjoy lovely walk from mall road to the Governor's House to DSB College and Naina Devi Mandir. It was a lovely boating experience with excellent service by boatmen. Chandni Chowk is a good place to eat vegetarian and Moti Mahal for non-veg. Avoid the points since there is no charm and you spend up to 1800 on it. Zoo can be maddening since the shuttle service is bad.

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Vinay shukla
  • Vinay shukla
  • 3 Reviews

"Awesome Place to visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Awesome place to visit. While looking on the way I found roads were bit narrow. Lovely weather. For shopping you can buy colorful candles, besides of course the winter wears. It is a place where you can spend a whole weekend. I would love to visit this place again and again.

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Pramod Karanjkar
  • Pramod Karanjkar
  • Lives in Pune
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"Travellers Paradise"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Full of natural beauty and a clam city. We stayed near Mall road so enjoyed walking on the Mall road. The experience of shopping was also good. People from Nainital are trustworthy and are very well organised. You can also travel to another end "Mallital". Do not forget to walk further and visit "Tallital" - you can do boating there. The place is really good and attracts a lot of people.

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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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