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

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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Binay Kumar

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  • Lives in New Delhi
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  27 helpful votes
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"Lap of nature" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Today
Its beings fantastic and pleasure to spend my time in lap of nature. What a miracle place god has created. View of himalayan range from Kausani is awesome the hills shine like its being coated with silver. I like the fresh air of nature. The hotel staff are so gentle and hostile. I love this place and to visit again.
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Vaibhavi More

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"Nainital" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This place is very nice for live in healthy & natural environment with your family, friends. There is so many place for wondering like beach, forest. I am feeling lucky because I am experience about that place. So whenever you get time please visit that place
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Kausik Mandal

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"Good place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Arrived Nainital through a hectic journey from Bareili. Nearest railway station is Kathgodam, but the popular and reliable junction point is Jaldwani. Stayed here at Hotel Asok which is also a very good one in all respect. Lots of local sight seeing spots are available. A very good place to spend your holidays.
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Bhaskar Das

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  • Bhaskar Das
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
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"Nice place to be at" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Expected the weather to be very cold since it was December. But unfortunately and ironically the weather was very hot and I did not even was wearing any warm clothes. But the ambience of the entire town was very good with lots of people visiting at that point of time. What specifically impressed me was the fact that the place was a lot cleaner that before when I visited a few years ago. The Naini lake was impressive and very clean. All in all a good place to visit. The visit would have been an impressive one had the weather gods been with us during that period. But that is something which is out of our control.
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Prabal Awasthi

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"Awesome hill station" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I always rate Nainital next to Gangtok in list of hill stations. It has everything I imagine from hill station except snow. It has excellent Mall road running along well maintained Naini lake. You can take romantic walk on it's sides. Nice paddle boats for sailing. Yummy street good to enjoy. Awesome season and flora. Nice shopping area near flat and many activities to enjoy. Rest you enjoy accordingly.
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Kanchi

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"Feel the nature and forget everything" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A paradise. Best place to relax now enjoy beauty of nature. Adventurous best part was to do Rappelling and scrambling.

Take a bike and explore. No use of hiring any taxi. It's worthless. Biking in mountain. This feeling you can't feel anywhere.
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Kallol Roy

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  • Kallol Roy
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Nice place" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The lake is awesome but that is all, its too crowded. Restaurants closes lunch by 4 pm & reopens for dinner from 7 pm. Local taxi drivers has created 'sight-seeing' which is not worthy at Rs. 800/- to Rs. 1000/-. It is better to stay at Mukteswar & visit Jageswar, Almora-Binsar. Kaladhungi for Corbett Museum is a must visit. Bhimtal stay & activity is a better option.
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Surendra nath Gupta

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"Relaxed trip to Nainital" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We visited from 29th April, 2016 to 1st May, 2016. We went by our own car and stayed at Royal Hotel. Nainital having sufficient visitor car parking which was main consideration for hotel choice. The rooms were very spacious with big Attached Bathroom. The stay at hotel was quite comfortable. Food, service was quite good.

We visited the snow view point by Trekking as the Trolley was under maintenance, which we enjoyed. The boating in the Nana lake was quite good and enjoyable. On both days we enjoyed. We went to Bhimtal on our return journey. Overall it was a good relaxed trip which we enjoyed a lot.
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Arun Bhardwaj

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"Nice to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We were with our family and see all the tals are located near by there Naukuchiatal Bhimtal and others. Always a very good weather and nature point so I recommend to visit 4-5 days and one more thing there are so many temples located in the top so definitely you will feel great.
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Sujoy Das

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  • Sujoy Das
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"Explore new place by interacting with locals" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We had a trip to Nainital via Bhimtal by road. Both the places are good enough to spend your weekend, I repeat weekend. Yes one can spend more days in Nainital to reduce stress for a longer period if s/he loves walking in the beautiful Himalayas along with beautifully crafted Tals ie. Lakes. There is not much if you thinking of site visits. It is the main areas that is more interesting to explore. Yes, at the upper side of Nainital one can explore forests and hills through horse riding facilities which is available. That could be a good experience beside floating on a boat one Naini Lake. Restaurants, Market, Hotels of every budget are plenty at Nainital and less in Bhimtal. Bhimtal is more peaceful. There is a good restaurant near bus stop-age of Bhimtal. Nainital market is bigger and like many other hill market, one can enjoy shopping at Nainital market.

While driving from Delhi, as usual it is better if you start early to avoid jam. There are 3 options to reach Bhimtal and Nainital. You can see that while exploring the paths on Google map. I will suggest to choose National Highways though it is little longer than other two. But NHs are maintained and better except few patches.

Reach Bhimtal on the same day in 5/6 hours then stay there for the day and next day. You can visit Naukuchiatal from Bhimtal, which is situated at a lower point of the hills but it worth visiting that Tal also since it is close by.

3rd Day you can start moving to Nainital and within hours you will be there. If hotel has no parking area, you can use govt one which is near to Gurdwara and at the end of market. There is a minimum fee to enter lake area. Lakeside hotels are costly but back line hotels are cheaper. Just check if you could have a lake view from your room besides clean toilet and bed sheet. One can stay as long as s/he is enjoying the location. Explore new place by interacting with locals, tasting local foods, buying items made of woods.

While returning you can buy fresh vegetables and fruits (Lemons) available road side. Come back to your office driving another 5/6 hours.

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