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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Gaurav Bagla

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  • Gaurav Bagla
  • Lives in Saharanpur
  • 4 Reviews
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"Trip to Nainital" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was wonderful trip to Nainital. We enjoyed a lot in Nainital. One of the best mall road. One of the best lake Nainital. Lakes of lakes Nainital. Naina Devi temple. Rope way. All was good. Tibettian market was there. Snow view point. Bhimtal. Mallital. Skeletal. Such romantic place to visit Nainital.
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Gaurav Bagla

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  • Gaurav Bagla
  • Lives in Saharanpur
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"Trip to Nainital" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was wonderful trip to Nainital. We enjoyed a lot in Nainital. One of the best mall road. One of the best lake Nainital. Lakes of lakes Nainital. Naina Devi temple. Rope way. All was good. Tibettian market was there. Snow view point. Bhimtal. Mallital. Skeletal. Such romantic place to visit Nainital.
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Srijan Srivastava

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  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Nice place to injoy hollydays" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nainital is a beautiful hill station in Himalayas. My father is very fond of Nainital. This year we went just after Deepawali to Nainital on a short trip. There is no direct suitable connection by train to Nainital from Lucknow so we first went to Rampur and then from there we took a train to Kathgodam.
From Kathgodam we took a taxi and by road went to Nainital. It was a call for BANDH (a strike) in Uttarakhand, the new state people wanted to be carved out of Uttar Pradesh, so there were very few people on the roads and shops were closed.
We were stopped a kilometre short of Nainital by roadblocks and we had to cover this last kilometre of our journey on foot. When we reached our rest house, we saw monkeys were playing opposite our suite. There is a lake named Naini here. There were pedal boats and rowboats in it. Pedal boats were in three shapes - Duck-shaped, Misshaped and standard ones.
There are temples also at Nainital. Naina Devi temple is near the large flat ground which is carved out of the lake itself due to landslides in olden times. It is near the Mallital area. Pashan Devi temple is on the Sadak' on the other bank of the lake. On this side of the lake lies the Mall road.
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Ashit singh

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"Perfect destination" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The weather is great and refreshing. One can enjoy boating and other activities on the Naini and other near by lakes. Relish the local street food on the mall road. Visit the zoo. You will see lots of beautiful pheasants at the entrance. Other attraction in the zoo are red pandas and leopards. If you love honey then there is an old shop on the mall road. The product will be genuine.
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Parul Raj

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  • Parul Raj
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
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"Good for a relaxed weekend" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Nainital itself is not very quiet and clean but the weather is of course refreshing. The other lakes that are located nearby offer a more serene environment. A special mention must go to Nouakchott. It was really green and beautiful. We rode a shikara for half an hour. There were options for kayaking and zorbing too. There are other adventure sports in Seattle.
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Aarti Razdan

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  • Aarti Razdan
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 4 Reviews
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"Budget Holiday, Dilli Wala Good fun" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Nainital is a place that nearly everyone's visited.
However I will only tell you a budget holiday experience, which may not necessarily match with your boating and sight seeing.
If you've read my earlier reviews - then you would definitely know one thing that I go for only budget holidays :) That I love walking and spending a lot of time walking in these destinations and of course eating :)
I've been to Nainital only once, that too with my husband and we stayed in Kumao Mandala resort - making it a great Budget Holiday.
You can see photos ...
Also we ventured to a restaurant named Chandni Chowk ... Yeah :) So in the heart of Nainital we had the fun of Delhi.
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Binay Kumar

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  • Binay Kumar
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  •  27 helpful votes
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"Lap of nature"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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