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 Agarwal
  • Saurabh Agarwal
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Great experience as it was my first trip to Nainital" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Quite a wonderful city for people of any age. There are video games for kids, a whole load of shops for adults and religious places like the naini temple and ashram. Hotels were cheap and service was very good.

There are great places to see nearby, specially the Himalayan ranges. Boating in the Naini lake is a must for.
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Rajiv
  • Rajiv
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews

"Great experience as it was my first trip to Nainital" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I really enjoyed the trip. My friends and I enjoyed the journey and stay a lot. There are great places to see nearby, specially the Himalayan ranges. Boating in the Naini lake is a must for every traveler. In terms of shopping, wooden stuff is great there. Overall it was a great experience.
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Rakshit Joshi
  • Rakshit Joshi
  • Lives in Haldwani
  • 3 Reviews

"An awesome city" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Quite a wonderful city for people of any age. There are video games for kids, a whole load of shops for adults and religious places like the naini temple and ashram. Rowing is also an entertaining native activity. There are many other exciting places like snow view, china peak, kilbury etc.
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Nickhill Abrol
  • Nickhill Abrol
  • Lives in Srinagar
  • 1 Review

"Snow capped mountains" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We had a very good experience. There are plenty of places to see in Nainital. I had a 5 day trip to Nainital and surrounding. Hotels were cheap and service was very good. Enjoyed the snowfall as well as the foggy weather. The cloud were floating even during the daytime. Also had a visit to SatTal , a beautiful place in the vicinity as well as the telescopic view of the Kailash Parbat. The most exciting thing was the ride in the vertical cab.
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Aritro Dasgupta
  • Aritro Dasgupta
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 24 Reviews

"Lake District of India" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Nainital is as expected a beautiful town at heart but these days a tad over crowded. Its easily accessible and ranks along with the likes of Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala & Mussoorie as the most visited hill stations in north India. The town combines hill beauty with urban sophistication, The lakes are really beautiful. The weather is most unpredictable. Do try the hot coffee along the Naini lake. There is something magical about it. Also fancy caps are available along the lake which can be bought. Nainital also acts as a springboard for many other beautiful but more untouched spots around like Pangot, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Sattal, Jeolikot etc.
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Vinod Khurana
  • Vinod Khurana
  • Lives in Faridkot
  • 5 Reviews

"Overall, a good city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Nainital is the best place, so must visit there. Nainital is popular hill station of uttarakhand in kumaon foothills of himalayas. Tourist can visit nainital lake. Naina devi temple, jim corbett national park, mukteshwar dham and many tals. It is only 275 km from Delhi and 60 km from almora.
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Roshan Sachin
  • Roshan Sachin
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 8 Reviews

"Lot of wonderful places to enjoy" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Here are lots of wonderful places like zoo, Tiffin top, China peak, Mall Road, Thandi Sadak, Naina Devi temple, and Hanuman Garhi and also near by lot of small tourist places. Enjoy, enjoy and only enjoy here. Awesome place and will never forget this trip.
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Kshitij  Deopa
  • Kshitij Deopa
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews

"A city around the lake"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I guess nainital is the only place where you can find a big lake at the center of the city. You can go to nainital via kathgodam. One hour journey from haldwani by bus, car and bike. Nainital is an all year visited place. There are many sightseeing such as tiffin top, hanuman kadhi, zoo and also there are many adventure sports which are available all year. Hotels are from rs 500 to more expensive. Do not take the rickshaw on the mall road. You can also visit bhimtal which is one hour from nainital.
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Vishwanath   Anantharaman
  • Vishwanath Anantharaman
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  • 6 Reviews

"A Must-visit place in your holiday destinations"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A wonderful hill station which has a rich heritage of the British era similar to Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. Although it has its usual sight seeing destinations which you will find in all hill stations, a few of them are worth visiting like the Caves, Nainital lake where annual yachting championships are held every year. If given an opportunity to choose between Kodaikanal and Nainital, I will prefer Nainital any day as it is neat and clean and the local Kumaon/ Garhwal are very friendly.
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Rishabh Agrawal
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"A beautiful place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A romantic and beautiful place to visit. The weather there was awesome. Great views from Himalaya Darshan and cheena peak, full on masti if visited with friends. The weather change suddenly and you will feel just wow. Stay at good hotels at mall road for a NYC lake view. Boating is a good way to see full Nainital. Tibetan market offers you good clothes at a very cheap rate. Overall it was a fantastic experience.
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