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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Anurag Agarwal

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"Worst place to go on weekends in summer" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was overall a very bad experience. All the hotels were jam packed and the prices were rocket high. It was so crowded that we didn't even find any place to walk on street. Even the wild life was pathetic experience. Local person doesn't allow to take the cars and have to take the local cab. Would suggest to visit the place during off season for better picturesque.
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Sangam Mishra

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"A beautiful place, must visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We have started the trip from Kathgodam Railway Station. After reaching Nainital through shared bus which Rs 50 Per Person, we checked-in Hotel & after getting fresh we got the Ticket for Ropeway which was Rs 150 Per Person where waiting time was for 1 Hour.

By Ropeway we reached Tiffin Top but weather was not so clear so we were unable to See the China Wall & Himalaya Mountain Range (1 Hour stay Time allowed in Tiffin Top).

After that we hired a Taxi ( Alto) for Rs 700 for Local Sightseeing like Cave Garden, Himalayan Peak, China Peak, Land Ends, Lover's Point, Suicide Point etc.

Lands End is really a very beautiful place. After that we did boating in Naini Lake, the boating costs Rs 210 (Approx Half an Hour).

There is shuttle services available for the Nainital Zoo at Rs 30 from Mall Road & Entry Fees of the Zoo is Rs 50. Timing of the Zoo is 9:30AM to 4:30PM. Zoo is closed on Monday.

There is Veg & Non-Veg food available in Nainital but expensive, you can get good Hotels within you Budget.
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Satyam Verma

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"An amazing place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The place is quite good. You can have quality time with your family or friends. You can witness the life of people there. Mall road is just awesome. You can enjoy the zoo. A lot of colleges are there. You can enjoy living in mountains and boating in Nainital.
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"Best place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It has the best places. Eco Cave Garden, Lovers Point, Tiffin Top, Mall Road, etc. A must visit place. Best is to go to Himalaya darshan by a cabel car. It was a great stay. The hotels, lakes, food, everything was nice. Everyone should visit it.
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"Mind blowing destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I went to Nainital trip with my colleges. The hill station is very enjoyable as weather is cold there compared to our Plains area. The greenery there relaxes our mind and people are very social. There we do mountaineering giving thrill and full excitement.
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"Perfect break from the busy city life" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I had been to Nainital a few years back with friends. We went in January and it was freezing. The entire feel of the place was so welcoming. It was love at first sight for me. The people, food, various points and few fun activities like boating, cable car ride made it a memorable vacation. There is an small amusement part too there. Which has few rides and go karting. Do go there just for a different experience if you have some time in hand.
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"One more time"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Many reasons to visit this destination because this is a very small and peaceful place. And full masti package in a very reasonable rate.

Many places here to visit but of course firstly you can start your journey to go to naina devi temple. You can also visit mosque and gurudwara which situated near naina devi temple. A very cute football stadium also situated near naina devi temple. You can enjoy the boating in the lake. Then you can go to zoo. It is very beautiful small zoo there after you can go to the dorothy seat that is situated on upper side of Nainital. You can see whole nainital from this place. It all can be done in one day. Next day you can go to the Cave garden after that you can start your journey for naina peak where you can see Himalayas. It all can be done in second day. On third day you can take a taxi and then go to all the lakes which is situated in different places. If you have time then you can go to the Jim Corbett park but it will take two days and it remains open from November to June.

You can eat parathas that is the best food which I ate. You should go to the near of taxi stand of the nainital where you can eat at cheap price. You can also try rajma chawal and dal chawal.

Always use sports shoes and take enough water and some food for trekking.
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"Major hill station of Uttarakhand"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was an evening when we reached at Nainital. Little walk then reached to hotel, checked in later went to visit Naina Devi temple and Local Tibatti Market of Nainital. Had a walk around Naini lake, we had dinner outside at local restaurant. First time I tried handi Chicken and that was amazing. After an overnight next day we went to see local sightseeing of Nainital. After little walk we reached, I don't remember the name think Snow Point, Peak point tip n top forget it, don't remember the Name. So here we did Go carting and other adventure activities. It was a pack includes 4 activities. You definitely have fun doing these activities. After these activities we came down and enjoyed boat ride at Naini Lake. So Nainital you may choose as a weekend destination if you want to take break from your busy routine life. Near by place you can visit Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal and other tal. Nearby other hill station are Ranikhet, Almora, Kausani, Kasaar etc.
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"Nothing much to see apart from views"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nothing as compared to Himachal and Kashmir. Nothing much to see here apart from views. Our cab driver took an additional visit to paragliding and self boat which made the trip bit adventurous. Moreover, the hotel Himalaya ambiance and exotic views comforted us. Nothing much to shop here apart from candles.
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"Perfect temperature and tasty chaats"

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  • Posted 2 months ago
Sat Tal, Bhim Tal, Nachiketa Tal and Naini Devi Temple. I like the chaats and corn bhel over there. We did some trekking. We went roaming in bazaars, purchased warm clothes, modi jackets and extra. You should surely visit. The temperature was beautiful to have pleasure over there. Good place.
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