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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Sallo Gupta

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"Perfect for vacations" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Naini lake is the special lake. This the right time to visit this place. Enjoyed the naini lake. Market is too good. One must buy from the local shops here. And moreover, Horse riding is an add on here. You will also see lovers point. There was too much fog. An amazing place!!!! Enjoy :)
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"Amazing place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Its an amazing place to visit. So peaceful and so beautiful. Scene near lake is breath taking. You can go by train till Haldwani and get a bus from haldwani to Nainital.
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"Nainital is the best" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Nainital has it all - hills, forests, lakes, great weather, boating, hiking, trekking, sight-seeing, great food, great sights and lots of relaxation.

If you are a nature lover but prefer a busy tourist destination with options to mingle with other tourists, then Nainital is a perfect weekend getaway.
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"A fabulous trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Overall the trip is fabulous. And I must advice you to go to Nainital in your life. It is a amazing place where you can spend your whole holiday with full leisure time. And there momos were awsome and we ate those at joshi chinese corner near naina devi temple. There, the candles are fabulous, I just can't explain it.
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Jasmeet Singh

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"Fun with friends" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I went to Nainital with friends. We enjoyed a lot. We did sightseeing at seven points. Boating, Horse Riding, Para Gliding and so much fun. It was an amazing experience. I would suggest it to the people fond of adventure. Also the travelling in the mountains is the thing I like the most.
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"Awesome weather and mesmerising atmosphere" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I went to Nainital in the month of July. The weather was awesome, the view and the atmosphere was mesmerising. There are many points to see like Patnitop and the centre of attraction is Corbett, which is a must to visit if you are going to Nainital.
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"One of best destination to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I went to Nainital last year with my family. After seeing the place I really admired this place to visit for everyone. Peaceful, compact and relaxing destination to visit and Naini lake is beautiful and other tals to visit. Months to travel the best are May to June every year.
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"erfect for an internet-free holiday at a good destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Its a great hill station. Having plans for different hill stations we went for Nainital. We planned for four days so we will go through all places. Now we realize we need more time - especially we need more time, when we are travelling with family and kids. Hopefully we'll plan to visit there again. You can tell that this was a much favoured hill station during the British Rule. There are quaint Victorian buildings everywhere jostling for space amidst modern hotels. The lake is beautiful and so is the weather. However the best part is about trekking the magnificent hills all around.
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"Simply awesome" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This is a must visit for every lover of nature. The Panoromic view of mountains facing the sun is just awesome. The morning breeze has a very soothing effect on mind. The flora and fauna too leave an everlasting effect on the heart and mind. A must visit.
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"Ducks in the lake, its beautiful to view, shopping around" new review

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  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A place where I have been more than 5 times and still want to visit it again and again. The lake has got ducks in it, its a beautiful sight, makes it a shopping destination as you can do lots of shopping on the Mall Road. Overall its a fun experience to be there.
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