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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Vickey Janjani

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"No words to say" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
No words to say but Nainital is really a nice place to watch and stay. I was there for 5 days and really a cool and peaceful place. Sightseeing are very beautiful. Food is too good. I want to go there again and again. Now I am waiting for next year vacations.
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Sanjeev  S.

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"Peaceful quiet place; good shopping hub too" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
A very apt place to visit with right choice of Hotels. I needed a quiet place with enough amenities to keep my child engaged. It had all the amenities like activity rooms, Games, Magic Shows, Tambola, Nature Walk etc. Nainital is a right place for both kind of travellers who intend to enjoy serenity and also those who want to have the trekking, and hull bol shopping around Mall Road.

People of Naintal are extremely helpful and supportive. They ensure utmost hospitality. Am sure many of them can become the right brand ambassadors of Atithi Devo Bhava campaign. I believe this value of them makes Nainital one of the most visited hill station in North.
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Sajan Kumar

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"Good destination for a religious trip" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Beautiful place. You can go there with your family or with friends. The best season to visit is May-June. You can visit many places around Nainital like Mukteshwar, Ranikhet, Bhimtal. Mukteshwar is religious place and has lord Shiva temple. The scene from there is wonderful.
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"Nainital tour" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Nice cool breezy area, beautiful lake good horse ride to tiffin top and dorothy seat.

But visit in May first half or in September-October as mountains are also getting warmer these days. Do boating in Naini lake, see Naina devi temple near by, enjoy walking on mall road at evening, visit Nainital Zoo having Tiger and Leopard.

Visit to Naukuchiatal, Bhimtal and Sattal which are very near to nainital.

Paragliding and Kayaking is must in Naukuchiatal.
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"Great holiday destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Unlike most other hill stations in North India, Nainital and its surrounding areas has a lot to offer in sightseeing and relaxation. Nainital itself is pretty, clean and well organised. The lake is quite big with plenty of boats and having fixed rates. The other lakes like Bhimtal, Sattal and Naukuchiatal are equally picturesque.

The cave garden is an adventurous trip while lovers point, dorothy seat are avoidable. The cable car ride is a thrill. For kids who love skating there is a skating rink at the Mallital area, which also has a tibetan market for shopaholics.
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"Nice experience" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Overall experience was great and out sole objective to get away from summer heat was fulfilled, I would definitely give it another go sooner or later, as it's a nice picnic location and nearby to Delhi area (around 300 km), which is quite ok. Nice place to visit in weekends time.
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"Don't visit during Monsoon as landslides are common" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Best time to visit Nainital is early summer through winter has its own charm. The whole town revolves around the lake and mall road which is the most happening place. One can spend the entire afternoon at the lake, visit Naini Devi Mandir and shop at the Tibetan Bazaar. The food is very good and there are lots of options around both veg and non-veg.

When visiting Nainital do go to the cave garden, Governor's house, Naini Peak, Bhimtal, Sattal and Naukuchiatal around. If there is time also visit Pangot.
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"Visit for biking in hills and lakes" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nainital is a great hill destination which is around Naini lake. Best part is you can get bikes on rent here and then can roam around everywhere on bike. Nainital zoo is a must see. Cave garden is wonderful and nainital highcourt is beautiful.One can go for a jungle hike or trek to china peak. Temperature in summers is a bit warm yet pleasant and winters are beautiful. Experience snowfall in January. It's rainy in monsoons but can be relished still.
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"Perfect for vacations"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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"

  • 6/7
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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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