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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Kshitij  Deopa
  • Kshitij Deopa
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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews

"A city around the lake" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
  • Vishwanath
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"A Must-visit place in your holiday destinations" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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
  • Rishabh Agrawal
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"A beautiful place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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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Pooja
  • Pooja
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"A good place to enjoy" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Overall, Nainital is a good place to visit. A very good environment and weather conditions. A budget place to visit. Nainital lake and mukteswar temple is a good place to visit in Nainital. A good place to enjoy. Snowfall, boating and sightseeing are the points of attraction of the city.
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Devesh Pandey
  • Devesh Pandey
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"A very good place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nainital trip was a good experience for me, below are my comments:
- Boating price was fixed and it was good experience.
- Behaviour of taxi driver was good, he guided me also.
- Hotels are too costly in season time.
- First time sit on the horse to go tiffin top, it was a scary experience.
- Good place for honeymoon couple.
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Anju Gupta
  • Anju Gupta
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"A city with good sightseeing spots"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nainital is place for masti-loving friends and family. Should go there at the time of snowfall. Boating, shopping, sightseeing, snow view, snow fight, mall road and its food everything is just breathtaking. Visiting there would be fun like anything. Must visits places are naini lake, mall road, g.b. Pant zoo, eco caves garden and many more. Snow fighting will be fun there.
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Abhishek Tiwari
  • Abhishek Tiwari
  • Lives in Datia
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"Nainital is a beautiful place to visit"

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  • Posted 1 month ago
Nainital is a beautiful place to visit. The Mall Road is awesome. Nature can be felt closely here at Nainital. It's a magical place. The greenery, the views of mountains, peaks and valleys are really heart touching. Various temples and the nice people of this place make your visit more remembering. Also, not much expensive.
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Malaya Kumar pradhan
  • Malaya Kumar pradhan
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
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"Nainital - Nature's beautiful creation"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Ten days before I had a trip to Nainital. I had never seen such a beautiful creation of nature before. I thought I was out of the world. Its lake, Scenic beauty, different beautiful spots and cold atmosphere made me feel like I am in heaven. I can't forget the day and the place ever.
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Ranjana Gautam
  • Ranjana Gautam
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"A lovely place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is an amazing place. You will just fall in love with the nature. The people are very honest. The fare was normal but there was a big issue of food. I mean there is not a single restaurant that provides tasty non veg. Kathgodam is the nearest railway station. The place where people want to visit again and again.
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A Roy
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
How to reach- We took the train from Delhi to Kathgodam and then a shared taxi to reach Nainital. What makes it different; the lake. Best time to visit- avoid summer months as it gets too crowded. Don't miss - boating at the Naini Lake, blueberry cheesecake at Sakleys and cheap branded clothes at Bhotia Market. We stayed at hotel Himalaya. It has an awesome view of the lake from the room at all times.
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