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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Binny Binns
  • Binny Binns
  • Lives in Pilibhit
  • 1 Review

"In the night the city looked like a paradise" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
I went there for a two day weekend holiday trip with my family. The weather there just reminded me of what I was missing. Thanks to HolidayIQ for nice deals for us to make it there. It was an amazing feeling to be there. The Mall Road cuisine of hills was astonishingly amazing. Even in the night the city looked like a paradise.
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Meenakshi Rajput
  • Meenakshi Rajput
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  • 2 Reviews

"Adventure Family trip in Nainital" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nainital is Wonderful weekend spots for Tourist lovers.it was amazing feeling in Nainital with my family trip. We hired a taxi for Nainital. We saw waterfall, temples, Lake and Hill when we entered in Nainital. The seven locations was so beautiful and naini lake. We take boat for Riding and horse riding to see snow point. I loved this trip with my family.

Thank you cheapairetickets for making my trip memorable
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Ritu Soni
  • Ritu Soni
  • 1 Review

"Exciting trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It is just an amazing feeling to visit Nainital on my birthday. Loved the place a lot. Each & everything was exciting. The trip to 7 points In a single run in a taxi. A little bit tough to travel for those who live at plain. Head was spinning but still it was awesome.
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Dheeraj Dua
  • Dheeraj Dua
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"A perfect holiday" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nainital is just so special, I had a fantastic experience. The food is so delicious specially maggi in front of lake wow fantastic. The seven locations are so beautiful and naini lake is so beautiful and thereafter THE THANDI SADAK is so so thandi and then the horse riding lovers. Suicide point, Himalayan peak is so beautiful I just love this place. And not the least the weather is so beautiful.
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Ashish Prajapati
  • Ashish Prajapati
  • Lives in Bareilly
  • 3 Reviews

"Beautiful Place in Uttrakhand"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited Nainital in February, Such a beautiful place in Uttrakhand & I love this place. I have seen Himalaya from top of Nainital, It looks beautiful from there, I did horse riding there & i love that. I think Nainital is very beautiful place in Uttrakhand. I will go to Nainital again.
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Vaibhav Pandey
  • Vaibhav Pandey
  • Lives in Almora
  • 8 Reviews

"Nainital - Abode of God"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
What an awesome place Nainital is!! The main attraction -The Naini Lake is just so so beautiful. I just couldn't move my eyes away from it *_*. Then the famous Nanda devi Temple. Such is the glory of it. Got so much inner peace in the temple. Then the tiffin top. So much snow!!! Snow everywhere. I so much enjoyed my trip to Nainital with my friends. The tourism industry in Nainital has been well developed by the government.
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Tanushree Taparia
  • Tanushree Taparia
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 10 Reviews

"A romantic destination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nainital is a romantic destination. During winters its cold, cozy, pleasant and beautiful. You can just take out time for each other and for oneself. Its a destination which should be visited just to relax and enjoy winters rather than doing adventures. Places that should be visited are Nainital lake, Mukteshwar, Jim corbett and mall road. If you are visiting during winters that is December to January, you can expect snowfall and so carry lots of woolen clothes.

Have your food on the Mall road itself. You get everything out there. Don't go for Dominos and pizzas and all. Try the local street food, It is amazing. Momos, parathas, chinese and even Dosas that I have tried were pretty good. Aloo chats and bread cutlets stalls on the street also serve you amazing stuff.

You can decide in the morning what you want to do and plan your trip accordingly. If you want to just relax and enjoy the climate you can just walk the mall road. Or else hire a car and visit snow view point or caves garden. Or just do boating and relax.
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Saurabh Agarwal
  • Saurabh Agarwal
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

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

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
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"An awesome city"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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