Nainital Tourism 2020 | Top 11 places to visit in Nainital | IND Wonders

Nainital is also called the lakeside town of India. It is located in the Himalayan belt. It is situated in the middle of the Kumaon hills and is blessed with gorgeous lakes. Nainital is mentioned in the Manas Khand of Sri Skanda Purana as ‘Lake of Three Saints’ or ‘Tri-Rishi-Sarovar’. Three saints, named Atri, Pulastya and Pulah, stayed in Nainital to quench their thirst but found no water anywhere and then they dug a pit and filled the pit with water brought from Mansarovar Lake. 
Since then this famous lake called 'Nainital' came into existence. Another legend states that the left eye of the Hindu goddess Sati (consort of Lord Shiva) fell at this place, which led to the creation of this eye shaped Naini Lake.

Nainital is known as a tourist's paradise due to its beautiful landscapes and serene surroundings. It is believed that the British retailer, P. Baroon, in 1839, influenced Nainital by establishing a British colony, impressed by its mesmerizing beauty. 

Tourists planning a trip to Nainital can also visit Hanumangarh, which is famous for a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Apart from this, the temple of Naina devi is an important religious site listed among the 51 Shakti Peethas of India. Tourists will also enjoy the beauty of Mall road and shopping in nainital.

Best time to visit Nainital

The best time to visit Nainital is from March to May and December to February. The hill station experiences snowfall during the winter months from December to February, receiving a large number of tourists.

How to Reach

Nainital being an important travel destination in Uttarakhand is well connected by all three major travel routes. The airport and railway stations are a short distance from Nainital in Pantnagar and Kathgodam, respectively. Provincial-owned buses and private businesses link Nainital with the major cities and towns of Uttarakhand and Delhi.

  • By Air
The nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport which is 72 km from Nainital city. One has to take a cupboard from Pantnagar to get to town.
  • By Rail
The nearest railway line you will find is Kathgodam 36 km from Nainital. You can get off at the station and take the bus to Nainital, or book a taxi to do the work.
  • On the Road
Nainital is well connected by road and will have a noisy and comfortable bus service from major cities and Uttarakhand and Delhi, if you choose to travel by road. Cabs are readily available from Haldwani and Kathgodam in Nainital.

Top places to visit in Nainital

Lake Naini
  Naini Lake or Nainital Lake is the main attraction of Nainital, surrounded by lush green valleys. Travelers can enjoy such activities as sailing (sailing), boat dismantling, paddling (sailing) here. According to legend, the optical lake was built in the area where the eye of the Hindu goddess Sati fell (while King Shiva took it to Mount Kailash).

The lake is very long and the northern part is called 'Malli Tal', and the southern part is called 'Talli Tal'. It is the only lake with a bridge and a post office. Apart from this, bus stations, taxi stations, train stations and shopping areas are also located nearby.

Snow view

Viewing the snow is a popular tourist destination located at an altitude of 2270 kilometers above sea level. It is located 2.5 miles from the city of Nainital. Visitors can get to their destination by ropeway or rented car. It is located at the top of 'Sher-ka-Danda' and offers a private view of the great Himalayan peaks.

The best snowfall is in the months of October and November, when the whole area is covered with snow. The site also has a small temple made of marble stones dedicated to the Hindu goddess 'Mundi'.

Images of other Hindu deities such as Durga, Shiva, Sita, Rama, Laxman and Hanuman are also included in this temple. Visitors can also visit the Ganden Kunkyop Ling Buddhist Monastery located near the snow view.

Guano Hills

 Guano Hills refers to a beautiful mountainous region located in the village of Pangot in Nainital. Routes along the hill bring travelers to dense jungles of oak, cedar, and bamboo. In addition to the many rare and endangered flowers, many rare bird species such as the black chin babbler and the gray Woodpecker can be seen here. It is a great place to take pictures of wildlife and nature lovers.

Naina Peak

Also known as Cheena or China Peak by the locals, Naina Peak is the highest point in Nainital. It is located at an altitude of 2,615 meters above sea level and is a popular hiking trail in Nainital. The area is known for offering one of the most spectacular views of the entire Nainital region near Lake Nain.

Things to do at Naina Peak:
  •     Walking.
  •     See sunrise or sunset.
  •     Get a look at Naini Lake.

Naina Devi Temple

The Naina Devi Temple is a 'Shakti Peetha' located on the northern edge of Lake Naini. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess, 'Naina Devi'. Images of King Shri Ganesh and Kali Mata and a statue of Naina Devi are also included in the temple. A large peepal tree is found at the entrance to the temple.

Tiffin Top

 Located on Aryapatta Hill at an altitude of 2292 meters above sea level, the Tiffin Top is a popular view that offers some of the most spectacular views of the Himalayas and Nainital. The site is named after English artist Dorothy Kellet who lived in the area and painted. This place is also known as Dorothy's chair.

Nainital Ropeway

Nainital Ropeway is a popular tourist destination in Nainital under Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN). It is the first cable car (aerial ropeway) installed in India. It covers a distance of 705 meters, at an altitude of 300 meters. The capacity of each car is 825 kg (12 people). 
This ropeway connects the view of the ice with the city of Nainital. With a speed of ropeway at 6 meters per second, visitors can enjoy the view of the region from above.

Church of St. John in Wilderness
St. John in Wilderness, a quiet place found in the Mallital (north end of Nainital). The congregation was formed in 1844. According to records, Daniel Wilson, Bishop (Bishop) of Kolkata, came here to lay the foundation stone of the church, during a sick visit and had to live in an unheated house near the forest. 

The church became known as St. John in the wilderness. The church is also a reminder to those who have suffered as a result of the 1880 uprising, in which the names of the victims are inscribed with a bronze statue.


 Khurpatal is a paradise for fishing lovers. It is located 10 km from Nainital. This beautiful painting (Kheda) is located at an altitude of 1635 feet above sea level. It is known for its pleasant climate and beautiful lake, where fishing can be enjoyed. In the 19th century, Khurpatal was famous for producing metal tools, but it is now famous for its green vegetable gardens.

Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo

Located at an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, Pt. G.B. The Pant High Altitude Zoo was established in 1984 and opened to the public in 1995. The zoo contains many endangered species of animals and birds in the region. Snow Leopard, Himalayan Bear, Tibetan wolf etc. A few endangered species are found here.
  • Ticket - Rs 50 for adults and Rs 20 for children
  • Time - 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily

Eco Cave Garden

The Cave Garden is also known as the 'Eco Cave Garden'. It is a popular tourist destination for Nainital. The park offers its visitors a view of the friendly nature of nature. It has six underground caves lit by Petromax lamps and is the first musical mountain installed in Nainital.

 These caves are known as Tiger Cave, Panther Cave, Bat Cave, Squirrel Cave, Flying Fox Cave and Ape Cave. The connection to these caves is very small, sometimes visitors have to crawl. All of these caves are natural and are maintained by local authorities.
  • Ticket - 20 Rs for adults, Rs 10 for children and Rs 25 extra for per camera
  • Timings - 9am to 6pm daily

Land's End

Known for being the most accessible place for pedestrians, the Land's End is a magnificent place, and the spectacular views of this area are unique. Located at an altitude of 2,500 miles [2,118 km] above sea level it offers a spectacular view of the surrounding hills and is surrounded by some beautiful trees and pine forests.

Things to Do at the End of the World:
  •     Pony Rides.
  •     Journey to Naina Peak.
  •     Views taking place at Lake Khurpa.

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