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Nainital

Also known as the city of lakes, the halcyon townnestleson the Kumaon region of the outer Himalayan range in the state of Uttarakhand. The Elysian beauty and magnetism of the place adds to its scenic wonders. The town is surrounded by mountains on all sides and offers a wonderful view of the snow covered mountain ranges.

Stationed at a height of 2084 meters above ground level, Nainital in Uttarakhand experiences a cool climate all over the year due to its high altitude. Nainital, Uttarakhand is known for a great deal of tourist attractions. It is also an ideal place for touring, trekking, camping and mountain hiking. A number of sightseeing expeditions, shopping, safari slog & traipse are undertaken in and around Nainital.


Best places to visit in Nainital

Some of the most famous points of interest in the town are:


Safari tours

Nainital is a great place to go on a jungle safari slog. Also known as the “tiger territory’—Jim Corbett National Park is one of the best spot for tourists as it takes to most spectacular offbeat wildlife trip where the richest congregation of animals can be spotted. If you are lucky enough, you can have a glance at the most endangered species of royal tiger. It is sprawled in about 520 sq kms of area with magnificent archaic constructions that makes for an idyllic tourists safari and staying. Other places to go for safari tours are Bhimtal Lake, Mukteshwar, Khurpa Tal and other.


Shopping

Mall Road has a number of apparel & accessories showrooms, shops, department stores, hotels, banks, travel agencies, restaurants and cafes. One of the crowded and busiest shopping lane adorns trendy clothing, locally produced Handloom articles, Wooden artifacts, Home Decor, Showpieces, Chinese feng shui are a shopper’s delight for tourists. Shoppers can find some interestingly created unique candles of different shapes and sizes.

Constructed during British colonial rule, walking along & besides the lake on Mall Road gives the most vibrant feel and a splendid view of the Nainital Lake.

An amazing thing about this place is that many popular Bollywood movies like Koi Mil Gaya & Kati Patang were shot here.

Other is the famous Tibetan market (Bhotia Market) that attracts large number of tourists because of its fashionable clothing, accessories, artificial jewelry and artifacts and home & lifestyle products.


Places to visit in Nainital

Tiffin Top aka (Dorothy's Seat)

One of the popular picnic spots in the Ayarpatta, Nainital hill station, the Tiffin Top is a place where you get to enjoy the 360 degree panoramic lake views of the mountainous beauty from its highest point.

For hiking lover, Tiffin Top surrounded from Kumaon hills offers an exemplary 4 km ride from the main city where you can either hire a pony easily available from Mall Road or go by foot. The horse riding up the hill is a fun-filled sport for riders. Other activities like Rock climbing, Rapelling are also available at the Tiffin Top.

Free Entry to tiffin top and no time restrictions. Round Trip Pony (Horse Riding) is priced between INR 500 to INR 700.


Eco Cave Gardens

Just a kilometer away from the Mall Road at the Sukhatal region is a unique place of vacation where wildlife animals resides in the Himalayas— Eco Cave Gardens. Crawling down into narrow tunnel, sneaking into the Himalayan and prehistoric ancestral way of life is altogether a whole new experience of trip with family and friends. The caves here are named as Panther Cave, Tiger Cave, Squirrel Cave, Apes Cave, Flying Fox Cave and Bats Cave, each of them representing the type of animal’s habitat. Petroleum lamps light up the caves and there is also a musical fountain for a dazzling day out. The musical fountain is functional only during the peak season.

Entry Fee Includes:-

  • Children Rs 10/-
  • Adults Rs 20/-
  • Camera fee Rs 25/-

Snow View Point

Placed 3 Km from the town of Nainital, Snow view point is the British Empire’s highest mountain which is most recommended and most visited tourist spots in Nainital by people all over. This mountain houses a temple and from the top of the mountain, one can have glimpse of entire city. You can move in the cable rope to have a great view of the Nainital lake.


Astronomical Observatory

Known as the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences is an amazing place to learn about astronomical studies. Built in 1955, this observatory is 4.5 KM from Nainital. It is only open from 7 to 9 in the evening. Visitors can also have a look at the various celestial bodies through telescope inside observatory, with authoritative permission. Don't miss out on this place if you are keen for astrophysics and related domains.


Naina Peak

Highly popular for its astounding bird's eye perspective of the town, the extreme breadths of the Terai regions of Kumaon, the Himalayas, sloping ways and furthermore, The Nanda Devi Peak is a delight for those who adore strolling. Located at a distance of 10kms from the Tallital Bus Stand of Nainital, it was earlier known as China Peak (before the 1962 Indo-China war).


Lands End

Lands end is probably one of the best places to have a mesmerizing view from a mountain top An interesting thing about this place is that tourists need not climb much and can reach easily with no transportation hassle. 4 KM far from Nainital lets visitors view the plains and the Khurpa Tal.


Raj Bhawan- Governor’s House

Constructed by the British as place of residence for Governor of then North West Province of India, Raj Bhawan is one of highly advised places to visit in Nainital. Raj Bhawan immitates Buckingham Palace built in Victorian Gothic style and is spread over 200 acres of land. The place is a must visit for all for its charm of British architecture, vintage golf courses, serene landscape, splendid scenery. The complex also offers luxe attractions like swimming pool, lawn estate, Munshi heights and Jhandidhar Modi. Visit timings at Raj Bhawan are 8 am to 5 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm. It remains closed on Sundays and other national holidays. Entry ticket is INR 20 per person


Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

This is a bird watcher's paradise, a perfect spot for people who love watching birds. This bird sanctuary has more than 580 different species of birds. Some of the popular bird’s part of this sanctuary is forktails, Brown wood owls, white throated laughing thrushes, and many others.


Other Near By Destinations to visit

  • Kausani- famous hilly area for picturesque, snow-crested Trishul
  • Ranikhet- hill station related famous for fruit trees on terraced orchards, Jhula Devi Temple & Nanda Devi peak.
  • Pangot- hill station located about 13 km from Nainital is popular for Leisure Nature
  • Ramgarh- calm and isolated cool hill station
  • Mukteshwar- mountainous topography housed with fruit orchards
  • Corbett National Park- for wildlife
  • Naini Lake- A scenic natural freshwater blue green lake situated right in the heart of the city is anything more than captivating.
  • Corbett Museum- Former house of the famed hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett is now called the Corbett Museum, stocking articles about Jim’s Corbett’s life including manuscripts.
  • Jeolikot- Famous as the gateway to Nainital, Jeolikot is situated against the backdrop of Kumaon hills offering splendid views of the Himalayan range.
  • Naukuchiatal- A ‘nine cornered lake’, is a serene picturesque hill station in Nainital district
  • Sattal- Known as the ‘Town of Seven lakes,’ is famous for its freshwater lakes.
  • Binayak- A beautiful trekking retreat with the eye-pleasing Himalayas in the backdrop
  • Kainchi Dham temple- 20 km far from Nainital, the temple is famous among devotees as well as travelers.
  • Mukteshwar Temple- 51 KM from Nainital, Mukteshwar Temple is a 350 year old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is most visited to obtain apology for all sins made intentionally or unintentionally and be blessed with charmed life.
  • Naina Devi Temple

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The hill station is one of the most visited tourist destination during the summer season March - June as weather is cool and pleasant (15 to 30°C) while the winter months are really chilly here (0 to 24°C). Incurring heavy snowfall in the region is an expectant between the months of December and February.


How to reach Nainital

It is really easily for travelers from different parts of the state and country to come to Nainital.


By flight

The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport.


By Rail

Nainital has an excellent gauge railway network links the hill station with various parts of the state and the country.


By Road

Nainital also has wide road connectivity of the town with various places like Delhi, Karnataka, Nainital, Almora and other places.


Distances

Delhi to Nainital: 285 km
Bangalore to Nainital: 2208 km
Corbett National Park to Nainital: 127 km
Ranikhet to Nainital: 81 km
Almora to Nainital: 60 km

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