Nainital is a charming hill station that sits prettily at the green foothills of the Kumaon ranges in Uttrakhand. at an elevation of around 1938 MTS, the epicenter of the town’s popularity and beauty lies within the gorgeous Naini Lake, after which the town is named. Founded by the British due to its resemblance to the Cumbrian Lake district, Nainital brims with elegant colonial structures that amplify the beauty of this place. It is a perfect weekend getaway from the Indian capital of Delhi. It is a distinct and famous tourist destination of India. The town not only lures the domestic travelers and tourists but also a number of foreign tourists. This quaint little town experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year, making it a tourist getaway, especially preferred by families and honeymooners. The Naini Lake, along with the other lakes in the area, has earned this town the title of ‘City of Lakes’. Whether you want to go boating on the beautiful Naini Lake or any of the other lakes, relish some local delicacies, shop at the Tibetan Market and Mall Road.
Things To Do And Places To Visit in Nainital :-
There are plenty of picturesque places to visit and things to do in Nainital. It Has charms include everything from boating and sailing to old temples and heritage buildings, and of course, scenic views at every other step.
Boating is must thing to do in Nainital , Boats are available for 30 mins to 1 hour . Stop over at points to savor a delicious lunch at famous eateries like Boat House club or Sonam’s, places famous for the momos they offer.
2. Tiffin Top
Catch a glimpse from Tiffin Top, a peak in Nainital and witness the most awe-inspiring sight. The place is only about 4 km from the heart of Nainital and makes for a wonderful trek.
3. Tibetan Market
Shopping at the Tibten Market where you can find artifacts made by locals. Dotted with shops and shacks of local specialties, this bustling market impresses visitors with its vibrancy and uniqueness.
4. Hanuman Garhi
where the sun slowly descent towards the hills and then simply hides behind the massive mountain. Hanuman Temple and experience the divinity of this place. Of the many things to see in Nainital, do not miss the most romantic and enchanting sunset.
5. Nainital Ropeway
The ropeway takes you to small peaks in Nainital and also gives you a bird’s eye view of the hill station. It should definitely be given a shot if you love high rise views.
6. Mall Road
Collecting candles of various forms, shapes and sizes is one of the best things to do in Nainital. The locals make amazing candles here – designs and patterns that you have never seen.
7. Naina Devi
visiting the Naina Devi Temple. Spend some quiet time here, you will surely come back refreshed. The Naina Devi Temple is dedicated to goddess Naina Devi, who is believed to govern the Naini Lake. It is believed to be one of the 64 Shaktipeeth’s in India.
8. Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
visit this sanctuary to witness some of the rare species of birds and animals. They will make you feel like going back to your younger days and enjoy them in a childlike manner.
9. Raj Bhawan
This Nainital Governor’s House gives a feel of Buckingham Palace London and is a treat to visit, mostly if you are a lover of museums. Constructed by the British in 1924, the golf course is set around a scenic forest, and is home to several rare species of flora and fauna.
10. Nainital Zoo
It is also known as Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo. It houses animals like Tibetan wolves, leopard cat, Sambar, Lady Amherst pheasant, red junglefowl, rose-ringed parakeet. Situated in Tallital, it is open from Friday to Wednesday between 10 AM and 4:30 PM. Another great thing about this place is that it costs around 50 bucks for an adult and around INR 20 for children.
11. Cave Gardens
Eco Cave Gardens is just the place. There is a series of interconnected caves that aim to educate visitors about the Himalayan wildlife. Caves such as Tiger Cave, Bat Cave, Panther Cave and others, are named after the animals they put under the spotlight. On your visit to Sukhatal, you can easily visit this place. It is open 7 days a week between 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and has a musical fountain and hanging gardens in the premises.
How To Reach Nainital :-
By Road :-
Nainital enjoys road connectivity with several cities and small towns of north India. Daily bus service to Nainital is available from Delhi and Kathgodam. Coaches like Volvo, AC and non AC are available in this route. Boarding an overnight bus from Delhi is the most convenient way to reach Nainital.
By Train :-
Kathgodham Railway Station, located around 34 km away, is the nearest railhead to Nainital. Plenty of trains connect Nainital with Delhi and Dehradun. Passengers coming from Kolkata, Lucknow, Agra and Mathura, can even take a train till Kathgodam and then hire a private cab or shared taxi for Nainital.
By Air :-
The nearest Domestic Airport from Nainital is Pantnagar Airport, Pantnagar, roughly one hour drive from the city. It is well connected to New Delhi and Mumbai via Jet Airways, Air India and Spice Jet. The nearest International Airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, roughly five hour drive from Nainital. Frequent Flights to various national and international destinations take off from here.