30 Places to Visit in Nainital (Updated List with Photos)
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COVID-19 : NAINITAL is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 29 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to NAINITAL?

Entry is open from all domestic states.

  • Wearing of masks is mandatory while out in public places
  • Registration on official website is mandatory when travelling from other state
  • People travelling from another state must also their negative test reports on the state government’ s official web portal.
  • Prior booking of hotels and tours is mandatory
  • Registration on the Smart City web portal is mandatory with uploading required documents on the same for entry.
  • All social distance norms to be followed when out in public
  • A screening process will be done on entry to the state.
  • All markets, malls, parks, places of worship, except those in containment zones, are open
  • It is advised to carry own sleeping bag, cutlery and water bottles if travellers are planning a trek.
  • All passengers travelling to Naintal need to register on state website
  • Thermal screening to be conducted for all passengers alighting at the nearest airports and railway stations.
  • Mandatory for traveller from high-load COVID-19 infected cities to follow 7 days of institutional and 7 days of home quarantine. The list of high-load infected cities can be found on the state government website.
  • Pregnant ladies, senior citizens (Age>65 years), seriously ill passengers and people accompanied by children below 10 years of age are exempted from institutional quarantine but must follow home quarantine for the given time period.
  • Travellers from non-high load Covid-19 infected cities must follow home quarantine for 14 days.
  • All travellers with negative RT-PCR report from ICMR authorized lab, done not more than 72 hours prior to travel, shall be exempted from quarantine. They must upload the report on state website
Flights

Flights are functional to Patnanagar airport from Delhi and Dehradun.

Trains

Special trains are running to Kathgodam Railway Station from Dehradun.

Local Transport

Local modes of transport like buses, taxis and autorickshaws are allowed to function with proper steps of sanitization.

The government of Uttarakhand has taken major steps of sanitizations to ensure the safety of travelers to Nainital. Thrillophilia recommends additional precautions such as social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hand regularly for your safety.

Registration on the Smart City Web Portal is Mandatory For Entry Updated: 29 Sep 2020

All travellers visiting Nainital from other states will have to register on the Smart City Web Portal and upload the required documents for entry.

Mandatory Screening To Take Place At Borders Updated: 22 Sep 2020

A screening process will take place on entry at the borders of the state- be it by road, railway or air.

Unrestricted Inter-District and Intra-District Travel Allowed in Naintal Updated: 05 Sep 2020

In reference to the fresh guideline updates from the state government, people travelling to Nainital, internally or from other districts can enter the state without an e-pass. However, registration on the official Uttarakhand website is mandatory. Read more.

Resorts, Hotels, Homestays in Nainital Open to Accommodate Travellers Updated: 05 Sep 2020

Stay and hospitality services, except the ones that fall under containment zones, have been allowed to re-open in Uttarakhand with all the precautionary measures. Read more.

Leisure Hotels Group in Naintal offers a unique ‘Ghar Se Ghar Tak’ Vacation Package Updated: 05 Sep 2020

The boutique leisure hospitality chain, Leisure Hotels Group, has revealed their new travel package – ‘Ghar se ghar tak’, offering end-to-end travel assistance to vacationers who want spend holidays at their resorts in Naintal or other cities. They are also facilitating home-testing for COVID-19. Read more.

Place of worship in Nainital now Accessible to Devotees Updated: 05 Sep 2020

All religious places and place of worship in Uttarakhand have been allowed to re-open, keeping the points of social distancing and reduced capacity in mind.

Tourist Places in Nainital

Nainital Lake, Naina Peak, The Mall Road, Tiffin Top, High Altitude Zoo, Lands End, Bhimtal Lake, Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, Kainchi Dham, Naukuchiatal and many more.

With so many places to visit in Nainital, it is extremely easy to plan a trip to India’s Lake City. Known for its beautiful lakes, charming hill station environment, and magnificent architecture, the town is visited by several holiday goers from all around the country. Extremely popular during the summer months of April to June, Nainital derives its name from the eye-shaped lake that is in the heart of this gorgeous hill station.

Depending on your likes and interests, you can choose from a plethora of tourist places in Nainital. Those interested in architecture and history could explore places such as St. John’s Wilderness Church and Gurney House. Nature lovers can pay a visit to the Hawa Caves for their network of caves and one of the many neighbouring hill station areas such as Sariyatal, Khurpatal, and Wonderland Waterfalls.
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Must Visit Places in Nainital

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Nainital Lake

Nainital Lake
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One of the most beautiful lakes of the country, Nainital lakes is known for its exquisiteness. It is one of the four lakes of Kumaun Hills which includes the Sattal Lake, Bhimtal Lake and the Naukuchiyatal Lake besides the Nainital Lake. The famous lake finds its mentions in ancient scriptures and many poems by prominent writers. Naina Devi Temple is situated on this lake where it is believed that Sati’s eye’s fell to earth after her act of self-immolation.

The lake is surrounded by the green hills which give the town a mesmerizing landscape. Being a natural freshwater lake, all nature lovers find the lake a charming site to sit, relax and spend some quality time either by oneself or with their loved ones. Lately, environmentalists have cited worries regarding the health of this lake and preservation measures are gaining momentum to save this natural treasure.

Your visit to Nainital Lake will be incomplete if you do not try out the famous boat rides. The activity will give you a picturesque view of the Lake District and an opportunity to click great pictures. If you’re a morning person, we say you go for a walk around this beautiful lake with fresh air and rays of sun pouring through the clouds before you embark upon the day adventures in Nainital. And if you don’t like mornings, an evening stroll by the lake is equally charming with all the bright lights across the night sky.

The price of boating in the lake: Starting INR 150(30 minutes)

Location: It is located in the city of Nainital which lies in Uttarakhand. The Sukhatal and Tallital bustands are nearby and thus you can choose to opt for roadways while travelling to the place in public transport.
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Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)

Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)
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One of the popular picnic spots in Nainital, the Tiffin Top is a place where you can get enjoy the spectacular scenery of Nainital from its highest point. Also called the Dorothy’s Seat, it is located on the Ayarpatta Hills, offering a gorgeous 360 degree view of the Lake District. It was named Dorothy’s Seat by a British Army Officer in the memory of her wife Dorothy Kellet who died from septicemia.

The Kumaun Hills which surround this location give the place calm and serene scenery making it a delight for all visitors. If you love hiking, the Tiffin Top makes for an exemplary 4 km ride from the main city where you can go by foot or hire a pony that are easily available from the Mall Road. The horse riding up the hill is full of adventure and fun if you go with your friends and family. Other activities like Rapelling and Rock Climbing are also conducted in the Tiffin Top. However, most activities are recommended to be undertaken during the day to enjoy the experience.

The magnificent views and the panoramic landscapes offer an opportunity for photographers to capture one of the most amazing lakes and hills of the country. Nature lovers are sure to enjoy the beauty of this place which resonates with tranquility and exquisiteness.

Price:
    -Free Entry.
    -Round Trip Pony (Horse Riding) will cost between INR 500 to INR 700

Location: Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand


Best time to visit: You can visit the place any time you want as it has no time restrictions. You must consider the climatic conditions before going to the place.
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Snow View Point

Snow View Point
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If we check out the most visited tourist spots in Nainital, Snow view point is surely the most visited and loved spot by people all over. The mountain also has a temple to which residents worship. While you move in the cable rope, you can have a great view of the Nainital lake.

Location: The point is around 3 Km from the town of Nainital and you can travel there through either cable rope or your car. If you are comfortable, you can also visit Snow view point by walking there or book a taxi if you prefer it.

Highlights: From the top of the mountain, you can have a full view of the city which looks just marvelous. If you notice, there will be a place which says The highest mountain in the British empire. Before Sikkim became a part of India, Naina Devi was India's highest peak.
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High Altitude Zoo

High Altitude Zoo
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The High Altitude Zoo, officially known as GB Pant High Altitude Zoo, is a one-of-a-kind zoo that is known for its intriguing location at 2,100 meters above sea level. Expanded across 4.6 acres of lush greenery, the zoo was built in 1984 and is one among the only three high altitude zoos in India. Home to numerous endangered and rare species of birds and animals, the zoo allows you to spot Royal Bengal tigers, Tibetan Wolves, the Himalayan Bear,

Hill Partridge, Kalij Pheasant, and Red Junglefowl. Most of the inhabitants of the zoo are either adopted by animal organizations or individuals. Located between the Great Himalayas and the Shivalik Range, the zoo provides its visitors a spectacular landscape to admire and be lost in.

Location: Tallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002, India

Highlight: Fauna

Price: INR 50  for adults, INR 20 for children, INR 25 for still camera, INR 200 for professional video camera, Entry free for senior citizens and people with special needs

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The Mall Road

The Mall Road

Constructed during the British colonial rule, Mall Road is the primary road which goes through the core of the Nainital town parallel to the lake, interfacing the two closures of the town. It is now named as the Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. The road is one of the most vibrant places to visit in Nainital.

Mall Road has a number of hotels, travel agencies, banks, showrooms, department stores, shops, restaurants and cafes. You will find some of the best hotels and restaurants of Nainital located on the Mall Road.It is one of the busiest and crowded during the day time. Parking is prohibited and the road is closed for vehicles during the peak seasons so that the tourists can easily walk besides the lake on this famous road in Nainital.

With the cool wind blowing over the lake through the road, a night walk around the mall has its own particular appeal. It is a famous shopping center among tourists and provides a splendid view of the Nainital Lake. Some specialties which you can find here include unique candles in different shapes and sizes. Wooden artifacts and locally produced handloom products are also popular among the tourists.

Handicraft and gift items adore the shops here and a delight for tourists looking for shopping on a holiday.Also an interesting fact about this place is that many popular Bollywood movies like Kati Patang and Koi Mil Gaya were shot here.

Location: Mall Road, Nainital, Uttarakhand
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Eco Cave Gardens

Eco Cave Gardens
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Situated within proximity of Nainital's famous Mall Road, Eco Cave Garden is one of those tourist places in Nainital which have gained importance in the recent past. A cluster of natural caves transformed into a cave garden, Eco Cave Gardens is home to 6 intriguing animal-shaped caves that offers children as well as adults an opportunity to experience several animals in an almost-natural habitat.

Adorned with a musical fountain with audio-visual effects, the caves also have a series of exquisite hanging gardens along the caved pathways. Dedicated to the wildlife species of the Kumaon region, the Eco Cave Gardens is of high importance to Nainital tourism.

Location: Sukhatal, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263001, India

Highlight: Cave Gardens and children entertainment

Price: INR 60 for adults, INR 25 for children, INR 25 for camera

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Naina Peak

Naina Peak

Situated at an altitude of 2,615 km, Naina Peak is known for its breathtaking bird's eye perspective of the town, the Himalayas and furthermore, the immense breadths of the Terai areas of Kumaon. The Nanda Devi Peak and the mountains of the Tibet border are visible from the top of this peak. Also known as the China Peak (before the 1962 Indo-China war), it is situated at a 10 km distance from the Tallital Bus Stand of Nainital. The famous place is one of the most recommended places to visit in Nainital on a vacation.

It is a delight for individuals who adore strolling. One can go for long strolls, breath fresh air and appreciate the picturesque excellence. Because of high elevation and rich green forest path, Naina Peak is likewise a most loved place in Nainital for trekking. The trek to Naina could be a little tricky, covering a length of 6 km from Mallital. One can reach the place by t riding a horse or by navigating the sloping ways. From Snow View Point or Mallital, one can hire pony or horses to visit this peak.

No shops are accessible on the peak. In this way, it is best recommended for you to carry your own eateries and drinking water for your picnic. Enjoy a photography session as the place offers some of the best perspectives of the snow-clad pinnacles of Himalayas. The place is well-known among the travelers for its sentimental nightfall and dawn.

Location: Naina Peak, Nainital

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Lands End

Lands End
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If you want to have a stunning view from a mountain top, Lands end is probably one of the best places to head. The best part about this spot is that visitors don’t need to climb much and can reach the place which is rightly named as Lands end.

Location: Lands end is at a distance of around 4 KM from the town. Transportation and reaching there is not a hassle and you can easily get to the place. You can walk up to the top or simply ride on a horse back to reach the Lands end.

Highlights: The view is something which people visit the place for. The top view from the mountain is exhilarating and lets you view the plains and the Khurpa Tal. Overall, the mountain is surrounded by beautiful villages and pine forests all over. The place will get you a nice touch with nature if you haven't had it lately.
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Bhimtal Lake

Bhimtal Lake
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It is a famous lake located in the town of Bhimtal. The reason why it is so famous is because of the masonry dam built in the year 1883 which enabled a good storage facility. It has a catchment area of around 17.12 sq km which is quite large.

Location: The lake is located in Bhimtal, which is a famous town in Nainital. It is more than 22 km away from Nainital. If you want to reach a railway station from here, the nearest one is Kathgodam which is at a distance of 20 km from the lake.

Highlights: The Bhimtal lake is the largest lake in the region of Kumaon, which is popularly known as the lake district of India owing to the density of lakes present here. This lake helps in providing drinking water as well as makes sure that the different species of fishes are habitable here.
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Sattal

Sattal
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Sattal as the name says is a body of 7 freshwater lakes in the lower Himalayan range. The place is near Bhimtal which is a popular town in the district of Nainital. As the pollution level has grown in the recent times, Sattal is one of the few unpolluted and unspoiled freshwater biomes in our country.

Location: The river of the bodies is situated at and height of 1370 meters and it is right below the lush orchards of the Mehragaon village.

Highlights: The lake has oak and pine trees surrounding it which make the whole experience of visiting the lake better. If you are an avid birdwatcher, this place shall not disappoint you, you will find a lot of migrated birds in the vicinity.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Sattal is probably during early mornings or just before dusk, it is the time when you will spot a lot of birds and find the calm.
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Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
Kilbury bird sanctuary is the ultimate destination for anyone who loves watching birds. Due to this reason, it is also called as the bird watcher's paradise.

Most of the people who visit the place are frequent visitors who take time out of their lives to watch birds and fulfil their desires. This sanctuary is placed in midst of the reserved forest of Nainital.

Location: Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is at a distance of 12 KM from Nainital. You can choose to reach here through any convenient public transport or your private vehicle. Many affordable options like taxis are available from Nainital to bring you here.

Highlights: The bird sanctuary has more than 580 different species of birds which is a delight for all the bird lovers. Some of the most famous birds which are a part of this sanctuary include Brown wood owls, white throated laughing thrushes, forktails and many other birds.
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Kainchi Dham

Kainchi Dham
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One more religiously significant sites in the list of famous places to visit in Nainital, Kainchi Dham was built in 1962 by Neem Karoli Baba, the founder of Hanuman Garhi. A temple and an ashram, Kainchi Dam is engulfed by lush greenery and marvelous hills. Set alongside a glistening river, the temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is visited by several believers and worshippers regularly.

Made famous to the world by Ex-Apple CEO, Steve Jobs’ visit in the 1970s and followed by Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, the temple hosts a massive fair every year on June 15th which is attended by locals and visitors alike.

Location: 17 kilometers from Nainital

Highlight: Religious temple visited by Steve Jobs in 1970s.

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Gurney House

 Gurney House

The former summer house of Jim Corbett, the British naturalist, tracker, and hunter, Gurney House is a heritage site and one of the most important places to visit in Nainital, especially for architecture enthusiasts. A short walk from the famous Mall Road, the 18th-century British house is surrounded by lush gardens and has been preserved to give its visitors a feel of how Jim Corbett lived here during the 1800s.

Walking around the house, you can see some of Corbett’s prized possessions such as his books, furniture, fishing rod, trophies, and an African drum. Though there is no entry fee to the house, you must have an appointment to visit this colonial marvel.

Location: Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002, India

Highlight: 18th-century architecture and furnishing.

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St John's Church

St John's Church

One of the most visited tourist places in Nainital, St John Church, also known as St John’s the Wilderness, is a breathtaking church constructed in the 1800s. Named by a bishop from Kolkata, the church takes you back to a historical era while giving you all the time to compose yourself and reflect within.

A place of religious importance, the site is best enjoyed during a prayer service, especially for those seeking the Almighty. Built within the church grounds, the cemetery stands as an ode to those who lost their lives due to a catastrophic landslide. Photography may not be allowed inside the church itself, but the serene landscape surrounding the church is just as beautiful to capture and should not be missed. 

Location: Nainital - Kaladungi Rd, Sherwani, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002, India

Highlight: History and religion.

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Jeolikote

 Jeolikote

 A quaint hill station within Nainital, Jeolikote is among the most peaceful sightseeing places in Nainital for travellers wanting to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and unwind themselves. Commonly known as the ‘Gateway to Naini Lake’, the area serves as a pitstop for tourists heading towards Nainital but it also makes for a great detour if you wish to explore the surrounding areas.

Particularly a haven during hot, strong northern summers, Jeolikote offers stunning natural surroundings, butterfly spotting, and a chance to witness floriculture. The enchanting ambience and surreal beauty of this place also make it extremely popular among meditation practitioners.

Location: 18 kilometres from Kathgodam on NH 87 towards Nainital

Highlight: Hill station.

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Nainital Ropeway

 Nainital Ropeway

One of the primary tourist places in Nainital, specifically for family vacationers, Nainital Ropeway sees hundreds of visitors daily. A three-minute ride over the spellbinding landscape of Nainital, the aerial ropeway takes you from Mallital, near Mall Road, to Snow View Point which offers one of the most astonishing views in Nainital.

Constructed with Swiss technology, the ropeway offers a steep climb up and down the hill and can carry a maximum of 11 passengers in each of its two-cabin cars. While the market at the starting point of the ropeway offers an amazing opportunity to shop for candles and pinewood souvenirs, the Snow View Point, at 2270 meters above sea level, presents you with an unadulterated view of the Great Himalayas.

Location: Ropeway Rd, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002, India

Highlight: Cable car and views

Price: INR300 return for Adults, INR 200 return for children aged 3 to 12

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Binayak

Binayak

Binayak is a beautiful retreat for all trekker out there and you must try it when you are on your vacation in Nainital. One can go for a trekking trip that lasts for about 3-5 days and enjoy the amazing landscapes with the scenic Himalayas in the backdrop.

If you like to experience adventurous hikes, Binayak is the place for you to get the adrenaline rush. It offers one of the most spectacular trails and the beautiful trees on the hills which will take your breath away.

Location: Binayak, Nainital


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Raj Bhawan- Governor’s House

Raj Bhawan- Governor’s House
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Built by the British as a residence for the Governor of then North West Province of India, the Raj Bhawan is one of the most recommended places to visit in Nainital. Raj Bhawan was built as a replica of Buckingham Palace built in Victorian Gothic style designed by the architect F.W Stevens.

Spread over 200 acres of land, this place is famous for its Golf Course which is counted as one of the vintage golf courses of India and many golf tournaments are organized here. Some other great places in the complex include a swimming pool, garden, Jhandidhar Modi Heights and Munshi heights.

The lush green area is decorated by Deodhar and oak trees which give the place a serene landscape. The charm of British architecture and the calm and splendid scenery around the place makes Raj Bhawan one of the most famous tourist attractions of Nainital.

The Raj Bhawan remains closed on Sundays and all other national holidays. The timings for visiting are 8 am to 5 pm/4 pm and 6 pm. It is located 3 km from Mall Road of the city. One can easily reach the place by walking or taking a rickshaw from Nainital Bus Stand.

Some facts include, it is the only Raj Bhawan open for tourists in India and post-independence, Sarojini Naidu was the first occupant of the place.

Price: Entry ticket of Rs. 20 per person

Location: Amghari, Nainital, Uttarakhand

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Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi Temple
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Located atop the Naina hillock near northern shore of the Naini Lake, the Naina Devi Temple is one of the most revered temples in Northern India. It is a famous Shakti Peeth of Hindu religion and draws devotees from all over the country. It is believed this was the place where eyes of Sati’s corpse fell when Lord Shiva carried her.

There is a huge peepal tree and across it there is an idol of Lord Hanuman. The inner sanctum has sculptures of three deities, Naina Devi (represented by two eyes in the center), Mata Kali Devi to the left and Lord Ganesha to the right. The temple organizes a big fair during Nanda Ashtami which runs for 8 days here. During other holy occasions like Navratri, Chaitra etc, a large number of devotees pay a visit to this sacred temple.

The temple complex spreads around an area which is 1567 yard long, 167 yard wide and a 93 feet profound lake. A stupendous statue-immersion ceremony has been occurring here, on the occasion of Bhadrapad Shukla Ashtami since 1918. Naina Devi Temple fills in as a noteworthy vacationer spot of Nainital. It is said that the present temple at Nainital r replaces the first fifteenth century sanctuary, which was worked amid Kushan tradition reign and got demolished in 1880 due to a landslide.

The temple remains open for devotees from 6 am to 10 pm.

Location:
Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand

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Hanuman Garhi

Hanuman Garhi

Situated at an elevation of 1950 meters, Hanuman Garhi is one of the most important religious places to visit in Nainital. Around 3 kilometres from the centre of Nainital, the temple is dedicated to the Hindu Deity, Lord Hanuman, the God of strength and energy, who is often believed to be a reincarnation of Lord Shiva.

Constructed in 1950 by the extremely revered Neem Karoli Baba, the temple’s centrepiece is a massive statue of Lord Hanuman with an image of Lord Rama in his chest cavity. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Hanuman was an ardent follower and the most trusted friend of Lord Rama, and he also helped Lord Rama to win over Ravana. The temple is especially busy on Tuesday and Saturday as these two days of the week are dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

Location: Haldwani Road, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002, India

Highlight: Religion, Sunrise and Sunset views.

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Khurpatal Lake

Khurpatal Lake
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A peaceful getaway close to Nainital, Khurpatal is one of the most serene places to visit in Nainital. Tucked away in the outer Himalayan Range, the area is most famous for its emerald blue-green lake, the Khurpatal Lake. Surrounded by majestic pine trees and dense greenery, this offbeat location is a paradise for nature lovers as well as photography enthusiasts.

Named after its ‘trowel’ shape, the lake is home to several species of fish, making a great spot for fishing and angling. In fact, fishing is almost a family activity around the area and is enjoyed traditionally. Adventure lovers can also enjoy strolling or trekking through the surrounding forests or enjoy a tranquil boat ride on this remarkable lake.

Location: 12 kilometres from Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263001, India

Highlight: Emerald blue-green lake, mountains, and landscape.

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Bhutia Market(Tibet Market)

Bhutia Market(Tibet Market)
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Located near the Naina Devi Temple, Bhotia Market is one of the most famous shopping destinations. This place is every shopaholic’s delight as you can buy a lot of amazing clothing at good bargained prices. If you are looking for beautiful scarves, fashionable bags, winter clothes like shawls or mufflers or ethnic items, this is the place where you should pay a visit while in Nainital on a holiday.

The woolen wear offered here is famous for being intricately woven by Almora women.. Artificial jewelry and artifacts are other famous items which you should look for while shopping here. The decorative wooden pieces are other unique handicrafts available here. There are also some famous restaurants and cafés where you can dine or enjoy street food in Indian and Tibetan cuisines.

The place is ideal for visiting after you have paid your respects at the Naina Devi Temple or when on an evening stroll looking to collect some souvenirs which will always remind you of your wonderful vacation.

And a quick tip before you visit this place- Don’t forget to haggle with the shopkeepers as most of them overstate the prices of commodities. Also, do not forget to miss out on trying the delectable momos and noodles offered here.

Location:
Nanda Devi Path, Nainital, Uttarakhand.

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Mukteshwar Temple

Mukteshwar Temple

Located at a height of 2,312 meters above sea level, Mukteswar Temple is regarded as one of the most significant tourist places in Nainital. Dating back 350 years, the temple is dedicated to Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, the destroyer and the highest of all gods. Rumor has it that the temple was constructed by the Pandavas during their exile.

As the story goes, the brothers were firm believers of Lord Shiva and they created the temple to be blessed with deliverance from their uneasy life. The area surrounding the temple is bestowed with immaculate natural beauty. From the temple, you can view the snowclad Himalayan Peaks of Nandakot, Trishul, and Nanda Devi, the second-highest peak in the country.

Location: Link Road, Simyal Gaon, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263138, India

Highlight: Religion and landscape.

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Pangot

Pangot

One of the most panoramic sightseeing places in Nainital, Pangot is a small colony near Nainital which is most famous for its lush green jungles and bird community. To reach Pangot, you have to travel through the enchanting forests of Cheena Park Range through Snow View Point and Kilbury, which are considered to be the main bird habitats around the area.

Adrenaline junkies can enjoy mountain biking as well as trekking in the area. Reportedly, Pangot is home to over 580 bird species including but not limited to rufous-bellied niltava, Himalayan griffon, lammergeier, and spotted & Slaty-backed forktail.

Location: 15 kilometres from Nainital

Highlight: Bird Watching.

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Astronomical Observatory

Astronomical Observatory
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Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, or ARIES, as it is commonly known, is among the one-of-a-kind sightseeing places in Nainital. The Astronomical Observatory is one of the leading research centers in India for Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Atmospheric Science. Situated approximately 9 kilometers from Nainital atop Manora Peak, the Observatory is a great spot to visit if you are travelling with children.

Boasting one of the most technologically advanced telescopes in the country, the Observatory enables you to witness the moon, the stars, and other celestial bodies that are otherwise reclusive to the usual eyes. Night viewing is mostly possible during a couple of days around full moon.

Location: Beluwakhan, Uttarakhand 263002, India

Highlight: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Atmospheric Science.

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Sariyatal

Sariyatal
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Nainital is most famous for its various gorgeous lakes, and Sariyatal, an astonishing Jade green lake, is among one of the most serene places to visit in Nainital to enjoy the beauty of the lakes in the hill town. The perfect place to enjoy chilly waters, brilliant landscapes, and peaceful environment, Sariyatal is extremely popular with honeymooners as well as nature lovers.

Home to a massive botanical garden, the area is also famous for botany enthusiasts and families with children due to the many herbs and boutique parks in the garden. For adventure lovers, this is the perfect place for boating and water zorbing.

Location: Smanora Range, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263002, India

Highlight: Lake, Botanical Garden, Water Zorbing.

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Jama Masjid

 Jama Masjid

Originally build to cater to the Muslim soldiers in the British army, Jama Masjid is an important place of religious worship in Nainital. Built in 1882, the mosque is known for its notable architecture and inscriptions.

As you enter the mosque, you can see the fine Arabic inscriptions at the main entrance but the most remarkable characteristics of the place are the mihrab, a section of which displays directions to Mecca.

Location: Tallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002, India

Highlight: Architecture and Religion.

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Naukuchiatal

Naukuchiatal

Naukuchiatal, literally meaning ‘lake of nine corners’, is a quintessential hill station coined after the namesake lake which is believed to be the deepest in Nainital. An extremely beautiful yet peaceful place, the area is a hub of interesting activities for adventure lovers.

Bestowed with picturesque views and a shimmering lake, Naukuchiatal offers great opportunities for bird watching as well as angling. Some of the other popular activities to be enjoyed in the area include but aren’t limited to fishing, paragliding, rowing, and parasailing. Every year in May, the region celebrates the ‘Escape Festival’, one of the most popular music and art festivals in the country.

Location: Nainital, Uttarakhand

Highlight: Hill station.

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Kamal Tal

Kamal Tal

If you are looking for a quiet time to spend with family or your significant other, KamalTal Lake is one of the favourite places to visit in Nainital for many. It is a small lake, spanned over just only 200 metres. However, the small size of the lake does not affect the beauty of it in any way. An abundant amount of lotuses bloom here during lotus season, which is why the name KamalTal (Lotus Lake).

Location
: Located at Siloti Pant, Uttrakhand.

Highlights
: The highlight of this lake is that it is entirely covered in lotus flowers. The visitors could also go for rowing, paddling, and yachting in the lake. The crowd here is lesser, making your time more peaceful.

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Garud Tal

Garud Tal

One of seven lakes of famous SatTal (seven lakes) is GarurTal, a famous Nainital tourist places. Set at an altitude of 4500 ft above sea level, Garur Tal is mysteriously connected to all the other six lakes of SatTal. Surrounded by dense forest and pine trees from all its sides, this lake remains untouched by the trend of commercialization and in turn pollution.

Location
: Sattal, Uttarakhand.

Highlights
: Britishers often compare Sattal to Westmoreland of England because of how serene and clean the surrounding is. Apart from enjoying the serene environment, you could also find some migratory birds when it is on the season. Enjoy delicious lemonade while boating in Garud Tal Lake.

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04 December 2020
Excellent
It was our first visit to Nainital. We have chosen this place to celebrate my mother's birthday with a family trip. Booked it through Thrillophilia, the deal was pocket friendly with great offers and no hassle in check in and check out at the property. Our stay was of 2 days and we have chosen the Oak room which has a very cool theme and we loved the property. I and my brother have also booked a romantic dinner for our parents to let them spend quality time and they enjoyed it. The staff was cooperative and very friendly. Everyone wished my mother including the manager. Taking back a lot of remembering, Thank you so much the resort staff and Thrillophilia
01 February 2020
Excellent
The location of the resort is so amazing you can see the beautiful nature from there, a perfect place for an amazing and relaxing weekend. The greenery everywhere was so refreshing, I totally enjoyed the bird watching and have played all the indoor outdoor games with my friends. It was a nice experience there. Thanks to Thrillophilia, Will surely make bookings and travel with you again!
18 December 2019
Excellent
I went to Nainital with my family on a weekend and we booked Manu Maharani from Thrillophilia as they provide stays with activities. It was easy to book online through this site. The hotel was so beautiful, the entire property was well maintained, the garden area was so beautiful, The staff was so friendly and cooperative. The Spa session was very calming. The food was tasty. Thanks for the wonderful stay experience.
19 December 2019
Excellent
This is one of the best stay in Nainital. The amazing view from the room is outstanding and rooms were well maintained & the food was really good. The Lake facing rooms are super cool. We enjoyed a lot there and I highly recommend this resort to stay in Nainital.
15 January 2020
Excellent
I booked Seasons Hotels By Xperience and it was an amazing stay, our room was well equipped with all the basic amenities. The staff members were very helpful they have greeted us very politely each time and have sorted all our problems. We have also visited the Naina Devi temple and the Naini Lake which is close to the hotel. The hotel was an excellent stay and recommended for family holidays. All thanks to Thrillophilia for providing us the discounted stays with activities.
08 December 2019
Excellent
At first i would like to appreciate Thrillophilia for their discounted deals for every tour I make. I love to book from this platform it saves a lot of money and time. Our stay was well defined with luxury and close to the nature. Enjoyed bird watching activity with my family.
17 January 2020
Excellent
Loved everything about this resort. Staff was very helpful and available for any request you have with smiling faces. The food was delicious. Trekking was fun and we enjoyed a lot at our trek. Thanks Thrillophilia Easy booking with hassle-free check in at the resort
11 January 2020
Excellent
Had a great time at the resort with guided nature walk which was complimentary with this package. We had a lot of fun at this property. Very satisfied with overall experience, from booking to check out.
21 November 2019
Excellent
We arrived the resort around 11 am but the rooms were available at 2 PM and we do not wanted to waste our time so have kept our luggage and went for sightseeing. The lake was around 2 km from the resort. It was a picturesque view with greenery everywhere enough to take our tiredness away. Back to the resort for relaxing. The heritage room had a good view of the hills and has a large open space in the children's park. Thanks to Thrillophilia for great deals with discounted offers with hassle free check-in and check out.
17 November 2019
Excellent
This is the best property you'll come across in Nainital. It suits every kind of travel perfectly. Whether it is solo, couple or family. The best part about the property is the hospitality and friendliness of the staff. Bonfire with evening snacks has made our evening. A must-visit resort. Will highly recommended.

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People Also Ask About Nainital

  1. What are the famous places to visit in Nainital in winters?

    1. Naini Lake: A popular hub for tourist activity during the summer months, Naini Lake offers a vastly different yet stunning sight during the winter months. As the temperature starts dropping below zero, the lake freezes over, offering a postcard-like winter scene.

    2. Naini Peak: Trekking to Naini Peak is one of the most popular activities in Nainital during winters. Once at the hilltop, trekkers are met with the stunning panoramic sights of the surrounding snow-clad peaks.

    3. Eco Cave Gardens: A fascinating natural retreat in the heart of the mountains, the Eco Cave Gardens offers seven natural caves that can be explored through a narrow winding path. The hanging gardens here add the charm of the attraction.

    4. Snow View Point: Nainital’s oldest viewpoint, the snow viewpoint can be reached on foot as well as via a ropeway cable. Best enjoyed during the snow-clad winter months, the Snow-View Point offers a stunning view of the surrounding mountains.

  2. What are some famous places to visit in Nainital with family?

    Nainital is a place that has an abundance of natural beauty to offer. Some of the famous places to visit in Nainital with family are:

    1. Naini Lake: One of the top Nainital sightseeing options is this serene lake that reflects the colour of beautiful green hills and mountains surrounding it. Take a trip across the lake on one of the vibrantly coloured boats.

    2. Tiffin Top: Tiffin top is located at a height of 2290metres. Imprint the breathtaking view of Himalayas on the background and the Nainital below from the peak. Snow Viewpoint: This viewpoint looks majestic in winter when covered in snow. It offers a memorable view of the snow-capped Himalayas and offers aerial ropeways to the peak.

    3. Nainital Zoo: for people who are not interested in adventure activities, the Nainital zoo should be a necessary visit. It has some of the exotic and endangered animals like Himalayan Black Bear, Tibetian Wolf, Japanese Macaque among many others to witness.

    4. Bhimtal Lake: For a leisure afternoon, take a boat across the Bhimtal lake, while enjoying the splendid nature. It is the largest lake in the Kumaon region, with one of the best views surrounding the lake, an island at the centre that is being developed as a tourist attraction.
  3. What are the best places to visit in Nainital for couples?

    Many Nainital tourist places are private, making it an ideal spot for couples. Some of the best places for couples in Nainital are:

    1. Sariyatal: A lake with pristine water body, picturesque surrounding, and boating facility, Sariyatal lake is one of the prime Nainital tourist places. This spot is private and does not receive an overwhelming amount of tourists, making it perfect for couples.

    2. Lover’s Point: The name itself suggests that this is an ideal spot for couples. With a calm, serene environment surrounding this place, Lover’s Point also provides a good vantage point to get a view of the city from atop. You will have to take a small hike to reach the peak.

    3. Astronomical Observatory: Make your date night with you more romantic and unconventional by taking your partner to observe the stars, moon, and other celestial bodies.

    4. Naini Peak: If you are a couple who enjoys taking fun adventure trips together, take a small hike up to reach Naini peak from where you could enjoy the magnificent snow-capped Himalayas.

    5. Binayak: One of the thrilling places to visit in Nainital, Binayak is a trekking trail that will never disappoint you. You could enjoy a trekking trip through the towering pine trees with amazing views of the Himalayas. The trekking generally lasts for 3-5 days.
  4. What are the best places to visit in Nainital at night?

    1. Naina Devi Temple: Remaining open until late hours, the Naina Devi Temple is one of the biggest attractions in Nainital. Housing several colorful shrines, the Temple nestles on the bank of the famous Naini Lake. 

    2. Mall Road: Offering a stunning view of the Naini Lake, Mall Road sprawls in the heart of the city. With several shops staying open till late, Mall Road is one of the most popular nighttime visits in Nainital. Wares at the Mall Road stores include handicrafts, handmade clothing, souvenirs, and more.

    3. Tibetan Market: If you’re a shopaholic, Tibetan Market in Nainital is an absolute must-visit for you. The stores at the market boast of colorful locally spun clothes, accessories, affordable gadgets, jewelry, and much more.

    4. Tiffin Top: Offering a stunning panoramic view of the sleepy mountains, Tiffin Top is one of the most visited vantage points in Nainital. The view from here is especially resplendent during nighttime when the entire city appears to be lit up under the open starry skies.
  5. What are the best resorts in Nainital?

    The resorts in Nainital are spread across close to various major Nainital tourist places. The popular resorts that are the talk of the town are:

    1. Jungle Pool Khurpatal: This resort offers individual cottages for a private and comfortable stay for its guests and is located near some of the popular places to visit in Nainital like, Nainital Lake, Eco cave gardens, etc.

    2. Balaut Resort: Located near some of the popular Nainital sightseeing like Bhimtal Lake, Naukuchiatal Lake is the Balau resort. It also offers cottages or Swiss camp setup, from which guests can choose as they desire. It is located near the River Gola and hill forest surrounds the backdrop.

    3. Lakeside Inn: Located at one of the top Nainital sightseeing sites, this Inn is comfortable and well furnished. With a breathtaking view of the Nainital lake from bedrooms. The rooms have ceiling to floor windows which are perfect to enjoy quiet time from the rooms and looking at nature outside. It also offers a cable car to Snow View Peak.

    4. The Pinewood: Close to the Nainital Lake, Naini Peak, and Tiffin Top is this resort. The resort offers a comfortable stay in a well-furnished room. The resort offers soundproof rooms that are perfect for privacy, separate smoking rooms, and tea/coffee maker in each room.
  6. Which is the best time to visit lakes in Nainital?

    If you are looking to spend a calm vacation, the best time is from Spring to early Summer (March to June). The temperature during these months can be somewhere between 7°C and 27°C. If you are hoping to see snowfall, you could visit from October to February.
  7. Is Naini Lake an artificial lake?

    No, Naini Lake is not an artificial lake. Shaped like a kidney, Naini Lake is a freshwater body. The lake is surrounded by three peaks of its three sides - Naina Peak on North West, Tiffin Top on South West, and Snow View Peaks on the north Side. The lake receives its water from the flows of surrounding hill slopes and springs. It is believed that the lake was formed tectonically, Balia Nala being the primary stream that feeds the lake.
  8. What is famous in Nainital?

    If you are planning a visit to Nainital, then there are a lot of places to keep you hooked. Situated in the lap of nature, the Naini Lake is the most popular place to visit in Nainital. Other areas of tourist interest include:
    Eco Cave Gardens, Naina Devi Temple, Mall Road, Snow View Point, Tiffin Top, Naina Peak, Jeolikot, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram, Himalayan View Point, Land’s End, Pangot, G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, Hanuman Garhi, Nainital Ropeway, Peora, Khurpa Taal, Astronomical Observatory, Sariyatal, Gurney House, St John Wilderness Church and Sitabani among others.
  9. Which is the best time to visit Nainital?

    Being a hill station, Nainital offers a pleasant atmosphere round the year and is an ideal place to visit in all seasons. You can enjoy breathtaking sight of the landscape between the months of March and June, when colourful flowers adorn the surroundings.

    If you are a winter enthusiast who loves snow, you can also visit the hill station between November and February, when it is covered in a white blanket. The cheapest season to visit Nainital is between June and September when the place observes rainfall.
  10. Is there snowfall in Nainital?

    Nainital observes a cold winter between the months of November and February with the temperatures dropping below zero degree Celsius.

    If you are fortunate, you may witness snowfall in Nainital in the months of December and January. Enjoy the pleasure of experiencing a white Christmas and a New Year in Nainital as the hill station is most likely to receive snowfall in December end.

  11. What is famous for shopping in Nainital?

    The Mall Road is the most popular place for shopping in Nainital. With a large number of shops, the market offers items like fruits, woollen items, uniquely designed candles, Bamboo fabric, Pine Tree craftworks and the Bells of Gorakhal’s Golu Temple.

    If you are a food enthusiast, you may want to try the Bal Mithai Sweet of Nainital. Apart from Mall Road, you can visit Bara Bazar, Tibetan Market and Bhotia Bazaar for shopping.

  12. Is Nainital safe to visit in December?

    Nainital is a safe place to visit throughout the year, even during December as the hill station experiences sub-zero temperatures. If you are a snow enthusiast, you can visit the place in December end or January to experience snowfall. The place is well connected to nearby major cities, reducing the chances of road blockage during winters.
  13. How can I reach Nainital?

    The best and the most convenient way to reach Nainital is by road. NH 87 connects Nainital to nearby major cities like Rudrapur and Haridwar. Many cabs and bus services also run from Delhi, which connect the two cities by a 6-7 hour long drive.

    The nearest railway station from Nainital is Kathgodham, which is located at a distance of 35 km and is well connected to Delhi, Lucknow and Howrah. By air, you can reach the airport in Pantnagar, which is located at a distance of 65 km. From there you can take a cab to reach Nainital.
  14. Is it safe to drive from Delhi to Nainital?

    A lot of people drive from Delhi to Nainital to spend a happening getaway from their routine. The distance between Nainital and Delhi is 300 km, which can be covered in 9 hours.

    While the route is scenic, it is advisable to reach Kathgodham or Haldwani till sunset if you are an inexperienced driver. If you are an experienced driver who can ride in hills at night, it is safe to cover the hilly terrain from Kathgodham to Nainital.
  15. Is Nainital good for honeymoon?

    Nanital offers breathtaking views of the landscapes. A lot of couples throng the place to celebrate their honeymoon and spend some romantic moments in the lap of nature. The onset of winter in October-November is the best time to visit Nainital as the climate is pleasant.

    Nainital has a lot to offer to the honeymoon couples in the form of shopping and food. You can also go boating in the picturesque Naini Lake with your partner to experience romance in the middle of the mountains.
  16. What should I wear in Nainital?

    Being a hill station, Nainital experiences a significant change in climate in every season. If you are travelling between March and June, you can wear loose clothes that are ideal for summers and spring. If you are travelling between July and September, you are likely to witness rainfall so it is advised to pack accordingly.

    If you visit Nainital during the winter months between November and February, you may experience chill at night as the temperature drops below zero degrees, especially during December-end. It is advisable to carry woollen clothes during this time as the region is likely to witness freezing temperatures and snowfall as well.
  17. How many days are enough for Nainital?

    Nainital is one of the most popular hill stations in India, and there are a lot of places in the surrounding regions which you can visit. You can explore Nainital in 2-3 days as it offers a lot of lakes and other sightseeing options besides shopping in the markets.

    You can also spend an entire day trekking the Naini Hill for picturesque views of the Naini Lake. A two-night stay in Nainital will allow you to cover pretty much every destination in the hill station and in surroundings, that are worth a visit.

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