Uttarakhand, the northern part of India, is an extraordinary collage of landscapes with natural reserves of endless beautiful scenery in each element. Nainital is called the ‘Lake District of India’. The quiet and charming splendour and beauty of the lake attracts tourists here like a powerful magnet. Connecting respected people like Rushkin Bond, Jim Corbett has made Nainital a dream destination for nature lovers. Nainital Lake attracts Naini Lake and also known as Nainital Lake The city was built around Lake Nainital. The connection between nature and tradition took place in Nainital. Nainital’s main theme of attraction is its landscape. There is no shortage of tourist entertainment in Nainital. Shaded in green, surrounded by seven mountains, beneath the blue sky, Naini Lake captivates tourists. The romantic connection between nature and tradition has taken place at Nainital. Narrow wood lanes through oak, pine and deodar forests are great for a short refresh walk.
The name Nainital means ‘lake of eyes’. Nainital is one of the ‘Shakti Peetha’ of India according to mythological source. It is alleged that Sati’s left eye fell here and that is why the lake is made in the form of an eye.
How to reach there
The adjacent railway station is Kathgodam, is 35 km far from Nainital, which has access to big cities like Delhi, Chandigarh etc.
Nainital has bus service from most major cities in northern India. It has road connectivity with most major cities like Delhi, Dehradun and Lucknow.
Panthnagar airport is 72 km away from Nainital and it gets connected with the important metropolitan cities.
The rocky landscape of Nainital has made it one of the most popular adventure sports in the world, with trekking a popular choice for travellers. Naina Peak is one of the most loved treks for six to seven hours of rigorous trekking experience. The Lake District is at an elevation of 1936 meters, giving trekkers the best experience of trekking.
Best time to visit
Nainital of Kumaon region maintains pleasant weather throughout the year, except during the winter months. In the winter it gets very cold and gets snowfall. Nainital’s climate is controlled by the lake and it rains almost every day in afternoon. The best time to visit the place is in September and October, then months of January to March are marked by snowfall, and then again from April to June.
Tourist heaving destinations
It is located at the centre of the city. It is called the heart of the city. Wandering around the lake will not be as relaxed as anyone else. Boating facilities are available too to visitors. Entry fees cost Rs. 100/- and stays opened all time.
It is also called as dorothy’s seat. She was a british artist and used to do painting seating here. No entry fee is required. But to ride horse it would take Rs. 500. Witness sunrise or sunsets from here. The place is also good for trekking.
Snow view point
Three kilometres from Nainital, the Snow View offers a wide view of the Himalayas. It also has a strange little local temple. Large pair of binoculars have been installed at Snow View Point, allowing you to take a closer look at the Himalayan mountains and its magical peaks.
Echo Cave Garden
It is located in the Mallital region of Nainital. This garden is famous for rocky caves, hanging gardens and fountains of music. In the evening you will see the sights of music fountains with various audio video effects.
It is the highest peak of Nainital at a height of 2615 meters. The city is a major tourist attraction. Due to its high altitude and scenic trails, the mountain is very popular among hikers and trekkers. It is famed for tourists and locals for sunrise and sunset. The peak stays covered with snow all year long.
Located 5 km from the main city, Lands End is often visited by adventure enthusiasts who enjoy a panoramic view of the landscapes and the majestic nature of the lakeside lake.
Make an appointment before visiting the center. High-powered, imported binoculars help to see the stars, the sky, the moon and other heavenly bodies. These belongs to India’s one of the most powerful binoculars.
12 km from Nainital, Khurpa Tal is an ancient lake situated at a height of 5500 feet. It is a great photography spot, especially at sunrise when the lake shines as the sun’s rays fall on it. The lake is ideal for fishing because of the crystal clear water and plenty of freshwater fish.
It is known as one of the fastest ropeways in the country. Nainital Ropeway or the Cable Car of Nainital Ropeway is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Nainital city about half a mile away in about 3 minutes.
Located just 15 km from Nainital, Pangot a small and picturesque smallholding. During winter, more than a hundred species of birds are crowded and temporarily settled here. On the way to Pangot, countless bird species are seen. Pangot is located just 5 km from the famous Corbett National Park.
Naina Devi Temple
The temple of Shri Naina Devi is situated on the top of a hill in Bilaspur district. Situated 1219 meters above sea level, it was built in the 8th century by King Birchand. Religious people can visit the beautiful temple and pay devotion to Naina Devi.
It is spread over an area of 2100 m. The zoo is home to several endangered species and is a popular tourist destination too. The main zoo that include Sambar, Himalayan Civet, Barking Deer, Tibetan Wolf, Himalayan Bear, Royal Bengal Tiger.