Nainital or “The Lake District of India” is one of the most sought after hill stations in India, frequently visited by honeymooners, backpackers, family and leisure seeking tourists. This breathtakingly beautiful hill station is situated at an elevation of 2,084 metres above sea level, making it perfect for nature lovers to enjoy their dream getaway. Nainital is about 285 km by road and an aerial distance of 235 km from Delhi. Surrounded by hills, lakes, historical monuments and temples, Nainital happens to be a magical hill station, situated in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.
Nainital is divided into two parts, known as Tallital and Mallital. Tallital is the southern side of the lake while Mallital consists of the northern upper reaches and the most famous Naini Lake in between. The favourable climate of Nainital makes it one of the most popular tourist places in India.
Best time to plan a trip to Nainital:
One of the many attractions of Nainital is the flexibility of visiting the place throughout the year, unlike most other hill stations. But there are still specific slots depending on the climate of the town which visitors mostly prefer. May to mid- July and October is when the town is crowded and probably the liveliest! July to September sees heavy rainfall and quite a drop in visitors. On the upside, the rains make the hills more luxuriant and if you’re the kind who prefers dripping weather and lonesome hikes, this time has your name all over it.
The climate in the month of September and October is very pleasing with a chilling breeze around. There’s calmness in the air, making this time perfect for peace seekers to explore the place to fullest. December and January are freezing cold in Nainital. But the town always manages to shine the brightest even when it’s at zero degrees!
Nainital tour Itinerary that helps to plan:
To roam within Nainital it would take you full 2 days, within 5kms which includes:
1. Naini Lake, Malli/Tallital is a part surrounding the lake itself.
2. Mall road surrounded by the lake, Ayaarpata
3. Flats at Malli taal, Naina Devi temple, Gurudwara, Tibetan market, etc.
4. Ropeway to Snow View
5. Tiffin top
6. China/Naina Peak
8. Eco caves
9. Raj Bhawan
Now if you have 3-4 more days then there are some more good places around Nainital within 50-150kms, away from crowd and commercialization, like:
5. Ghodakhaal Temple
6. Kainchi Dhaam
Check out our detailed Itinerary here: http://www.purastays.com/blog/nainital-itinerary-3-4-days-trip/
How to reach Nainital:
By Air- The nearest airport is located at Pantnagar which is of 65 kilometres from Nainital. But mostly there are private chartered flights. There are no commercial flights operating to and from here. The second nearest airport is in New Delhi which is approximately 290 kilometres away from the central town in Nainital. Delhi airport is well-connected to different cities across the globe. It takes approximately 1 hour to reach Nainital.
By Bus- There are a lot of tour operators that provide daily bus service from Delhi to Nainital with a variety of options like air-conditioned, sleeper, Volvo, etc. Although most people prefer an overnight journey, there are some buses that operate at daytime as well.
By Train- The nearest railway station is located at a distance of 34 kilometres at Kathgodham, at the foothills of the Kumaon hills. Some of the popular trains that ply from Kathgodam station are Ranikhet Express, Uttar Sampark, Kranti Express, Bagh Express, Dehradun Kathgodam Express and Anvt Kgm Shatabdi Express. These trains are well connected to cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Howrah.
By Road- Nainital can be easily accessed by road from Delhi which takes 6 to 7 hours with a few halts en route. Either you can book a cab or drive all the way up, but be careful with the road.
Places to visit in Nainital:
1. Naini Lake/Mango Lake :
Naini Lake or popularly known as Mango Lake is the most beautiful fresh body natural lake in Nainital, situated amidst the township. Surrounded by mountain ranges all around, the lake offers a breath-taking view and is a treat to the eyes during early morning and sunset. A trip to the Naini Lake is perhaps incomplete if one doesn’t indulge in boating here. Yachting and kayaking are available as well if you’re up for some sport. You can also seek the blessings of Goddess Naina Devi at the Naina Devi temple which is also situated near the Naini Lake.
Timings: 06:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Cost for Boating in Naini Lake:
Brightly painted Gondola-like boats: INR 210 per hour
Boat ride through Nainital Boat Club: INR 350 per hour
Pedal boat: INR 150 per hour
How to Reach Naini Lake:
The Naini Lake is situated close to the Nainital Bus stand, at a walking distance. However, for convenience, there are cycle rickshaws and taxis available that can take you from one place to another.
Shopping in Naini Lake:
Nainital’s Mal Road, which is a major shopping hub of the town, runs parallel to the Naini Lake, and is a must visit for every shop-a-holic! It’s famous for a variety of things like candles, handicrafts, wooden artefacts, handlooms and shawls.
2. Tiffin Top :
The Tiffin top is also known as Dorothy seat is one of the most famous tourist spots in Nainital. With bird’s eye view of the entire town, the peaceful and serene environment makes it irresistible for tourists and photographers to check out the place. On clearer days, one can also get hold of the majestic view of Nanda Devi and the Naini Lake.
Activities at Tiffin Top
Some adventure activities such as rappelling and rock climbing are conducted at Tiffin Top. For trekking, the hike is about 4 kilometres long from the city centre and owing to the rough terrain can be classified as a medium to a hard journey.
How to Reach Tiffin Top (Dorothy’s Seat)
Tiffin Top is situated at a distance of 4 km from Nainital. One can trek for about 10 km passing through the Sherwood School in Ayarpatta and descend from Bara Pathar. There are also ponies that can take you through the peak, although one has to be careful during a horse ride as the terrain is perilous. Round trip pony charges can range from INR 500 to INR 700. It is also well connected to the main city and can be reached via bus.
3. Land’s End :
Land’s End is approximately 2,118m above sea level, located just 4km from the town. With an exquisite view of the plains and the verdant Khurpa Tal, Land’s End is easily among the most favourite tourist spots in Nainital. The place offers a picturesque sight for the tourists and of course the name makes it more curious for the visitors to experience the incredible view of valleys, snow clad mountains and lakes.
Opening Time: Open all days
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
How to reach Land’s End: Horse riding is available here. Negotiation is must beforehand.
4. Snow View Point :
With the most surreal and panoramic view of the Himalayas, Snow View Point is hands down one of the most magical and picturesque spots in and around entire Nainital. With an altitude of 2270m above sea level, this place mostly stays enveloped in cotton clouds and streaks of sun rays making their way out and hypnotising the entire setting.
One can see a bird’s eye view of all three important peaks- Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot peaks together from this point. Nanda Devi (7816 m), the daughter of the Himalayas, is a two-peaked massif with the eastern summit known as Sunanda and western summit as Nanda. It is the second highest peak in India. The Trishul peak (7120 m) is the highest of a group of three mountain peaks that resemble the structure of a trident and hence, is named so. The Nanda Kot peak (6861 m) means Nanda’s fortress.
Best time to visit Snow View Point ( Nainital snow season)
Mid-march and September are the best time to visit Snow View Point because of the perfect climate and clear blue skies for unrestricted view of the Himalayas.
How to Reach Snow View Point
The easiest way to reach there is by an aerial cable car. It starts right in front of the Naini Lake from Mall Road. The charges for a one-way ropeway ticket to the Snow View Point are INR 80 for adults and INR 40 for children, and similarly, for a two-way ticket, you will be charged INR 150 for adults and INR 75 for children.
Places/Hill Stations to visit near Nainital:
Bhimtal is a small town, approximately 20 km from Nainital. Situated in the northern part of Uttarakhand, Bhimtal is a very peaceful place that can be covered under the three day Nainital trip. It is famously known as the lake resort. Apart from boating, the lake has an island full of restaurants right in the middle. There is a Folk Culture Museum in Bhimtal, which is a private institution. It has a good collection of artefacts and information about the hill districts of Uttar Pradesh. The simplicity and serenity of the environment make this place a must visit if you’re planning for Nainital. Also, attending the Hareli festival is one of the fun things to do in Bhimtal. Celebrated in the month of July, it is the harvest festival of Bhimtal. The festival includes fairs with cultural performances.
How To Reach:
By Air/Train – Bhimtal does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is at Pant Nagar (55 km) and the nearest railway station is at Kathgodam (23 km).
By Road – Bhimtal is well connected by bus with Nainital and Kathgodam. Tourists can also reach Bhimtal by hiring a taxi from Nainital or Kathgodam.
Naukuchiatal or “Lake of Nine Corners” is a small hill station district in Nainital district of Uttarakhand state. It is situated at an elevation of 1,220 mts above sea level. The lake is of 1km in length and 40mts of depth.It’s ideal for the people who seek peace and tranquillity. The place is surrounded by beautiful views of the mountains and lake. Naukuchiatal weather, lakes and temples make sure its best place of attraction for all the travellers.
Paragliding in Naukuchiatal
If you’re up for an out of the world experience in paragliding, Naukuchiatal is the perfect place. Literally translating into the “The Lake of Nine Corners” this place is sure to mesmerize you with its breath-taking view and positive vibes around. Situated at a distance of 20 km from Nainital, Naukuchiatal is a year-round destination. But for the best experience, April-June and September-November are preferred.
Cost of Paragliding in Naukuchiatal :
Mainly, there are two types of paragliding which are popularly known as a short fly and high fly.
Short Fly- 3-5mins
Cost- Rs 1500
High Fly- 20-30mins
Cost- Rs 5000
How to reach Naukuchiatal :
Located at a distance of about 53 kilometres, the Pant Nagar airport is the closest airport to Naukuchiatal whereas the railhead of Kathgodam is the nearest railway station at a distance of 7 kilometres only. For those who’re keen on travelling by road, can do so from the following cities and towns that are located nearby. From Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal is approx 6 km via road.
Mukteshwar, also known as the Apple Country, is situated 46.5 km from Nainital. The famous Mukteshwar Temple is situated at the top of the mountain and offers an unparalleled view of the Himalayan range. The unspoiled beauty of Mukteshwar has a lot to offer including adventure sports like rock climbing, rappelling, paragliding etc. Chauli Jali is a very sought after place in Mukteshwar as it feels like the terrace of the world where you can have the best view of the sunset!
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How to reach Mukteshwar :
By Air- Pantnagar is the nearest airport 100km away while New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport or Palam Airport is the nearest national/international airports.
By Rail- Kathgodam is the closest railway station about 72 km away. It’s a 2hr drive from the railway station to Mukteshwar.
By Road- Mukteshwar from Nainital is 51 km and from Haldwani is 72 km. If you are up for some crazy scenery and view, a road trip would be perfect.
Distance from major cities:
Distance from Agra:347
Distance from Bareilly:126
Distance from Chandigarh:424
Distance from Delhi:294
Distance from Faridabad:292
Distance from Gurugram:311
Distance from Gwalior:426
Distance from Jaipur:532
Distance from Kanpur:391
Distance from Lucknow:375
Distance from Meerut:231
Best Resorts in and around Nainital :
Based on our analysis on the reviews, ratings and user experience picked from websites like MakeMyTrip, TripAdvisor, etc these are the best resorts in and around Nainital with an exotic location, beautiful sceneries and value for money.
2. Jilling Terraces
3. The Vergomont
5. The Naini Retreat, Nainital
6. Earl’s Court, Nainital
7. Balrampur House, Nainital
4.5 star rating
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