Nainital, the jewel of Uttarakhand located in the Kumaon region of the state, is often called the ‘Queen of Lakes’, and for good reason! One can find seven lakes in and around Nainital that draw travelers from far and wide. Though it is one of those hill stations that one can visit year-round, Nainital in monsoon is all the more lively! The rains don’t hamper (it is a myth) but add on to the beauty of the hills. The pouring rains make the trees look greener, the mountains loftier, and the skies more alluring in Nainital, Uttarakhand.
Why You Must Visit Nainital In Monsoon
Though the ideal time to visit Nainital is during the summers, people flock here all the year round. Nainital receives a number of tourists during monsoon too. Monsoons in Nainital begin in late June and continue till September. The weather is usually pleasant with the highest temperatures reaching 18°C and the lowest dropping to 10°C. It is advised to carry light woolens.
What Makes Nainital Visit-Worthy In Monsoons?
- The rains enhance the beauty of the place with clear washed roads and clouds towering down to your feet.
- It is the offseason, so it saves you of all the tourist rush and you can enjoy the beautiful place in its serenity.
- One can find great places of accommodation at cheaper prices.
How To Reach Nainital
The nearest airport is at Pantnagar at a distance of 65 kms. But no commercial flights are operational from here. One can avail this option for private chartered flights.
The other nearest airport is at New Delhi which is 290 km away. You can further reach your destination by train, bus or taxi.
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station which is 34 km away from Nainital.
One can easily reach Nainital via their private car or by hiring a taxi. If you are looking for a weekend getaway from Delhi/NCR, Nainital is 290 km away and would take around 7 hours to reach.
The Uttarakhand State Transport Dept runs direct buses from many cities to Nainital. Other than the government buses, one can find a lot of private buses to Nainital. It takes around 8 hrs to reach Nainital from New Delhi via bus.
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Things To Do In Nainital In Monsoon
Here’s what all you can do in Nainital in this charming weather:
1. Trek to Guano Hills
A trip to the hills is incomplete without a trek. Located in Pangot, Guano Hills have some spectacular trekking trails. The hills are colored in greens of oaks, bamboos, and deodars. If you are lucky, you might even spot rare species like Black-Chinned Babbler and Grey Woodpecker. There is no entry fee for the trek. How cool is that?!
2. Hike to Tiffin’s Top
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It is true when they say great views often come after a climb. It is an easy hike of 4 km from Nainital and one can enjoy a pony ride to reach the place. A trek to Tiffin’s Top, also called Dorothy’s Seat, would give you a stunning 360-degree view of the Nainital town.
Horse ride starting price: INR 500/- (prices may vary)
3. Participate in Namah Nainital
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Nainital in monsoon, then this is an event you should not miss. The marathon happens every year on the last Sunday of August. This monsoon mountain marathon is a combined endeavor of ‘Namah Nainital’ resort and an organization ‘Run to Live’. For adventure seekers, there is no better experience than a run on Nainital’s rugged terrain in a cloudy, foggy weather. The social cause is just an excuse for thrill seekers to be a part of something so exciting! To participate in the marathon, one can register online.
Registration Fee: INR 1000/-
4. Take a tour of the Naini Lake
Visiting the ‘Queen of Lakes’ definitely calls for this lake tour. The beauty of Nainital lies in the Naini Lake. Other than immersing in the unending beauty of the lake and its majestic surroundings, one can indulge in yachting, boating, and paddling here. The prices vary according to the choice of boat and duration.
5. Ride the Aerial Ropeway to Snow View Point
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Want a view of the white-capped peaks of the Himalayas? As the name suggests, the Snow View Point offers some of the most dazzling sights of the sparkling snow capped peaks lighting up in brilliant colours because of the sun peeking from behind them. Keep your cameras handy and don’t forget to capture that moment. The ropeway timings are from 10 am to 4 pm. The entry is INR 150/- for adults and INR 100/- for children (age 3 to 12 years).
Ropeway Timings: 10 AM – 4 PM
Entry fee: INR 150/- (Adults) | INR 100/- (children aged 3-12)
6. Eat at Chandni Chowk
No, I am not literally transporting you back to the lanes of Delhi but you can still experience the same as you savour ‘gol gappas’ and chaat right there in Nainital. Located at the Mall Road, this restaurant has both veg and non-veg lip-smacking dishes.
Timings: 9 AM – 10:30 PM
Timings: 9 AM – 8 PM
7. Visit Hanuman Garhi
This is a famous temple located at a distance of 3 km from the Nainital bus stop. Other than being a pilgrim spot, it also offers great sunset views.
8. Shop at Bhotia Market
A trip is always incomplete without shopping, no matter what weather you’re visiting in. Do not forget to visit this Tibetan market and buy some hand knitted woolens. Junk jewelry collectors will find some exquisite pieces. Do make use of your bargaining skills. Also, treat yourself to some hot spicy momos and noodles in that cool weather.
9. Pay a visit to the Governor’s House
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Want to have a look at the hideout of India’s Robin Hood, Sultana Daku? Local folklore says that the tunnel at the Governor’s house was the hideout. The place showcases the marvelous architecture of the British era and is often described as the early Gothic style.
Timings: 8 AM – 6 PM (Closed on Sunday & national holiday)
10. Seek blessings at the St. John’s in the Wilderness Church
This church in Nainital attracts tourists with its spectacular architecture. Built in the 1800s it has a neo-Gothic style of architecture. it is nestled in the forests of Deodar and offers as a great peaceful retreat.
Timings: 7 AM – 6:30 PM (Opens at 9 AM on Sundays)
Tips For Visiting Nainital In The Rainy Season
1. Do not forget to carry an umbrella or a raincoat
2. Keep an extra pair of clothes just in case you get caught in the rains
3. Wear comfortable footwear that covers your feet entirely
4. Keep first aid supplies, especially mosquito repellents
5. Carry bottled drinking water
6. Keep salt to get rid of leeches
7. Keep a constant check on the weather forecast of the area you’re visiting
8. Carry plastic bags to keep electronics safe from moisture
9. Rains may bring landslides in the hilly areas, especially in parts with poor road conditions. So, travel safe.
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Now that you how blissful Nainital is in the rains, plan your trip to Uttarakhand via TravelTriangle at once. Got any more tips to share for travelers visiting Nainital in monsoon? Pop them in the comments below.
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