The beautiful valleys of the Kumaon Hills

Nainital Tourism Guide

A city fenced with lush greenery, enchanting lakes, and picturesque views
Tourism in Nainital

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Nainital Travel Guide

The enchanting Nainital tourism acknowledges people from all around the world. Tourism in Nainital gives one an opportunity to witness the breathtaking beauty of one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Owing to the numerous lakes scattered all over; amidst the ice – capped mountains and hills, Nainital is specifically known as the “City of Lakes”. The name Nainital, too, has been owned from the famous Naini Lake situated at the core of the district.

Nainital tourism is all about obseving the resplendent grace of far stretching plains from the elegant mountain peaks. The magnificent view of the pear- shaped, out – stretching lake, guarded by the tall pine bushes on the high rising hills, is something worth a vacation here. The cold waters of the lake readily offer the best boat rides, nurturing every sailor in her lap, with immense peace and rejuvenation. From providing the best week’s stay to dining alfresco for overnight, tourism in Nainital justifies every visit with all the better reasons.

Nainital harbors a number of wildlife sanctuaries and shining tall among them is the famous Jim Corbett National Park, which is an essential part of Nainital tourism. Also known as the Lake District, Nainital attracts the soul of many travelers to the viewpoint of Sattal, which is formed by the conjecture of seven lakes – all portraying a distinct shade of green through its water. Besides this, tourism in Nainital also includes a visit to the floating restaurants on the Bhimtal Lake.

The halt to all the activities in the city is hosted by the Mall Road, which was established by the British during their rule. Apart from this, the Tiffin Top stands tall at nearly 2290m above the sea level anchoring supreme picnic spots. The thorough details of many interesting histories are successfully disclosed to the visitors by the experienced Nainital travel guides there. The place also invites everyone to take a glimpse of the extraordinary view of the ice- capped mountains at the Snow View Point, which is elevated at 2270 m altitude.


Among the many destinations here, Nainital tour guide promises a day tour to Nanda Devi Temple, which counts amongst the “64 Shakti Peeths”.The other religious visits would be to the eminent temples of Pashan Devi Temple lying exactly opposite to the Mall Road, the mighty Hanuman Garhi quivering with the sunrise and sunset points, the oldest St. John’s Church sheltering worshippers since 1844, etc. Quenching the thirst for hikers, Nainital tourism includes a trek to the mighty Guano Hills too.

The month of September books the place for one of the most ritualistic fairs known as Nanda Devi Mela. This is the hugest fair held there and is rejoiced by not only the occupants of the Kumaon foothills but also in other valleys of the majestic Himalayas.

The travel guide to Nainital also welcomes the tourists to the Sharad Utsav in October, delighted with several cultural events and functions. Assisted by Nainital tourism, witness the existing innocence of the place with the festival of PhholDeli, abiding by which, the maidens decorate the main entrance of their homes with the first flower of the season. Also stand closer and observe the serene wildlife in the heart of Nainital, with sanctuaries like Eco Cave Garden, High Altitude Zoo, Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary.

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Places To Visit In Nainital

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  • Nainital Lake

    Nainital, the “city of lakes” as it is widely known has a number of fascinating lakes in and around the place. Being a hill station adds much to its glory as an important tourist spot in India. The major attraction is the Nainital Lake which attracts tourists from various parts of the world. Famously known as the Naini Lake...

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  • Jim Corbett National Park

    Home to more than 600 endangered species, Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park of India. Nestled in the midst of dense and rugged settings of Nainital in Uttarakhand, it is famous for the first launch of Project Tiger in the year of 1973. Established in 1936 as the ‘Hailey National Park’, this renowned wild...

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  • Kainchi Dham in Nainital

    Kainchi Dham is a pilgrimage center situated at the foothills of green forested Kumaon Hills in Uttarakhand.Astonishingly, Kainchi Dham gets its name “Kainchi” because of two sharp hairpin bends on the road to the Kainchi Dham Ashram. Kainchi Dham weather remains pleasant throughout the year. Kainchi Dham weather is cool an...

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  • Mukteshwar Temple in Nainital

    One of the best places to visit around Nainital, the Mukteshwar Temple has a strong religious connection with the Hindu culture. The temple is situated at an altitude of 2286 meters above the sea level in the lap of the magnificent Kumaon hills. However one has to cover some about 50 kilometers distance from Nainital to vis...

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  • Tibetan Market in Nainital

    Situated near the beautiful Naini Lake, The Tibetan Market in Nainital is one of the most famous shopping destinations for tourists as well as for local people. The Tibetan Market in Nainital has gained its recognition owing to the sale of the unique “Tibet” products which reflect the culture and traditions of the Tibetan p...

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Things To Do In Nainital

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  • Boating in Nainital

    Nainital, also known as “Lake Paradise” has an abundant quantity of beautiful lakes. The beautiful and breathtaking creations of nature form a major part of Nainital tourism. These wonderful lakes make boating in Nainital a worthwhile for the tourists as well as the locals. The lake being a prominent feature of this hill-st...

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  • Boating in Bhimtal

    Nainital, or commonly known as the city of lakes is one of the best gifts that nature has given us. Scenic hills, snow capped mountains, chirping birds, rocky terrains, soothing climate are some of the clauses that would be sufficient to describe the aura of the destination. Among the top things to do after visiting Nainita...

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  • Trekking at Guano Hills in Nainital

    It has been rightly said that if you have visited Nainital and not gone on a trekking at Guano hills, then your trip is incomplete. Located amidst the lap of nature, a plethora of scenic mountains and rocky snow capped hill tops are just some phrases, to sum up about Nainital. But the explicit beauty of nature can be truly ...

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How to Reach Nainital

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By Air

 When you are planning on How to reach Nainital, you should know that it has no direct air connectivity. Pantnagar is the nearest airport which is approximately at a distance of sixty-five kilometers from here. However, no commercial flights are operational here. So, the nearest international airport is Delhi which is approximately at a distance of three hundred kilometers from Nainital. This will take approximately seven hours for you to reach. You also have an option to book a cab from here that may charge you approximately five thousand bucks. So, now that you know how to reach Nainital by air, start searching for the most amazing deals on the flights.

By Train

For those who are wondering How to reach Nainital by train, the nearest railway station is that of Kathgodam which is located at a distance of thirty-four kilometers. This railway station has good connectivity from Delhi, Lucknow and several other major stations. This makes your travel convenient.

There are many trains that run on a daily basis from New Delhi. Uttar Sampark, Kranti Express, Dehradun Kathgodam express are some of the major trains that reach Kathgodham covering many crucial halts. From Delhi, it will take approximately six hours for you to reach. Also, this is the most convenient as well as an inexpensive mode of traveling. If you have altitude sickness, this is probably the best way to reach.

By Road

 Road trips are the best when it comes to travelling to a hill station because the enchanting views mesmerize you and you feel the abundance of nature. If you are wondering about how to reach Nainital by Road, you will be glad to know that there are several important destinations that have a great connectivity to this place. Many AC or non-AC bus options are available to you at a reasonable cost. You can choose to travel overnight and reach the beautiful destination early morning. It takes approximately six hours for you to reach Nainital from Delhi, eight hours from Agra and seven hours from Dehradun. This means that if you are staying in North India, road travel will be the best for you.

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    Edi Rado

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    Hyderabad

    Josephine's 5 days trip to Nainital

    Hotel options were not good, pictures of hotels were totally different in Nainitall, food was not good . Trip coordinator was really very good and was very responsive as well.

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    Prashanth Nayak

    Bangalore

    Prashanth's 5 days trip to Nainital

    The worst part of our trip was the itinerary which spoiled the trip .It was not properly planned at all ,travel time was too much and also they provided us last night stay in Kausani ,from where Delhi Airport was 12 hrs of distance ,and thus it became a very hectic trip .Room Heater was mentioned in the packaged but it was not provided at some destinations and where they have provided,it was so small that it can't even maintain the room temperature .

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    Amitabharoy's 6 days trip to Nainital

    Jyoti was very helpful during the trip, overall trip was also good there was issue in cab driver who was not listening

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    Sk's 3 days trip to Nainital

    Overall it was an Average trip. Agents was charging more money on some occasions

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    Fahad Sarwar

    New delhi

    Fahad's 5 days trip to Nainital

    Overall experience was great. Agent was in touch regularly. Deducting one star as the cab provided had only one headlamp working. Its a security concern specially when driving on hills. Car can easily be misunderstood as two wheeler.

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    Hiral Shah

    New delhi

    Hiral's 7 days trip to Nainital

    Trip was good, but hotel were far from city, as I have said to agent I want hotel near market place Snow falling in nainital

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    Pramitraychowdhury

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    Pramitraychowdhury's 4 days trip to Nainital

    Hotel was good and as promised by tripsailor.But the payment terms were very complicated as axcording to travel triangle terms I need to pay the final amont on the day after my trip starts but driver immediately asked the balance amount as soon as the trip starts. The coodinator of trip sailor was a lady so i was hesitating to call her at 1o clock as my trip was at night. But after calling she behaved very awkwardly and said that she already dropped a mail regarding this which has no relation with the reality. There was no mail regarding this in my mailbox till date. But alas I gave the money in a little dilemna to the driver which is a bit bad experience for me. In service sector transparency is what customer expect. Secondly I was new to the place and they gave me a hotel in Bhimtal rather than in Nainital which I thought to be close to Nainital but later I found it atleast 1and half hour journey from nainital. The time we spend together was priceless.

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    Drsoumitrac's 5 days trip to Nainital

    The driver should be professional in attitude, follow the itinerary and not defy them in the guise of challan being issued by R.T O.--missed out on places like Almora & Ranikhet because of detour. He also should be familiar with roads. Option should be given to guest regarding quality of hotels. Nainital stay.

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    Travelers can enjoy snowfall in Nainital between last week of December and mid-February.

    In terms of Shopping, the specially different things to buy in Nainital include handmade candles, home-made jams, fruit concentrates and fruit preserves. It is an excellent place to buy a number of fresh fruits including different types of berries, peaches and apples. Other shopping can also be done in markets like Bara Bazaar, the Mall Road and the Bhotia Bazaar.

     

     

     

     

    Honeymooners can have a wonderful time in Nainital, with various places to stay. The picture of a visit to Nainital in the cold weather, staying in a beautiful old hotel with warm and quaint fireplaces and a gorgeous view of the lake is an enticing prospect for any honeymooning couple. This can be found in places like Hotel Krishna which is supposed to be the best stay for honeymooners. Opportunities to engage in activities like trekking together are a wonderful experience as well.

    If you are planning a Nainital trip that's fairly comfortable and clean, accomodation will cost you anything in between Rs. 3000- Rs. 5000. Commuting within and 2 meals included, a day on a middling budget in Nainital will cost you something around Rs. Rs. 2500- Rs. 3000 per person. 

    There are various options when it comes to staying in Nainital. From really nice resorts to some nice, budget hotels, you can find anything here. Some of the best hotels to stay at around Naini lake and Mall road are Hotel Himalaya, Hotel Elphinstone and the Hotel Royal.

    Nainital has a number of things to do and see for tourists. The first and foremost is Nainital Lake which is beautiful to simply gaze at and offers the opportunity to go boating as well. Nearby Sattal, with it's 7 lakes is a beautiful site to trek to as well. There is also the Pt. G. B. Pant High Altitude Zoo which is one of the must visit places in Nainital. 

     

     

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