The beautiful valleys of the Kumaon Hills

Best Time to Visit Nainital

An encyclopedia of the city of lakes, assisting the tourists to relish the beauty of the highlands in the north; breathing within the majestic steps of the Kumaon Hills
Tourism in Nainital

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Best time to visit

Mar - Jun

Ideal Duration

2 - 3 Days


On Arrival

Starting from

Rs. 1,700
  • Boating
  • Religious Tour
  • Hills

Weather in Nainital

Mon, Dec 10 2018

18.05ºC | 4.05ºC

Clouds in morning and night and clear from afternoon to evening

73.0% Humidity

Tue, Dec 11 2018

17.87ºC | 3.75ºC

Clouds in morning , evening and night and rain in afternoon

75.0% Humidity

Wed, Dec 12 2018

16.45ºC | 4.63ºC

Clouds from morning to night

77.0% Humidity

Thu, Dec 13 2018

15.96ºC | 4.17ºC

Rain in morning , clouds in afternoon and night and clear in evening

76.38% Humidity

Fri, Dec 14 2018

17.6ºC | 2.92ºC

Rain in morning , clouds in afternoon and clear from evening to night

74.75% Humidity

Best Time To Visit Nainital

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination

Nainital is a quaint little town nestled in the Himalayas, and a majorly popular tourist haven. The best time to visit Nainital and Ranikhet is all through the year, since the weather here is sub-tropical. It is mildly hot in the summers and cold in the winters with some snowfall too. Monsoons are pleasant because it takes the edge off the heat, and the rain drops bouncing off the lake surface is a mesmerizing sight to watch. There are a plethora of places to visit in Nainital, for tourists. For those who want to enjoy snowfall in Nainital, the best time to visit Nainital for snowfall is in the months of December and January. Expect a lot of crowds since this is the Nainital peak season. These two months are also the best time to visit nainital for honeymoon thanks to the romantic weather.

This small hill station is home to several lakes, small and large, which add to its allure, attracting more and more tourists every year. It is set about 2000 meters above sea level in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The town is built around the Nainital Lake and is home to the famous Naina Devi Temple, as well as several other points of interest. The mountain peaks and the meadows hold within them many places that a visitor can enjoy. 

Climate in Nainital

Summer Season in Nainital

For adventure lovers and nature tourists, the best season to visit Nainital are from March to June, when summer it is and brings out the natural beauty of the place. The flora is in full bloom bringing out the animals and the birds. Natural trails abound in the hills and this makes it a wonder to be soaked in. Though one might find the afternoon sun a little overbearing, the mornings and the evenings tend to be cool and pleasant. Temperatures range from 14°C to 30°C. This is the best time to visit Nainital for honeymoon.

Take a ride in the Ariel express ropeway to the Naina Devi Peak. This will accord you superb views of the area. This is also an ideal time to visit the Jim Corbett National park. You might be lucky to catch a glimpse of the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger. With activities galore, summer is the ideal time to visit Nainital.

Monsoon Season in Nainital

Monsoon in Nainital the rains down in torrents, soaking the town through and through. This brings the landslides causing road blocks and muddy terrain. This is not the popular tourist season, and hence can be ideal for the budget traveller. With hotels offering huge discounts, Monsoon in Nainital is a season when a budget traveller can visit here. Nature is still in all its glory, but only wet, wet, wet.

Winter Season in Nainital

October is the time when Nainital starts to get ready for the winter. The temperature drops with nights turning cold. This month is the best time to visit Nainital. But if you want to see the snow then December and January are the time to come here. But be forewarned, you can get snowed in and will have to huddle in your place of residence before you can get out again. So, for the romantic at heart, this is the best time to visit Nainital for honeymoon. It is also a time for ski lovers with several beautiful trails popping up.

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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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