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A city fenced with lush greenery, enchanting lakes, and picturesque views
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Information About Nainital (Uttarakhand)

The information of Nainital would help the tourists to visit this great city surrounded by lush greenery and serene lakes. Nainital is situated in the lap of the forested Kumaon hills, a part of Uttarakhand which gets its name from the beautiful “Naini” lake. It has a plethora of lakes like Tallital, Mallital, Sattal, and Bhimtal which makes it popular as the “lake district of India”. These are some of the facts about Nainital which testify the glory and the charm of the place. Nainital travel tips will help one enjoy a hassle-free vacation.

From trekking to boating at peaceful lakes, Nainital has everything to offer to make your holidays adventurous as well as relaxing. All the necessary information on Nainital would indeed result in the maximum benefit of the tourists from all sorts of fun-filled activities and magnificent sceneries. Being a hill station, one cannot directly land into this enthralling destination by flights. The nearest airport is situated at Pantnagar, which is 65 kilometers away from Nainital.

The visitors are provided with ample Nainital tourist information to gain some knowledge on how to commute and reach the place. Private taxis are available which let you reach your booked hotels from the airport. The methods to reach Nainital can easily be obtained from the Nainital travel guide. It is well connected through roadways and thus one can reach there easily by daily bus service from New Delhi.

If one wishes to be economical then they can even opt for railways. The nearest railway station is situated at a distance of 34 kilometers at Kathgodam. This station is well connected with important cities like New Delhi, Lucknow and Howrah and then the destination can be reached by bus or taxis. The facts about Nainital disclose a lot of essential information about the destination.

Best Time to Visit Nainital

The information about Nainital also includes the best time to visit Nainital which is during the summers. The Nainital tourism map provides all the information regarding Nainital during various phases of the year. The weather of Nainital is cool and soothing during the months between March and June. t relaxes the tourists with a feeling of calmness and saves one from the burning hot sun which also makes the weather perfect to enjoy boating on the emerald green waters of Bhimtal Lake, and Naini Lake. So, this is the correct time to visit Nainital with family as well as for a honeymoon.

But if one wants discounts on travel plans, then the best time is to visit it during the monsoons. Grab a Nainital tourist map and experience one of the best holidays of your life. Being off-season, the months between July and September attract a lot of budget travelers and other tourists due to offers and discounts, and amazing deals on hotels, flights & tickets, and more.

The climate of Nainital between December and February is cold and the tourists can enjoy the snow fall during this time. This specific season is also the best for all adventure seekers. A Nainital Tourist map with distance is the only thing that the tourists will need to enjoy the scenic beauty of Nainital and quench the thrill quotient in them.  The romantic climate of Nainital makes it one of the best honeymoon destinations for couples. All the places of interest in Nainital are marked on the Nainital tourist map.

Food in Nainital

The Nainital food includes a variety of mouth watering cuisines and is a primary part of the information of Nainital that the tourists are provided with. The staple food of Nainital is rice which is often accompanied with roti and various types of daal in their daily life.

The Nainital cuisine provides a delicious treat from a variety of cuisines like North Indian, Chinese, Continental, Italian to Thai, Tibetan and the local cuisines of Uttarakhand. Hence you can enjoy lip-smacking Nainital special food items like Dal Makhani, Tandoori Roti, Naan, Paneer dishes as well as savor a number of continental dishes.

The Nainital traditional food items constitute of delicacies like Ras (a dish made with several dals), Baadi, Bhatt ki Churkani, Aloo ke Gutke (a spicy preparation of boiled potatoes, Arsa (a sweet dish), Gulgula (a sweet snack) and many more. The popular food of Nainital can be enjoyed at any of the local restaurants. The Nainital food caters to the taste buds of tourists from all across the world.

Languages and Festivals in Nainital

The local language of Nainital is a must inclusion in the information of Nainital. This would help the tourists to enjoy their trip. The commonly spoken language is Hindi in Nainital. The local language of Nainital is Kumaoni and Gharwali. Since it is a famous tourist spot, people also understand and speak English.

The Nainital festivals mostly include worshiping Hindu deities during Pujas and enjoying their time in large trade and exhibition fairs. The important festivals of Nainital include those that are celebrated after the end of harvesting season with great enthusiasm. These festivals are celebrated in every Sankranti.

Fooldeyi, Bikhauti, Harela, Ghee Sankranti, Khatarua, Uttaraini are some of the important festivals of Nainital. These festivals celebrated in Nainital are accompanied by fairs and food stalls to rejoice. Other auspicious festivals of Nainital include Maa Nanda Devi Mela, Basant Panchami, Rakshabandhan, janmastmi, Shivratri etc.


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

    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. 

    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.

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