27 Beautiful Places To Visit In Nainital
Nainital is a famous hill station of Uttarakhand in India. This lovely hillock has travelers from various parts of the world. It is also popularly known as Naini Tal. It is situated at a height of 6,837 ft above sea level. Some of the most famous and beautiful places to visit in Nainital are sparkling Nainital Lake, holy Naina Devi, St. John in the backwoods, Snow View Point and several other places can also be covered by choosing Nainital Tour Packages.
Why you should consider visiting Nainital?
Nainital is the best place where you can camp under the starry sky, accompanied by lush green floorings of pines and the pleasant weather. No matter, you are planning for a trip with friends or a family vacation, Nainital is the gorgeous hill station that would never leave you in disappointment. Moreover, it has comfortable and affordable stays such as the Pavilion Hotel, Hotel ChanniRaja, Himalayan Hotel and much more, where you can relax and refresh yourself during the trip. These hotels not only remains perfect for a splendid vacation but also has top-notch amenities.
Which is the right time to visit Nainital?
It is a weather friendly destination that displays exotic beauty all throughout the year. Nainital is the perfect vacation spot any time of the year. However, the peak season in Nainital is from March to June. The snow lovers can visit the place during winters to enjoy the ultimate beauty of the place.
If you are a passionate photographer or an adventure buff, Nainital offers a lot of delights for you. You can easily capture picture-perfect landscapes as you wish throughout the hill station. What’s more? Nainital is waiting for your arrival with open arms. Enquire for Nainital tour packages with Visiit.com and plan for a best memorable vacation.
What are the places to visit in Nainital?
1. Nainital Lake/Naini Lake
Naini Lake is a lake of natural freshwater. It is surrounded in the main town of Nainital. This gorgeous lake was built by P. Barron in the year 1839, at a height of 2,000 m. This lake resembles the shape of a moon that is lunar shaped. About 26 major drains feed into the Nainital Lake. The lake is surrounded by beautiful scenic hills on the three sides.
Nainital Lake is a major tourist spot and one of the top places to visit in Nainital. One can experience boating and yachting here. On the month of June, the Annual Kingfisher Yachting Competition is held here. The lake can be reached from Tallital bus stand at a distance of 1.5 km.
2. Naina Peak/China Peak
Love trekking? Naina peak is the highest peak in the town of Nainital. It is also known as ‘China Peak’. The altitude of Naina peak is 2615 m. It has become a favorite place for trekkers due to its beautiful green forest and high altitude. The highest point of the peak looks mind-blowing with its snow-capped mountains and natural green surroundings.
The surrounding peaks are breathtaking to watch, from where the Nanda Devi peak and mountains of Tibet can be seen. Naina peak can be reached by traversing the hilly paths or by taking a horse from Mallital. It is advisable to carry your own food and water, as there are no shops available in the peak.
3. Naina Devi Temple
At the northern end of Nainital lake lies the temple of goddess Naina Devi. This place can be reached at a distance of 2 km from Tallital Bus Stand. The goddess Naina Devi is represented by two eyes. According to the legends, the goddess Sati’s eyes fell on this place, as her burned corpse was being carried by Lord Shiva. So this temple was named Naina meaning Sati’s eyes.
A huge fair is organized during Nanda Ashtami. This festival is organized for eight days where you can witness a huge number of devotees coming to seek blessings. Navaratri, Chaitra Fair, and other holy festivals are also celebrated in a grand manner in this temple. The temple is opened from 6.00 am to 9:30 pm.
4. Sattai/Sat Tal
Sattal is a group of seven inter associated freshwater lake situated in the district of Nainital. It is the most popular scenic place in Uttarakhand Tourism. Sattai Lake is surrounded by dense pine and oak trees. It is one of the few pure, unpolluted freshwater water bodies of India. This place remains as the heaven for migratory birds, homing 500 birds species, 20 mammal species and many more. The visitors can enjoy bird watching, boating, fishing, trekking, mountain biking, and many more activities.
Bhimtal is a picturesque lake located at a height of 1,370 m. It can be reached at a distance of 20km from Nainital and 11km from Sattal. The lake is less crowded and clean, and at the center of the lake, there is an island that can be reached by boat. The island also has an aquarium with many species of fish. The lake supplies drinking water and aquaculture. On the bank lies the Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple.
6. Mall Road
Are you a crazy shopper? Connecting the north and southwest corner of Nainital Lake, lies the renowned and popular Mall Road. It is the main commercial area, running at the heart of Nainital town. It was built during the British colonial era. The road hosts many hotels, shops, department stores, cafes and home to many small shops. The vehicles entry is restricted during certain hours, making the locals and tourists convenient to enjoy and shop.
7. Tiffin Top/Dorothy’s Seat
Tiffin Top is situated in Ayarpatta Hill of Nainital. Situated at a height of 2,299 m, it stands as the highest peak after China Peak in Nainital. This famous place is best for short trekking. Tiffin Top is a prominent and attractive place for photographers and painters. Tourists have to trek about 4 km to experience the beautiful scenic view of Himalayas. The best time to view is during the early morning hours.
8. G B Pant High Altitude Zoo
G B Pant High Altitude Zoo is one of the high altitude zoo parks in North India. This zoo was set up in 1984, spreading over 11 acres. The zoo is located in Sher ka Danda hill. It is the only zoo to be found in Uttarakhand. The zoo’s objectives are to protect and give shelter to endangered species like snow leopards, Tibetan wolf etc. The zoo can be reached by walking or sharing jeeps. Private vehicles are not allowed in the zoo. It is open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and is closed on Mondays and national holidays.
9. Snow View Point
The Snow View Point is the most visited and most beautiful places in Nainital tourist places. It is hardly 2 km from Nainital Lake and 3 km from Tallital Bus Stand. It offers an excellent view of snow capped mountains, situated at a height of 2,270 m. To give the visitors a perfect view, a huge binocular is installed. The monastery of Gadhan Kankyop Ling Gompa and amusement park are must visit places that located close by.
10. Kainchi Dham
It is a center for religious pilgrimage, located at Kainchi. Kainchi Dham is the most beautiful shrine and Hanuman Mandir is famous here. This place attracts thousands of devotees every year. On 15 June, Bhandara is organized celebrating the birth anniversary of Neem Karoli Baba. The ashrams strictly follow certain rules. The ashram is closed most days of the year due to chilly temperature.
11. Jim Corbett National Park
This is the oldest and the most popular national park in India. Jim Corbett National Park is famous for the Bengal Tigers. The Bengal tigers are very well protected in this park. It is well maintained and protected area attracting thousands of foreigners and Indians. It serves as a home to 580 birds, 50 species of trees and 25 reptiles. It is home to many wildlife animals. The best time to visit Corbett National Park is from November to June.
Naukuchiatal means nine cornered lake, which is situated at an altitude of 1,220 m. It is the deepest lake in the region surrounding thick shrubs and vegetation. The beauty of terrain and the picturesque green landscape is so mesmerizing. The tourist and the locals visiting Nainital ensure indulge in their favorite activity that is to walk through the woods. This is also a favorite place for people who love adventurous activities like trekking, paragliding, and angling. It houses a wide variety of birds, butterflies, and wildlife.
Sariyatal is a small and beautiful lake, situated at the Kaladungi Road. It is one of those few lakes, amidst beautiful stream and green picturesque landscape. Himalayan Botanical Garden is also famous in Sariyatal. This garden has endangered native plants and rare species like Thunia Alba Orchid, Herbarium etc. It is one of the important places to visit in Nainital.
14. Pangot And Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
Being a paradise for bird watchers, Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is situated in Kilbury road in Nainital District. It is located at a height of 2528 m. It is surrounded by a dense forest of pine, oak, and rhododendron. It remains as a residence for a large number of migratory and local birds. Some of the birds that can be easily spotted are brown wood owls, collared grosbeaks, etc. Many mammals like barking deer, Himalayan goral, red fox, etc. can also be spotted here.
15. Aryabhatta Research Institute Of Observational Sciences
ARIES – Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences is located at Menorah Park in Nainital. It is an autonomous institute. It was founded in the year 1955 but was later shifted to Manora Peak in the year 1961. It is one of the famous institutes and has the best and most advanced telescopes in India. This research institute is specialized in Astrophysics, Astronomy and Atmospheric Sciences. Tourists and visitors are allowed for the astronomical observatory and during full moon nights.
16. Corbett Falls
On the Ramnagar – Kaladhungi highway lies the scenic fall, Corbett Fall. The water falls from a height of 20 m into the pool. It is no longer permitted to bath in the fall, but it’s worth watching the natural beauty of the place. Trekking, nature walks, and bird watching are some of the popular activities to indulge while visiting the Corbett Falls in Nainital.
Ramgarh is situated on way to Mukteshwar. It is a small and calm hill station in Nainital. Orchards are famous here. Ramgarh can be divided into two parts, one, Malla and other as Talla. Malla is situated on elevation and Talla in downhill. Ramgarh is untouched by the busy city life and offers a beautiful view of the Himalayas. Orchards of apricots, pears, apple, and peaches are found in Ramgarh, and so it is popularly referred to as Fruit Bowl of Kumaon. It is a perfect place for calm, leisure and serenity and also soothing atmosphere.
Covering a distance of 7 km from Nainital, Jeolikot is a hill station. It is located in NH 87. This place is also known as Gateway to Naini Lake. This place is amidst green forests, pine trees, and gigantic mountains. It is a perfect place for Floriculture and catching of butterflies. The department of horticulture has maintained it beautifully and it attracts a large number of tourists and locals every year to see the blossoming of flowers.
Jeolikot is also the beekeeping center, where the bees are bred and honey is extracted. The best time to visit is during April-June and September-October. The climate is perfect all around the year, making this place a perfect romantic vacation spot.
19. Jim Corbett Gurney House
Gurney house is located on Ayarpatta Hill, Nainital. It is actually a historic building. Writer and hunter-conservationist, Jim Corbett resided here. This house is a typical British cottage of the 19th century. The house is well maintained with gardens and trees of Rhododendron, Tilaunj or Kharsu and Angu. This cottage has windows completely made of glass and is a perfect example of an English country home. The walls also have typical big windows that allow plenty of light and air. The house is now a museum exhibiting Corbett’s possessions.
20. Eco Cave Garden
Eco Cave Garden in Nainital is a newly built natural park, located in Mallital or Sukhatal. The cave is made of interconnected rocky caves and gardens. The wildlife of Himalayas is depicted in this park. The garden has been divided into 6 underground caves. There is also a garden on the top of the hill, where the visitors can enjoy and experience the beautiful views of the nearby hills. The music fountain completes the look of the cave.
21. Land’s End
The Land’s End is the viewpoint situated at a height of 2118 m above sea level. It offers a beautiful view of the plain with stunning villages surrounding the point. The place offers the most scenic view with pine forest decorating the area. The place is also called the Dead End as the visitors are curious to know, why it is called so. It is the best place for photographers for breathtaking views of the valleys. A short trek is what is needed to reach this place.
22. St. John Wilderness Church
This church is one of the oldest and finest churches in Nainital. It is perfectly maintained Baptist church. This church is one of the few oldest buildings in Nainital. It was built during the year 1846. The style of the building is the Neo-Gothic style. The main highlight of the church is its stained glass windows. It is located in a picturesque environment where the deodar and pine trees surround the church. St. John Wilderness built this church, dedicating to St. John the Baptist.
23. Raj Bhawan
The Governor House is also called Raj Bhawan. It is the gorgeous Victorian Gothic style building serving as an official residence of Governor of Uttarakhand. It was built by the British in 1900. It replicates the Buckingham palaces and covers 220 acres. It has 113 luxurious rooms with a beautiful golf course.
Different types of stones have been used to construct this building. It is constructed using stones like dolomite limestone, red sandstone, and grey marble. The flooring, doors, and windows are beautifully decorated and developed using exquisite woods. It is open on all days except Sundays and national holidays.
24. Hanuman Garhi
Hanuman Garhi is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It was built by the famous Saint Karoli Baba in the year 1950. The temple has a large statue of Hanuman also known as Maruti, and golden umbrella covering the idol. The temple houses beautiful shrines of Lord Shiva and Ram. The temple rests on the hill giving the visitors a lovely view of the valley. It can be easily reached by road.
25. Tibetan Park
Located along the reservoirs of lovely Naini Lake, the Tibetan Market is one of the popular shopping areas which you should definitely visit in your Nainital trip. It attracts a large number of tourists all through the year. It is a flea market that is managed by the Tibetan natives. Dotted with shacks and shops of local specialities, Tibetan market impresses guests with its uniqueness and vibrancy. Stylish watches, junk accessories, woollen mufflers, intricately designed shawls, ethnic dresses, exquisite scarves, and Tibetan bags are sold here. The main highlight of this place is you can purchase fascinating articles at a reasonable price. Do not forget to bargain when you are at Tibetan Park.
26. Khurpatal Lake
It is well known that Nainital is popular for various water bodies and lakes. Khurpatal Lake is one among beautiful water bodies in Nainital. It plays an important part in providing water to the entire town. The lakes ensure that the residents never face a shortage of water and drink only safe water. There are tall trees and hills surrounding the lake and that makes the place look more gorgeous.
The main highlight of this lake is you can spot numerous varieties of fishes in this lake. It remains as a natural habitat for several fish species. The color of the lake is emerald and looks interesting. It is the best spot to take lovely pictures. It is just 10 km from the Nainital town.
Binayak is a lovely hideaway for trekkers. Ensure to try trekking during your Nainital vacation. The trekking trip would last for about four to five days. During the trip, you can enjoy the views of the scenic Himalayas and amazing landscapes in the backdrop. Binayak offers a lot of adventurous activities to visitors. It has some of the most beautiful trees and spectacular trails that give you a breath-taking feel.
Hope you find this list useful. Nainital tour packages cover all the main attractions of the region. If you wish to customize and add interesting places of your wish, it is easily possible. Ensure to select and add the right places in your Nainital tour itinerary. Happy touring to Nainital!