Nainital is located in the exquisite Kumaon Hills and is a very attractive hill station in India. It was previously a popular British settlement. The entire hill station surrounds the Nainital Lake. It is popular for its tourist attraction and pleasant weather. It is a perfect getaway to relax or to take a stroll and enjoy yourself. There are several incredible places to visit in Nainital. If you have planned for 2 days trip to Nainital, here is the itinerary designed for you.
1. Nainital Lake
Nainital Lake is a beautiful lake which is popular for its exquisiteness. There are four parts of the lake – Naukuchiyatal Lake, Sattal Lake, Bhimtal Lake, and the Nainital Lake. It is also popular for the Naina Devi Temple. It is surrounded by beautiful landscape and green hills. It is a gorgeous natural freshwater lake. You should definitely try the popular boat rides over here. It is a picturesque lake which lies in Uttarakhand.
Sattal is an amalgamation of 7 freshwater lakes. It is unpolluted and unspoiled. It is located at a height of 1370 meters. You should either visit it just before dusk or during early mornings. It is a great place to try bird watching. You can spot various migratory birds over here. It is a freshwater biome which is located near Bhimtal. It is right below the Mehragaon village. The lake is surrounded by pine trees and oak trees.
3. Bhimtal Lake
Bhimtal Lake is a very popular lake positioned in Bhimtal. It was built in 1883. It also has a catchment area. It is located very close to the Kathgodam Railway Station at a distance of 22 kilo meters from Nainital. In the region of Kumaon, it is the largest lake. It houses a storage facility. Different types of fishes are found in this lake.
4. High Altitude zoo
Being a popular tourist attraction of Nainital, High Altitude Zoo is located on the Sher ka Danda Hill. It is located at a height of 2100 meters. Various birds and animals can be spotted here. Some commonly seen animals are the Tibetan wolves, Royal Bengal Tiger, Golden Pheasant, Rose Ringed Parakeet and many more. It is beautifully located between the Himalayan and Shivalik mountain ranges. It has an entire cover of evergreen forests. It has a picturesque landscape all around.
5. Eco Cave Gardens
Eco Cave Gardens is located close to the Mall Road. You can have a look at the true Himalayan way of life. Petroleum lamps are lighted inside the caves to decorate it. There are narrowing tunnels to take you to the cave. It is a great idea for wildlife exploration. There is also a musical fountain which operates mainly during the peak season. It is situated at the Sukhatal region of Nainital. It also has a primeval landscape.
6. Tiffin Top or Dorothy’s Seat
Dorothy’s Seat is a great spot for hiking and it is located at a distance of 4 kilometers from the main city, on the ride. You can try horse riding over here while going uphill. It is the best place to try various adventurous activities like hiking, rock climbing, and rappelling. It is located on the Ayarpatta Hills. You can get a complete 360-degree view of the entire place from here. You can visit the place any time.
7. Naina Peak
Naina Peak is located at a great height of 2615 kilo meters. You can see the Tibet border as well as the Nanda Devi Peak from here. It is also popularly known as the China Peak. Long strolls and the picturesque surrounding all around are a great sight to witness. It is a great place for trekking. You can ride horses or ponies from the Snow View Point to reach this place. You can also see the snow clad mountains from here.
8. Snow View Point
There is a beautiful temple in the Snow View Point and remain popular among the tourists. From here you can get a wonderful full view of the city. You should definitely board the cable rope. From the top, you can get an amazing view of the Nainital Lake. It is located at a distance of 3 kilo meters from the main city of Nainital. You can even walk around the place or book a taxi to reach the Snow View Point.
9. Kainchi Dham
Kainchi Dham is the popular Ashram of Shri Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji. It is located at a height of 1400 meters. It is positioned at a distance of just 17 kilometers from Nainital. Two hills are cut and Kainchi Dham is located amidst it. There is also a Hanuman Temple over here. On the 15th of June Pratistha Divas of this temple is celebrated every year. There is also a cave area of this temple where devotees spend their time in meditation.
10. Muktheswara Temple
Muktheshwara Temple is almost 350 years old. It is also a popular tourist destination in Nainital, located at a distance of 51 kilometers from the main city. From here, you can get a fantastic view of the Himalayas. The view is simply spectacular from the mountaintop. It is best to avoid the rainy seasons and extreme winter conditions. Summers are the best time to visit the Muktheshwara Temple. It is close to Pantnagar Airport.
11. Astronomical Observatory
This Observatory is also known as the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences. It is located at a distance of 4.5 kilo meters from Nainital. You can witness various examples of Astrophysics and other domains from here. It is open from 7 pm to 9 pm. You can even look at the celestial bodies from the telescope over here. It is an amazing place if you love to witness astronomical things.
Sariyatal is a beautiful and tranquil lake in Nainital. You can find a wide variety of flowers here. One can even get vast knowledge of Science and Botany here. It is located at a distance of just 5 kilometers from Nainital. The entire lake is surrounded by various forms of trees. It is close to Kaladhungi.
13. Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for the bird watchers. It is located at a distance of 12 kilo meters from Nainital. You can find almost 580 species of birds like forktales, laughing thrushes, brown wood owls and many more. As it is situated in the middle of the reserved forest, the entire visit remains thrilling and adventurous. If you love birds you will surely love this sanctuary.