Nainital is one of the most famous hill stations of India, it is also one of the best place for summer vacation in India and also a honeymoon destination. Nainital is visited by tourists throughout the year especially in summers and is always on the top list of any traveler or one who is planning a holiday in Uttarakhand.
Nainital is also called the ‘Lake District’, and is situated at an altitude of around 2000 m in the Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand State. The town is centered around the famous Naini Lake which is the most attractive tourist destination of Nainital.
Today, Nainital offers you everything as a travelers paradise from hotels and resorts in the budget of your choice and you can enjoy family holiday, honeymoon or adventure activities in Nainital.
Places To Visit in Nainital
Listed below are some of the best tourist attractions of Nainital Town.
The main attraction of tourists in Nainital is Naini lake with a perimeter of approximately 3.5km, it offers ample opportunity for yachting, boating or self paddling the boat. There are two sides of the lake one on the northern side called Mallital and one on the southern side called Tallital. Both sides are connected by the MALL ROAD which is the busiest road of town abuzz with shops and shoppers dotted with hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, banks, travel agencies and street shops famous among tourists. On the northern side towards Mallital is the famous Bhotia Market and Chatt Bazaar along with Naina Devi Temple
Naina Devi Temple
The temple is located on the northern shore Mallital of Naini Lake. The presiding deity of the temple is Maa Naina Devi represented by two Netras or eyes. Along with Naina Devi are the deities of Mata Kali and Lord Ganesha. Nainital is believed to be one of the 64 Shaktipeeths, where one of the body parts of Goddess Sati fell. In Nainital, the eyes (Naina) of the Goddess are assumed to have fallen. The shrine of Naina Devi is a must visit for devout Hindus
Ropeway to Snow View point is one of the main attractions for tourists visiting Nainital. The Ropeway ride itself is an adventure during which you will feel the thrill while looking around outside and have the view of the city below. The Ropeway starts from Mallital and takes you to snow view point which is another famous attraction for tourists. At the top you have a view of the hills around Nainital.
Snow View Point
Snow view point is easily reachable by ropeway and is also connected by road. It is situated at an altitude of 7450 ft and is one of the hot tourist spot of Nainital. As the name suggests this point offers spectacular panoramic views of the snowbound Himalayan range including famous peaks Nanda Devi , Trishul and Nanda kot which you will surly like to capture in your camera. Here you will also find tea vendors and restaurants to refresh yourself while enjoying the beautiful sight around.
High Altitude Zoo
Opened in 1994, it is one of the two High altitude Zoo in India, so don’t forget to visit this place because here you will see some of the animals which you will not see generally in other zoos across India. Monkeys, Himalayan black bear ,snow Leopard , Siberian Tiger, Palm civet cat, Wolf, Silver Pheasants, Rose ringed Prakeet, Hill Fox , Ghoral, Barking Deer, Sambhar are some of the animals kept here. Please note that this zoo remains close on Monday and all national holidays.
Other Places of interest
Apart from the above top places listed in details there are some of the other places of interest which you can visit like governors house, cave garden near Kumaoun University, Tiffin Top, Hanuman Garhi etc. Nainital in itself is full of place of interests as per your interests. The beauty of Nainital in itself will make your journey a memorable one and you would like to come here again and again
Nainital is a perfect place for tourists coming here with any taste like family holiday, honeymoon, adventure, trekking or nature lovers. Nainital city is developed around Naini Lake infact Nainital district itself is called the lake district of India as there are many picturisque perfect lakes around Nainital like khurpatal, Bheemtal, Naukuchiya Tal and others. Nainital hills are covered with thick forest and offers a perfect destination for nature lovers, bird watchers and ideal place for nature trail and trekking. The government of Uttarakhand is also planning to develop nainital as adventure sports destination by establishing Boating, Paragliding and Hot air ballooning facilities around.
How to reach nainital
By Road – Nanital is very well connected to rest of India through network of Roads. From Delhi you can reach Nainital via Ramnagar or via Haldwani. State transport buses are also available directly from places like Delhi , Dehradun, Agra to Nainital.
By Train – The nearest railway station is kathgodam and many trains connect to kathgodam from various cities of India.
By Air – The nearest airport for Nainital is Pantnagar Airport
Best time to visit Nainital
Although Nainital can be visited at anytime of the year but the peak tourist season for Nainital is during summer months from March till June. During this time there is always heavy rush of tourists in Nainital. If you would like to avoid unnecessary crowd then you can visit Nainital during other time of year also and the best time then will be Oct-Nov.