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Places to Visit in nainital

Nainital is a popular and beautiful tourist destination of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It is also known as ‘the city of lakes’ and is surrounded by tranquil lakes and snow-capped hills. Situated at a height of 1938 km above sea level, it has a pleasing climate all year round and is a picturesque paradise for all travel lovers. It is built around a distinctively shaped lake known as the 'Naini Lake’.

Apart from being a beautiful hill station, Nainital also holds a connection with Hindu mythology. It is said that Naini Lake is among one of the 64 Shakti Peeths and Goddess Sati’s eyes fell here. Naina Devi Temple is also famous among tourists and every year thousands of devotees come here to pay their respect to the goddess. Nainital is also famous for its food, culture and shopping places. Spices and herbs, candles, woollen items, bamboo fabric, pine tree craft works and brass bells of Ghorakhal’s Golu Temple are few other famous things offered by Nainital. The Naini Lake flows through the heart of the city and is a major attraction of Nainital. Boating, trekking are few activities that are offered by the place.

There are several tourist places in Nainital which provide breathtaking views and serene environment. Every year thousands of tourists come here to witness the beauty of the place.

The best time to visit Nainital is considered to be between March and June. The weather in Nainital remains pleasant and you can explore the city without any difficulty during this time period. Some of the places to visit in Nainital are:

● Naini Lake
● Naina Devi Temple
● Snow View Point
● Bhimtal
● Tiffin Top
● Camel’s Back

For a complete Nainital travel guide and numerous attractive Nainital packages, tourists can access the official website of Yatra, which is a key aggregator for online ticketing.

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  • Best Time To Visit
    March - June
  • Altitude 6,837 ft. above sea level
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Attractions in nainital

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Religious

Spend approx 1 hour

Sitting peacefully along the hills of the Ayarpatta region of Nai...
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Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi Temple

Religious

Spend approx 1 hour

On the banks of the Naini Lake stands the renowned Naina Devi Tem...
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Bhimtal

Bhimtal

Water Bodies

Spend approx 1 hour

If you want to have a peaceful commune with nature, Bhimtal is an...
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Camels Back

Camels Back

View Point

Spend approx 2 hours

Camels Back is a stupendous life-like mountain peak the shape of ...
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Places to eat in nainital

Udupiwala

Udupiwala

Restaurant

Cost for Two - INR 50

Your search for lip-smacking South Indian cuisine in Nainital end...
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Sher-e-Punjab

Sher e Punjab

Dhaba

Cost for Two - INR 500

If you are looking for a typical Punjabi Dhaba experience, then S...
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The Nature Restaurant

The Nature Restaurant

In Hotel

Cost for Two - INR 300

Dine like a king at Nature Restaurant. The lavish menu has so man...
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Cafe de Mall

Cafe de Mall

Restaurant

Cost for Two - INR 100

A cup of coffee is something that most people find hard to resist...
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Nightlife in nainital

Snow View Bar

Snow View Bar

Pubs

Cost for Two - INR 500

The picturesque town of Nainital has so much to offer to both the...
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Zoom Land

Zoom Land

Entertainment

Cost for Two - INR 400

At Nainital, you can get some thrill alongside natural beauty. If...
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Viceroy

Viceroy

Pubs

Cost for Two - INR 1000

Nainital has only a few bars, so if drinking is the kind of fun y...
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Boat House Club

Boat House Club

Pubs, Entertainment

Cost for Two - INR 850

Unlike other cities, the nightlife of Nainital is more relaxed an...
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Holiday Packages In nainital

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Places to stay in nainital

  • Hotel Happy Home - The Lake Paradise
    Hotel Happy Home - The Lake Paradise
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  • Neelesh Inn
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    Bhimtal
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Popular Flights To nainital

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Places To Visit In nainital

Top Tourist Places to visit in Nainital:
Among several famous places in Nainital, some of the best places to visit are as follows:

● Naini Lake: Also known as Nainital Lake, Naini Lake is a crescent-shaped natural freshwater body. The lake flows in the centre of the city and is one of the major attractions of Nainital. It is surrounded by seven hills and is one of the most-visited lakes of India. Notably, Nainital is also named after Naini Lake. Further, it offers various opportunities like yachting, kayaking, boating and paddling. The nightlife at Naini Lake is mesmerizing and beautiful as lights reflect on the water and give an illusion of Milky Way.

● Naina Devi Temple: The holiest shrine of Hindus, Naina Devi Temple is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Sati. It is to be believed that eyes of Devi Sati fell here where the temple is standing today. The temple is considered one of the 51 holy places for Hindus. The best time to visit the temple is during Nanda Ashtami. Naina Devi Temple is near Naini Lake and both have a strong connection to Hindu mythology. Nalagarh Fort is one famous fort near the temple.

● Snow View Point: At a height of 2270 metres, Snow View Point gives a captivating view of Himalayas. A huge pair of binoculars is fixed at this place so that visitors easily witness the snow-capped Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot peaks. The point is a perfect amalgam of romance and adventure. An aerial cable car connects the Snow View Point directly from the Mall Road of Mallital. Trekking is other attraction for adventure lovers offered by Snow View Point.

● Bhimtal: Bhimtal is named after Mahabharata’s appealing character ‘Bhima’. It is a lake city and is located at a height of 1,370 metres above sea level. The place has a beautiful lake with an island located in its centre. It has splendid beauty and peaceful nature and is a perfect destination to visit in any month. The famous Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple dominates the landscape of this lake.

● Tiffin Top: Also known as ‘Dorothy’s seat’, Tiffin Top is a scenic mountaintop and a perfect picnic spot for tourists. It is located at Ayarpatta Hill and offers a 360-degree view of Nainital town and Kumaon region. The place is a retreat to photographers as it is surrounded by serene nature. Further, adventure activities such as rappelling and rock climbing are also conducted at Tiffin Top. This place should be on your go-to list if you love picturesque views and peaceful environment.

Nainital Sightseeing by bus:
Travelling via bus is the most convenient and cheaper way of transportation if you do not want to pick a hole in your wallet. The best way to explore the city by bus is to book a daily tour organised by Nainital Tourism Bus Services for Nainital sightseeing. The tour bus passes through many lakes, shrines, shopping market and food points.

Nainital Sightseeing by car:
To enjoy Nainital sightseeing, another conventional mode of transport is car.You can halt at places of your choice and go to nook and corner of the city. Tourists can also opt for private cab and car rental services as per their own convenience. Further, travellers can choose between self-driven and chauffeur-driven cars too. There are several agencies that provide such services for Nainital sightseeing and cover most of the key attractions of the city on their route.

Weekend Getaways from Nainital:
Apart from Nainital points of interest, there are numerous popular tourist destinations which can be explored near the city as well.

Tourist places near Nainital within 100 km
Bhowali, Devidhura and Mukhteshwar in Uttarakhand are among famous places to visit near Nainital within 100 km.

● Bhowali: Bhowali is a small town in Uttarakhand that has many temples. The place is a hidden gem and one should visit it. Golu Devta Temple, Shyamkhet Tea Garden, Folk Culture Museum and Kainchi Dham are few other attractions of Bhowali. Bhowali is a paradise for nature lovers and the scenic beauty of the place is picturesque. Further, it is also famous for being the popular fruit market of Kumaon region.
● Devidhura:Famous for the Barahi Devi Temple, Devidhura is a small district in Uttarakhand. The place has historical and religious significance. Situated at the tri-junction of three hill stations i.e. Nainital, Almora and Champawat, Devidhura is well-known for Bagwal Mela which is celebrated on the day of Raksha Bandhan - a Hindu festival. The mela is a delight to its visitors.
● Mukhteshwar: Situated at a height of 2,285 metres, Mukhteshwar is a beautiful tourist destination in Uttarakhand. The place is famous for Hindu temple Mukhteshwar Dham, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located at the top of the mountain and offers an astonishing view of Himalayas. The place is surrounded by the coniferous trees.

Tourist places near Nainital within 200 km
Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, and Pilibhit and Bageshwar in Uttarakhand are among the prominent places to visit near Nainital within 200 km.

● Moradabad:Also known as ‘Pital Nagari’ (Brass City), Moradabad is situated at the bank of River Ramganga. It is famous for its high- quality brass handicrafts. The place is an amalgam of spiritual legacy and rich heritage. You can visit many places in Moradabad including Jama Masjid, Sai Mandir, Singh Sahab Gurudwara, Deer Park and Phillips Memorial Methodist Church. ‘Moradabadi Dal’ is famous food among tourists.
● Pilibhit: A small district in Uttar Pradesh, Pilibhit shares its boundary with neighbouring country Nepal. The place is famous for Gauri Shankar Temple while other tourist attractions are Jama Masjid, Raja Venu KaTeela, Chauka Beech, Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, Ardhnarishwar Temple and Chhatavi Padshahi Gurudwara. Though, the place is small but has a lot to offer to its visitors.
● Bageshwar: Situated at the union of River Sarju and Gomati, Bageshwar is surrounded by beautiful mountains Bileshwar and Nileshwar. The place has a great historic, religious and political significance. The major attraction of the place is Uttrayani fair which is the largest fair in Kumaon region. Further, it is home to several temples including Baghnath Temple, Kasar Devi Temple, Baijnath Temple, Rudrahari Mahadevi Temple and Katarmal Sun Temple.

Tourist places near Nainital within 500 km
Agra and Haridwar in Uttarakhand are two of the popular places that tourists can explore near Nainital within 500 km.

● Agra:Home to the famous Taj Mahal, Agra is a city which reflects Mughal culture and food. It is situated at the bank of River Yamuna. Interestingly, Agra is also home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites i.e. the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort and the Fatehpur Sikri. The nightlife in Agra is dreamy and one should witness it. Tourists can visit Akbar’s Fort, Buland Darwaja and also enjoy Mughal cuisine in Agra.
● Haridwar: Haridwar is one of the holiest places of Hindu and River Ganga flows in the heart of the city. It has historical and religious significance. The place is home to many Hindu shrines. There are many places to visit in Haridwar including Gau Ghat, Vishnu Ghat, Mansa Devi Temple, Har Ki Pauri and Maya Devi Temple. Every evening, the Ghats of Haridwar witness a grand aarti ceremony.

Places to stay in Nainital:
From reasonable hotels to plush hotels, there are several lodging alternatives offered in Nainital that ensure the convenience of the visitors.

● 5-star accommodations in Nainital: Hotel The Noorani, Swiss Hotel, Hotel Anupam and Hotel Imperial are some of the deluxe accommodation alternatives that have efficient facilities.

● 4-star accommodations in Nainital: Hotel Shivraj, Alka The Lakeside Hotel and Palace Hotel are among the 4-star hotels in Nainital that are known for their high-class services.

● 3-star accommodations in Nainital: The 3-star accommodation alternatives include Hotel Welcome Park, Hotel New Bharat and Vansh Regency.

Budget accommodations in Nainital:India Hotel, Hotel New Bharat and Stay are some of the budget hotels in Nainital that are known for providing the best of services.

To enjoy holidays in Nainital, you can choose any of the accommodation as there is no shortage. Also, it is suggested to visit the city between March and June, as it is the best season to visit Nainital. You can book your tickets from Yatra.com to experience the beauty of Nainital.

FAQ's

Q. What are the top five popular places in Nainital?
A. There are many places to visit in Nainital but top five Naini Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Snow View Point, Bhimtal and Tiffin Top.

Q. When can one expect snowfall in Nainital?
A. Snowfall in Nainital usually starts from the end of December to January

Q. What are the places to visit near Naini Lake?
A. Few best places to visit near Naini Lake include Khurpa Taal, Tibetan Market, Kainchi Dham and Naina Peak

Q. Which is the best season that witnesses less rush in Nainital?
A. In order to explore Nainital when it is less crowded, August to November is considered to be the best time

Q. How to make the most of a 2-day trip to Nainital?
A. You can start your journey from Naini Lake and then move to Naina Devi Temple, KhurpaTaal and Tibetan Market

Q. What are the adventurous things to do in Nainital?
A. Camping, trekking, paragliding and rappelling are few adventurous things you can give a shot in Nainital

Q. Where can one shop in Nainital?
A. There are lots of places to shop in Nainital including Mall Road, Tibetan Market, Bhotia Market and Bara Bazaar

Q. What are the famous things one can buy from Nainital’s market?
A. You can buy wax candles, home-made jams, woollen garments, bamboo fabric and pine tree craft works from Nainital’s market.

Q. Is Nainital safe for foreigners?
A. Yes, Nainital is safe for foreigners

Q. What are the safe and luxury hotels for solo travellers in Nainital?
A. Hotel Krishna, Anamika Hotel and Hotel Lake View are some of the safe and luxury hotels for solo travellers in Nainital

Q. What are the top luxury couple hotels in Nainital?
A. The top luxury couple hotels in Nainital include Classic The Mall, The Earl’s Court and Shervani Hilltop

Q. Where can one get the best Nainital sightseeing packages?
A. One can log in to Yatra

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