Nainital

Nainital - The Lake city of India

 

  • Nainital, the Lake District of India is at an altitude of around 6,840 ft. It is one of the most popular and exquisite hill station of India. The Naini Lake which is the major attraction of the region is pear-shaped lake and is approx. two miles in circumference, surrounded by mountains . The other lakes are at Bhimtal, Naukhuchiatal,Khurpatal, Sattal & Shymaltal.

  • The Naini Lake is a charming beauty that is surrounded by seven different peaks namely Ayarpata, Deopata, Handi Bandi, Cheena Peak, Alma, Laria Kanta and Sher Ka Danda. The lake itself can be divided into two distinct sections, the northern part called Mallital and southern region called Tallital. The Naini Lake is one of the 64 Shakti Peeths, the spot where Sati’s Nain(eyes) fell, came to be called Nainital.

  • The hill station town of Nainital was founded in 1841, with the construction of the first European house (Pilgrim Lodge) by P. Barron.In September 1880, a landslide (the Landslip of 1880) occurred followed by heavy rainfall, which naturally brought down streams of water from the hill side. To prevent further disasters, storm water drains were constructed and a recreation area known as The Flats were later built on the site and a new temple was also erected.  

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How to Reach Nainital

Kathgodam , Nainital ,Uttarakhand

 

  • By Air : Pantnagar is the nearest airport, Air India operates flights from Delhi 3 to 4 days a week.    

  • By Rail : The nearest railway station to Naukuchiatal lake is Kathgodam, Uttarakhand, from here it is situated at a distance around 34 Kms. Haldwani & Kathgodam are adjacent to each other, Haldwani is like the entrance door to Kumaun , Uttarakhand and is well connected by trains from Delhi (Shatabdi runs daily),Lucknow, Dehradun , Jaipur, Kolkata.   

  • By Road : Haldwani is well connected by buses from  Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Dehradun . Bus timings(tentative) are provided .
    "Taxi" to Nainital are available from Delhi, Haldwani , Almora, Naukuchiatal , Bhimtal , Ranikhet , Binsar , Kausani , Kasardevi , Chaukori , Munsiyari , Lohaghat and other major cities of Uttarakhand

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Orientation

  

  • Nainital, the Lake District of India lies in the Kumaun, foothills of Himalayas at an altitude of around 6,840 .
    290 km/8 hrs from Dehradun, capital of Uttarakhand India and 300 km/7 hr from Delhi,India.  

  • The lake city is surrounded by mountains, the highest of which is Naina (8,579 ft.) sitting on the north, Deopatha (7,999 ft.) on the west, and sitting on south is Ayarpatha (7,474 ft.) on the south.

    Nainital is around :
     
  • 21 km/45 mins from Bhimtal 
  • 25 km/1 hr from Naukuchiatal 
  • 34 km/80 mins from Kathgodam 
  • 56 km/100 mins from Ranikhet
  • 70 km/150 min from Kasar Devi
  • 86 km/3 hrs from Binsar 
  • 115 km/3.5 hrs from Kausani 
  • 140 km/ 5 hrs from Lohaghat  
  • 170 km/6 hrs from Chaukori 
  • 300 km/7 hrs from Delhi
  • 400 km/9 hrs from Lucknow     

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Where to stay in Nainital

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  • There are plenty of hotels , homestay in Nainital ,suiting tourist of any budget,in peak season prices soar up, so it’s better to book early. One can get accommodation in any location either on Tallital, Mallital, zoo road, the famous Mall road etc.
     
  • One can opt for hotels or homestay in Nainital or homestays which are a bit away from Nainital (and sometimes economical) .

  • One can opt for
    homestay in Bhimtal as it's around 20 km away, or for
    homestay near Nainital for places like Bhowali, Ramgarh etc are very well connected to Nainital or for homestay in Naukuchiatal , depending on the travel plan .

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Things to do in Nainital

Naini Lake, Nainital

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  1. Take a Lake Tour and Enjoy Boating: One of the best things to do in Nainital is to go around and take a tour of the scenic Naini lake. The lake becomes more beautiful during night ,one can see lights of hotels and restaurants twinkling as milky way , though boating is prohibited at night .
      
  2. Shop at Tibetan Market : Collect souvenirs from your visit by shopping at the Tibetan Market where you can find artefacts made by locals. Tibetan bags, exquisite scarves, ethnic dresses, intricately designed shawls, woollen mufflers, junk accessories and stylish watches are sold here. Bargain to strike the best deal.   

  3. View the Himalayan Mountain Range from Tiffin top: Located in Ayarpatta region, Tiffin Top commands an excellent view of the Himalayas as well as the neighboring country side, viewing the sunrise from Tiffin Top is a must.   

  4. Visit to RajBhawan : RajBhawan consists of a marvelous garden, Golf Links, Swimming Pool.The golf course is set around a scenic forest, and is home to several rare species of flora and fauna. Jhandidhar Modi Heights, Munshi heights are the other places in the complex worth seeing .The Governor’s House was built in the line of Buckingham Palace having double storied 113 rooms.   

  5. Visit Naina Devi Temple :   

  6. High Altitude Zoo : Zoo is spread over an area of 4.693 ha. Now a days it has Monkeys, Himalayan black bear ,Leopard ,Siberian Tiger,Palm civet cat, Wolf, Silver Pheasants, Rose ringed Prakeet, Hill Fox , Ghoral, Barking Deer, Sambhar. The zoo remains closed for visitors on Monday, all national holidays , Holi & Diwali.   

  7. Experience Sunset at Hanuman Garhi : One can go to Hanuman Garhi by taxi, bus or even on foot from Nainital .It has a temple complex presiding deity being Lord Hanuman besides Ram and Shiva. Visit this Hanuman Temple and experience the divinity of this place. Of the many things to see in Nainital, do not miss the most romantic and enchanting sunset.   

  8. Snowview Point: The spot is accessible through ropeway and is also connected by motor able road. Snow view as the name suggests offers an indescribably beautiful and breathtaking picture of the glittering snows of Himalayas. Snow View Point offers a panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas draped in a blanket of milk-white snow. One can see a picturesque view of all three important peaks- Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot peaks together from this point .   

  9. Cave Garden: It’s located in Sukhatal and is a network of inter-connected rocky caves and hanging gardens, it leads the visitor into a mysterious and ancient dream - world and gives the tourist an encapsulated glimpse of what the wilderness of the hill-region can offer-right in the easily approachable middle of civilization. Drive straight up to entrance, climb up a short flight of steps cut into the hill-side, and enter the cave - world of our prehistoric ancestors.   

  10. Ropeway: This ropeway connects Snow-View Point (at 2270 Mts.) with Nainital near flats. Aerial ropeway starts at Mallital and gives you a bird’s eye view of the hill station. It passes through hills and enchanting beauty of Naini Lake and other scenic environs.   

  11. Collect Candles and wood artefacts from Mall Road: Collecting candles & wooden artefacts of various forms, shapes and sizes is one of the best things to do in Nainital. The locals make amazing designs and patterns. Bargain to strike the best deal.   

  12. Gurney House: It’s situated in the picturesque Ayarpatta slopes of Nainital and was the residence of renowned hunter-conservationist and writer Jim Corbett. Gurney House maintains its colonial character and old-world charm. Still housing many of Corbett’s furniture and possessions, the house brings Corbett’s writings alive. Gurney House is a private home but its residents welcome Corbett-lovers by appointment for a complimentary tour of this heritage property.   

  13. ARIES: Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences  is about 9 kms from Nainital. It is a centre of astronomical studies and optical tracking of artificial satellites. For night viewing of stars and planets some days are fixed on moon lit nights and permission is necessary.   

  14. Horse riding

  15. Pangot and kilbury bird sanctuary: It is a bird watcher's paradise on Kilbury road in Nainital District. Kilbury is surrounded by lush dense forest of oak, pine and rhododendron which provides ample opportunities for bird watching. Both migratory and local birds can be spotted in the region. The most commonly found birds are the Brown wood Owls, White- throated laughing thrushes, Collared Grosbeaks, and Fork tails. The Sanctuary is situated in the reserve forest of Nainital.

Nearby places to visit in Nainital

Governor House, Nainital

 

  • Bhimtal : 20 kms/55 mins from Nainital, Bhimtal is the largest among a cluster of freshwater lakes huddled in the mountains of Uttarakhand’s Kumaun district and the Bhimtal lake has an island at its centre . Lake, Hanuman Garhi, Aquarium on Bhimtal Lake and Victoria Dam are the major attractions.    

  • Naukuchiatal: 25km/1 hr from Nainital,the lake of "nine corners’ is a small picturesque lake village and is a destination for those who seek quietude and tranquility beneath the shade of pure nature. Apart from the beautiful natural surroundings it offers Paragliding, boating, water sports.   

  • Sattal : 22km/1 hr from Nainital and is at an altitude of 4495 ft. Sattal is an interconnected group of seven lakes which are among the few unpolluted fresh water bodies in India. Rope river crossing, pedal boating or shikara ride are available.   

  • Khurpatal : 11km/30 min from Nainital and Khurpatal is a small hamlet frequented by the tourists for its pleasant climate and a beautiful lake with crystal clear water. If you are interested in angling or fishing, this is the right place to go on vacation.   

  • Kainchi Dham ( Neem karoli baba ) : 18km/40 min from Nainital , Kainchi is a beautiful secluded mountain ashram located in the Kumaun Hills in Uttarakand. Temple is devoted to Lord Hanuman adjacent to it is the Kainchi Temple and an Ashram built for devotees. The Pran-Pratishtha of idols of Hanumanji and others was performed on 15th June in different years. Thus, 15th June is celebrated every year as Pratishtha Divas when many devotees come to Kainchi and get Prasad .   

  • Mukteshwar : 47 kms/100 mins from Nainital. Mukteshwar is a small hill town at an altitude of 7500 feet, it derives its name from a 350-year-old temple of Lord Shiva, known as Mukteshwar Dham. Close to it are overhanging cliffs, locally known as Chauli-ki-Jali where you can indulge in adventure sports like rock climbing, rappelling etc. are done. You get the amazing view of Himalayan ranges from here. Noted Nobel winner scientist Robert Koch and Jim Corbett too visited Mukteshwar .   

  • Ramgarh : 35km/80 mins from Nainital, and is well connected by motorable road. Ramgarh is known as “Fruit bowl of kumaun” and for a variety of Himalayan fruits and spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges.The famous poet Rabindra Nath Tagore & Writer Mahadevi Verma spent a long time in Ramgarh to compose their poems and have praised the serenity of this place. Aurobindo Ashram is another place worth visiting at Ramgarh.    

  • Sitlakhet : 60km/2hrs from Nainital and at a height of 6000 ft above the sea level. Untapped by general flow of tourists,with a little number of houses, a bunch of shops offering day by day needs,Sitlakhet can gloat of its unparalleled beauty.The shocking perspectives of the snow-topped Himalayan pinnacles of Trishul, Chaukhamba, Nandadevi and so on from Sitlakhet will make one hypnotized.    
     
  • Ranikhet :  56km/2hrs from Nainital and at an altitude of 6000 ft. above sea level, this hill station is undoubtedly a tourist’s paradise. The scented mountain breeze, fresh & pure, the singing of birds, the panoramic view of the Himalayas, the sights, sounds and smells leave the onlooker spellbound. Ranikhet is the headquarter of Kumaun Regimental Centre.     

  • Jim Corbett National Park : 64 kms/110 mins from Nainital and is spread over an area of 521 Sq. Kms. Jim Corbett Park spreads over parts of two districts , a major part of park falls in Pauri Garhwal district and the balance in Nainital district . Savannah woodland ,bamboo brakes dry deciduous forests and Sissu-Khair forests provide as variety of vegetation and consequently habitats for different species of wild life. The forests in the park mainly consists of Shisham,Sal & Chir. The park is rich in wild life such as elephant ,tiger ,panther ,bear ,dear ,pig,jungle cats, porcupine ,hyena ,and jackal. Amongst the birds are the pea fowl,the jungle fowl ,grey and black partridge,pigeons,quails ,kingfisher ,kite ,lark and the woodpecker. The Ramganga is full of mahaseer fishes. Among the reptiles are python,crocodile and many species of lizards and snakes. Tigers are fairly well distributed over the park and inhabit the large number of nalas , ravines and open glades.   

  • Almora : 64 kms/130 mins from Nainital and is famous for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, sumptuous cuisine and magnificent wildlife, coupled with an easy accessibility. Almora has two major rivers- Koshi (Kaushaki) and Suyal (Salmali) flowing through it. Katarmal Sun Temple , Chitai Temple, Jageshwar Temple,Deer Park , Kasar Devi are major attractions.
       
  • KasarDevi : 70 Km/140 mins from Nainital and is known for Crank's Ridge,home to pine & Deodar trees  and an enormous geomagnetic field.It derives its name from the local deity Kasar Devi ,it is said that temple of Kasar Devi has structures dating to 2nd century.  

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