Located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Nainital is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Northern India. The stunning Nainital lake is bang in the middle of the city and offers tourists stunning sunsets and enchanting sunrises. One legend says that Nainital derives its name from the Goddess Naina, whereas another legend claims that once when the Goddess Sati was being carried by Lord Shiva, her eye fell in the area. The lovely hill station promises a rejuvenating weekend break for those who are coming from the capital city and is definitely worth a visit. Like most hill stations, Nainital has a bustling mall road, warm cafes and a very busy Tibet market. The mall road houses shops selling candles with intricate designs, wooden knick knacks and colourful woollens. Do bring back some souvenirs as keepsakes! If you have time, do visit Sattal, Naukuchiatal (for paragliding and kayaking) as well as Ranikhet for its surreal beauty. If you are looking for a quiet, carefree holiday, visit between the months of January and April. It'll be cold, but there won't be any crowd.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Nainital is from March to January
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Nainital is one among the foremost stunning hill stations in India. Encircled by mountains on 3 sides Nainital is found round the stunning lake Naini Tal. This lake resort is settled at a height of 1, 938 meters. There are several legends related to the place, consistent with one, Nainital has derived its name from the god Naina whereas the opposite legend says that once the god Sati lost her eyes, she was being carried by Lord Shiva and a lake was shaped. The majestic mountains and also the sparkling waters of the lake add associate huge heap to the wonder of the city. The town may be a stunning mixture of all the hues of nature. Naini Lake is that the pride of Nainital and also the several gaily colored yachts on the sparkling lake have currently become synonymous with this stunning picture-postcard resort. A national level water travel competition is organized here throughout the season.
Snow View Point
Snow view point is a favorite place for observation majestic the Himalaya in Nainital. And it is also referred as best view point in Nainital, the Snow view point offers a superb view of snow capped mountains like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda quat. Settled at height of 2270 mts, Snow view point is well connected by road however associate degree brave ride in aerial tramway from Mallital is usually worthwhile. Visitors may also trek to Snow view point or or ponies. Settled at simply three metric linear units from main Nainital city, Snow view point has facilities like giant binoculars, tea and snacks retailers etc. A tiny low temple housing pictures of Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman with Durga and Shiva is found within the Snow view point. Near Snow view point, a tibetan religious residence Gadhan Kunkyop Ling Gompa of the Gelukpa order is additionally a requirement visit location.
Situated at an height of 2290 meters on Ayarpatta Hill, Tiffin Top is a very famous viewing and picnic spot in Nainital. Also known as Dorothy's Seat, it was built by a British Army Officer, J.P Kellet in the memory of his wife, Dorothy Kellet. Presenting a 360 degree panoramic view of the beautiful city below as well as of the majestic, snow-capped Himalayas, it's not only a certified treat for the eyes and the soul, but also candy land for aspiring and professional photographers. All you need to do is grab a picnic basket(along with the camera for photographers), sit down and bask in the grandeur and magnificence of mother nature. Oh and you certainly wouldn't want to miss the sunset from here! To reach there, one can go on horse back at Rs. 500 - Rs. 700 or, for the adventure lovers, one can opt for a trek to the hill; it's easier on the pocket too.
This is a very well known Lord Hanuman’s Hindu temple, which is positioned to south of the Tallital. It is located at an altitude of 1951 meters (6401 feet) and it is 3.5 kilometers away from the bus stop of Nainital. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Hanuman, the vanara god of the Ramayana and he is depicted as tearing his chest open to reveal ‘Ram’ and ‘Sita’ in his heart. This temple is well known for its religious importance and also for its premeditated location. It is located at such a height and a site that offers the artistic scenery and spectacular views of sunrise and sunset. It is important to mention that Lord Hanuman Statue is one of the tallest I had ever seen. It is giant in size and shape. Then after few minutes, we started for the next lake view and it started raining heavily again. At that time I was feeling like moving in a different world, as the sprinkle of rain is showering on us. It was like the God’s blessings on us to have such a wonderful day. After a long time the rain stopped and at 1655 hours, we reached at Bhimtal lake.
Naina Peak is a highest peak in Nainital, also known as China Peak. Naina Peak is known for its splendid Bird's eye view of the town, the Himalayas and also the vast expanses of the Terai regions of Kumaon. The highest peak of Nainital provides a challenge to the most avid trekkers.Situated about 6 km from Mallital. The road to Naina Peak leads to a pleasant forest of vibrant rhododendrons, soaring deodars and cypresses. China Peak Trek will be a day trek with our trained hikers who will take through the forests of rhododendrons, soaring deodars and cypresses. The view from the top is obviously beautiful with mighty 360 degree view of the Himalayas on one side, eagle view of Nainital Lake on the other side and Khurpatal, Kaladungi region view on other side. This sure will make all the hikers experience of nature at it's best. Also you can see a panoramic view of snow capped himalayas further north (in sep, oct and nov only). On the top of the mountain you can find a small tea shop serving bread omelet, some biscuits, tea and coffee for a reasonable price. Not many people go there and so its a good option to escape from this busy, greedy world.
Eco Cave Garden Kmvn
Eco Cave Garden was the third spot on our 'places-to-visit-in-Nainital' list. A natural park maintained by the local administration, the Eco Cave Garden is a cluster of interconnected caves and hanging gardens and one of the favorites of the tourists for fun and entertainment. The caves here are named after certain animals in accordance to their size. For example, the Tiger Cave is wide enough for three persons at a time but the Porcupine Cave is so narrow that people have to crawl the whole way. If you're looking for a little adventure and some fun, Eco Cave Garden is the perfect place for you. After exploring the caves, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the musical fountain show conducted in the evening. You can reach the garden by taxi or on foot at any time of the day between 9:30 and 5:30.
Kainchi s a placed at associate degree altitude of (1400 MT) On the Nainital Almora Road, at a distance of nine kilometre from Bhowali and seventeen Kms from Nainital could be a unique pilgrim centre. This place has achieved recognition due to the ashram of the notable Shri neem tree Karoli Maharajji.Many individuals visit the temples here daily, in season. Kainchi could be a term used for 2 sharp pin bends of the motor road in native idiom thence the name. It's NO relation with scissors. Founded by the notable Maharaj neem tree Karoli cake in 1962 and is extremely well maintained and unbroken neat and clean. The idea of this place came into existence in 1942 once Maharaj neem tree Karoli at the side of Shri Poornanand of the Kainchi Village projected building associate degree Ashram here dedicated to Sombari Maharaj and saddhu Premi cake World Health Organization wont to perform yagnas during this terribly place.
Naina Devi Temple
After checking in at the hotel, we set out for sightseeing. One of famous Shakti Peeths of the Hindus, Naina Devi Temple is a place of great devotion for the people. It is revered because it is considered to be the place where Goddess Sati's eyes fell when her corpse was being carried by her husband Lord Shiva. The word 'Naina' means 'eyes' in Sanskrit, hence, the name. The place offers an almost immediate atmosphere of peace and serenity to the millions of devotees that flock here every year. Naina Devi Temple is located at the Northern end of the Naini Lake. The temple is at walking distance from the Nainital Bus Stand.
Naina peak is the highest peak of the city, at associate degree altitude of 2611 mts. and at a distance of 5 Kms from the city .It commands associate degree bewitching read of sparkling snow laden Himalayas from Bandar record west to Api and Nari peaks of Nepal within the east, a full chain zero in one facet and a birds eye read of the lake town of Nainital in its full grandeur on the opposite. With a combine of binoculars an honest panorama of the tract encompassing Nainital is obtained. Pony or Horses are often employed to go to this peak either from Snow read or from Mallital. The road to Naina Peak results in a nice forest of spirited rhododendrons, soaring deodars and cypresses. Naina Peak offers tantalizing views of the encircling landscape.Nature at its best is that the right word to explain this magnificent peak.
This place is all famous.. Tripadvisor rates it, Lonely Planet rates it. Which is why I went there at the first place. Personally, however, I think the place is overrated. The people take too long to serve food, the food was not freshly prepared and was cold too. It is not worth the money they charge for their food. I would give the place a 2 out of 5.
At an elevation of 5500 ft (1635 MT) there stands simply one more excellent spot at a separation of 12 km from Nainital prevalently known as Khurpatal. It is thought to be fishermen heaven having clear water and a decent reap of fishes.The course to Khurpatal is lined with tall trees. A hefty portion of them developing by the sheer drop by the street appear to be remaining there by luckiness! On the Bajpur Road - Kaladgungi Road. Khurpatal appears a mystery asylum covered up in the slopes, that is the reason it is as yet resounding with the hints of nature and not the machine age man and his disorderliness. In the event that you adore tranquility, then Khurpatal is the ideal spot for you. A couple of, straightforward and supportive town society are seen occupied with vegetable cultivating. Restoring the spirits, tranquil and greener all the more so after the downpours Khurpatal is a much needed development one can ache for.
High Court of Uttarakhand
The beautiful building with an excellent architectural work was formerly known as the 'Old Secretariat', when Nainital was the summer capital of United Provinces. While we were taking rounds only around it, as we were unable to locate our hotel for our stay and we were searching here and there and then we were stuck at one place. Then finally we got the hotel named ‘Naini Vision’. Our hotel was on the lake side on the hill top. One can spend a good time sitting on the balcony facing the lake. Cluster of clouds are moving around and falling on the lake. After keeping our belongings in the hotel, and having our lunch we planned to move out for local visit. The hotel manager helped us to make the visit comfortably. Then at 1300 hours, we board on a bus for lake tour in Nainital. I was thrilled for getting a window seat along with my parents and then after few minutes journey, we reached in Bhowali which is 10 kilometers from Nainital. At 1400 hours. we reached at Sattal lake; the tour guide gave us 45 minutes to roam and have a view at this place.
Goddess Naina Devi
The temple is found on high of the Naina hill at the northern shore of Naini lake in Nainital, UttraKhand. Nainital is one in every of the sixty four Shaktipeeths conjointly called spiritual sites of Hinduism.There is a lake 167 yards wide and ninety three feet deep behind the temple. An ancient temple is believed to own been in-built the fifteenth century A.D. that was reconstructed in 1883. Within the ancient days of history once Sati, the love of Lord Shiva, unable in contact the insult once her father King Daksha refused to ask Sati and Lord Shiva for a yajna, burnt herself to death. Ruined and grieving, once Lord Shiva was returning to their abode together with her body in His arms, her body elements fell on varied places on earth. The temple of Naina Hindu deity is made on the spot wherever the eyes (naina) of the immortal are assumed to own fallen, and for that incident people around this place named that temple Naina devi temple.
Narains Candle Store
It is a very nice candle shop on the mall road, Nainital. They have a whole range of one of a kind candles available to decorate your homes. The candles start with just Rs 10 and range all the way to Rs 5000 and even more. A word of caution: Be ready to shell out a couple of thousand bucks if you choose to enter the store! The candle designs are really wonderful, you just won't be able to stop yourself from getting some good ones for yourself and gifts for others.
We started our lake tour from the Nainital Lake, which is about 67 ft deep and a preferred place for boating and yachting for all. Since the lake in eye shape, it is named as Naini Lake. True to its popularity the lake is wonderfully stunning. The lake is surrounded by hills, cosy cottages and villas peeping from the plants of the hills and when all these reflect in the lake, it is a sight to behold. We did the boating there that was for a small duration of half an hour. Then we crossed a small lake which is a part of Satal, Garud Tal is unheard of by most of the tourists. It is just few kilometers before Sattal. Though there is no boating facility there, we decided just to take a look at the lake. The lake looks abandoned as there were no one there. Our driver said this lake is considered haunted. However I found it serene and beautiful. Moreover, I sighted a old church across the lake. However we stayed there for 15-20 minutes clicking photos and then left for next destination. Our next destination of Lake Tour was Sattal. Located at a distance of around 23 km, from Nainital, it is personally my favourite lake among all four lakes. Sattal is a group of seven interconnected freshwater lakes grouped close to each other. The names of the seven Lakes of Sattal are Panna Tal, Purna Tal, Sita Tal, Ram Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Laxman Tal and Sukha Tal. Personally my favourite lake among all four lakes, it is simply breathtaking. The best part of this lake is that it is amidst the forest and and hills. Wherever you will take your eyes, there is greenery, clouds, hills and most importantly it is extremely peaceful. The peace and serenity of the places just makes it a perfect place to relax. All you can hear is the soft sound of water and chirping of birds. Clear water of lakes surrounded by thick forest and sound of birds is a brilliant experience. We were truly in the lap of nature. It was an amazingly de-stressing and rejuvenating boat ride. Moreover we were able to get a glimpse of some beautiful birds. Kingfisher and Hornbill were two most beautiful birds that we was saw there. These lakes are home to migratory birds. And beside the birds, it is said that it houses an unbelievable 525 species of butterflies and over 11000 species of insects including beetle, bugs and moths and a variety of flora including rare medicinal herbs and shrubs. I left the place with a thought that I will visit the place soon. I will come for a weekend and spend my whole weekend there doing nothing other than clicking photos and watching birds.