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Nainital - The Famous Hill Station and Lake District of India

Perfect destination for shopaholics and honeymoon couples

Nainital, also called as the Lake District, is the most popular and the beautiful hill station situated in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas in the Uttarakhand State of India.

It is situated at an altitude of 2,084 mts above the sea level and lies in the midst of mountains, the most significant of which are Mt. Naina, Mt. Deopatha, and Mt. Ayarpatha. Nainital, which attracts thousands of tourists every year, was discovered by P. Barron, a British sugar merchant, in 1839.

In Nainital, tourists can spend lot of time in shopping as it provides a wide and unique range of handicraft, gift items and other shopping material. Apart from shopping, tourists can also find a variety of food joints serving delicious cuisines. Nainital is a perfect honeymoon destination which offers a great scenic beauty where one can also enjoy horse riding and a long walk on the lake side mall road. The beauty of Nainital also lies in its pear-shaped lake, called the Naini Lake, where one can enjoy a boat ride. Other beautiful lakes near Nainital are Bhimtal Lake, Naukuchiatal Lake, Khurpatal Lake and Sattal Lake.

Places of Interest

Below are the main places of attraction for tourists:

  • Bhimtal

  • Bhimtal Lake is the biggest lake of Nainital, situated 22 kms away from the city center.

  • China Peak / Naina Peak

  • It is the highest peak in the town at an altitude of 2,615 mts, which offers panoramic view of the town.

  • Naina Devi Temple

  • The deity of the temple is Maa Naina Devi represented by two eyes. The temple is believed to be one of the 64 Shaktipeeths.

  • Naini Lake

  • It is situated in the heart of the city where tourists can enjoy a boat ride.

  • Nainital Zoo

  • The zoo is set at an elevation of 2100 mts above sea level providing high altitude animals a sufficient and habitat like environment.

  • Naukuchiatal

  • It is a Nine-Cornered Lake, situated 26 kms away from Nainital.

  • Sattal

  • It is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes situated around 23 kms from Nainital.

  • Snow View Point

  • Snow view point offers the majestic view of snow clad peaks of the great Himalayan ranges like Nanda Devi, Trisul and Nanda Kot. It can be easily reachable by cable car (Aerial Ropeway).

  • The Mall Road

  • The busiest road of the town along the side of Naini Lake hosts whole range hotels, restaurants, banks and street shops for the tourists.

Below are the lesser known places of interest for tourists:

  • Cave Garden

  • Governor’s House

  • Hanuman Garhi Temple

  • St. John’s Church

  • Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)

Nainital Naini Lake Nainital snow view

Best Time to visit Nainital

The best season to visit Nainital is from March to June and from September to October.

How to reach Nainital

The nearest airport is at Pantnagar, which is at a distance of 70 kms from Nainital. The nearest railway station is at Kathgodam, which is 35 kms away from Nainital. From Delhi, Nainital is only 270 kms away.

To see the other famous hill stations, visit Famous Hill Stations of India.

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