12 Best Places to Visit in Nainital

Nainital, a picturesque city, situated right in the lap of the Uttarkhand valley is sure to be on every traveller’s bucket list. The enchanting view of the majestic Himalayas, the valleys, the green hills, old cottages home to the locals and ofcorse, the mesmerising Naini lake right in the heart of the city, make it a popular destination for summer breaks and for honeymooners.For those travelling to this beautiful city for the first time, these are the best places to visit in Nainital to experience its beauty and serenity .

  1. Naini Lake: A major tourist attraction, Naini Lake is the heart of Naintal. And rightly so. Situated in the middle of this beautiful, bustling township, overlooked by the majestic Himalayan range, the crescent shaped Naini Lake is one of the best freshwater bodies in Uttarakhand that offers a variety of activities such as boating, paddling or yachting. And if not up for any activity, you can just sit by the lake, soak in this postcard perfect lake and even visit the Naina Devi temple at the end of the lake. It is loved by the locals and tourists alike and is a place surely not to be missed.


  1. Sattal: As the name suggests, Sattal is an amalgamation of 7 freshwater lakes and is situated at a height of 1370 metres, in the lower Himalayan range. Right below this water body is a lush orchard of the Mehragaon village. Sattal is probably one of the few unpolluted and naturally freshwater bodies in our country. This is one lake in Uttarakhand where fishing is allowed and with oaks and pine trees surrounding the place, the view is breath-taking. Stop here, at a short distance from Naini Lake, and let your mind soak in some more peace and serene views. You can also visit Bhimtal, which has an island in the middle and Sariyatal, with a botanical garden. These two lakes are again at a short distance from Naini Lake and Sattal.



  1. Cave Garden: One of the best places to have some fun, especially if you are travelling with kids, the Eco Cave Gardens is a beautiful garden in situated in the Sukhtal region of Nainital. The garden comprises of 7 interconnected rocky caves, which one has to crawl and pass out of. For those of you who are mobile game addicts, this place will give you a feel of Temple Run, except here there’s no beast or crazy monkeys to chase after you. The cave garden even has life-size effigies of rural men and women and is well maintained by the local administration.


  1. Nainital Zoo: Who hasn’t ever gone to a zoo? Probably a hundred times over. Then why visit another zoo. Well, because the Nainital Zoo is home to several endangered species of animals and birds and is one of the well-maintained zoos in India. Situated at a height of 1200 metres, one can spot many animals and birds that are native to this region such as the Snow Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Hill Fox, Palm Civet Cat, White Peacock, Himalayan Black Bear and Barking Deer. It was opened to public in the year 1995 and has witnessed some 125,000 visitors annually.



  1. Kainchi Dam: A religious and a holy place, Kainchi Dam is one of the famous four ashrams in India known for spiritual enlightenment. Steve Jobs had once visited this famous ashram, which is situated about 17kms away from Nainital, near Almora Road. The ashram was established by Neem Karoli Baba during the 1960s and the scenic beauty of this ashram cannot be overlooked. With hills, trees and river surrounding this ashram, the journey towards spiritual enlightenment is sure to happen. Every year on 15th June, a fair is organised by the ashram, where lakhs of locals and tourists are fed.


  1. Naina Peak: Considered to be the highest hill top in Nainital, the Naina Peak is a major tourist attraction and a hit among trek lovers. The Naina Peak is also known as China Peak by the locals and the view of the snow clad Himalays, the Kumaon region and the city of Nainital is sure to leave you spell bound. The trek to Naina Peak is easy and a perfect start for beginners. The path leading to Naina Peak is a pleasant forest way with various shrubs and trees such as deodar, cypresses and rhododendrons. Needless to say, the experience of and at Naina Peak is once-in-a-lifetime experience.



  1. Snow Point Peak: The best place to feel up, close and personal with the snow-clad, majestic Himalayas is the Snow Point Peak. It is the most famous tourist spot in town and is just 3kms from Nainital. One can reach there through a cable car or an aerial ropeway. But the best way is to take a walk, if you are up for some adventure. The Snow Point Peak offers a magnificent view of the Himalayas and will leave you mesmerised. There are also small temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Ram, which locals still visit to worship. The experience at Snow point Peak is sure to last a lifetime.


  1. Dorothy’s Seat: Dorothy’s seat, popularly known as the Tiffin Top, is a famous picnic spot atop a mountain hill. It got its famous nick name as many locals and tourists visit this place for a picnic and have food there. Situated at a height of 2,290 metres, this hill top was built in the memory of the famous painter, Dorothy Keller. It offers a 360 degree view of the beautiful town of Nainital and the Kumaon Hills and since the Tiffin Top is at a distance of only 4kms from Nainital, it makes for an easy hike to climb this picnic spot and enjoy the view and ofcorse, click some amazing pictures.



  1.  : Located in the Kumaon Hills and at a distance of 51kms from Nainital, the Mukteshwar Temple is a 350 year old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has got its name from the old Shiv temple, Mukteshwar Dham. The temple has a   beautifully carved architecture. It is situated at a height of 2,286 metres and experiences cool summers and freezing winters.  The place offers you peace and some mesmerising views of the Himalayan range. It is one of the many temples in this beautiful Himalayan township.



  1. Killbury Bird Sanctuary: Another famous picnic spot in Nainital, the Killbury Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for bird-watchers. Located at a height of 2,528 metres, the Killbury Bird Sanctuary is home to some 580 species of birds. For those living in the hustle and bustle of cities, this place offers an over-night stay where one can enjoy the almost-forgotten sounds of bird chirpings in the surrounding oak and pine forests.. One can see beautiful bird species such as the Brown Wood-Owls, White-throated Laughing Thrushes, Collared Grosbeaks, Fork tails, and many more. This place is a must visit for all those looking to experience some quiet time and capture some beautiful shots.



  1. Land’s End: True to its name, the Land’s End gives you a mesmerizing view of the plains and stagnant water of Khurpa Tal. Situated at an elevation of 2,120 metres, Land’s End can be reached simply by walking as it’s not a difficult climb. Once can even hire a cab or ride on a pony up till the top. The Land’s End is located at about 4kms from the main town of Nainital and great place to soak in some more scenic beauty. For peace lovers, a walk up till the end alone and then a 360 degree view of the lands afar and the lake below cannot be traded with anything else.


  1. Mall Road: While you are at Naini Lake and having soaked in some breath-taking views, the memory of which is sure to last you for months to come , a place worth going is the Mall Road. This is one place which is famous in Nainital as it is a paradise for shopaholics. It is famous for its wooden handicrafts, shawls, handmade handloom and woollens. This is a busy road in town but during the months of May-June, vehicles are not allowed to pass through the road and one can enjoy a hassle-free walk, with Naini Lake in tow. The city life of Nainital can be experienced here at Mall Road.

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