Snowfall in Nainital - Weather, Best Time and Activities

Nainital is a hill station in the state of Uttarakhand, India. At an elevation of just above 2000m, the town is frequently in the summer by visitors wishing to escape the ghastly heat that attacks the main cities. A part of the Kumaon region of the Himalayas, Nainital is rich in biodiversity; and at the centre of the town sits the Nainital Lake. 

Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit
Beautiful Nainital Peak Covered with Snowfall (Source)
December to January - one can witness peak snowfall!

Activities & Things to do in Nainital

Activities and Things to do in Nainital
Nainital Winter Carnival - 3-Day Festival (Source)
Nainital Winter Carnival organised in the month of December
Cable car ride to the Snow View Point - panoramic view of the peaks Trishul, Nanda Kot, and Nanda Devi 
The Naini Lake 
Hiking up to the Naini Peak and Tiffin Top
The Gurney House resort
The Eco Cave Gardens of Nainital 
Naina Devi temple

Naini Lake almost frozen (Source)

Precautions to take while in the snow

Precautions to take while in snow
Mesmerising View of Nainital (Source)
While snowfall is truly a glorious thing to experience, snow can also be extremely treacherous, particularly on roads and during treks. There are a few things one must be wary of before going on a journey to a place known to have snowfall. For Nainital, the following protection measures can be taken: 
  • Frostbite is a common occurrence in places that experience snowfall. In order to avoid the same, one is advised to carry thick gloves, scarves, and hats, so as to minimize the amount of skin being exposed.
  • On occasion, the Naini Lake tends to freeze if it gets extremely cold. However, it is dangerous to venture out into the ice since only the thin upper layer of water is frozen. 
  • In case you decide to rent a car, it is wise to carry a shovel to remove snow from the road, and plenty of sand to ensure friction for the tyres in case the road is icy. 
  • Trekking /sports shoes are a must if one wants to trek up the hill or walk alongside the shores of the lake in the winter. 
Regardless of the time one chooses to visit Nainital, there is a charm to experience. While in the winters it's snow-capped mountains surrounding a glassy lake, in the summer the town is a welcome getaway from the sweltering heat.

This post was published by Avantika Kadapatti

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