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"City of Lakes"

Nainital Tourism

The gem of Uttarakhand - Nainital is a charming hill station that sits prettily at the green foothills of the Kumaon ranges in the Himalayas. Located at an elevation of around 1938 metres, Nainital is located and developed around the beautiful Naini Lake, after which the town is named. The most visited hill station in North India, Nainital is a perfect weekend getaway from the Indian capital of Delhi and the nearby places.

Founded by the British due to its resemblance to the Cumbrian Lake District, Nainital brims with elegant colonial structures that amplify the beauty of this place. It experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year, making Nainital a tourist getaway, especially preferred by families and honeymooners. The Naini Lake, along with the other lakes in the area, has earned this town the title of ‘City of Lakes’. The most popular activity for tourists visiting Nainital is boating the in Naini Lake, while few others visit for trekking in the surrounding mountain regions.

Whether you want to go boating on the beautiful Naini Lake, relish some local delicacies, shop at the Tibetan Market and Mall Road, or take a ropeway ride to soak in the beauty of the Himalayas from Snow View Point, Nainital is sure to leave an imprint on you that will last a lifetime.

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City of Lakes

Known as the 'Lake District of India', Nainital is a tourist attraction for both adventurers and seekers. Famous for its lakes and its picturesque location, Nainital is the perfect summer retreat for those wishing to escape the unbearable summers of north India. Besides being a tourist hotspot, Nainital is also famous for its education, be it St. Joseph's College, or Birla Vidya Mandir, or even the renowned Sherwood College, famous for giving illustrious celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Kabir Bedi, Manish Pandey, Majo Nath Sharma, and Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.

Legend of Nainital

The name Nainital means 'The Lake of the Eye', which traces its origins back to the ancient mythology when one of the charred remains of Goddess Sati had fallen down here, apparently the eye. No wonder why Nainital also houses one of the Shakti Peeths in India, i.e. Naina Devi.

Shopping in Nainital

Nainital offers many specialities for shopping ranging from branded goods to locally produced apparels and products. The biggest market in Nainital is the Mall Road market which is usually crowded. The street has a long chain of shops located on the bank of Naini lake. Tibetan market or Bhoti Market is another popular marketplace especially known for its scarfs, women clothing and shawls.

One of the most popular things to buy in Nainital is the wax candles which became a favourite memoir after the establishment of a flourishing wax industry in the 90s. If you want an excellent shopping experience for food and clothing, Bara Bazaar in Mallital offers you a diverse range and pocket-friendly prices. Don’t forget to try the roadside bhel puri in around the market; it’s every shopper's favourite!

Trekking in Nainital

The rocky landscape of Nainital makes it a home for some of the most energised adventure sports among which trekking is a popular choice for travellers. Naina Peak is one of the most preferred treks which offers a six to seven hours of rigorous trekking experience and an achieving height of 2611 meters. The striking foot trail is surrounded by think confers and is a beloved place by birdwatchers. The location is a home for various bird species such as Sunbirds and Himalayan Griffon Vultures.

Another popular spot is the Tiffin Top Trek, a short trek with spectacular action and luxurious natural experience. It is a 3-kilometre trail that is often started early morning for the tourists so that they can enjoy the campfire on the base at dusk. The Snow View and Camel’s back trekking circuit are other popular options to indulge in the tranquil air of Nainital.

Restaurants and Local Food in Nainital

Nainital being a popular tourist spot, houses a flattering variety of cuisines from North Indian, Chinese, Continental, Italian to Thai, Tibetan and the local cuisines of Uttarakhand. Hence, you can enjoy popular Indian delicacies like Dal Makhani, Tandoori Roti, Naan, Paneer dishes as well as savour a number of continental delicacies. The local cuisine can be equally mouth-watering with preparations like Ras (a dish made with several dals), Baadi, Bhatt ki Churkani, Aloo ke Gutke (a spicy preparation of boiled potatoes, Arsa (a sweet dish), Gulgula (a sweet snack) and lots more.
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What is famous about Nainital?

A sight to soothe your eyes. Can be visited throughout the year. Also an ideal place for both devotees and adventure enthusiasts.

What are the places near Nainital?

The top places near to Nainital are Almora which is 30 km from Nainital, Ranikhet which is located 29 km from Nainital, Bhimtal which is located 9 km from Nainital, Mukteshwar which is located 20 km from Nainital, Sattal which is located 7 km from Nainital

Who should visit Nainital?

This is the perfect destination for those wishing a respite from the hot summers in the northern plains of India. Also ideal for the trekking enthusiasts, and the devotees of Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati / Parvati

What is the best time to visit Nainital?

Nainital, a beautiful town with a mystic charm attracts tourists almost all through the year. However, the best time to visit Nainital is from March to June which is the summer/ spring season in the country. Most people want to escape the scorching heat in the country and prefer visiting Nainital. For the snow lovers, a trip can be planned from late November to February which is the winter season. Monsoons are not always recommended when it comes to exploring the town as it receives heavy downpour.

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What is the local food in Nainital?

Nainital being a popular tourist spot, houses a flattering variety of cuisines from North Indian, Chinese, Continental, Italian to Thai, Tibetan and the local cuisines of Uttarakhand. Hence you can enjoy popular Indian delicacies like Dal Makhani, Tandoori Roti, Naan, Paneer dishes as well as savor a number of continental delicacies. The local cuisine can be equally mouth watering with preparations like Ras (a dish made with several dals), Baadi, Bhatt ki Churkani, Aloo ke Gutke (a spicy preparation of boiled potatoes, Arsa (a sweet dish), Gulgula (a sweet snack) and lots more.
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What are the top hotels in Nainital?

There are 381 in Nainital which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Nainital are Mayadeep Homstay, 1BHK Apartment in Nainital, Spacious 1BHK Homestay in Bhimtal, The Allure Villa, Piece of Paradise, Estate 15 by Vista Rooms. You can see all the hotels in Nainital here

How much does a package cost for Nainital?

The packages for Nainital start at INR 6999 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is not so good about Nainital?

Is crowded most of the time, especially during peak seasons. Not ideal for those who wish instant connectivity.

What is the best way to reach Nainital?

There is no direct connectivity to Nainital, except by Road. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam, some 35 km. from Nainital. As of air connectivity, the nearest airport is in Pantnagar, some 65 km. away from the district. Unfortunately, the only flights that operate are privately chartered.  
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What are the things to do in Nainital?

The top things to do in Nainital are Eco Cave Gardens, Naini Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Mall Road, Nainital, Snow View Point, Tiffin Top. You can see all the places to visit in Nainital here

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gulab bisht 1 year ago
Nainital is a beautiful hill station located in Kumaon hill in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Nainital is known as the "City of Lakes" and is built around the eye-shaped Naini Lake from which it got its name. With its picturesque beauty of nature and convenient climate makes it a perfect summer holiday hill station for tourists. Nainital attracts families as well as couples alike as a travel destination. Read More
Yash Saboo 2 years ago
Nainital used to be an annual weekend getaway back when I was a child as it was only driving distance from my grandmother's place. It is a quintessential hilltop which has every element to for me to unwind. There's a plethora of things to do and places to visit. I started my trip with a serene boat ride in the Naini lake which is surrounded by seven majestic mountains. Next up, I took a tour of the Ropeway to have a breathtaking view of the snow-clad Himalayas. For me, familiarising myself with the Tibetan culture was a one of a kind experience. The best way to do that is by taking a stroll in the flea market spread across the banks of Naini lake. This is where your bargaining skills will come into play.
Kovid Kapoor 2 years ago
- Carry warm clothes and good shoes irrespective of which season you travel in.
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