Here are the top 31 tourist attractions to see in Nainital:

1. Naini Lake

Naini Lake
4.4 /5

1 km
from city center
1 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Naini Lake (short for Nainital Lake) is a beautiful natural fresh body lake. The lake is in crescent or kidney shape and is one of the most famous lakes of the Kumaon region. Famous for boating, evening walks and picnics, it offers a breathtaking view, especially during early morning and sunset.

2. Tiffin Top

Tiffin Top
4.3 /5

1 km
from city center
2 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Tiffin Top is a very famous tourist attraction in Nainital, also popularly called as Dorothy's Seat. A fantastic picnic spot in its own right, one gets a complete view of the town of Nainital and its surrounding hills in the Kumaon region from this location. Adventure activities such as rappelling and rock climbing are also conducted here.

3. Snow View Point

Snow View Point
3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
3 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

3 km off Nainital, Snow View offers an expansive and majestic view of the Himalayas. It also houses a quaint little local temple. You can take either the cable car, taxi or a trek up the undulating slopes.

4. High Altitude Zoo

High Altitude Zoo

0 km
from city center
4 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Established in 1984, Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo or Nainital Zoo is situated on the Sher ka Danda hill in Tallital, Nainital. Perched at a height of 2100 metres and spread over an area of 4.6 hectares makes it the only one of its kind. The zoo is home to several endangered species and is a popular tourist spot.

5. Mall Road Nainital

Mall Road Nainital
3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
5 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

The Mall Road of Nainital, which runs parallel to the Naini Lake, connecting the two ends of the hill town, is the prime shopping, food and cultural centre of the wonder that is Nainital. Whether it is digging into some luscious food or shopping for the cutest local woollens that are to be found, Mall Road is your go-to for it all.

6. Eco Cave Gardens

Eco Cave Gardens
3.6 /5

3 km
from city center
6 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Famous for its inter connected rocky caves, hanging gardens and the musical fountain, the Eco Garden are a set of six small caves in the shape of various animals. In the evenings, you can see the spectacle of the musical fountain with various audio video effects.

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7. Nainital Ropeway

Nainital Ropeway

2 km
from city center
7 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Nainital Ropeway is the most popular tourist attraction in Nainital and touted as one of the fastest ropeways in India. The aerial ropeway connects Mallital to the Snow viewpoint- from the base to a height of 2270 metres. It offers panoramic views of the breathtaking landscape.

8. Naina Peak

Naina Peak
3.3 /5

3 km
from city center
8 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Also called the China Peak, this range located at a height of 2615 m is a challenging trek. The way up the slope is dotted with beautiful rhododendron bloom. From the peak you can view the Tibet Border and Nanda Devi Peak.

9. Land's End

Land's End
3.3 /5

2 km
from city center
9 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Set across the Khurpa Tal and vast stretches of plains, the Land's End 4 km off the main town is dotted with quaint little hamlets and lush greenery. You can take a pony, horse or taxi from the city.

10. Bhimtal

Bhimtal
4.3 /5

10 km
from city center
10 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Bhimtal Lake, one of the most famous lakes in India, is located in the Bhimtal town of the north Indian state of Uttarakhand. An island at the centre of the Lake is a famous tourist attraction and also houses an aquarium with a variety of fish species and a temple. In the Kumaon region, which is also known as the Lake district of India, the Bhimtal lake is the largest lake and supplies drinking water to the town and supports aquaculture in the region. Today, the lake has been opened for tourists and has a variety of activities in and around the lake. Morning walks are especially recommended for those who want to avoid the tourist crowd. The tranquil atmosphere of the lake is sure to make you want to come back again and again.

11. Sattal

Sattal

11 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

A group of seven fresh water lakes, a stash of nature's bounty and loads of migratory birds and panoramic vistas make this wonderful place called Sattal. A paradise for nature buffs and bird watchers, Sattal has mystery to it that makes it all the more charming and photographer's paradise.

12. Kainchi Dham

Kainchi Dham

12 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

A very popular place in the area, this temple is renowned for Neeb Karori Maharaj temple and ashram. The temple attracts devotees from all over the country as well as abroad. Situated about 9kms from Bhowali and 17kms from Nainital, this temple sits deftly in the lap of nature oozing spiritual vibes and serenity.

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13. Gurney House

Gurney House

2 km
from city center
13 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Gurney House is the former abode of Jim Corbett. The charming colonial cottage has a tiny museum with the achievements and life story of Jim Corbett. A quaint little nursery is also housed in the premises with a variety of shrubberies and plants. Even though the Gurney House is a private residence, tourists are welcome to visit by prior permission.

14. St John Wilderness Church

St John Wilderness Church

2 km
from city center
14 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Situated adjacent to the High Court of Uttarakhand in Mallital, Nainital, St John Wilderness Church is the oldest and one of the best churches in the hilltown. Perched atop a hill amidst beautiful pine and deodar trees, the church is constructed in Neo-Gothic style of architecture and has beautiful tainted glass windows.

15. Jeolikot

Jeolikot
3.5 /5

5 km
from city center
15 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Known as the Gateway to Naini Lake, Jeolikot is a pristine hill station brimming with life, colors and butterflies. It is famous for its butterfly population along with its floriculture.

16. Governor's House

Governor's House
3.3 /5

1 km
from city center
16 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Home to the popular golf course, the Governor's House is a Victorian Gothic edifice built in 1899 by designer F.W. Steven. It resembles the Castle of Scotland very closely and consists of two stories of buildings with 113 rooms, garden, swimming pool and of course, the golf-course.

17. Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi Temple
4.4 /5

1 km
from city center
17 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Regarded and revered as one of the fifty-one Shakti Peeths, Naina Devi Temple is one of the most renowned places of Hindu worship all over the country. The presiding deity of the Naina Devi Temple is Maa Naina Devi or Mata Sati. It is believed to have been built on the spot where Goddess Sati's eyes fell on Earth.

18. Hanuman Garhi

Hanuman Garhi
3.3 /5

2 km
from city center
18 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Perched atop 6,401 ft. high, the temple was built by a local saint Baba Neem Karoli in 1950 and is located close to Ashram of Bapu Lila Sah and Shitla Devi temple. It also offers a beautiful vista of sunrises and sunsets.

19. Khurpa Taal

Khurpa Taal

4 km
from city center
19 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

At a distance of 12 kms from Nainital, Khurpa Taal is a pristine lake situated at an elevation of 5500 feet. Laced with tall trees, the lake is considered ideal for fishing owing to its crystal clear waters and abundance of freshwater fish. Unexploited by tourists, the lake is a secret haven replete with bounteous nature and idyllic locales.

20. Tibetan Market

Tibetan Market

1 km
from city center
20 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Located in the vicinity of the Mall Road in Nainital, Bhutia Market is the most popular street market in the city. Besides an extensive variety of woollens and winter wears, the market is popular for its sumptuous Tibetan food. Roadside stalls and eateries sell mouthwatering thukpa and momos among other regional food items.

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21. Mukteshwar Temple

Mukteshwar Temple

21 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

One of the most popular shrines, Mukteshwar temple, is an ancient temple which is almost 350 years old and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Perched on top of the highest point in Mukteshwar (which is a beautiful hill station that got its name after the shrine), the temple lies approximately 2312 m above the sea level. This grand temple is identified as one of the eighteen most important temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in the Hindu scripture.

22. Pangot

Pangot
3.8 /5

6 km
from city center
22 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Located just 15 kilometres away from Nainital, Pangot is a small villagw which is well known all across the nation for its rich and exotic bird life. Pangot also becomes a hub for photography enthusiasts when hundreds of different species of birds flock here during the harsh winters in the upper Himalayas.

23. Astronomical Observatory

Astronomical Observatory

2 km
from city center
23 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Perched on top of the Manora Peak in Beluwakhan, Nainital, Astronomical Observatory helps you see the stars, celestial bodies, the moon and other heavenly bodies with the help of high powered, imported telescopes. The centre requires you to make prior appointment before visiting the place.

24. Naukuchital

Naukuchital

24 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Naukuchiatal, a small picturesque lake village is a destination for those who seek quietude and tranquility beneath the shade of pure nature. As the name of the place suggests, this place is mainly known for its nine cornered lake which measures up to 1 km in length and 40 m deep. Lying at some distance from bustling hill station of Nainital, this place is also attached to a legend.

25. Sariyatal

Sariyatal

3 km
from city center
25 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Located near Kaladhungi, Sariyatal is an artificial lake visited for paddle boating and water sports. It is also popular for the Himalayan botanical garden which is a research centre other than being a herbarium and a butterfly park. 

26. Himalayan View Point

Himalayan View Point
3.2 /5

1 km
from city center
26 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

5 km off Nainital, this locale offers views of the Himalayan Mountains and is located at 2300 m high.

27. Adventure Options

Adventure Options
3.2 /5

12 km
from city center
27 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

There are some adventure options available also in this area. During some seasons, paragliding opportunities are available. There are some nearby short trekking routes as well.

28. Peora

Peora

22 km
from city center
28 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Peora can be best described as a hidden gem. Nestled between the Kumaon Hills, it is serene and tranquil with natural beauty in abundance. There are a number of British Era bungalows that give this place a rustic vibe. The scenic beauty with snow capped mountains, juicy fruit laden trees, green meadows and a variety of fauna is inexpressible.

29. Neem Karoli Baba Ashram

Neem Karoli Baba Ashram
3.2 /5

7 km
from city center
29 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Dedicated to Shri Neem Karoli Baba, who was a Hindu saint and Guru and had a lot of devotees from all over the world. Steve Jobs had come to India in 1974 to become his devotee, though sadly he had passed away by that time.

30. Himalayan Centre of Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Himalayan Centre of Sri Aurobindo Ashram

2 km
from city center
30 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Himalayan Centre of Sri Aurobindo Ashram aims at helping its visitors attain, peace, health and relaxation of mind through yoga and meditation. The ashram conducts regular workshops, talks, training programmes for stress management and regulating the lifestyle. Also known as Madhuban, the campsite is spread across 30 acres of fruit orchard. 

31. Sitabani

Sitabani

22 km
from city center
31 out of 31
places to visit in Nainital

Covered with a huge number of Sal and Oak trees, Sitabani is situated at the foothills of Himalayas. The main attraction of this place is the myriad flora and fauna which makes the place look more colourful and lively. It is a perfect weekend getaway to unwind.

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