“Go where you feel most alive.”
Nainital is in Kumon region of Uttarakhand and known for its beautiful lake surrounded by green hills and Nainital’s charms include everything from boating and sailing to old temples and heritage buildings, and of course, scenic views at every other step. The Lake City Nainital, situated in the lap of Uttarakhand is one of the favorites for honeymooners and couples.
Being a popular destination among tourists there are many places in Nainital which you can cover in and around Nainital which you can visit with your family or friends.
How to Reach Nainital?
Kathgodham Railway Station, located around 34 km away, is the nearest railhead to Nainital. Plenty of trains connect Nainital with Delhi and Dehradun. Passengers coming from Kolkata, Lucknow, Agra and Mathura, can even take a train till Kathgodam and then hire a private cab or shared taxi for Nainital. Taxi will cost 300 Per person.
Where to book Hotels in Nainital?
Nainital is a small yet beautiful place, you can book your stay in mall road if you have good budget, the suggested hotels are hotel Alka, If you are a budget traveler book your stay at Bhimtal. You can choose KMVN in Bhimtal. The only thing you need to take care is you should not book a stay more than 200m above side of m all road as cab will not reach there and you have to walk with your luggage.
How to travel Local in Nainital?
You can hire a scooty and travel in Nainital. If you are a family of more than 2 people cab is the best option. The charges for scooty will be 600 per day and the required documents will be driving license and one more id. If you are booking a cab 2200 per day will be the amount you need to spend.
Best Time to visit Nainital
Nainital is ethereal, with its timeless beauty this hill town attract tourist almost all throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Nainital is from March to June which is the summer/spring season, but in monsoon you can also plan to visit as its budget friendly.
Where to Eat In Nainital
You can Try Momo’s on mall road, For best coffee with scenic views you can try Café Lake Side, For budget friendly food you can try shape down side from cave garden they serve good food at very cheap rate.
Places to visit in Nainital
- Naini Lake – For Boating
- Tiffin Top –For Sunrise
- Tibetan Market – For Shop
- Hanuman Garhi – A Beautiful Temple
- Nainital Ropeway – For The Bird’s Eye View
- Mall Road – Shops, cafes
- Naina Devi – A Temple By The Lake
- Raj Bhawan – A Royal Palace
- Nainital Zoo – A Wide Range Of Animals
- Cave Garden – Adventure Place
- Naina Peak Trek – For Sunset
Day 1 Nainital
- Start Your day with Naini Lake
One of the best things to do in Nainital is to go around and take a tour of the scenic lakes. You can also enjoy a peaceful time boating in them. Boats are available for 30 mins to 1 hour for one family. You need to pay 250 Rs for Half round and its worth spending.
2. Naina Devi Temple
Soak in the divinity by visiting this religious place Naina Devi Temple. Spend some quiet time here, you will surely come back refreshed. The Naina Devi Temple is dedicated to goddess Naina Devi, which is shaktipeth and it is said that while taking dead sati to kailash her eyes droped here and so it is called naina devi, who is believed to govern the Naini Lake. The location of the temple is simply inspiring, scenic and relaxing for the pilgrims who come here to offer their prayers.
3. Mall Road
You can buy woolens and some home made candles from Nainital. Don’t forget to buy some dry fruits and sour things . Bargain to strike the best deal. Also, having an ice cream here in the winter season is one of the best.
4. Cave Garden
This place has a series of interconnected caves that aim to educate visitors about the Himalayan wildlife. Caves such as Tiger Cave, Bat Cave, Panther Cave and others, are named after the animals they put under the spotlight. This Place is on the road and you can easily reach here via scooty you need to pay 150 Rs as Entry fee for this.
5. Naina Peak Trek
If you are a sunset view lover this place is must visit for you. The Naina peak trek is a paradise for trekkers as it throws at you a mix of the trials which is uphill, steep and beautiful. This forest trek as you move uphill. The 6 km climb can be completed within a span of 1-2 hour. The peak offers fresh air and scenery which feels to be from a different world. With Himalayan ranges on one side, Nainital city and lake on other and picture-perfect greenery all around, the trek is highly rewarding.
Day 2 Nainital
Start Your Day With Tiffin Top
When You are In Nainital, viewing the sunrise from Tiffin Top is a must. Himalayan Range will never look this beautiful to you. Catch a glimpse from Tiffin Top, a peak in Nainital and witness the most awe-inspiring sight click some good photographs, The place is only about 4 km from the heart of Nainital and makes for a wonderful trek.
This Nainital Governor’s House gives a feel of Buckingham Palace London and is a treat to visit, mostly if you are a lover of museums. The two-storey mansion contains around 113 rooms, but visitors are only allowed in its vast lawns and golf course within its premises. Entry fee for this place is Rs 50, Constructed by the British in 1924, the golf course is set around a scenic forest, and is home to several rare species of flora and fauna.
Nainital Zoo is one of the best attraction for wildlife lovers in Nainital. Officially named as Bharat Ratna Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo Nainital, this well maintained zoo is the single zoo in entire Uttarakhand state.
Visit this Hanuman Temple and experience the divinity of this place. Of the many things to see in Nainital. It is around 3.5 km away from the bus stop and taxis are available to reach there. Reach before 4 in the evening to witness the frenzy
The ropeway takes you to small peaks in Nainital and also gives you a bird’s eye view of the hill station. The entry fee is Rs 150, and if you have extra time you can include this in Your itinerary otherwise you can skip it.
Day 3 Lake Tour/ Day Trip to Mukteshwar
If you have one extra day you can either lakes near Nainital like Bhimtal, Sattal, Naukuhiyatal or You can plan a day trip to mukteshwar.
Budget for Nainital Trip
Transportation Rs 1000( both side by train)
Kathgodam to Nainital Rs 65 ( By Bus)
Hotel Rs 2400 ( 2 Night)
Food Rs 2000 ( 3 days)
Scooty Rs 1800
Petrol Rs 600
Others Rs 500
So pack your bags and plan your next weekend in Nainital
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