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Travel to Nainital

Nainital Tourism



Among the wilderness of the Kumaon Himalayas, Nainital is an idyllic hill station. If you are dying to find a getaway from the daily grinds, take time off and travel to Nainital. It is a beautiful hill station in the state of Uttarakhand.

Like many hill stations in India, Nainital also basks under the glory of the Raj era. When the Indian summer grew oppressive, the British officials sought refuge in the cooler retreats in the foothills of the Himalayas. That is how Nainital was discovered sometime in the 19th century.

With its placid lakes and lofty hills, the calm quaint village did not take long to gain British favour. Since then Nainital has never ceased to bewitch the visitors who travel to this hill-station. Till date, a huge number of people from across the country travel to Nainital in search of an idyllic vacation.

Travel to this beautiful place to see how the placid lake mirror the snow clad peaks that soar up to the sky, how the rolling mists ooze down the thickly wooded valleys. The tranquil surrounding would make you forget the worries and would put you on a refresh mode before you sit back to work.

Pay a visit to the Naina peak, ride a boat to pedal across the Naini Lake, do a bit of stargazing at the observatory or just watch the mountains as you travel to Nainital - live up the moments, pleasant times might have never come to you so easily.

Demographic
Latitude29.3803039
Longitude79.4635658
Area‎48.76 ha (120.5 acres)
ClimateSubtropical highland
Max Temperature27 °C
Min Temperature−3 °C
Average Annual Rainfall1636 mm
DistrictNainital District
Population41,377
LanguagesHindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Kumaoni
ReligionHinduism, Christianity, Islam
Best Time to VisitApril to June
September and October
ClothingLight warm clothes during summers and heavy warm clothes during winters.


How to Reach Nainital

On the Himalayan valley of Uttarakhand, Nainital glitters like a jewel. Like few other hill stations in India, Nainital is a British discovery sometime in the 19th century.

Since then Nainital has not ceased to charm the travellers who come here in search of tranquil and breathtaking Himalayan beauty.

The nearest airport from Nainital is Pantnagar (70 km) with direct flights from Delhi. But Delhi and Lucknow are more convenient airports for reaching Nainital since none of these places are too far from and are well-connected with the rest of India.

It is quite convenient to reach Nainital by rail. Kathgodam (35 km) is the nearest railhead from Nainital. A well-laid network of broad gauge railway links Nainital to Delhi, Kolkata and Dehradun.

An extensive network of roads connect Nainital with prominent cities in Uttarakhand and other north Indian cities. You can reach Nainital by road from Delhi (310 km), Haldwani (40 km), Dehradun (300 km).

Shopping in Nainital

Shopping in Nainital is a delightful experience. For a discerning shopper, it is impossible to return from a tour without shopping in Nainital.

Fabrics and woolen garments are the most popular items to shop here. Most of such woolen clothes are woven by the women of Almora. A variety of sweaters, cardigans, caps and shawls in exquisite designs and brilliant colours would arrest your eyes.

You can also pick up intricately carved cane sticks and multi-coloured candles in unique designs while shopping in this lake city. Like all hill stations, beautiful wood-carved utilities and objects d'art are also huge hits for shopping in Nainital.

In the fruit market here, you can buy fresh-from-the-orchard apples, peaches and cherries.

Hang out at the teeming shops at the mall for shopping in this city. The shops are replete with artifacts and souvenirs from various parts of Uttarakhand. Never mind if you need to bargain a little bit with the shopkeepers to get the reasonable prices.

Hotels in Nainital

Since Nainital is a tourist destination, there are number of accommodations for the travellers. In fact, there are hotels of different ranges, starting from luxury to budget and even some resorts. Most of these accommodations are located near the attractions of these hill station.

Cuisines to try in Nainital

Nainital is an ideal hill station not only for the travel enthusiasts but food lovers as well. It is hard to ignore the lip-smacking traditional cuisines available in this beautiful lake city. A few of the sumptuous dishes include Ras, Baadi, Bhatt ki Churkani, Aloo ke Gutke, Arsa, Gulgula and Black and White Roti. Tourists who have sweet tooth can try the popular Baal Mithai in Nainital.

Places to Visit in Nainital
  • Naini Lake
  • Naina Devi Temple
  • Naina peak or China peak
  • The Mall Road
  • Dorothy's Seat
  • Snow View Point
  • The Governor's House (Raj Bhavan)
  • Nainital Zoo
  • St. John's Church
  • Tiffin Top
  • Gurney House
  • Eco Cave Gardens
  • Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

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Last Updated on : December 29, 2016