Places to Visit in Nainital

Places to See in Nainital

Naina Lake

Category : Nature
The meaning of 'tal' is lake and the town of Nainital is named after this lake. The lake is pear shaped and is surrounded by green mountains. It's the key attraction of this hill station. The lake attracts lots of tourists who come and enjoy boating, yachting or paddling in the lake. As night descends the lake reflects the lights from houses and hotels surrounding the lake making it appear magical.

Naina Devi Temple

Category : Religious
The Naina Devi temple is an essential place of worship in Nainital. Situated atop the Naina hill, it attracts lots of devotees each year. It is believed that Goddess Sati's eyes fell at the exact same spot where this temple is built. The temple can be reached by climbing to the top of the Naina hill. Apart from the main idol of Maa Naina Devi, inside the temple there are two idols, one of Mata Kali Devi and the other of Lord Ganesh.

Naina peak or China peak

Category : Nature
Placed at an altitude of 2611 m, it is the highest peak of Nainital. About 6 km from the town, a horse ride or trek can take you to the Peak. The Naina Peak gives magnificent panoramic view of the snow capped Himalayas and an excellent view of the Nainital city.

The Mall Road

Category : History & Culture
The Mall road stretches from the north end to south end of the lake and is the famous and busiest road of the town. The road has many street shops, shopping centers, banks, hotels, restaurants etc. During peak season vehicles are not allowed to enter mall road so that commercial activities keep going on smoothly.

Dorothy's Seat

Category : History & Culture
Placed on Ayarpatta hill at 2292 m, Dorothy's seat is dedicated in the memory of Dorothy Kellet. After her death in a plane crash, her husband built a memorial for her at this place. As her favorite spot, the hill spot was chosen and stonework was built here, hence the name 'Dorothy's Seat'. The local name for this spot is Tiffin Top as it used to be popular for picnics during the British Raj. From here the visitors can view the beautiful green neighboring countryside.

Snow View Point

Category : Nature
Located at an altitude of 2270 m, one can reach here by foot or taking an option of the ropeway. From the top one can see the breathtaking views of snow capped mountains and can also visit the small temple dedicated to Dev Mundi. Further ahead is the Gadhan Kunkyop Ling Monastery.

The Governor's House (Raj Bhavan)

Category : History & Culture
Built for the Governor of North West Province, currently it's the residence of the Governor of Uttarakhand and also serves as a guesthouse to state guests. A prior permission is mandatory for the stay. It's a well maintained beautiful property with swimming pool, golf links and a grand garden.

Nainital Zoo

Category : Wild Life
One km from the bus stand, the zoo stands at an altitude of 2100 m and is a favorite destination among tourists. Some animals the zoo contain are the Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Siberian Tiger, Palm Civet Cat, Silver Pheasants, Rose ringed Parakeet and many other Himalayan birds.

St. John's Church

Category : Religious
Built in 1847, the church is an important tourist attraction and is one of the oldest buildings in Nainital. A brass memorial is placed there in the memory of the people who died in the infamous landslide.

Tourist Destinations near Nainital


Nested in a valley, this beautiful lake is the biggest around Nainital. In the centre of this blue water lake lays a small Island, that can be approached by a boat and at the island has an aquarium too. One can enjoy boating on the lake or explore the surroundings temples on foot.


It is known as the mystique lake with nine corners. Surrounded by forested hills on all sides it provides peace to the tourist. It is said that whoever sees all the nine corners of the lake in one shot, attains Nirvana. Apart from the lake, more activities like trekking, angling and paragliding are available for tourist.

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Last Updated on: 16/08/2013

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