Nainital is a well-known tourist city of India located in the state of Uttarakhand. It is also the headquarters of Nainital district, the city of lakes, Nainital is a famous tourist destination of Uttarakhand. Nestled amidst snow-capped mountains, this place is surrounded by lakes. The most prominent of these is the lake Naini, after which the place is named Nainital. Hence it is also called the city of lakes. Where Nainital is viewed, it is very beautiful.
To plan a small trip with friends, Nainital’s name comes first. Where the beauty of Nainital and the cool weather in summer draw the tourists like them. At the same time, Nainital becomes a paradise for the snow and winter sports enthusiasts. It is said that at one time there were more than 60 lakes in Nainital district. Beauty is scattered all around here. There are dozens of places for excursions, where tourists are enchanted. But due to lack of time and information on visiting Nainital, tourists are happy after seeing two to four beautiful views and keep their memories in their mind and keep praising Nainital for years.
NH 87 connects Nainital with the whole country. There are no rail and air services in Nainital, but the nearest railway station here is at Kathgodam, just 34 km from here. State transport trains from Kathgodam to Nainital are available at all times of the day. Apart from this, share taxis are available outside the railway station here for Rs 100 per person and Rs 500 on booking
How to reach Nainital from Delhi
The nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport, 71 km from Nainital. There are flights to Delhi, Dehradun, Pithoragarh etc. from here.
How to reach Nainital from Lucknow
The nearest railhead is the Kathgodam (Haldwani) railway station (35 km) which is connected to all major cities
Nainital is connected by National Highway 4. Roadways buses ply regularly from Haldwani, Delhi, Agra, Dehradun, Haridwar, Lucknow, Kanpur and Bareilly.
Distance to Nainital from some major places in the country
- Delhi: 320 km
- Lucknow: 445 km
- Bareilly: 190 km
- Haridwar: 234 km
- Almora: 68 km
- Haldwani: 38 km
- Jim Corbett Park: 68 km
- Meerut: 275 km
Nainital was discovered in 1841 by an English Chinese (sugar) merchant. Later, the British developed it as a place to take their rest and health benefits. Nainital is situated at an altitude of 1938 meters above sea level amidst high mountains in the shadow of dense trees on three sides. The length of the pool here is about 1358 meters and the width is about 458 meters. The depth of the pool is estimated from 15 to 156 meters, although no one is aware of it accurately. The water of the pool is very clear and the shadow of the mountains and trees on all three sides is clearly visible. The clouds in the sky can also be seen clearly in the water of the pool. The light of houses built on the mountains of Nainital at night also illuminates the rhythm, as if thousands of bulbs are burning inside the pool.
Flocks of ducks in the pool, colorful boats and the cool breeze flowing above offer a wonderful sight here. Pool water appears green in summer, beige in rain and light blue in winter.
If you are going to Nainital in summer then keep a pair of warm clothes. Even after the light rains here, the cold starts like January in the summer months.
Picnic spots in Nainital
Tallital and Mallital: Upper part of Nainital is called Mallital and the lower part is called Tallital. There is a flat open ground in Mallital and sports are organized here. Tourists gather at this flat in the evening. Hot clothes, candles, and the best gift items are available in Bhotia Market. There is also Naina Devi temple here.
The road connecting Mallital to Tallital is called Mall Road. There are benches on the Mall Road for people to sit and relax. The tourists who come here for a walk, decide this distance of about one and a half km while shopping. By the way, there is a good arrangement of rickshaws on both sides. But here rickshaws also have to be lined. No rickshaw driver can seat people standing apart from the line in a rickshaw, this is a clear instruction of the rickshaw union.
China Peak or Naina Peak
The 2611 meter high China Peak is the highest peak among the seven peaks of Nainital. The distance of China Peak is about 6 kilometers from Nainital. High peaks of the Himalayas are seen from this peak. Nainital lake and the city also have grand views from here. There is also a restaurant here.
Kilwari: is the second mountain peak at an altitude of 2528 meters and is called Kilwari. This is a great place to have a picnic. There is also a rest house of the Forest Department. Its reservation is D.F.O. Let’s do Nainital.
Ladiakanta: The height of this mountain range is 2481 meters and it is about five and a half kilometers from Nainital. Seeing the rhythm of Nainital from here is a unique experience in itself.
This peak is at a height of 2290 meters, four kilometers from Nainital. The Tiffin Top shows beautiful views of the Himalayas, from here the high mountain ranges of Nepal are also visible.
Nainital Zoo is about 1 km from the bus stand. It is named after the first Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and freedom fighter Govind Ballabh Pant.
The zoo has animals ranging from a monkey to Himalayan black bear,
leopard, Siberian tiger, palm civet cat, wolf, bright scatter, pink-necked prickly bird, mountain fox, ghorl, deer and sambar.
The zoo is closed on every Monday, national holiday, and Holi-Diwali.
Ropeways can be enjoyed from Mallital to Snow view. Here the tourists take a sky tour with two trolleys and enjoy the beautiful views of Nainital.
The trolley takes about 152 seconds to travel one way. A trolley has a standing position of 1 operator in addition to 10 riders. It is ready for a ride from 10 am to 4 pm and the fare on both sides is Rs 150 for adults and Rs 100 for children. More information about ropeway can be obtained from phone number 235772.