Nainital: the lake city of the North
Brimming with abundant natural beauty and local traditions, Nainital is one of Uttarakhand’s oldest and most popular tourist locations. Surrounded the Kumaon range of the Himalayas, the city is situated at the height of 6358 feet above sea level and a distance of around 280 kilometers from Dehradun.
This place is known for being home to some of the most beautiful naturally-formed glacial lakes like Nainital, Khurpatal, Sattal, Naukuchiatal, and Bhimtal. It is often referred to as the “Lake City of the North.
Places To Visit In Nainital
With omorald groon glacial lakos, ample vegetation, and stunning views of the Garhwal Himalayas, Nainital is full of oxotic travel destinations, such as:
- Nainital Lake
The eye-shaped lake, from which the place gets its name, is undoubtedly the most popular attraction among the tourists due to its provision of uninterrupted views of nature and limitless scope of fun activities the lake.
- Naina Peak
Located at 2615 meters above sea level, Naina Peak is famous for its breathtaking views of the town overlooking the Himalayas and beyond. Even the mountains of the Tibetan border and the Nanda Devi Peak are visible from this peak. It was known as the China Peak before the Indo-China war of 1962.
- Bhimtal Lake
This lake, located in Bhimtal, is famous due to its masonry dam built in 1883. It has a good storage facility with over 17 square kilometers of catchment area.
- Snow View Point
This is one of the most renowned local viewing points in Nainital because it offers picturesque views of the Himalayas anytime.
- Nainital Zoo
Also called the High Altitude Zoo, the Nainital zoo Tibetan Wolf, Himalayan Civet, and many more. home to multiple endangered wildlife creatures like the Hill Patridge, Himalayan Bear,
- Land’s End
This mountain ridge across the Khurpa Tal offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains and valleys. However, you have to trek about 4 kilometers to reach the top.
- Eco-cave Gardens
Since this recreation park is home to several ancient landscape gardens, rock-cut caves, and a musical fountain, this is ideal to spend the day with family and friends.
- Tiffin Top (Dorothy’s Seat)
Since this hill station provides a seamless 360-degree view of Nainital and its surrounding mountain ranges, it has become a local hotspot for day hikes and picnics. To reach this place, you have to trek to the top.
- Governor’s House (Raj Bhawan)
Built during the 16th century, this colonial-era mansion resembles the Castle of Scotland from many angles. To explore the interiors of this building, you can take a guided tour.
Although a little bit far from Nainital, this well-known birding route in the state of Uttarakhand is considered a heaven for nature lovers and bird watchers alike, it is also an ideal spot for organizing picnics.
- John’s Church
This church is one of the oldest buildings to be built in Nainital, which even survived the horrific landslide of 1880. Named after the Bishop of Calcutta, this building has a very serene aura.In addition to all these places, you can also visit some major attractions that are located near and around Nainital, such as:
- Pangot (18 kilometers away)
- Mukteshwar (46 kilometers away)
- Ranikhet (58 kilometres away)
- Jim Corbett National Park (64 kilometers away)
Things To Do In Nainital
There are plenty of things available for everyone to indulge in during your visit to Nainital, such as:
- Adventure Activities
If adventure keeps you alive, you would love to spend your time in Nainital partaking in various adventurous activities, such as paragliding, parasailing, flying box, river rafting, kayaking, trekking, camping, horse riding, rock climbing, and more.
- Bird Watching
If you are a nature lover, you will agree that the sound of birds chirping around in the woods is one of the most soothing things to experience. You can watch a wide variety of known and unknown birds flocking around in Kilbury, a region famous for bird watching.
There are several markets in the commercial area where you can shop for clothes, accessories, tokens, local crafts and artifacts. Some well known markets in Nainital are- The Mall Road, Tibetan market, Bara Bazaar, Bhotia market, etc.
- Heritage Walk
You can unleash the hidden beauties in Nainital taking a walk around this Himalayan town mixing in with the local people and covering all the colonial buildings, ancient temples, heritage bungalows, etc. You could also do the same on a bicycle, but not the steep slopes might make your trip difficult.
- Cable Car Ride
To get a bird’s eye view of the entire town overlooking Naini Lake and the surrounding valleys, you can take the cable car ride from Mallital to Snow View Point.Apart from these, you can engage in a romantic evening the lake while enjoying a boat ride across the lake and dinner with a surreal view.You can also walk along the promenade of the lake and the Mall Road while shopping for souvenirs, handicrafts and local artifacts.
Best Time For Visiting Nainital
Like any other hill station situated in the Himalayan states of India, Nainital also experiences typical mountain weather. The summer months are pleasant and tolerable. The monsoon season is unsuitable for travelers. On the other hand, the winter months are chilly, with temperatures dropping below zero degrees.
If you wish to capture the best face of Nainital, the months of March to June are the most ideal. That’s because the weather around that period is very comfortable for outdoor and indoor activities. Moreover, it makes sense to take a much-needed getaway in the cooler foothills of this picturesque Himalayan town, away from the scorching heat of the urban summer.
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