Nanital is a wonderful hill station situated at the prisitne Naini lake and surrounded by the majestic Kumaon ranges of Himalayas. As soon as you enter Nanital, you will be welcomed by the beautiful sight of the Naini Lake surrounded amidst the mountains offering a spectacular view. Nainital is named after Goddess Naina Devi and the temple is situated right by the lake side. Nainital is situated at a height of 2000 meters above the sea level. It is one of the most popular hill station in India and attracts large number of tourists throughout the year, dominating the summers. The travel tips for Nainital in this blog will help you to explore the gorgeous hill station in a right way, so that you have the best experience and memories to cherish for life.
How To Reach Nainital
You can easily reach Nainital by Railways & Roadways connected from Delhi.
BY TRAIN: Kathgodam is the nearest Railway Station located 34 kms from Nainital. There are regular trains running from Delhi in this route. You can book a taxi after you get down at Kathgodam station. You will have to pay approximate fare of 10$ – 15$ ( Rs. 750 – 1200) depending on season.
BY Air: If we calculate the distance, Dehradun is the nearest Airport located 173 kms from Nainital. I recommend you fly to Delhi (as it has great connectivity) and book a private cab from there for the entire round trip. The average cost for the car will be approximately $40 per day (INR 3000) but the good thing is that the vehicle will be available with you 24 X 7. You are advised to prebook the cab from a good travel agency. If you need any assistance you can contact me directly.
BY Road: Nainital has good road connectivity and you can travel from the major cities around it. It can be easily reached from Delhi, Agra, or Dehradun. You can club Nainital tour along with Mussoorie & Jim Corbett
If you are travelling in a group of 8 people and hiring big vehicles (Tempo Traveller/ Buses) , then your vehicle might not be allowed to enter Nainital & you will be stopped 3 to 4 kms before Nainital. So I suggest you speak to your hotel to arrange your pickup for the same or you can book your hotel outside Nanital and later you can book small cabs for sightseeing. You can book Dynasty Resort, a beautiful property amidst the hills and a lake by the side. If you need further discounts you can contact me as the manager became my good friend during my stay.
Top 5 Places To Visit In Nainital
Apart from the famous Naini Lake, following are the top 5 places that you must definitely visit when you are in Nainital.
Dorothy’s Seat Tiffin Top
Tiffin Top is the famous sightseeing point in Nainital which offers spectacular view of the Nainital Town and the dazzling hills of Kumaun region. It is located in Ayarpatta Hill at a height of 2292 meters or 7500 feet. You will never get tired clicking pictures with those lovely background. You can also enjoy adventure activities such as repelling and rock climbing at Tiffin Top
Ropeway Ride To Snow View Point
The ropeway ride of Nainital is strongly recommended as it is one of the best activities to experience in Nainital. The thrilling cable car will take you to the Snow View Point in just 3 minutes which is actually 2 kms by road. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the majestic snow covered mountains. The chilling atmosphere makes this place amazing. It offers options to shop around some local stuffs and also the dhabas here serves lip smacking Noodles and parathas. The cost for the Ropeway Ride is INR 150 Per Person for roundtrip.
The G.B Pant High altitude Zoo is one of the best attractions in Nainital for the Wildlife lovers. It exhibits number of endangered species like Himalayan Black Bear, Civet, Tibetan Wolf, Goral, Royal Bengal Tiger, Japanese macaque etc. You must definitely visit this place if you are travelling with kids and family. The entry ticket is INR 50 for Adult & INR 20 for child and is closed on Mondays.
It is one of the most unique places I have ever visited. Imagine crawling in a jungle through the caves and habitats of various wild animals like Tiger, Leopard, Apes, Fox etc. Sounds interesting, isn’t it? The Eco Cave Garden also organises musical fountains with audio and video effect every evening. However this place is not recommended for senior citizens and toddlers. Entry fees in INR 50 for adults & INR 20 for Child.
Naina Devi Temple
It is a small and beautiful temple located adjacent to the Naini Lake. It is dedicated to Goddess Naina Devi and is one of the shakti peeths holding great importance for the devotees of Hindu religion. Naina means eyes and the Goddess in the temple is represented by her two eyes. One must definitely visit and seek blessings of this holy temple when in Nainital.
Best Time To Visit Nainital
- Summers: March to June is the best time to visit Nainital as the weather is Cool, pleasant and clear. Due to the clear weather the visitors can enjoy the uninterrupted views of the snow capped Himalayas. Nainital sees large number of tourists in this season as most of the people visit here to escape the scorching heat in other parts of the country.
- Winters: November to February is the best time to visit Nainital if you love to enjoy the cold weather. Also there are possibilities of snow falls in winters which converts this place into paradise. Don’t forget to carry heavy jackets and woollen clothes if visiting at this time.
- Rainy Seasons: It is not recommended to visit Nainital from July to September as it rains heavily here and there are chances of road blocks due to landslides.Also you won’t be able to enjoy the sightseeing points.
Shopping & Food
Mall Road, situated just beside the lake is the place for all the shopaholics and foodies. You can visit Bhotia Bazar, Tibetan Market, Bara Bazaar all located to the proximity of the Mall Road purchasing various handicrafts, wooden crafts, decorative items, Shawls, jackets and woollen clothes, jewelleries and accessories etc. Don’t forget to purchase the popular candles of Nainital.
Foodies has a lot of options of street food including the local momos, noodles, Thukpa, You will also find wide range of veg & non veg Indian meals. You must try the local food of Nainital which consists of Ras (dal) , Aloo ke Gutke, gulgula, Arsa which is a sweet dish. Don’t forget to try the famous Bal mithai of Nainital which made from roasted Khoa coated with sugar balls.