Nainital – Top 10 Things To Do, How To Reach, Best Time To Visit, Location, Weather, and Temperature

10 top things to do in Nainital are 1. Lake. 2. Waterfalls. 3. Naini Lake. 4. Snow View Point. 5. Tiffin Top. 6. GP Pant High High Altitude Hill Zoo. 7. The Mall Road. 8. Hanuman Garhi. 9. Cave Garden. 10. Naini Peak. 9. Waterfalls. and 10. Food. The nearest airport to Nainital is Pantnagar airport at a distance of 39 km away. The nearest railway station is Kathgodham. The best time to visit Nainital is from March to June and September to October. Nainital is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state of India.

Nainital is a hill station famous for lakes, Scenic viewpoints, boating, hiking, and mountain resorts.

This article will guide about the top places to visit, how to reach Nainital by air, train, and road. Along with that which is the best time to visit, weather condition and temperature of the Nainital

  1. Lakes

Nainital is called the city of lakes. There are seven lakes in and around Nainital. These are Sattal Lake, Khurpatal Lake, Naukuchital Lake, Sariyatal Lake, Bhimtal Lake, Kamaltal Lake, and Garudtal Lake. The major activities at the lakes are boating, camping, hiking, birdwatching, and photography. The Bhimtal Lake is the biggest among all lakes in Nainital. The distance of Bhimtal Lake from Nainital is 58.

2. Waterfall

The waterfalls in Nainital are the top tourist attraction. There are 10 waterfalls in and around Nainital. Some of the famous waterfalls in Nainital are Bhalu Gaad Waterfall, Woodland Waterfall, Rudradhari Waterfall, Cave Garden Waterfall, Dhokane Waterfall, Corbet Waterfall, Pangot Waterfall, and Bhimtal Waterfall.

3. Naini Lake

Naini Lake also known as Nainital lake and is the top tourist attraction in Nainital. It is surrounded by the seven majestic hills and Mall road. It is located in the middle of the Nainital city. The lake is a natural freshwater body lake. The shape of the lake is like a Crescent or kidney or eye. Boating in the Naini lake is a major tourist attraction. The visiting timing of the lake is from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm. No entry fee is required.  The length of the lake is 1432 meters, width 457 meters, and depth 30 meters.

4. Snow View Point

Snow View Point is the most visited place by tourists in Nainital. It is a snowcapped mountain peak having a panoramic view of the hilltop. You can see the beautiful view of the mountains of Nandadevi, Trishul, and Nando Kot. The temperature at Snow viewpoint in summer is 5 to 13oC. It is at a distance of 3 km from Nainital city. It is also accessible by cable car. The address of the Snow View point is Maldon Cottage road, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand. The timing of the is from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm on every day except on all Saturday and holiday.

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5. Tiffin Top

Tiffin top is also known as Dorothy’s seat. It is a scenic mountain peak and picnic spot.  It is located at an elevation of 2292 meters from sea level. The Tiffin Top is famous for viewpoint, photo point, sightseeing, horse riding, trekking, hiking, Sunset, and sunrise. It is at Ayarpatta Hill, Nainital. It is located at a distance of 4 km from the Nainital city. Tiffin top can be reached by trekking or horse/pony ride from the bus stand.

6. G P Pant High altitude Hillside Zoo

Pt. Govind Vallabh Pant Hillside Zoo is the highest altitude zoo in the world located in Nainital. The main aim of the zoo was to protect the wildlife and biodiversity of the hills. It is located at Sher Ka Danda Hill at an elevation of 2100 meters from sea level. It is spread over 4.6 hectares of area.  The notable animals in the zoo are Himalayan Bear, Civet, tiger, deer, sambar, and wolf. The timing of the zoo is from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm every day.

7. The Mall Road

The Mall road in Nainital is the busy commercial road along the Nainital Lakeside. The mall road is famous for shopping and eating. The market on Mall road is famous for f woolen clothes, household items made from wood, and candles in various colors in different shapes. Nainital is a big exporter of Candle. There are many hotels and restaurants for eating on Mall road. The length of the is 1.5 km and connects the two ends of Nainital.

8. Hanuman Garhi Hillside

Hanuman Garhi is a famous Hindu temple of Lord Hanuman located at height 6400 above sea level. It is near the Mall road and 3.5 km from Nainital Bus stop. The Hanuman Garhi offers a beautiful view of sunrise and sunset. Hanuman Garhi can be reached by foot, taxi, or bus.

9. Cave Garden

Cave Garden is a park with shade trees, multiple caves, and a mechanical bull ride. The Cave Garden is located at Sukhatal, Mallital, Nainital. It is a set of 6 artificial rocky caves with a garden. It offers the feel of how the wild animal’s caves look from outside. The timing of Cave Garden is from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. Cave Garden charges a camera fee.

10. Naini Peak

Naini Peak is a famous tourist attraction in Nainital. The peak is also called the China Peak. It is the highest peak in Nainital and offers a view of the Himalayas and valleys. The peak is famous for trekking and viewpoint.  The height of the Naini Peak is 2615 meters above sea level. The Naini Peak is 9.5 km away from the Nainital city. The temperature of the Peak lies between 5 to 14oC in the winter season. One can reach Naini Peak by trekking or pony ride.

Best Time To Visit Nainital

March to June and September to October is the best time to visit Nainital. The atmosphere in these months is pleasant and warm. The temperature during the night is slightly hilling. The months of July and August experience heavy rain and certainly not recommend time to visit Nainital. The winter season has a chilled atmosphere. For snowfall lovers winter season is the best time to visit.

How To Reach Nainital

The nearest railway station is Kathgodham at a distance of 35 km away from Nainital. The Kathgodham is connected to Delhi and Dehradun by train. Passengers coming from Mumbai, Patna, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, and any part of India can reach Kathgodham by train. From Kathgodham hired taxi are available to Nainital. The nearest airport to Nainital is Pantnagar located at a distance of 65 km from Nainital. The Nainital is connected by road to many places. The passenger coming to Nainital from Delhi prefers to travel by road.  

Location Of Nainital

Nainital is located in the Nainital district of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state of India.  It is named after the Nainital lake having the shape of eye means Nayan in the Hindi language. It is also believed that the name comes after the temple of Goddess Naina Devi located on the lakeside. It is a cantonment area.  It is situated at an elevation of 2000 m from sea level. It is close to Delhi, Dehradun, and Pant Nagar.

Temperature Of Nainital

The average minimum and maximum temperatures of Nainital for the month of   October, and November are 12oC and 25oC respectively. The average temperatures of December, January, and February are between 3oC and 12oC.  December and January are the months of snowfall in Nainital. The atmosphere is chilled throughout the day. Heavy woolen clothes are recommended in December and January. From March the temperature starts to increase and the maximum temperature reaches 15oC. The average maximum temperature of May is 32oC.  In July the temperature ranges between 14 to 20oC.

Weather Of Nainital

Nainital is located in the Himalayan mountain ranges. Nainital experiences three seasons of monsoon, winter, and summer. The monsoon season is from June to September and has heavy rainfall. The summer season has a pleasant atmosphere. The Nainital region receives snowfall in December and January. It receives snowfall four to five times in one year.

I hope this article will be useful to you for planning a trip to Nainital.

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