22 Best Places To Visit In Nainital and Nearby In 2023

There are many beautiful places to visit in Nainital like Nainital Lake, China Peak, Baleshwar, Kainichi Dham, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Kasauni, Ramgarh, Sattal, and Mukteshwar.  Along with these Nainital has temples, natural beauty, pleasant weather, camping, and a wildlife sanctuary. Every year tourists from India as well as the world visit Nainital. Nainital is a hill station located in Uttarakhand state of India. This blog provides information about the places to visit in Nainital and nearby.

Nainital Lake

Nainital Lake is also known as Naini Lake located in the Nainital, Uttarakhand state of India. It is a freshwater body surrounded by panoramic seven hills on all sides. The lake has a length of 1.432 km, a width of 42 meters, and a depth of 30.3 meters. Nainital Lake is a favorite spot among romantic travelers across the world. Nainital Lakes offers the activities of yachting, boating, kayaking, and paddling. However, swimming is not allowed in the lake. The time of the lake for tourists is from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm.  It looks better during snowfall in the month of December.

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Naina Peak- China Peak

Naina Peak is the highest hilltop point in Nainital. Naina Peak is also called China Peak or Cheena Point by the locals. It is situated at an altitude of 2615 meters (8593 feet) from sea level. Naina peak trek is a 6 km climb trek. The distance of Naina Peak from town is 6 km.  You can reach Naina peak by trek, or pony ride either from Mallital or Snow View Point. The peak offers a beautiful view of the Himalayan range, Nainital city, greenery, valley, and Nainital Lake.  The timing of the Naina peak is from 8.00 am to 5.30 pm.

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Markets in Nainital

There are many local markets in Nainital like Bara Bazar, Tibetan Market, and Mall Road Market. Bara Bazar market is in the Mallital area, whereas Tibetan Market and Mall Road market are on the Nainital Lakeside. This is the best place for your shopping. The famous things to buy in the Nainital market are fancy candles in unique designs and colors, Pine Art crafts, Woolen shawls, sweaters, homemade eatables, and jewelry. In addition to these markets, there are shopping malls like Capital Shopping Complex, Komal Nazz Emporium, and Ram Lal & Bros.


Bhowali is a famous place located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand state of India. It is situated at an elevation of 1654 meters. The small town has several lakes, a lush forest, a fruit orchard, and a tea estate. The distance of Bhowali is 11 km from Nainital. It is a natural paradise for nature lovers. It is also the fruit paradise. 

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Mall Road Nainital

Mall road in Nainital is the best shopping place. It is located along the beautiful Naini Lake. The length of the Mall road is 1.5 km. It connects the two ends of Nainital town, Tallital, and Mallital. After 4.00 pm no vehicle is allowed on Mall road. On one side of Mall Road is Nainital lake and another side there is a number of hotels, shops, and restaurants. The late-night view of Mall road is very beautiful. The reflection of different colored lights of streets, hotels, and houses is superb and amazing.

Kainchi Dham – Neem Karoli Baba

Kainchi Dham is an Ashram established by the Great Saint Neem Karoli Baba in 1960 located on the bank of River Kosi. The ashram is related to Hanuman Temple. This place offers a great combination of beauty and spirituality. Its beauty is enhanced by a remote environment, rivers, trees, and mountains. The distance of Kainchi Dham from Nainital is 17 km and from Bhowali is 8 km. It is named Kainchi Dham because this place is located between two hills that cut and cross each other to create the shape of scissors. You can stay in Kainchi Dham with the permission of the Manager of the ashram.

Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi Temple is a Hindu temple located near Nainital Lake, Nainital, Uttarakhand state of India. This temple is regarded as one of the 51 Shakti peeths. It is believed that this place was where the eyes from the burned body of Goddesses Sati fall when her corpse was being carried by Lord Shiva. The time of the temple is from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm. It is a famous pilgrimage spot in Nainital, Uttarakhand. It is a very small temple with colorful shrines and several related mythologies. The Mall Road and the Tibetan market are very close to the temple.

Aerial Ropeway – Cable Car

The ropeway is a top tourist attraction in Nainital. Aerial ropeway ride is chargeable on both sides. The rates are different for adults and children. The ropeway starts from Mallital and connects to Snow View Point of Nainital.  The length of the ropeway is 1.8 km and requires 10 min. You can witness the beautiful view of Nainital city, the lake, and the mountains from the cable car. You can book the ticket online. The starting point of the ropeway is very near mall road. You can go on walking to the starting point.

Snow View Point

Snow View Point is a scenic mountain spot featuring a ropeway to a panoramic view of Nanda Devi, Himalayan Peak. It is just 2 km from Nainital city. Snow view point offers a beautiful view of snow-capped mountains Nanda Devi, Trishul, Khot, and Nainital lake. The best way to reach Snow View Point is by taking the ropeway ride from Mallital. Another way to reach Snow view point is an adventurous hilly trek or a comfortable taxi drive. The time of the Snow View Point is from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm. The height of Snow View Point is 2270 meters from sea level.

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Bhimtal Lake is very famous in Bhimtal town near Nainital city, Uttarakhand state of India. It is situated at an altitude of 1370 meters from sea level. The beautiful lake is surrounded by hills and an Island in the center. It is believed that the palace of famous king Nala is drowned in this lake. The distance between Bhimtal and Nainital is 21 km. Bhimtal Lake is less crowded as compared to Nainital Lake and is the ideal place to visit. The top activities to enjoy at Bhimtal lake are boating, paddling, birding, nature walking, and adventurous trekking. There are many hotels and restaurants in Bhimtal to stay in.

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Naukuchiatal or “Lake of Nine Corners” is a hill station located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand state of India. It is situated at an altitude of 983 meters from sea level. It is one of the deepest lakes in Nainital. The lake has a width of 693 meters, a length of 983 meters, and a depth of 40.3 meters. The lake is surrounded by enchanting flora and fauna making it a pleasant place to visit.  The distance between Naukuchiatal and Nainital is 26 km. Naukuchiatal is the best place to visit with its myriad shades of green, lake, temple, cozy resorts, hilly cuisine, fresh air, and helpful locals.

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Ramgarh is a small hill station near Nainital in the Uttarakhand state of India. It is located on the way to Mukteshwar. The height of the Ramgarh is 1518 meters from sea level. The distance between Ramgarh to Nainital is 34 km and that from Mukteshwar is 28 km. This place is rich in orchards of apricot and known as the “fruit Bowl of Kumaon”. Now it is an emerging destination in Uttarakhand as it boasts unexplored natural beauty and old-world charm. The places to visit in Ramgarh are Goludevata Temple, Baba Neem Karoli Ashram, Tagore Top, and the waterfall. You must include Ramgarh in your itinerary. 

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Haldwani- The Gateway Of Kumaon

Haldwani has a scenic view and a pleasant atmosphere. The town is surrounded by dense forest and the Gaula River. It is known as the “Gateway of Kumaon” and is the third largest city in the Kumaon region. It has natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage. There are a lot of attractions to visit like Sanjay Van, Gaula Dam, lovely lake, shitla Devi temple, Jeolikot, and Hanuman Garhi. The distance between Haldwani and Nainital by road is 32 km.    

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Sattal- Birding Destination

Sattal is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes situated near Bhimtal in the lower Himalayan Range. It is a paradise for nature lovers, bird watchers, and photographers.  It is worth a place to visit as there are Lakes, mountains, camping, bird watching, thick forest, pleasant weather, mountain biking, and trekking. Some of the best birding camps in Sattal are Incredible Birding Camp, Himalaya Birding, and Sattal Estate Birding Point. Another attraction in Sattal is the religious organization Christian Ashram. The distance between Sattal and Nainital is 46 km by road. 

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Mukteshwar is a famous tourist destination located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand state of India. This pleasing destination is situated at a height of 2285 meters above sea level. Mukteshwar is famous for fruit orchards, coniferous forests, lush green trails, and narrow lanes. Mukteshwar is the first preference for adventure seekers for trekking, rock climbing, and rappelling. Heavy snowfall is experienced by the Mukteshwar during the winter season as the temperature reaches 3 Degree Celsius. It is a worth place for visiting. The distance between Mukteshwar and Nainital is 50 km by road.  

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Ranikhet- The Land of Queen

Ranikhet is a hill station in the Almora district of Uttarakhand state of India. It is located at a height of 1869 meters from sea level. Ranikhet is known for its Himalayan view, boundless beauty, dense forest, and temples. The popular places to visit in Ranikhet are Haidakhan Temple, Ram Mandir, Jhula Devi, and Asiana Park. Ranikhet receives snowfall rarely during the winter season. The hill station is developed by the British around an ancient temple, undulating Himalayan Hills, and a forest.

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Kasauni- Switzerland of India

Kasauni is a hill station located in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand state of India. It is situated at an altitude of 1890 meters from sea level. It is well known for the spectacular panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nanda Devi, and Panchchuli. Kasauni is better than Almora in terms of views and accommodations. The places to visit in kasauni are Rudradhari Falls, Caves, Gwaldam, Trek to Pinnath, Baijanath temple, and Anashakti Ashram. The distance between Kasauni to Nainital is 120 km. The snowfall in Kasauni occurs generally in January.

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Bageshwar is a district place in Uttarakhand state of India. Bageshwar is situated on the confluence of rivers Gomati, Saryu, and Bhagirathi. It is situated at a height of 936 meters from sea level. Bageshwar is known for its scenic environment, glaciers, rivers, and temples. The places to visit in Bageshwar are Bagnath Temple, Bageshwar Mahadev Mandir, and Chandrika Mandir. The distance between Bageshwar and Nainital is 59 km.

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Binsar-  Wildlife Sanctuary

Binsar is a hill station located at an altitude of 2420 meters from sea level. It is the best place for nature lovers, bird watchers, and landscape photographers. Binsar receives snowfall during the winter season. Binsar Zero Point is the highest point in Binsar Wildlife from which you can see the 360-degree view of the Himalayan peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi, Shivling, Panchachuli, and Chaukhamba. The distance between Nainital and Binsar is 95 km.

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Tiffin Top- Dorothy’s Seat

Tiffin Top is a hill scenic mountain top in Nainital. Tiffin Top is famous for its marvelous sunrise and sunset. It is also famous for horse riding and rock climbing. It is a popular picnic spot in Nainital. It is also known as Dorothy’s seat. It offers a magnificent 360-degree view of Nainital city and the surrounding hill of Kumaon region. In addition to these, Tiffin Top has a pleasant, calm, and serene atmosphere. The height of the Tiffin Top is 2422 meters from sea level. It is located at a distance of 4 km from Mall road of Nainital city.

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Pangot- Bird Watchers Heaven

Pangot is a small beautiful village located at a distance of 15 km from Nainital.  Pangot is a scenic hamlet that is known for snow-clad mountain peaks, and a wide range of flora and fauna. It is situated at a height of 6510 feet from sea level. It is famous for its jungles and birds. There are 300 species of bird and is a paradise for birdwatchers. The village is surrounded by thick forest, quiet, streams, and walking trails. There are many cottages, hotels, villas, and resorts to stay

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Camping is a top tourist attraction in Nainital. There are different types of camping like riverside camping, luxury camping, lakeside camping, and tent camping. Some of the best camping in Nainital are Him View Camp Mukteshwar, Hidden Valley Camp Pangot, Nainital Camp Wildlife, Camp Twilight, The whispering Oke Camp, Bhimtal, The Pinewood, and Nainital River camp. This is the best accommodation with modern amenities away from the crowded cities in the presence of nature.

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I hope this information will be useful to you for planning a trip to Nainital as I covered all places to visit in Nainital and around.

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