Situated at an altitude of 1938 mts above the sea level, the picturesque hill station of Nainital is known for its lakes, pine forests and beautiful mountain vistas. The attractions of Nainital range from leisurely walks in the grassy meadows to the indulgence in the adventure activities. Best time to visit this famous hill station in Uttrakhand is from April to June and Mid-September to Mid-November.
22 Km from Nainital, Bhimtal is a large lake offering boating and fishing facilities. Jeolikote, 17 Km from Nainital is a health resort and attracts butterfly watchers.
Located at an altitude of 2292 mts, Dorothy Seat: is situated on the Aryapatta Hill. Also known as Tiffin Top, the place is home to a memorial to an English lady named Dorothy Kellet who is said to have been killed in an air crash. Four km from the centre of the town, Dorothy Seat: is favorite with picnickers.
Located an elevation of 1951 metres, Hanumangarhi is home to a temple from where one can have a breataking view of the sunset.
At an altitude 2075 Mts, High Altitude Zoo is home to animals that live in high altitudes namely Siberian tigers and leopards. It is located 1.5 km. away from the Nainital bus station. Himalayan animals, Siberian tigers, leopards and lots of pheasant species. The zoo is a steep 20-minute climb from the Mall .
5 km. from Nainital on the outskirts of Nainital, this enchanting place attracts those in love with fishing.
Situated at an altitude of 2528 meters above sea level, Kilbury is at a distance of 13 km from Nainital. A favorite haunt of the birdwatchers, Kilbury is also home to a forest rest house which can be availed for overnight stay.
Located in the middle of the town, Naini Lake offers boating facilities on its shimmering waters. This beautiful lake is a centrepiece of any visit to Nainital. The Boat House club provides gondola-like boats with a professional boatman rowing visitors around the lake. Located near the lake is the Naina Devi Temple which stands on the spot where the eye of Parvati, Shiva’s consort, is said to have fallen. Also located nearby are a gurdwara and a mosque.
Also known as China peak, the Naina Peak is located at an elevation of 2610 meters. A six km trek from the town, this highest peak around Nainital can be reached either by trekking or on pony or horse back.
One of the most scenic places, Snow View offers stunning view of Nanda Devi. Located an altitude of 2270m, the place can be reached either by foot or by ropeway.
15 km from Nainital, the pretty village is surrounded by thickly forested hills and a favorite with bird watchers. Jungle Lore Birding Lodge is available for accommodation.
Sattal 21 Km from Nainital, Sattal comprises of seven lakes nestled in the dense forests of oak and pine trees. The most impressive of the lakes are Garud Tal, Rama Tal and Sita Tal. These lakes are a haven for migratory birds.
26 km from Nainital, Naukuchia-tal is a scenic lake which attracts migratory birds. It is so named because the lake has nine corners. Tourists to the Naukuchia-tal can enjoy swimming, yachting, pedal boating and rowing.
67 Km form Nainital, Almora is located in the Kumaon Hills at an altitude of 5400 feet, Famous for Nanda Devi temple, Almora is also home to the Kesar Devi temple which is a eight km trek from Almora.
113 km from the Nainital town, Jim Corbett National Park is one of the largest and most famous national parks in India. One of the most famous tiger reserves in India, the park is an entrancing preserve for tigers and makes a great natural habitat for a diversified fauna and flora. The best period to visit the Jim Corbett National Park is during the months of November to June.
54 Km from Nainital, Ranikhet is endowed with breathtaking natural beauty comprising lush green forests and the soaring peaks of the Himalayas. Located at an altitude of 1829 mtrs, this secluded hill station in the Almora district is an all season tourist destination.
34 km from Nainital and 38 northeast of Almora, Jageshwar is home to an impressive 7th century temple complex enshrining some 150 temples located in an incredible landscape of towering deodar trees. Dandeshwar Temple, Mritynjaya and Jyotirlinga are important shrines in Jageshwar. Here you can find a museum housing carved idols of gods and goddesses.
96 Km from Nainital and 26 Km from Almora, the scenic spot of Binsar offers mesmerizing views of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Chaukamba and Shivling peaks. The Mountain Resort Khali Estate is the accommodation facility at Binsar which is surrounded by oak, pine and cedar forests.
120km from Nainital and 53 km to the north of Almora, Kausani is a scenic spot known for spectacular views of snowcapped peaks. Located at an elevation of 6075 feet, Kausani is home to Anasakti Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi penned his his treatise on the Bhagavad Gita, the sacred text of the Hindus.
Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar airport which is 71 km away. Delhi, 313 km from Nainital is the convenient international airport which is connected with major cities in India and abroad.
Rail: The nearest railhead, Kathgodam (35 km from Nainital) is connected with major railway stations of India.
Road: Motorable roads connect Nainital with Almora (67 Km)., Ranikhet (54 Km), Jim Corbett National Park (113 Km), Kausani (120 Km), Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh (137 Km.), Pithoragarh (180 Km), Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh (155 Km). Badrinath (303 Km), Haridwar (306 Km), Delhi (318 Km), Mussoorie (355 Km), Dehradun (373 Km), Lucknow (380 Km) and Agra 403 Km.
Being a popular hill station of India, Nainital has lots of accommodation options to choose from to suit different budgets. Fairhavens Hotel, Hotel Arif Castle, Swiss Hotel, Shervani Hilltop Inn, Alka The Lakeside Hotel, Belvedere Palace, The Claridges Naini Retreat,Hotel Everest, Lakeside Inn, Hotel Krishna, The Manu Maharani, Hotel Radha Continental, Royal Hotel, Hotel Silverton and Vikram Vintage Inn are some of the well-known hotels in Nainital.