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Nainital Tourism | How to Plan a Trip to Nainital

Founded during the British Raj, the popular hill station of Nainital is famous for its deep lakes, enchanting lush greenery, attractions, and pleasant weather, drawing a crazy number of tourists every year.


  • Naini Lake in Nainital
Nainital At a Glance
  • Average Climate:3°C - 30°C
  • Best Time to Visit:Throughout the year
  • STD Code:05942

Nainital Travel Guide

Perched at an elevation of 2,084 mts above sea level, the glittering city of Nainital is hailed for being the parent to the beautiful Naini Lake, from which it has earned the epithet lake city. The Nainital Uttarakhand town lures domestic and international travelers equally. It shines as a glittering jewel in the Himalayan Mountains, surrounded by lakes and nature's bounty.

Nainital has adventure activities, spiritual landmarks, indigenous markets, and many other things to lure tourists. Tourism is the primary source of Nainital's livelihood, so the locals are heartwarming and deliver first-class hospitality to whoever visits their town. Moreover, Nainital hill station is the cornerstone of tropical weather and a special place for landscape lovers.

Places to visit in Nainital

The town is famous for its various natural attractions and favorable climate all year round. Nainital’s charm includes everything from boating and sailing to old temples and heritage buildings and scenic views at every step. All of this adds to the list of Nainital tourist places that you can’t miss.

  • Maa Naina Devi Temple Nainital
  • Naini Peak
  • Cave garden Nainital
  • Nainital Lake
  • The Mall Road
  • Neem karoli baba Nainital
  • Pangot Nainital 
  • Raj Bhawan 

Things to do in Nainital 

From boating at Naini Lake to trekking up to Tiffin Top, there are several things to do in Nainital. A must-do is going for an evening stroll by the lakeside. Let us take you on a journey where we will share the best things to do in Nainital.

  • Naina Devi - A Lakeside Temple
  • Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary - For Amazing Flora and Fauna
  • The Royal Palace is Raj Bhawan.
  • Waterfall in Nainital- Enjoy freshness of the waterfall
  • Corbett National Park - Nature at its Finest

Best Time to Visit Nainital 

The best time to visit Nainital is between March and June when the weather conditions are pleasant. It is the season when boating in Naini Lake (for which Nainital is famous) can be enjoyed most. However, Nainital snowfall lovers must plan their trip to Nainital between December and January. However, due to landslides, the monsoon season (July-September) makes sightseeing difficult. But one can seize the discounted hotel deals due to the shoulder tourist season. To know more about the best time, 

How to Reach Nainital

Nainital has good road connectivity from northern India, the most convenient, quick, and affordable way to reach Nainital. Towns like Delhi, Gurgaon, and Chandigarh are well-connected with Nainital by road. You can also look for railway options to reach Nainital and Kathgodam (nearest railhead), which are connected with metro towns. Anyone looking for a quick turnaround time must fly to Pantnagar Airport (the closest airport to Nainital). Read more about the how to reach Nainital.

Accommodations in Nainital

Nainital tourism includes a vast number of accommodations for tourists of every kind. Being a famous hill station in Uttarakhand, you will get budgeted to luxury hotels. Luxury hotels surround Naini Lake, while Airbnbs in and around Nainital will provide tourists with budget-friendly accommodations. But, of course, it entirely depends on what sort of budget travelers they are. Some famous Nainital hotels are Allure Lakefront, Gorromgo Moon Nainital, YMCA Campsite Sattal, and more.

Where to eat in Nainital

Nainital is not only about breathtaking beauty enveloped in lush greenery and surrounded by the Himalayas. It has the perfect blend of Kumaoni and Tibetan cuisine. Bal Mithai is arguably the best dish to eat in Nainital. It resembles brown chocolate and is coated with 'Khoya' (dry evaporated milk), sugar balls, and pure Uttarakhand ghee. So hop over to Mamu's Naini Sweets, Momos at Sonam Fast Points for mouthwatering momos.

How to get around in Nainital? 

Shared taxis, private taxis, and local buses are the best ways to get around Nainital. Bus travel from Haldwani to Kathgodam is inexpensive. While personal or shared taxis are worth booking for couples with kids, Haldwani to Nainital is approximately 43 km (from Kathgodam) and 36 km (from Delhi).

Nainital Travel Tips

  • Several other beautiful and significant towns are near Nainital, such as Haldwani, Kaladhungi, Bhowali, Ramnagar, Mukteshwar, Bhimtal, Ghorakhal, Ramgarh, Betalghat, and Sattal.
  • Nainital is a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi. But before planning a trip do not forget to check Nainital Temperature.
  • During the peak season, there is so much rush that accommodations get pricey and hard to find. Therefore, booking your room in Nainital in advance is better to avoid any last-minute hassle.
  • Nainital weather remains delightful and luscious throughout the year, but the best time to visit this place is between April and October.



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FAQs about Nainital Travel Guide

Q: What is the best time to visit Nainital?

Ans. Nainital can be visited any time of the year. However, plan your visit between Match and June for the best holiday experience. The weather is pleasant, which makes sightseeing more enjoyable. If you love cold weather, then October to February will be ideal.

Q: What is so famous about Nainital?

Ans. Nainital is home to the highly revered Naina Devi Temple. It is believed that Goddess Sati’s (who later was incarnated as Goddess Parvati) eyes fell on the spot where the temple is situated. Apart from this, Nainital is famous for its natural beauty, boating in Naini Lake, and Aerial Ropeway to Snow View Point.

Q: Are 3 days enough for Nainital?

Ans. Yes, 3 days are sufficient to explore the best tourist attractions in Nainital, like Nainital Zoo, Snow View Point, Tiffin Top, and Eco Cave Gardens.

Q: How can I plan to visit Nainital?

Ans. Planning a tour to Nainital is easy. But if you want to free yourself from the hassle of booking hotels, train tickets, etc., then choose customizable Nainital tour packages by Indian Holiday, which includes transfers, stays, meals, and sightseeing tours.

Q: Which month is best for the Nainital tour?

Ans. If you want relief from the sweltering summer heat, visit Nainital between March and June. However, if you love cold weather and snowfall, October to February is the best time for a Nainital tour.

Q: Is Nainital better or Manali?

Ans. Both Nainital and Manali offer different things to tourists. Nainital is in Uttarakhand, a small hill station boasting abundant natural beauty and activities like cable car rides and boating. On the other hand, Manali is located in Himachal Pradesh and offers breathtaking views of snow-covered mountains. It is home to ancient Hindu temples and has various options for adventure activities.