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Places to Visit in Nainital

Nainital is one of the most popular hill stations in Uttarakhand, and it has plenty of tourist places to visit with family, kids, friends, and romantic partners. Also referred to as the 'City of Lakes,' this quaint hill station is nestled at an elevation of 2084 m (approx.) and is perfect summer, monsoon, and winter retreat for tourists across India. Surrounded by green hills, dotted by quaint old cottages, pristine lakes, and markets, it is a scenic, spiritual and refreshing destination.

Nainital is referred to as the Tris Rishi Sarovar, the lake of the three sages in the Skanda Purana- One of the 64 Shakti Peeths. These centers were created wherever parts of the charred body of Sati fell. According to legends, Lord Shiva was carrying his wife's corpse in grief after she self-immolated herself after insult by Father King Daksha. It is said that the left eye (Nain) of Sati fell here and gave rise to the town's patron deity. The lake is said to have formed in an emerald eye shape, and on the north shore is a temple built for worshiping the Lord and his wife.

The tourist attractions in Nainital are the prominent seven lakes of which Naini lake is the most famous. However, there are plenty of other tourist places to visit in Nainital with family, including Naina Devi Temple - A revered temple associated with the hill town's legend. The Gurney house - A charming cottage occupied by the famous writer, conservationist, and hunter, Jim Corbett. Visit the beautiful Buckingham Palace of India, The Raj Bhawan, also known as Governor's House. Naina Peak, Snow Peak, and Tiffin Top are some of the high altitude checkpoints in the hill station. Views from here are unrivaled as the picture perfects the scene of snow capped peaks, a forest of oak and pine, crystal clear lakes, and charming cottages can be seen. Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is a good place to spend time in nature's bliss.

1. Naini Lake

Call it the lifeline of Nainital tourism because Naini Lake contemplates the aura of beautiful surroundings. It is a pear-shaped lake that provides tourists with options for row boating and paddle boating. Watch the golden hues of sunset at the Naini Lake. A total of seven emerald hills surround this pristine lake. Naini Lake is one of the best places to visit in Nainital with Kids.

  • Opening timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
  • Opening days: All week
  • Entrance fee: Free of cost
  • Duration of boating: Half-round (half-hour), Full round (per hour)
  • Boating fee: INR 160 (approx.) for a half-round rowboat, INR 210 (approx.) for a full round rowboat, and INR 210 (approx.) for per hour paddle boat.

Note: Boating price is subject to change in peak season.

2. Tiffin Top

An ideal place to visit Nainital with friends and kids, Tiffin Top is another renowned picnic spot to enjoy Uttarakhand's Lake-town's panoramic views. It is tucked at an elevation of 2290 m above sea level. Reaching Tiffin Top's summit is rewarding for those who want to view the sunrise over Himalayan ranges. It is a short trek of 4 km (approx.) that can be conquered by newbie trekkers also! Rappelling and rock climbing are a few outdoor sports at Tiffin Top for adventure-hungry souls.

  • Opening timings: 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Opening days: All week
  • Entrance fee: Free of cost
  • Reaching options: Pony ride, and trekking.
  • Duration of trekking: 1-2 hours (approx.)

Note: Additional charges for pony rides, and outdoor sports

3. Naini Peak

It is the highest point in Nainital which boasts the splendid views of the snow-blanketed Himalayas. Naini Peak is tucked at an elevation of 2615 m (approx.) sea level. Sunset here is damn special because this place offers panoramic views of the Nainital city. It is a short trek of 6 km (approx.) which can be covered by amateurs also!

  • Opening timings: 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Opening days: All week
  • Entrance fee: Free of cost
  • Reaching options: Pony ride, and trekking
  • Duration of trekking: 1-2 hours

4. Mall Road

One of the best tourist places to visit in Nainital for couples, Mall Road is the paradise for shopaholics as both go hand in hand. Britishers constructed Mall Road, and now it is renamed as Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. But locals and tourists prefer its former name. Mall Road is situated adjacent to Naini Lake and has shops that sell funky and fancy handicraft works. Tourists can eat mouthwatering food in the eateries. Enjoy your staycation at the lake view resorts. Mall Road in Nainital has everything.

  • Opening timings: 9 AM - 10 PM
  • Opening days: All week
  • Entrance fee: Free of cost
  • Distance between Naini Lake to Mall Road: 650 m
  • Duration of exploration: 1-2 hours

5. Himalayan View Point

As the name suggests, it is a viewpoint where you can witness the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Located at an altitude of 2300 m height above sea level, this place is a hotspot for tourists who want to marvel at the glorious Himalayan Ranges. Tourists get plenty of photographable moments. Himalayan View Point is a must-visit place in Nainital to see the clouds resting on the lofty mountains.

  • Opening timings: 6 AM - 5 PM
  • Opening days: All week
  • Entrance fee: Free of cost
  • Distance between Naini Lake to Himalayan View Point: 7.2 km (approx.)
  • Duration of exploration: 2-3 hours

6. Snow View Point

As the name suggests, Snow View Point is where you see snow, and that is why it is one of the best places to visit in Nainital during summers. It is one of the oldest viewpoints in Nainital, where tourists can witness the snow-dusted peaks of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, and Trishul. The easiest way to get there is by ropeway or road journey. While the adventurous route will urge you to go for a short trek of 1-2 hours (approx.). Binoculars are installed at the summit for the tourists to marvel at crystal clear views of the Himalayas.

  • Opening timings: 10:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Opening days: Except Saturday, all the 6 days
  • Entrance fee: Free of cost
  • Reaching options: Ropeway, trekking, public transport.
  • Distance between Snow Valley View Point to Nainital Bus Stand: 3 km (approx.)
  • Duration of exploration: 1-2 hours (approx.)

Tip to be noted: Additional cost of binoculars is INR 20 (approx.), INR 300 (approx.) for adults in a ropeway, and INR 200 (approx.) for children in a ropeway.