Apparently built on the lines of Cumbrian Lake District by the British, Nainital is a standout amongst Uttarakhand’s most popular hill stations. With majestic views, Nainital is set in a valley around an eye-shaped lake, where according to legend, the eyes of Goddess Sati’s had fallen.
Nainital or “The Lake District of India” is frequently visited by backpackers, honeymooners, family and leisure seeking tourists. This breathtakingly beautiful hill station is ideal for nature lovers to enjoy their dream getaway.
Nainital is well connected to the most major cities in India. Nainital is a 7-8 hour drive from Delhi depending on the time of day and the traffic during those hours. Also, it may take 1-2 hours extra seeing the construction of roads throughout UP.
*Best time to visit*
Nainital experiences pleasant weather throughout the year, it can be considered a year-round destination. Nainital is a picturesque hill station known for its captivating landscape and peaceful surroundings. In order to escape the scorching heat, Nainital can be visited in Summer or Spring season from March to June. For the snow lovers, November to February is the best time as the city experiences heavy snowfall. It is not really recommended to visit in the Monsoon as the city experiences heavy downpour and can hinder your explorations.
*Things to look out*
1. Walk along Mall street at night:
Like most British frontier slope stations, Nainital has a Mall street, which is likewise the most advanced and excellent piece of the town. The Mall street runs parallel to the lake from one end of town to the next.
2.Climb to Naini Peak (otherwise called China or Cheena Peak):
Naini Peak is the most astounding crest around Nainital with a height of 2,615 meters justifiably; it additionally offers the best perspective of the town.
3. Tiffin Top
The Tiffin top is also known as Dorothy seat is one of the most famous tourist spots in Nainital. With bird’s eye view of the entire town. Government affirmed horse ride to Tiffin Top is a standout amongst the boldest thing to do in Nainital. The track goes through lovely woods of rhododendron and deodar trees.
4. Snow View Point:
With the most surreal and panoramic view of the Himalayas, Snow View Point is hands down one of the most magical and picturesque spots in and around entire Nainital. One can see a bird’s eye view of all three important peaks- Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot peaks together from this point.
5. Pt.G.B. Gasp Zoo:
The Nainital Zoo is at an elevation of 2100m, on a lofty incline. It is additionally one of the main High Altitude Zoo in North India. The zoo is home to a Bengal tiger, panthers and numerous others.
*Places/Hill Stations to visit near Nainital*
Bhimtal is a small town, approximately 20 km from Nainital. Situated in the northern part of Uttarakhand. Apart from boating, the lake has an island full of restaurants right in the middle. There is a Folk Culture Museum in Bhimtal, which is a private institution is worth a visit.
Naukuchiatal or “Lake of Nine Corners” is a small hill station district in Nainital district of Uttarakhand state. The place is surrounded by beautiful views of the mountains and lake. Naukuchiatal’s weather, lakes and temples make sure its best place of attraction for all the travellers.
Mukteshwar, also known as the Apple Country, is situated 46.5 km from Nainital. The famous Mukteshwar Temple is situated at the top of the mountain. Mukteshwar as it feels like the terrace of the world where you can have the best view of the sunset! Mukteshwar also holds the age-old guest house of Jim Corbett
4. Jim Corbett National Park
Corbett is one of the oldest national parks of India. It has more than 400 species of flora and fauna spread across 520 sq km. One can move around the park in a jeep or a canter.
If you really wish to enjoy nature, you can go for a safari on an elephant. One can choose to stay in luxurious resorts or can even opt for camping in the national park.