thBeing an Uttranchali, I had been to Nainital so many times before my marriage. But this trip to Nainital was special as this was the first time I went there with my hubby and I was pretty much excited about it just like a child. Somehow this hill station never fails to enthrall me. Be it the beautiful lakes and soaring hillocks, the weather or the food, it just makes me visit this place again and again. No wonder, why Nainital is the most sought after vacation destinations in India.

About Nainital:

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Nainital Lake

Nainital is a popular hill station of Uttarakhand and is located at an altitude 2,084 m (6,837 ft) above the sea level and is frequented by tourists from all over India and abroad. Since, Nainital boasts of many pristine lakes, so it’s also called the Lake District of Uttrakhand. 

Nainital is named after the goddess Naina Devi. The Naini Temple at the banks of the Naini Lake holds a lot of significance and the goddess Shakti is worshiped at the Naina Devi Temple. It is believed that the Naini Lake is one of the 64 religious sites/ Shakti Peeths, where parts of the charred body of Sati (Parvati) fell on earth while being carried by Lord Shiva. The spot where Sati’s eyes / Nain fell became Nainital or lake of the eye.

The Tallital and the Mallital

Nainital is set in two parts, Tallital and Mallital, with the lake in between them. Mallital is at the head of the lake in the north side while Tallital is at the foot of the lake in the southern side.

We reached Nainital at around 11 AM and then our search for a good hotel began since we hadn’t pre booked our hotel. We spent close to one hour looking for a perfect place to stay with a lake side view. But since we could not get a decent hotel near the lake, so we finally decided to stay at a place little farther away from the lake. It was then we came across The Pavilion Hotel.

Our Stay at The Pavilion Hotel

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The Pavilion Hotel

The Pavilion is one the most famous Heritage Hotels of Nainital that has been serving tourists since 1918 and is located at the base of the China Peak in Mallital. This information impressed us and we finally decided to stay in this hotel. But only the rooms at ground floor were available. And we were tired to look out for any other hotel so we finally decided to stay at this place. Let me brief you a little about this hotel now. After doing the necessary formalities we checked in at this hotel. 

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Sit out area of our room

The room we stayed in was garden facing and there was no good view at all since the garden was not in a good condition. But we liked the bedroom and living room. Rooms were spacious, neat and clean and with beautiful wooden ceilings. All these things gave the rooms an old world charm to it. But there was nothing great about this Property. The room had only basic facilities. Also, since there are only two floors, so the hotel doesn’t have an elevator. There was a play area for children, an activity room, and a conference hall which we didn’t care to check. The Dining Hall looked beautiful and was tastefully done and was at the terrace. Then there was also a Baker’s Hut café for morning and evening snacks.

The Pavilion Hotel

That was a little bit about hotel. It was already 2 PM. We ordered our food and decided to take a nap. After relaxing for some couple of hours, we decided to explore the areas nearby only.

Naini Lake

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Naini Lake

Since we were in Nainital, so the first place which we wanted to explore was obviously the Naini Lake. We walked down to the Lake as our hotel was only one and half km away. Naini lake is a crescent shaped emerald lake situated in the heart of Nainital. This lake is surrounded by seven high rise panoramic mountains which are covered in Coniferous forest trees. The lake view was simply spectacular and the Lake looks green in color as it reflects the color of coniferous forest trees that cover the surrounding hills. I was not in the mood of boating but the beauty of this place tempted me go for a boat ride. We went for a half an hour row boat ride which cost us Rs 150. You can also go for pedal boats ride priced at Rs 160.

The Mall Road

After boating, we took a stroll on the Mall Road. This is the main road in Nainital which is just parallel to the Naini Lake and connects Mallital and Tallital. There were so many shops, restaurants, cafes, dhabas, showrooms fully packed with people. With lake view, crowded street and cool breezes, taking a stroll on the mall road has its own charm.

Some fun moments

Thandi Sadak

Thandi Sadak is a cold road just opposite the mall road by the other side of Lake. Now you must be thinking why its called thandi sadak ? This entire road has thick pine, deodar, oak trees which restricts the sun beams from falling at this place keeping the temperature of this place way too lower than other places in Nainital. Hence this road is called Thandi Sadak.

Thandi Sadak Nainital

This hill station is bliss for people like me who love walking. We went for a long walk on Thandi Sadak which lies on the opposite side of Mall Road. I was totally mesmerized by the gentle breezes and scenic beauty around. I loved this 1 km road long road called Thandi Sadak which, despite being in the middle of the town, was peaceful, calm and serene. Vehicle cant move on this road and only pedestrians can use this road.

Tibetan market

We then explored a well laid out Tibetan Market in Mallital. There were small cute shops selling all sorts of knick-knacks, souvenir, artifacts, antiques, woolen clothes, shawls, accessories, wax products. Of course I did lots of shopping and purchased wax candles, and products made of wood and pine from there for our family members. 

After shopping it was the time to satisfy our hungry bellies. We gorged on some real spicy amazing momos. If you go to Nainital then, don’t forget to eat the spicy momos there. 

It was 9 PM and the market was still bustling with crowd. This place becomes even more active during night. 

Night View of Nainital

We then had a coffee as it was getting really cold. Sitting by the banks of Naini Lake and having coffee and visualizing the twinkling stars in the sky and lightnings all around and reflection of lighting in the lake blew my mind and left an imprint on my mind forever. After our coffee, we had a spicy bhutta I mean corn on the cob. There were lots of Bhutta Sellers, peanut sellers, coffee/tea stalls,samosas, pakoras sellers all around the lake. Though I clicked lots and lots of photos but let me tell you that photographs really can’t do justice to the beauty of this place. 

Nainital’s Night View

It just kept getting colder as we walked by the lake and the chilled breezes were hitting us on our face. We didn’t want to return to the hotel. But then we had to as it was already past 10.30 Pm. So we went back and had our dinner. On our way back to the hotel, we passed through a cab stand and hired a cab for the next day. We then arrived back at the hotel and had our dinner and went to sleep as next day, we had to explore so much in Nainital.

 Important Bits

What is the Best way to Explore Nainital ?

  • On Foot :

Trust me guys, take my words and explore this beautiful place on foot. If you are in Nainital, then you ought to cover the Naini Lake, the Temple and the surrounding market which consists of hotels, restaurants, eating joints. So, you better enjoy the true beauty of Nainital by taking a stroll. Also, trust me, you will enjoy your stroll with your beloved and it will be a pleasant experience as the mall road pavements are smooth and clean.

  • By Cycle Rickshaws :

 If you are with kids, or elderly people, then you can hire cycle rickshaws at a fixed rate of Rs 10 from Mallital to Tallital, basically that means from one end of the Mall road to another end.

  • By Cab/Taxi : 

For far off areas, you need to hire a cab. Taxis are available in cab/taxi stand throughout the day for sightseeing tours.

Best Time to visit Nainital:

The weather in Nainital remains quite pleasant round the year. But the best time to visit Nainital is between the months of March to June.

March to June: March to June is the summer season in Nainital, and are mildly warm and temperature varies between 10° C and 25° C. 

July-September: This is monsoon season in Nainital and the area experiences heavy rains in July and August followed by landslides. Better to avoid going there during this time.

October to February: October is neither too cold nor too hot during the day but a little chill in the air can be felt during night. November is the onset of winter season which goes on till February. The town receives snowfall during December and January. Temperature remains very cold and may even reach sub-zero.  

How to reach:

  • By Train: The nearest railway station is Kathgodam, which is around 35 km away.
  • By Bus/car: There are daily bus services Ac and Volvo bus from Delhi. 
  • By plane: Nainital is served by Pant Nagar Airport, located about 2 hours away.

Some do’s and don’t while in Nainital

  • Don’t take a lot of cash with you, there are many ATM’s of almost all major banks in Nainital
  • It is mandatory for visitors to wear life jackets while boating at the popular Naini Lake.
  • Always keep your Identity Card with you.
  • Don’t forget to carry light woolen clothes during summers and heavy woolens during winter. Also, if you are visiting during monsoons, then raincoat & umbrella are a must.

Neha Bhatt Bhagat

I am Neha, a Travel, Fashion and a Lifestyle Blogger based out of Bengaluru, India. I am a Fashionable soul, a compulsive Traveler, a foodie and a Cat Lover.

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  1. You have perfectly explained Nainital trip at one place.Your guide is really helpful. Here is something from my end too. Do not forget to read my article on Nainital.

  2. I have never heard of Nainital but it seems fabulous! Thanks for sharing darling.

    Dakota D.

  3. Beautiful pictures with the most beautiful you 🙂
    Such a lovely and must visit place in india!
    I love Naini <3
    Great post!

  4. Looks absolutely incredible! It’s so awesome that you got to experience a place you love so much with your husband!



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  5. This place looks so incredible!!! Love the lake!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing! Sounds incredible xx

    Jac Fleurant

  7. love your post, and you are so fashion girl,and thanks for your share

  8. So beautiful you and Nainital are Neha! Such a detailed write up as always 🙂

  9. Very pretty pictures! Looks like you had a fun time. 🙂 Xx

  10. Didn’t know much about this place at all, but it was great reading so much information and getting this insight into the place. Love your photos x

    Beauty with charm

  11. Beautiful pictures!! Looks like you spent a wonderful time.


  12. What a lovely travel diary! I can understand why you found it more exciting to visiting this time as you were with your husband for the first time – so romantic 🙂

  13. What a lovely post! I wish I could appear there right now 🙂

  14. Great photos, such nice and elaborate article. Thanks for sharing!
    I have been to Nanital twice and both the times I had gala time. Your pictures bring back nice memories.
    Looking forward to reading more from you.

  15. Such a beautiful place, you have clicked lovely pictures.

  16. It looks like you have a wonderful trip and hope I can get to visit one day! Thanks for sharing!


  17. wow, it’s a great place to travel. I love hill station. Great pics..

  18. These all look so breathtaking! I wanna go there someday.

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    xo, Alyssa

  19. I love hill station too, something about never gets old.Beautiful place and great clicks. Hopefully i’ll visit this place soon. Great post 🙂

  20. Wow, I can’t believe how beautiful it is! Looks more like a part of Italy than India!

  21. I want to visit this place once , great post 🙂

  22. I was so lost in your post..I want to go Nainital and would plan a trip there soon..thanks for the tips and bits 🙂

  23. I haven’t been to Nainital before, but it seems like a nice place and would love to go there one day.

  24. It looks so calm and relaxing. You are so lucky to travel so much!

    Heba xx || The Heba

  25. That looks like such an incredible place! Gorgeous photos.
    xo, jill

  26. beautiful landscape!

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  27. This place looks so beautiful! I always wanted to travel to India, and when I do, I will make sure to visit Nainital lake. Thank you for the info and recommendations for food:)


  28. Like reading about your wonderful travel. I love lakes there’s just something about it that comes the inner being.

  29. Your photos are beautiful! What a lovely place to visit!

    Doused In Pink

  30. Sorry that your hotel experience was only average, but it sounds like you had a lovely time nonetheless.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  31. Look stunning! Would love to visit one day xx

  32. The beauty of a place can be experienced the most on foot. Loved reading your experience. Thandi sadak is such an interesting name, I so want to to nainital after reading this. Have a great day ahead!

  33. What a beautiful place and you shared so many gorgeous pictures! I would love to travel here someday. My husband and I are going to Europe for the second time this summer and I can’t wait… but, I always find even more places I want to visit!


  34. Aw, seems like a nice place to visit. Great pictures

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  35. I’m so jealous, it looks incredible!

  36. The pictures look amazing.. Great place..

  37. The photos are amazing! You look great and the scenery is majestic! <3 xxx

  38. very informative and the pictures are awesome . . . the world is filled with so many beautiful places . . . I WANT TO SEE THEM ALL!!

    Life is just Rosie

  39. Absolutely loving the pictures! Looks like a perfect getaway 🙂 Thanks for the tips when to visit. what a great post love.

    Lots of love,
    Kayla xo // Kayla’s Vibration

  40. Looks like such a beautiful place. Though it’s a shame that the hotel garden wasn’t such a great view. The market sounds like a lot of fun. Great tips and beautiful photos!

  41. beautiful place!!


  42. Looks like you had a great time on your trip. Thanks for sharing!

    stay styled,


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  43. You look wonderful, dear!
    I thins you had a great time with your hubby 🙂


  44. Such beautiful woman. Love your pics babe. Thanks for sharing!
    Much love, Len

  45. Great work, Keep it up.

  46. Initially we planned to visit nanintal but instead we ended up in Lansdowne.We might make a trip this summers n your suggestion will come handy.Thanks fo sharing.

  47. Lovely photos! Seems like it’s a great place to unwind! 🙂

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  48. The lake looks so pretty!

  49. What a beautiful place! The highest up North India I’ve been in is Dehradun and this post of yours makes me want to visit Nainital too! Your post is a visual treat for anyone who wants to visit these places!
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  50. Beautiful photos! Looks like you had an amazing time! <3

  51. I want your life so that I can travel to all these beautiful places. This is such a lovely post.

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