Nainital is one place which is very close to my heart as I used to visit this place with my mom and day ever since I was a kid. Well, the reason being, I am a Kumauni and I am from Uttarakhand. My mom and dad belong to Uttarakhand, so we have had so many maternal and paternal side relatives living in Uttarakhand. So, every summer vacations, in order to beat the Delhi heat, we used to visit Uttarakhand. I have been visiting places in and around Uttarakhand since my childhood days. But recently I visited Nainital with my husband after our marriage. I actually forced him to go there with me as I wanted to show him the beautiful state Uttarakhand. We first went to Jim Corbett and then went to Nainital. So, this post will cover my experience of visiting Nainital and top 10 activities to do in Nainital Uttarakhand.
Nainital is a beautiful hill station in the Kumaon region of India’s Uttarakhand state, situated at an altitude of 2084 meters above the sea level. It is rightly said the “city of lakes” and is one of the most amazing and beautiful places in Uttarakhand. Every corner of Nainital is filled with enormous natural beauty. This place has beautiful lakes in and around.
This popular hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Guys, trust me, the view of Naini Lake with mountains in the backdrop will leave you spellbound. I have my jaw dropped in awe every time I visit Nainital. It’s just so beautiful that words just cannot describe its beauty.
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Take a Stroll in Mall Road
On your visit to Nainital, don’t forget to take an evening stroll in Mall Road, which is one of the busiest and popular tourist attractions in Nainital. The Mall Road connects Mallital and Tallital, the two parts of the Nainital City and has the best hotels, restaurants, banks, Cafes, and shops. We were there at the Mall Road from 6pm till 10.30 pm and it was a wonderful experience with cool breezes blowing all across the lake.
Visit the beautiful Naina Devi Temple By The Naini Lake
You ought to visit this beautiful Naina Devi temple which is situated on the northern bank of the Naini Lake in the city of Nainital. We took the blessings at the temple early in the morning. After that, we went to explore the tourist attractions in Nainital. But if you want, you can just just sit back, and enjoy the views of the beautiful Naina Lake from the temple.
Enjoy Boating at Naini Lake
This is one thing you ought to do when in Nainital. Naini Lake is a natural freshwater body and is one of the prime attractions of the town. If you want to experience the real beauty of the lake, then you must go for a boat ride there. Boats are available for 30 minutes to one hour at a rate of Rs 200-500 per person from 9 AM till 6 Pm. Do remember that boating is not allowed post 6 Pm so plan accordingly. We stayed there till 10.30 pm and trust me, the Naini Lake looks so much beautiful and mesmerizing at night due to the reflections of light falling from the nearby hotels and houses.
Shopping at Tibetan market
Don’t forget to explore the well laid out Tibetan Market in Mallital on your visit to Nainital. This market has small cute shops selling all sorts of knick-knacks, souvenir, artifacts made by locals, antiques, woolen clothes, shawls, accessories, wax products. Of course I did lots of shopping and purchased wax candles, junk accessories, designer shawls and beautiful scarves at cheap prices, and products made of wood and pine from there for our family members.
Visit Thandi Sarak:
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. That’s why it’s called Thandi Sadak. 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. What I loved about this 1 km road long Thandi Sadak was despite being in the middle of the town, it was peaceful, calm and serene. This Sadak is meant only for pedestrians and no vehicles are allowed on this road.
These above were the list of tourist attractions in Nainital, below are the tourist destinations in and around Nainital
Sadiatal / Sariyatal
After Khurpatal, we went to Sadiatal which was located at a distance of 1.8 km from Khurpatal and around 5 kms from Nainital on the way to Kaladungi. Sadiatal is a small heart-shaped lake and a good place to spend some time in the lap of nature. On the banks of this lake lies a Himalayan Botanic Gardens and within the botanical garden, there is a butterfly park, library, herbarium, fernery and auditorium. We didn’t explore this place though.
Next, we went to Sadiatal Cascade which was on Kaladungi-Nainital national highway where we spent some fifteen minutes playing in water and getting clicked. There were many small eateries outside the cascade gate on the opposite side of the road. We purchased some snacks and hopped into our car.
We started our sight seeing with Khurpatal. Our cab driver first took us to Khurpatal through the serpentine road. Khurpatal is a small village which has a beautiful lake called Khurpatal lake located at an altitude of 5500 ft above the sea level and is 12 kms away from Nainital. The route to this lake was very beautiful and enchanting with tall trees lined up alongside the road.
Lover’s Point / Suicide Point
Mango Lake View Point
We then went to Mango point. This is a popular spot from where the beautiful Naini Lake appears as Mango shaped and hence this viewpoint is known as Mango Point.
We then visited Land’s End point and it was totally sublime. Land’s End is situated at an altitude of 2118 m and is 4 kms away from Nainital. This place is called Land’s end because the land actually ends here. From this point, we saw the magnificent view of Khurpatal Lake surrounded by the soaring pine trees, plains and the villages. This place offers a picturesque panorama of the low-lying plains and surrounding hills. You will get to see the beautiful villages nestled at the bottom from this point.
Eco Cave Gardens
While coming back from Sukhatal, we visited Eco Cave Gardens and it was worth it. There are so many interconnected caves like Tiger Cave, Bat Cave, Panther Cave and others, in Eco Cave garden and we loved exploring them.
Nainital Zoo /Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo
Nainital Zoo, or Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo is one of the best attractions for wildlife lovers like me in Nainital. It is situated at the top of the hill at a height of about 2,100 m above sea level. So you can say its a high altitude home for the wildlife in India. Here you can get the glimpse of Royal Bengal tiger, Sambar, Leopard Cat, Tibetan Wolves, and a great variety of Birds like Kalij pheasant, Lady Amherst pheasant, rose-ringed parakeet, golden pheasant, and red junglefowl and what not! We walked all through but you can also take a shuttle to reach the zoo. This place is open from 10 AM to 4:30 PM and has a cheap entry fee of Rs 50 for adults (above 13 years), and Rs 20 for children.