What to do and see in Nainital, India: The Best Places and Tips

March 17, 2018 Joeann Galban

Natural beauty abounds in the state of Uttaranchal's Lake District. Boaters flock to hill-ringed Naini Lake, which according to mythology is one of the emerald eyes of Shiva's wife. A hike or horseback ride to the top of Naina Peak (aka China Peak), the highest point, provides stunning views of the snow-capped Himalayas. To share a prime vantage point with family members of all ages, take the aerial lift up to Snow View; there's also a small marble temple at the top dedicated to Dev Mundi.
Restaurants in Nainital

1. Nainital Lake

Nainital 244715, India
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Nainital Lake

Reviewed By MoushumiBhattacharya - Greater Noida, India

Nainital is famous for its “Naini Lake”! It is amazing that that within a 25sq km area, there are many lakes in this region, Bhimtal, Naukuchiyatal, Sattal etc. This lake was explored by a Britisher and a settlement was made beside it. It is since long become a favourite holiday destination for people across India and also round the globe. The Nainital town is situated around the Crescent shaped lake. Boating is famous in this lake and is enjoyable in the cool breeze of the water.

2. Goddess Naina Devi

Near Mallital, Nainital, India +91 94113 78123
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4.5 based on 692 reviews

Goddess Naina Devi

Reviewed By HOMPRS - New Delhi, India

Located in mallital, one should come here and take the blessings of goddess naina devi when in Nainital. It is open till late evening hours and is a popular shaktipeeth. Small market selling winter clothes, candle items etc is available just outside the temple premise. Boating facility and movie theatre is also there near the temple.

3. Naina Peak

6 Km From Nainital Town, Nainital 263001, India +91 94113 78123
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Naina Peak

Reviewed By Mike F

This was a recommendation by our hotel GM, and despite a little difficulty finding the start of the hike it was a fairly simple hike. Simple in the footing - the altitude made it fairly strenuous. We absolutely loved it, and the views at the top make it all worthwhile!!! You have a clear view of almost 360 degrees of the Himalayan Mountains, including clear views of Nepalese peaks.

4. Kainchi Dham

Bhowali Range, Nainital 263132, India +91 80575 95463
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4.5 based on 204 reviews

Kainchi Dham

Reviewed By DRMURALIDHARAN - Chennai (Madras), India

Reached early in the morning. Had brushing & bathing at a Paid Bath/toilet facility. Hot and tasty breakfast available at Maruti restaurant nearby. Reasonable cost. People are generally helpful. Mountainous area. Generally a cold place. Even in the day time, require 2 sweaters. Nainital is nearby within 1 hour. Travel by bus or share vans/cars, etc. There are many places of religious importance to visit in this area. No proper stay arrangement available in Kanchi Dham. Stay at Almora or Nainatal. Trip was pleasant.

5. Mukteshwar Temple

Mukteshwar | Near Chauli Ki Jali, Nainital 263138, India
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4.5 based on 286 reviews

Mukteshwar Temple

Reviewed By wongFong - Jodhpur, India

Very poorly maintained with stairs that are a menace. Trashy with pathetic signage saying not to litter. No signage in English. Not worth the trip. My wife is Indian and the little signage does a very poor job of giving background and historical information. Who ever runs the temple complex should be ashamed.

6. High Altitude Zoo

Nainital, India +91 5942 237 927
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4 based on 697 reviews

High Altitude Zoo

Reviewed By HOMPRS - New Delhi, India

From 1-3-2018, the tickets for the zoo (near tallital) is Rs.100/-. There are very few animals compared to other zoos in India. The place is well kept but the price is too much. Moreover, one has to hire a taxi (Rs.40/pp to and fro) to reach the zoo (located at an altitude of 200 mtrs from mall road). Can give it a skip if less time.

7. Eco Cave Gardens

Kaladungi Road | Mallital, Nainital, India
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Eco Cave Gardens

Reviewed By Kumar M - Bokaro Steel City, India

The Eco cave garden is about one kilometre away from the Mall Road.It has 6 small caves with the forms of tiger, panther, porcupine etc. Walking down the Garden stretch, stumbling upon an underground cave that resembles wild forms and crawling ones way through them would definitely make for an exciting, fun-filled and informative trip for children and adults alike. Famous for its inter connected rocky caves, hanging Gardens and the musical Fountain. In the evenings one can see the spectacle of the musical Fountain with various audio video effects.It remains open from9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.The entry charge is Rs.20 for adult,Rs.10 for children and for still photography camera charge is Rs.25.

8. Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)

Ayarpatta Hills, Nainital, India +91 97365 14182
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Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)

Reviewed By lotusdiamond - delhi

This is good spot for viewing Himalayan ranges but it is very risky and difficult to reach this spot. You have to trek or take a horse to reach here. Both are very difficult and risky. Not at all safe. In case you are interested in horse riding that you can do at any other place. Don't take risk at this spot. Walking is very difficult as no proper path is laid you need to climb big stones. Totally adventurous not fit for ladies , senior citizens and kids. This place was made by British officer in the memory of his beloved wife Dorothy. You need to very careful with horse as sometime they go totally uncontrolled . Take horse with his guard don't go without horse guard for each horse. Sometime they will take 2-3 people with only one guard for three horse. though the view is mesmerizing from the top. But not worth the efforts and money. Two three small stalls are selling chips, tea and magi at the spot. You get horses from the Suicide point . My advise visit only if you are adventurous and dressed appropriately.

9. Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

Pangot | Near Jeolikot, Nainital, India +91 88949 15059
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4.5 based on 81 reviews

Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

Reviewed By Anvita S

The place is located 15-17kms from the hustle-bustle of Nainital and is surely a must visit. You can trek to a stream and shiv temple roughly 1km from Pangot to find a beautiful stream or travel in a vehicle to far off places such as villages which are 16kms from Pangot and would require a full day trek. If trekking far, make sure to hire a guide because its a complete jungle area and even a single wrong bend can drift you far off. Also, the signals are nearly absent at Pangot, but are intermittent in the jungle area. Moreover, the view of Himalayas from the jungle is splendid and one can spot birds in Kilbury forest nearby really early in the morning. Also, don't forget to keep ample cash because no other form of monetary transfer is possible in Pangot.

10. Nainital Ropeway

Nainital, India +91 5942 237 476
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4 based on 119 reviews

Nainital Ropeway

Reviewed By Sandeeproy74 - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Awesome experience. Gives you the best view of Nanital from the air. the top you can enjoy different activities.Well maintained.

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