- Nanital lake
- Nani peak
- Tiffin Top (Dorothy’s seat)
- Mall road
- Himalayan snow viewpoint
- Nanital zoo ( High altitude zoo )
- Kilbury bird sanctuary
- Nanital ropeway
- Eco cave garden
- Raj Bhawan- governor’s house
- Hanuman Garhi
- Astronomical observatory
Naini lake is one of the most beautiful natural freshwater lakes of the country, situated amidst the main town of Nainital. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Nainital and its heart – Naini lake reflects the color of beautiful surroundings. The lake is surrounded by the green hills which give the town a mesmerizing landscape. Being a natural freshwater lake, all nature lovers find the lake a charming site to sit, relax and spend some quality time either by oneself or with their loved ones. The lake is pear-shaped, attracts lots of tourists who come and enjoy boating, yachting or paddling in the lake.
the Nainital Boat Club provides boating and yachting facilities. The Annual Kingfisher Yachting Competition (Regatta) is held here in the third week of June. Both the pedal and rowing boats are available for tourists.
The price of boating in the lake: Starting INR 150(30 minutes).
Things to do:
- Boating & water sports
Naina Peak is the highest peak of Nainital at a height of 2615 meters. A famous tourist attraction in the city, it is situated at a 10 km distance from the Tallital Bus Stand of Nainital. The Naini Peak gives a magnificent panoramic view of the snow-capped Himalayas and an excellent view of the Nainital city. The Nanda Devi Peak and the mountains of the Tibet border are visible from the top of this peak. Also known as China Peak, the peak is famous for trekking, hiking, and horse riding in Nainital. Wake up a little early in the morning and climb up to this peak for a mesmerizing view of the sunset you’ll never forget, as a plus point the crowd during this time is almost nill so you can enjoy peace in the lap of nature.
Things to do:
- Hiking and trekking
- Enjoy the amazing sunrise and sunset
- The place offers panoramic views of this beautiful hill station
- Enjoy a photography session
3.Tiffin Top (Dorothy’s seat)
One of the popular picnic spots in Nainital, the Tiffin Top is a place where you can get enjoy the spectacular scenery of Nainital from its highest point. Tiffin Top also is known as Dorothy’s Seat is located in Ayarpatta Hill of Nainital. This place is named after Dorothy Kellet, an English Painter, who died in a plane crash. Tiffin Top is a stonework bench built in the memory of Dorothy Kellet by her husband J.P. Kellet. This was the place where she used to sit and paint the beautiful town and its surroundings. Later, it started becoming a famous picnic spot for the Rajas who ruled this place and hence was officially converted into a picnic spot and locally named Tiffin top which denotes packed food consumed during the day.
The magnificent views and the panoramic landscapes offer an opportunity for photographers to capture one of the most amazing lakes and hills of the country. Nature lovers are sure to enjoy the beauty of this place which resonates with tranquility and exquisiteness.
Things to do:
- Hike to the tiffin top
- Enjoy panoramic views from many angles
- Photography session of nature & snow-clad peaks of Himalayas
- Admire romantic sunset and sunrise
The Mall Road of Nainital, which runs parallel to the Naini Lake, connecting the two ends of the hill town (Mallital and Tallital), is the prime shopping, food and cultural center of the wonder that is Nainital. Mall Road has a number of hotels, travel agencies, banks, showrooms, department stores, shops, restaurants, and cafes. You will find some of the best hotels and restaurants in Nainital located on Mall Road.
Visitors can enjoy their leisurely evening stroll on the Mall Road, with a cool refreshing breeze blowing across the lake on to the road adding to the charm of the Mall.
Some specialties which you can find here include unique candles in different shapes and sizes. Wooden artifacts and locally produced handloom products are also popular among tourists.
Handicraft and gift items adore the shops here and a delight for tourists looking for shopping on a holiday. Also, an interesting fact about this place is that many popular Bollywood movies like Kati Patang and Koi Mil Gaya were shot here.
Things to do:
- evening walk with the cool wind blowing over the lake
- Explore cafes and restaurants
5.Himalayan snow viewpoint
Snow View Point is one of the most visited places by tourists for watching the majestic Himalayas from Nainital. Known as the best viewpoint in Nainital, The viewpoint offers mesmerizing views of the snow-clad peaks of the majestic Himalayan range. The snow viewpoint is well connected by road but an adventurous ride in aerial ropeway from Mallital is always worth it.
In order to provide a perfect view to visitors, a pair of huge binoculars is installed at this spot. A small temple housing images of Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman with Durga and Shiva is located on the peak. The Tibetan monastery Gadhan Kunkyop Ling Gompa of the Gelukpa order situated near Snow viewpoint is also a must-visit spot.
The point is around 3 Km from the town of Nainital and you can travel there through either cable rope or your car. If you are comfortable, you can also visit Snow viewpoint by walking there or book a taxi if you prefer it.
Things to do:
- View the Himalayan peaks
- Picnic spot
6.Nanital zoo ( High altitude zoo )
At a distance of 1.5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo is a high altitude zoo situated in Nainital. Expanded across 4.6 acres of lush greenery, the zoo was built in 1984 and is one among the only three high altitude zoos in India. Nainital Zoo is one of the best attraction for wildlife lovers in Nainital. The zoo contains several exotic and endangered species of animals and birds which are native to this region.
Some of the wildlife species in Nainital Zoo are:
- Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Martin, Himalayan Civet
- Steppe Eagle, Hill Partridge
- Tibetan Wolf, Japanese Macaque
- Sambar, Barking Dear, Goral
- Lady Amherst Pheasant, Silver Pheasant, Khalij Pheasant, Silver Golden Pheasant, Cheer Pheasant, Bornean Fireback Pheasant, Linneated Kalij Pheasant, Edwards Pheasant
- White Pea Fowl, Red Jungle Fowl
- Leopard, Royal Bengal Tiger
- Rose Ringed Parakeet, Blossom Headed Parakeet
There is a steep motorable road leading to the zoo, though many tourists walk up the hill. Private vehicle is prohibited in Nainital Zoo and one can reach at the Zoo by Sharing Jeep which costs Rs 30 per person available from Mall Road.
Entry Fee: Rs.50 for Adults, Rs.20 for Children, Rs.25 for Camera and Rs.200 for Video Camera. Free entry for senior citizens and disabled.
Timings: 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM. Closed on Mondays and national holidays.
7.Kilbury bird sanctuary
Kilbury bird sanctuary is the ultimate destination for anyone who loves watching birds. Due to this reason, it is also called the bird watcher’s paradise. Kilbury is known to have over 580 species of birds living in a beautiful forest. Tourists can enjoy the mystical experiences in Kilbury as birds like Collared Grosbeaks, Forktails, Brown Wood-Owls, White-throated Laughing Thrushes and many more are easily seen with naked eyes.
Apart from scintillating bird’s views, Kilbury has an ecstatic atmosphere with majestic Himalayan views in between the reserve forest area of Nainital. A tourist bungalow caters all visitor’s needs and best for a night stay must enjoy bird watching in the morning.
Things to do:
- Watch rare and endangered bird species
- Explore wildlife
- Try out the local cuisines
one of the primary tourist places in Nainital, specifically for family vacationers. This ropeway connects Snow-View Point (at 2270 Mts.) with Nainital near flats. Aerial ropeway starts at Mallital, near Mall Road, to Snow View Point which offers one of the most astonishing views in Nainital. there are two trolleys to carry passengers.
Timings : 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Entry Fee: Adults- INR 150
Kids (3 to 12 years) – INR 100 (Subject to change)
9.Eco cave garden
At a distance of 3 km from Tallital Bus Stand, the Eco Cave Garden is actually a natural park situated in Nainital. Located along the Kaldungi Road in Mallital, it is one of the beautiful parks in Nainital. The Eco Cave Garden is set up to give tourists a glimpse of the natural habitat of the Himalayan Wildlife by constructing different caves for different animals, similar to their natural home. It has a total of six caves namely Squirrel Cave, Bat Cave, Panther Cave, Ape Cave, Tiger Cave, and Flying Fox Cave. The caves here are of different dimensions narrowing down further into the tunnels which give it a natural look. This is one of the best places to visit with the family and is of special interest to kids with the musical fountain that is located here.
Timings: 9.30 AM – 5.30 PM, Closed in Rainy Season
Entry: Rs. 50 for Adults, Rs. 20 for Children & Rs. 25 for Camera
Things to see :
- Musical fountain
- Explore the jungle
- Beautiful environment
10.Raj Bhawan- governor’s house
At a distance of 3 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Raj Bhawan also called Governor House is a British era building, located at the Tallital area of Nainital. It serves as the official residence of Governor of Uttarakhand. and is one of the most luxe places to visit in Nainital.
It is built in the Victorian Gothic style as a replica of Buckingham Palace. The Raj Bhawan estate is spread over 220 acres of area with a Golf Course in 45 acres of land. This two-storied building consisting of 113 rooms. This building has been built using different types of stones like grey marble, dolomite limestone, and red sandstone. Exquisite woods like teak, shisham, satinwood, pinewood, and cypress were used in the flooring, stairs, doors, and windows.
Entry Fee: Rs. 50 for Raj Bhawan, Rs.450 for Raj Bhawan Golf Course.
Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Sundays and on all National holidays.
At a distance of 2.5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Hanuman Garhi is a famous Hindu temple located on the Nainital-Haldwani route, Constructed in 1950 by the extremely revered Neem Karoli Baba, the temple’s centerpiece is a massive statue of Lord Hanuman with an image of Lord Rama in his chest cavity.
This temple is situated at an altitude of 6,401 feet, it gives magnificent views of the sunset, besides being a charming place for travelers to enjoy a leisurely walk.
Location: Haldwani Road, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002, India
Timings : 5:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
If star gazing is on your to-do list, block your evening to visit Nainital Astronomical Observatory. Located 9 Km south of the city, Positioned on the top of the Manora Peak, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) or Astronomical Observatory is among the one-of-a-kind sightseeing places in Nainital. The observatory is a great spot to visit if you are traveling with children.
It is a center of astronomical studies and optical tracking of artificial satellites. Boasting one of the most technologically advanced telescopes in the country, the Observatory enables you to witness the moon, the stars, and other celestial bodies that are otherwise reclusive to the usual eyes. Night viewing is mostly possible during a couple of days around a full moon.
the Astronomical Observatory in Nainital is an autonomous institute open of the public during working days and afternoons. For night viewing, three-four days are fixed during the full moon period, the permission for which has to be obtained priorly.
Location: Beluwakhan, Uttarakhand 263002
Price: No Entry Fee