Nainital is one of the most alluring of hill-stations in North-India. The city has evolved around its pristine Naini Lake. Nainital is the summer capital of United Province & continues to be known as the ‘lake district of India’. The buzz of Mall road, the placidity of valley, catering to all the needs of modern traveler, Nainital has all of it packed in one. Don’t want to miss out anything? Don’t worry, as we are providing the list of top 14 places to visit in Nainital.
It is a never ending list of tourist places and picnic spots in Nainital.
We work with the locals in our research team so that our visitors get the best results possible. Here are some of the must see places to visit and picnic spots in Nainital. This is to makes your trip everlasting & memorable vacation in Nainital .
Some of the coolest places that you must visit in Nainital are –
The Nainital Lake with its graceful willows encircling the emerald mountains.The lake that is the centerpiece, to the wreath of Nainital. It is the first thing where your eyes fall onto as you get off the bus, and you know where you have arrived.
The superficial area of the lake is 120.5 acres and its parameters is 3560 meters. The water from around the valley comes through various catchment areas and reaches the lake.
Boat House Club stands adjacent to the lake; it is as posh as, it gets in Nainital. I remember peeping curiously into Boat House while the people were playing cards with a glass of whisky in their hand.
Boat House Club provides also has a billiard table, a bar, a tennis court, cards game and other activities.
This idyllic place is one of the few places in Nainital where you can spend some unforgettable time with friends and family.
After a wait of eight long years, Nainital would have its own movie theater. In 1941, Britishers established the Capitol Cinema. Capitol Cinema has witnessed the Britishers showcasing English movies and old Bollywood films.
The cinema hall has an occupancy of 280 seats. Capitol Cinema shows the latest Bollywood and Hollywood movies in 2D and 3D.
Nainital Zoo, also is known as Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, is one of the underdogs among the places to visit in Nainital.
This high altitude zoo is situated at an elevation of 2100m above sea level.Nainital Zoo was opened to visitors on 1st June 1995.
The Zoo spreads over an area of 4.693. Nainital zoo houses total 217 animals of 33 different species.
Eco Cave Garden is a must visit among the places to visit in Nainital.
It is a series of interconnected caves that takes you back to the ancient civilization, the way early man used to live.
The path to the garden in very well mapped out with directions signs to different caves.
Snow View(at 7,450 ft) ranks high on the places to visit in Nainital.
There are two reasons for that first; it is the place for which you can take the Ropeway.
Second; It is also the point for Himalaya Darshan(i.e why Snow View). On bright days, it gives you panoramic Himalayan views including the lights of Nanda Devi which was the highest peak of India until Kanchenjunga was absorbed in the country
The Snow View has the usual food shops, souvenir shops, and the rest of Carnival. There is also an amusement park for kids.
Jim Corbett’s spent a large part of his life in Gurney House. One could imagine this place seventy years ago when there might have been a dense forest cover all around, wild creatures roaming freely.
In his books Jim mention about his time here, he used to spent a lot of time in the wild observing every little movement, every little sound.
This understanding helped him for the rest of his life.
Neem Karoli Baba is said to be the reincarnation of Hanumanji.
His teachings has much to with “Loving Kindess”. Another and more famous temple of Guruji is Kainchi Dham.
The beautiful temple has idols of other God and Goddesses including Rama, Laxmana, Anjana, Durga and Shivji. You are allowed to spent as much time in the temple campus
Raj Bhawan of Nainital is also known as ‘The Governors House’.
The foundation of the Raj Bhawan is based on the model of Buckingham Palace. Raj Bhawan foundation was laid on April 27, 1897, and the building was completed in March 1900.
Kainchi Dham is situated at 17km from Nainital. Neem Karori Baba (Maharaji) spent much of his later years in the Small Ashram Compound.
Kaichi Dham had its share of the limelight when in a candid interview, Mark Zuckerberg revealed to the Prime Minister, that he had visited a temple in India on the advice of Steve Jobs.
At crossroads between Tanki and Killbury Road, Pangot is a perfect hideaway. You aren’t supposed to do a lot in one. Just need to relax, put the world behind you and be in peace with the hills that surrounds you.
Wake up to the sounds of birds chirping and you thank the God, in who you might not believe. Pangot is the most favorite destination among the Camping lovers in recent days.
It is also known as the Cheena Peak which later got to be known as “China Peak“. The Naina Peak, on clear days, offers a complete view of Uttarakhand Himalayas.
If you are really feeling adventurous you wake up really early and witness sunrise from here.
The enthralling view of Naini lake is an experience in itself.
Camels back is the underdog of cool places to visit in Nainital. It’s a hump like structure by the virtue of which it gained its name ‘Camels Back’.
It’s neck to neck with Naina Peak when it comes to altitude. The feel of both the treks is quite different from one another.
It’s a shorter trek which takes about 2 hours from Mallital Rickshaw stand and at a leisurely pace.
Corbett National Park
Corbett National Park is located at a distance of 80km. It is later named as Jim Corbett. Jim Corbett was a wildlife conservationist, and had played a crucial role in the establishment of the park. Apart from the park the Corbett Museum and Corbett waterfall are major attractions of the place.Jim Corbett National Park a major crowd puller in the region.
Some Other Places to Visit in Nainital
The Flatts is a well known name among locals where major events are organized. It has turned to be an amazing place for tourists in Nainital. The Flatts is a large ground conducting number of activities like sports, Mela etc. It has emerged as a centre for recreational activities.
ARIES stands for Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences. It is one of the prominent observatory which was established after independence. It is an important astronomical institute of India as well as sightseeing option.
Apart from these major places to see in Nainital. There are some other honorable mentions which we have included in “7 points to see in Nainital” While you are at it do go through our list of “Top 5 Restaurants in Mallroad Nainital” .