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Things To Do In Nainital-A Popular Hill Station In India

Updated on January 22, 2020
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I am a passionate traveler and nature lover who loves exploring new places.


Are you looking for a place where you can treat your eyes with scenic views and fill your lungs with pollution-free air? If the answer is yes then Nainital is the place for you. Wrapped in beautiful lustrous nature this place is luring in every sense. Nainital is sitting on an altitude of 2084 m in Uttarakhand, India. This beautiful hill station bags emerald lakes, mesmerizing mountains, gorgeous waterfalls, and idyllic temples. Nainital is derived from two words called Naina which means eyes and tal which means lake.

I went there in the month of June 2018 on a three day trip from Delhi, my experience with this place was awesome. Here I am sharing some of my experience with this beauty.

Boating In Naina Lake
Boating In Naina Lake | Source

Naini lake

This beautiful emerald freshwater lake is guarded by seven hills. It is located in the heart of Nainital and tempts a lot of tourists from everywhere to visit the place. You can do boat riding and explore the beautiful lake by floating above it or just admire it by sitting on the chairs arranged adjacent to the lake. You can even feed thousands of fishes in the lake but cannot do fishing. Naini Lakes showcase some of the water’s most alluring qualities, from mesmerizing ripples and mirror-like reflections to crystalline clarity that don’t need editing filters to look spectacular on your laptop screen. The Naini temple residing on the bank of this lake is a famous tourist destination. The place is divine in every sense.

Fish Feeding In Naina Lake
Fish Feeding In Naina Lake | Source
Swans floating on the lake
Swans floating on the lake

Mall Road

Mall road is famous for shopping. Take a walk on the road while admiring the beauty of Naina lake as the lake and the road go hand on hand. If you love handcrafted items then you can get beautifully handcrafted dresses, accessories in these shops.

Naina Temple on The Bank Of Naina Lake
Naina Temple on The Bank Of Naina Lake | Source

Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” ― David McCullough Jr.

Breathtaking View From Naini Peak
Breathtaking View From Naini Peak

Naini Peak

This is the place where you can get a panoramic view of the city and can do horse riding but we avoided to go for a horse ride for safety concerns as the tracks were slippery due to rain.

The experience was mesmerizing when cakes of clouds kiss you and the cool winds brace you with open arms while standing above these beautiful mountains and all other things appear like small toys from the cliff.

Horse Riding
Horse Riding | Source

Khurpa Tal

The crystal clear water appears like a mirror, the trees adjacent to the lake look as if they are standing one on the other. Surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful terrain. The lake is an ideal spot to spend a day out amidst nature as it is one of the top Nainital tourist spots. The day we visited this place the weather was foggy so we couldn't get a chance for a clear view from the top.

Khurpa Tal
Khurpa Tal | Source

Snow point

This is one of the famous spots in Nainital where you can get a panoramic view of snow-clad peaks of Himalayan ranges located towards the Tibetan borders. There is a telescope available at a very nominal price from which you can get a closer look at the Himalayan ranges. If you are an adventure lover you can go for trekking also. The day we visited this place, the climate was clear so we witnessed the breathtaking view without any problems but most of the time the climate is foggy so check it out before you visit this place.

Telescope At Snow Point To See The View
Telescope At Snow Point To See The View | Source

Corbet fall

This beautiful small waterfall is located on Nainital road amidst the lush forest. The cool water in the lap of mother nature is something special to offer. You can play with this water and take pictures as well. Personally, I loved this place as there was less traffic and the place was peaceful. Snacks are available on stone's throw distance from the fall so that you can enjoy the salubrious weather of Nainital by feeding yourself with some lip-smacking delicacies.

Corbet fall
Corbet fall | Source

Tea Gardens

You can witness green waves of tea plants in this tea garden. Even you can pluck a few leaves and also purchase organic tea from the factory which is situated adjacent to the garden. This beautiful garden is situated in Bhowali which is situated just a few kilometers away from Nainital.

Tea Gardens
Tea Gardens | Source

Fruit orchards

As they say"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" here you can get a bunch of apples jeweled on the trees. These fresh bomb of antioxidants are quite tempting to the naked eyes. Rolling hills enveloped with green trees, pine forests and trees laden with apples, other fruits provide a green dose of healing for the cluttered mind.

Fresh Plums
Fresh Plums | Source
Apples | Source

Hanuman Garhi Temple

The divine beauty of the temple can not be described in words but can only be felt. One of the most popular temples in Nainital, Hanuman Garhi Temple is believed to have been established in the early 20th century. Surrounded by towering hills in the lush green valleys of Nainital, this beautiful temple is also popular as one of the most beautiful sunset destinations in the region. You can spot many monkeys lingering around the temple. Be careful if you are taking any food items. The monkeys may snatch those things from your hands. The temple is located at an elevation of more than 6400 feet, and hence it also provides its visitors with the panoramic beauty of Nainital.

View From Hanuman Garhi Temple
View From Hanuman Garhi Temple | Source

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Best Time To Visit Nainital

Best time to visit the place is between March to June as Nainital is a hill station many people visit the mystic beauty during the summer in order to escape from the scorching sun. But again if you are a fan of snow then the best time to visit the place is between November to February which is the winter season. I will not recommend visiting the place in the rainy reason as there is a risk of landslides in this place and most sites are also closed due to the heavy pour of rain. The roads are stiff and rain makes it more difficult to drive. As I visited the place in June, at the beginning of the rainy season we faced a lot of difficulties the weather was misty most of the time so we couldn't able to get a clear view of the mountains. Most of the roads are blocked due to landslides so I couldn't get an opportunity to visit few spots. Although you can witness small waterfalls in many places during this season. But most of the sites are closed due to the extreme weather.


Here you can get private taxis at a very nominal rate. I will recommend taking the taxi on your own and not from the hotel as they will charge you more.

Beautiful Green Landscapes
Beautiful Green Landscapes

They say nature’s beauty has healing properties—that a dose of green works wonders for our physical and mental well-being. Take the time to unplug . Nainital is a wonderful place to escape from the hustle-bustle city life and and enjoy nature’s splendor in the lap of nature.

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    • Suchismita pradhan profile imageAUTHOR

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      5 days ago from India

      Good one Aishatu Ali.Thanks for commenting.

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      Aishatu Ali 

      2 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      A very comprehensive article. It's very cold in Pakistan these days; if it were summer, I would ask you to send some sardi from Nainital.

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      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      I have been to Nainital so many times that I have lost count. Lovely place but no snow and that for me is a drawback. Also, it could do with a little more cleanliness. My preference is Ranikhet nearby, it's calm and serene

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      Nitin Khaire 

      2 months ago from Mumbai

      This is a wonderful article full of mesmerizing images.

      I am so glad that there are such beautiful places in India.

      Yes, one needs to take time out to visit these beautiful places and get connected to nature.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      2 months ago from Kolkata, India

      Nainital is one of my favorite vacation destinations. My parents zeroed in the place for their honeymoon. And when my brother and I along with our parents visited the place to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, we were spell bound by the beauty of Nainital and we realized why our parents used to go gaga over the place. It is a must visit for travelers who have an inclination towards mountains. My heart lies in the mountains and so I'm planning again a vacation there.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      2 months ago from India

      Thank you so much Mr.Murali for your comment,You can enjoy this place in summer as well as in winter.This place is beautiful in every sense.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      2 months ago from South India

      It was a vivid and virtual tour to Nainital through your article, Ms Suchismita. It was very nice to see the Naini Lake, temple and parks.

      It was amazing to see the hill climbing, falls and view points. Thank you very much for such an interesting article.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      2 months ago from India

      Yes, Mr.Singh the hill station is truly amazing. Ranikhet is also a beautiful place. Mother nature had sprinkled all its beauty strokes in these places. Even the tour guide informed us that one of the Hindi movie called Raja Hindustani featuring Amir khan and Karishma Kapoor song has been picturized here in Ranikhet.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      2 months ago from India

      Yes Devica Nainital is beautiful place to explore.If you are a nature lover this place will not let you down.The scenic beauty is mesmerising in everysense.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      2 months ago from India

      Thanks Liz glad to know that you liked my article.yes Nainital is beautiful place.Regarding the map I dont know why Iam facing that although I tried fixing it but still its showing SanFransisco.

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      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      I have been to Nainital at least half a dozen times. The drive from Delhi is wonderful and the hill station is nice. Close by is Ranikhet which again is an untouched hill station. In fact, I prefer Ranikhet to Nainital.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Nainital sounds a lovely place. The photos are a clear vision of your visit. A day out makes a difference to your life too take in what you have and sure not to forget,

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 months ago from UK

      This looks and sounds like an interesting area to visit. You showcase it well. You might want to take a look at the map again. I have had a problem before when somehow it defaults to San Francisco, which is annoying.


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