Places to Visit in Nainital
One of the most beautiful lakes of the country, Nainital lakes is known for its exquisiteness. It is one of the four lakes of Kumaun Hills which includes the Sattal Lake, Bhimtal Lake and the Naukuchiyatal Lake besides the Nainital Lake. The famous lake finds its mentions in ancient scriptures and many poems by prominent writers. Naina Devi Temple is situated on this lake where it is believed that Sati’s eye’s fell to earth after her act of self - immolation.
It is a famous lake located in the town of Bhimtal. The reason why it is so famous is because of the masonry dam built in the year 1883 which enabled a good storage facility. It has a catchment area of around 17.12 sq km which is quite large.
Sattal as the name says is a body of 7 freshwater lakes in the lower Himalayan range. The place is near Bhimtal which is a popular town in the district of Nainital. As the pollution level has grown in the recent times, Sattal is one of the few unpolluted and unspoiled freshwater biomes in our country.
Pt G.B. Pant High Altitude is another famous tourist attraction of Nainital. Situated on the Sher Ka Danda hill at a height of 2100 meters, it is one of the high altitude zoos in India, other being situated in Darjeeling and Sikkim. Home to many endangered species, a visit to the zoo offers tourists a chance to see the varied flora and fauna closely. Some of the animals and birds which one can spot here include the Royal Bengal Tiger, Tibetan Wolves, Lady Amherst Pheasant, RoseRinged Parakeet,Golden Pheasant etc..
If you like to be exploratory by going into dark and unknown places, then this is the place where you can enjoy. The Eco Cave Garden is located just a kilometer away from the Mall Road and offers an interesting sneak peek into the Himalayan way of life. The caves here are of different dimensions narrowing down further into the tunnels which give it a natural look. So if you’re looking to discover the kind of spaces where animals resides in the Himalayas, this is one of the places to visit in Nainital on a vacation.
It is a 350 year old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a famous tourist destination in Uttarakhand. There are many such temples throughout various states in India.
Your visit to Nainital will remain incomplete if you do not pay a visit to this renowned pilgrim center of Kainchi Dham. The ashram of the famous Shri Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji has given this place prominence. It is situated at an altitude of 1400 meters, just 17 km away from the main city of Nainital. The place was founded in 1962 and ever since has remained an important center for followers of Shri Neem Karoli Baba.
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. Also called the Dorothy’s Seat, it is located on the Ayarpatta Hills, offering a gorgeous 360 degree view of the Lake District. It was named Dorothy’s Seat by a British Army Officer in the memory of her wife Dorothy Kellet who died from septicemia.
Situated at an altitude of 2,615 km, Naina Peak is known for its breathtaking bird's eye perspective of the town, the Himalayas and furthermore, the immense breadths of the Terai areas of Kumaon. The Nanda Devi Peak and the mountains of the Tibet border are visible from the top of this peak. Also known as the China Peak (before the 1962 Indo-China war), it is situated at a 10 km distance from the Tallital Bus Stand of Nainital. The famous place is one of the most recommended places to visit in Nainital on a vacation.
If we check out the most visited tourist spots in Nainital, Snow view point is surely the most visited and loved spot by people all over. The mountain also has a temple to which residents worship. While you move in the cable rope, you can have a great view of the Nainital lake.
This is one of the most beautiful lakes in the city of Nainital. Residents and tourists both just love the place for the tranquil ambience it provides. It also has a Himalayan Botanical garden nearby which you can visit if you are interested in different varieties of flowers. It is a great place for the study of botany and science.
Kilbury bird sanctuary is the ultimate destination for anyone who loves watching birds. Due to this reason, it is also called as the bird watcher's paradise.
Constructed during the British colonial rule, Mall Road is the primary road which goes through the core of the Nainital town parallel to the lake, interfacing the two closures of the town. It is now named as the Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. The road is one of the most vibrant places to visit in Nainital.
Built by the British as a residence for the Governor of then North West Province of India, the Raj Bhawan is one of the most recommended places to visit in Nainital. Raj Bhawan was built as a replica of Buckingham Palace built in Victorian Gothic style designed by the architect F.W Stevens.
Located atop the Naina hillock near northern shore of the Naini Lake, the Naina Devi Temple is one of the most revered temples in Northern India. It is a famous Shakti Peeth of Hindu religion and draws devotees from all over the country. It is believed this was the place where eyes of Sati’s corpse fell when Lord Shiva carried her.