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Nainital Tourism

A charming hill station of Himalayan lake town located in Uttrakhand, Nainital is commonly known as the 'Lake District.' Nainital is also known as one of the best places to enjoy winters in India. A true paradise to enjoy snowfall in India, Nainital is also famous for being a honeymoon destination. The snowclad hill station, majestic mountains and sparkling waters are just breathtaking.

Set at an altitude of around 2,000 m above sea level, Nainital is surrounded by seven hills, 'Sapta-Shring.' The famous mountain lake Naini filled with colorful boats adds charm to the beauty of the town.

Nainital offers everything required for a perfect holiday and remains full throughout the year with honeymooners, backpackers, travelers, families, and tourists. The innumerable forested trails and landscapes welcome adventure tourists and wildlife lovers. Horse riding, trekking, hot-air ballooning, and mountaineering are the best things to do when in Nainital.

Blessed with lakes, mountains, adventure, spirituality, nature, ancient temples, and warm hospitality, Nainital is a perfect place to visit in winter.

Check out this Nainital travel guide on Nainital tourism that will help you explore the city easily and inform you about the Nainital tourist places, the history and culture of Nainital, and the best time to visit.

History, Culture and Traditions of Nainital:

The name Nainital means "the Lake of the Eye," and it traces back to the era of Shiva when the eyes of goddess "Sati" fell at this spot while Lord Shiva was carrying her body after her death. The goddess Shakti (Sati) is worshiped at the Naina Devi Temple.

Nainital is filled with Kumaoni people, and people have separated themselves far from the hustle-bustle of city life. People live in traditional houses made of wood. People of Kumaoni play a dance known as "Choliya" with folk music on every ceremonial occasion. Basant Panchami, Nanda Devi Mela, Makar Sankranti, Ganga Dussehra, and Khatarua are the famous festivals of Nainital. The languages used in Nainital are Pahari or Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi, and English.

Handicrafts, wooden crafts, Kashmiri Pashmina Shawls, Woolen caps, and jams are quite popular in the markets of Nainital. If you're planning to visit Nainital, visit the Mall road for the local handicraft items.

Cuisine of Nainital:

Being a famous place in India to explore, Nainital also offers delicious and lip-smacking food.

Rice or roti is an integral part of the cuisine of Nainital. If you’re a foodie, then you find many dishes to try here. Nainital offers a delectable mix of Kumaoni and Tibetan cuisines that will leave you craving for more. Momos, Ras, Baadi, Bhatt ki Churkani, Aloo Ke Gutke, Arsa, and Gulgula, are the must-try dishes when in Nainital.

Nainital Weather and best time to Visit

Language Spoken

Hindi, English

Nainital Map

Places to Visit Nainital

The major Nainital tourist destinations include Nainital Lake, Naina Peak, Mall Road, Tiffin Top, and High Altitude Zoo. Lands End, Bhimtal Lake, Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, Kainchi Dham, and Naukuchiatal are other famous Nainital tourist places.

Nainital Lake

Situated in the center of Nainital, the lake is also known as Naini Lake. One of the most famous lakes of the Kumaon region, the lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The lake is famous for evening walks, picnics and boat rides. It is one of the best Nainital travel places to visit. 

Naina Peak

Famous for its scenic views and surroundings, this is the highest peak of Nainital at the height of 2615 meters. Naina peak is also famous for remaining covered with snow throughout the year. Also known as China Peak, the peak is quite popular among trekkers. Being one of the best Nainital tourist places, Naina Peak is a must-visit site for everyone. 

Mall Road:

An ideal place for shopaholics and foodies, Mall Road is one of the best places to visit in Nainital. Running parallel to the Naini Lake, Mall road is the prime shopping, food and cultural center. 

Tiffin Top

Located 2290 m above sea level, the hilltop is an ideal destination for nature lovers and photographers. One of the most famous Nainital travel places, the Tiffin Top is also known as Dorothy's Seat. One can enjoy the views of Kumaon region and Nainital. The hill is surrounded by trees of Cher, Oak, and Deodar. 

High Altitude Zoo

Established in 1984, the zoo is situated at a height of 2100 meters on Sher ka Danda hill in Tallital, Nainital. Spread over an area of 4.6 hectares, the zoo houses several endangered species of wildlife. One can admire sightseeing of Royal Bengal Tiger, Himalayan Bear, Himalayan Civet, Hill Patridge, Tibetan Wolf, Sambar, and Barking Deer. 

Where to stay in Nainital: 

Being a famous city, Nainital offers various stay options for every budget. If you want to experience the luxury and comfort of Nainital city, then you can book luxury hotels in Nainital. If you like to spend equal parts of money on stay and exploration, you can book our mid-range hotels in Nainital, including 3 star and 4 star hotels. If you like to explore more and need a hotel to just sleep at night, check our budget hotels in Nainital. 

Luxury stays in Nainital

Nainital offers many resorts and luxury hotels for the guests, and the hotels offer luxury at its best Here are some luxury properties in Nainital to book on HotelDekho. 

Bara Bungalow Gethia, Nainital 

The Hive Cottage

Cygnett Resort Mountain Breeze

Balaut Resort Nainital

The Lake Resort

Swiss Cottage

Kahal Jungle Resort

Mid-range stay in Nainital

The mid-range hotels offer some 4-star hotels and 3-star hotels that cater to all the modern amenities and facilities for the guests to enjoy a comfortable stay. Here are some best mid-range Nainital hotels to book on HotelDekho. 

The Naini Retreat By Leisure Hotels

Hotel Arif Castle

The Manu Maharani

Vikram Vintage Inn

Harshikhar - A Lake Side Hotel

Hotel Sweet Home

Hotel Rio Grand

Hotel Himalaya

The Earl's Court By Leisure Hotels

Hotel Lake Inn 

La Niwasa by Shivraj

Aadrika Retreat

Budget stay in Nainital

The Nainital budget hotels offer basic amenities, hygienic rooms with required services for a comfortable stay in Nainital. Here is the list of best budget hotels in Nainital that you can book on HotelDekho. 

Hotel Cloud 7

Vansh Regency 

Hotel Fiesta

Hotel Mohini Inn

Best Time to Visit Nainital

Nainital is an all-year destination; however, between March and June is the best time to visit Nainital. It receives heavy snowfall during winter and turns into a white wonderland. One can also visit Nainital during winters to experience snowfall. 

Places To Visit In Nainital

Getting In Nainital


Pantnagar Airport, Pantnagar serves as the nearest airport to Nainital. One can easily reach here from almost every major city of India.

Uttarakhand State Road Transport Corporation (USRTC) and private buses connect Nainital with all the major cities of India. One can also book a cab or taxi to reach Nainital by road.

Kathgodam Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Nainital at a 24 km distance. The station connects all the major cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Dehradun, Jaipur, and Ahmedabad, and one can easily reach Nainital from any part of India.


Hope this Nainital travel guide will help you with the Nainital travel places, culture, food, and tourism on your Nainital trip.

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