Explore Nainital

Nainital is a Himalayan resort town in the Kumaon region of India’s Uttarakhand state, at an elevation of roughly 2,000m. Formerly a British hill station, it’s set around Nainital Lake, a popular boating site with Naina Devi Hindu Temple on its north shore. There's shopping in Bara Bazaar, and hiking trails with mountain views crisscross the surrounding area’s wooded hills.Legends tell about the eyes of Goddess Sati dropping where Naini Lake stands today while Lord Shiva was carrying her body and grieving .

The goddess who represents Shakti is worshipped in the temple located at northern shore of the lake. This is just a single myth; there are many other popular stories that could be heard once plans of Nainital tour are in place. The calm and cool environment is salubrious, healing soul just as the faith healing mind.

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Naini Lake

Experience calm and peace like never before, while you stroll around the Mall Road, which runs parallel to the Naini Lake. The bridge connecting the two ends of the lake also has a Post Office, the only one in the world to be located on a bridge. Take a laid-back boating trip and click a few pictures, as you adore nature's beauty. Also known as the lesser Mansarovar, it is believed that a dip in this lake will wash your sins away, though be warned of the cold temperature. Try taking a stroll near the lake at night and see twinkling lights reflect in the mirror-like, clear water. Explore its beauty and come back with cherished memories.


Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)

The panoramic beauty of soft white clouds, rocky peaks, emerald jungles, and green verdant valleys from Tiffin Top can not be put into words. The place is only about 4 km from the heart of Nainital and makes for a wonderful trek. Alternately, you may go there on horseback. Tiffin Top is also known as Dorothy’s seat as it was built in the memory of an English artist name Dorothy Kellet by her family. With so much to offer, no wonder, the place is a delight for dozens of artists, photographers, and nature enthusiasts.


Naina Devi Temple

The Naina Devi Temple is dedicated to goddess Naina Devi, who is believed to govern the Naini Lake. It is believed to be one of the 64 Shaktipeeth’s in India, places where parts of Goddess Sati’s body fell while Lord Shiva was carrying her. It is here that her eyes fell, and hence the temple and the goddess is called Naina Devi.

The temple was rebuilt after it was destroyed in the 1880 landslide. Experience the almighty here, surrounded by his best creation - the absolutely serene natural landscapes-and you’re sure to go back home feeling transformed.


Snow View

Snow View, a popular tourist spot that offers mesmerising views of the simply awesome snow clad peaks of the Himalayan range that provide a breathtaking backdrop for clicking pictures. Take a trip to the scenic Snow View Point and if you’re lucky, you might be able to spot the famous peaks of Nanda Devi, Trisul and Nanda Kot on a clear day.

You will find souvenir, carnival and food stalls as well as an amusement park at the top. Enjoy mouth watering maggi or a steaming cuppa of tea if you are hungry. Pay a visit to Gadhan Kunkyop Ling Gompa on your way to Snow View and discover your spiritual side as well.

Pt. GB Pant High Altitude Zoo

Home to a variety of endangered animals and a wide variety of flora, the Pt. GB Pant High Altitude Zoo is the perfect way to explore the mountain wildlife. Lay your eyes on rare species of animals such as the Khaleej Pheasant, Siberian Tiger, Snow Leopard, Goat Antelope-Ghooral and Serao, among several others. If you are an avid bird lover, you will be more than happy to hear that this zoo is home to several high altitude birds like the Golden Pheasant, Rose Ringed Parakeet, Red Jungle fowl and Lady Amherst Pheasant. Most of these are kept according to their natural habitat, ensuring that they feel right at home. The zoo was founded in the year 1984 but it was opened to visitors in 1995.

Gurney House

Heard about Gurney House? If the answer is no, then it is all the more important to visit the place as it was the home of famous Englishman, Jim Corbett, who lived in Nainital for a good part of his life. Legend has it that Jim was an avid hunter, but after seeing his friends massacre water-fowls, he grew an aversion to hunting and swore never to kill an animal without reason. Whenever he was in this beautiful hill station, he stayed at Gurney House. Now a museum, the place has an amazing collection which shows some significant facts about his life. The house is surrounded by dense pine, oak and deodar trees which make a perfect backdrop for spending a wonderful time here.

Naina Peak

The highest peak in the Nainital district, this one is 6 km away from the Northern end of the lake, Mallital. The trek to Naina Peak or China Peak can be quite tiring, so you can opt for pony-rides from Mallital too, while you enjoy breathtaking views of the Kumaon and Western Himalayan ranges. Once you’re there, enjoy a panoramic view of Nainital below and take home a camera full of memories. A trek to the highest peak in this region, Naina Peak (or China Peak) is known for being challenging, covering a distance of 6 kms from Mallital. A photographer's delight, you will be mesmerized by stunning views of the snow capped Himalayas from this point.



The ancient temple in Nainital was frequently visited by Neem Karoli Baba, the local saint. Hanumangarhi has a life size idol of Lord Hanuman, who is also known as Maruti. The statue is so big that it is visible even from outside. On the day of Ramnavmi and other important festivals, devotees flock this temple to offer their prayers and take part in the celebrations.
If you are planning to visit this temple, make sure you are appropriately dressed as there are some rules which you need to follow. Surrounded by beautiful spectacles of nature, you can also treat yourself to some amazing views of the sunset and sunrise from the temple premises.



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