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Nainital , Uttarakhand

Nainital is an absolute delight in Uttarakhand. Not only is it a popular hill station but it is also a district in this state and is the perfect frame for the great Himalayas. Bounded by the Outer Himalayas on all sides and situated in a valley, the whole place is built around a pear shaped lake the lies right in the centre of the city of Nainital. The view and the panoramic beauty of this city is absolutely incomparable and there are very few places which can boast of a beauty such as Nainital. A place of temperate summers and cold winters, this place definitely makes you want to visit it when the whole country heats up every summer. Thus you see an influx of people from the plains trying to recapture a bit of the peace that Nainital provides so generously. Very famous for the Naini lake, which is also believed to be one of the Shakti Peeths in the country, this is where the eyes of Sati was said to have fallen. It was one of the places favoured by the British and was one of the famous British retreats. In the latter half of the 19th century a number of "European" schools for boys and girls were founded in Nainital. Today it is one of the places with some premiere institutes in that region. This is a place which will awe you with the many views here. The Snow view, Naini Peak and Tiffin top are some of the places that open up the splendour of Himalaya to you.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 20.0°C /68.0°F 164 mm 6503feet 3827.0 /km2 Feb-Nov Coming Soon

Places of Interest

  • Astronomical Observatory

    "The Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO), located near Leh in Ladakh, India, has one of the world's highest sites for optical, infrared and gamma-ray telescopes. It is operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore. It is currently the second highest optical telescope in the world, situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters (14,764 ft).In the late 1980s a committee chaired by Prof. B. V. Sreekantan recommended that a national large optical telescope be taken up as a priority project. The search for the site of the observatory was taken up in 1992 under the leadership of Prof. Arvind Bhatnagar. The scientists from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics found the site at Hanle.[3]\nThe first light was seen by the Observatory 2-metre telescope on the midnight hour between September 26 and September 27, 2000.[1]\nThe satellite link between the Centre for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST), Bangalore and Hanle was inaugurated by the then Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah on June 2, 2001. The Observatory was dedicated to the nation on August 29, 2001.[4]"

    Astronomical Observatory

  • Governor's House

    "The British introduced the concept of Governor's house or Raj Bhavan, when they built a residence for the Governor of North West Province. Currently, the official residence/accommodation of the Governor of Uttaranchal, the Raj Bhavan also serves as a guesthouse to state guests coming over for a holiday to Nainital. A prior permission for the stay is mandatory. \nThe Raj Bhavan is a beautiful property, well developed and maintained. Golf links, swimming pool and a splendid garden add to the glamour! Munshi heights, and Jhandidhar Modi heights are also located in the premises and are worth the watch! Standing tall at two stories housing 113 rooms, the Raj Bhavan bears a close resemblance to the Buckingham Palace!"

    Governor's House

  • Gurney House

  • Boat House Club

    "The Boat House Club in Nainital is one of the prominent places that can be visited. Tourists who have visited Nainital talk high of this club. One can find the mention of the Boat House Club in the history of Nainital and thus can be placed under the category of ancient heritage.\nA highly recommended club/restaurant right on the lake. An old heritage property. The only 'little' problem is that it is for members only. They do grant 'temporary' membership also, for a small fee and it is very much worth it if one happens to be spending the day at Nainital. You make up the membership fee in eating at the club - very good and cheap, almost subsidised food. If you have a member friend then entry is much easier as guests.\nThe Nainital Boat House Club exclusively holds the management of yatching in Nainital. While sailing a yatch requires a thorough knowledge of sailing technique and skill, casual visitors and tourists can still enjoy a drink at the lake-facing bar or shoot a game or billiards by paying a nominal temporary membership fee. At present, the Nainital Boat Club has got 10 yatchs. The original yatch club was shut down in 1947. The Nainital Club, which was the parent body took the decision to sell all the yatchs and close the club. This led a few sailing enthusiasts to rally round and use their own savings to buy the yatchs and transfer the the club lease to the Boat House Club. The Nainital Boat House Club is the second oldest club in the country and has the unique distinction of sailing a class of boats which are not sailed anywhere else in the world. Till 1970, yatching was the exclusive privilege of the club's members but now even non-members can avail of the club's facilities."

    Boat House Club

  • Eco Cave Gardens

    "Popular among tourists of all ages, especially little children, Eco Cave garden is a latest entrant into the many attractions of Nainital. You can make your visit to Nainital a memorable one with a trip to these gardens wherein you can introduce your child to an eco-friendly life. Children can make this an informative trip learning all about ecosphere and taking a peek into an adventurous life. \nThe garden has six caves and a musical fountain operating during the best season. The gardens have an excellent approach to getting kids interested in nature and take a liking to exploring things.\n"

    Eco Cave Gardens

  • Guano Hills

    "Situated in the Pangot village of Nainital, the Guano Hills have an excellent track for long walks. A trail through the Guano Hills takes you through a thicket of oak, deodar and bamboo. A few may be lucky enough to spot rare species of birds such as the black-chinned babbler and gray woodpeckers. Many more flora and fauna can be traced by nature lovers and enthusiasts. \nKeep your trekking shoes ready when you plan to visit Nainital. Needless to say, your digital cameras too! You would definitely not want to miss capturing the variety of flora and fauna on camera for memories forever."

    Guano Hills

  • Land's End

    "Land's End (Cornish: Penn an Wlas or Pedn an Wlas)[1] is a headland and small settlement in western Cornwall, England. It is the most westerly point of mainland Cornwall and England. It is on the Penwith peninsula, about eight miles (13 km) west-southwest of Penzance.[2].In 1769, the antiquarian William Borlase wrote:\n\"Of this time we are to understand what Edward I. says (Sheringham. p. 129.) that Britain, Wales, and Cornwall, were the portion of Belinus, elder son of Dunwallo, and that that part of the Island, afterwards called England, was divided in three shares, viz. Britain, which reached from the Tweed, Westward, as far as the river Ex; Wales inclosed by the rivers Severn, and Dee; and Cornwall from the river Ex to the Land's-End\".\nIn 1987 Peter de Savary purchased Land's End for almost 7 million pounds from David Goldstone.[4] He had two new buildings erected and much of the present theme park development was instigated by him[citation needed]. He sold both Land's End and John o' Groats to businessman Graham Ferguson Lacey in 1991.[5] The current owners purchased Land's End in 1996 and formed a company named Heritage Great Britain PLC[citation needed]. Attractions at the theme park include children's playgrounds and recorded music. Twice a week in August there are firework displays. Nearby is the Land's End Hotel.[6]\nIn May 2012, Land's End received widespread attention as the starting point of the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay.[7]"

    Land's End

  • Naina Peak

    "Naina peak or China peak as it is known, is located at an altitude of 2611 meters and is the highest peak of the town. Distanced about six kms away from the town, a ride on a pony or horses can take you to the Naina Peak. The Naina Peak opens up to a beautiful panoramic view of the snow laden Himalayas in the west to the Api and Nari peaks in the east. \nAn excellent view of the Nainital city in its complete grandeur can be obtained from the high altitude of this peak. The best way to view the entire scenario would be through the lenses of a binocular!"

    Naina Peak

  • Naini Lake

    "Nainital Lake, a natural freshwater body, situated amidst the township of Nainital in Uttarakhand State of India, tectonic in origin, is kidney shaped or crescent shaped and has an outfall at the southeastern end.[1][2]\nNainital Lake, in the Nainital district called the Lake District of India, is one of the four Lakes of Kumaon hills; the other three lakes are the Sattal Lake, the Bhimtal Lake and the Naukuchiyatal Lake.[3]"

    Naini Lake

  • Snow View

    "Located at 2.5 Kms from Nainital, this is the most easily accessible place to partake of the panoramic view of the snow clad Himalayas. The Snow View is situated at a height of 2270 m and can be reached by foot. It is a pleasant 2.5 km climb. There is also the option of hiring horses or taking the chair lift ropeway called the Aerial Express. From the top of the Snow View you can see the truly breath taking of the Nanda Devi mountain in all her white-capped glory which was 'the highest mountain in the British Empire' as an outdated plaque informs the visitor. Apart from the views, you can also pay your respects at the small marble temple dedicated to Dev Mundi. This temple houses the images of Durga, Shiva, Sita, Rama, Lakshaman and Hanuman. Further up ahead from Snow View is the Gadhan Kunkyop Ling Gompa of the Gelukpa order. Their spiritual leader is the Dalai Lama"

    Snow View

  • Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)

    "Tiffin Top, referred to as Dorothy's Seat is a terrace hill top atop the Ayarpatta hill, located at a distance of 4 km from the central town of Nainital. At a height of 7520 ft above sea level, Dorothy's seat is a stonework bench built in memory of Dorothy Kellet, an English artist. \nDorothy's Seat is a picnic spot built in her memory by her husband and well wishers after she died in a plane crash. This hill top is a perfect spot for aspiring photographers as they can capture the picturesque view of the countryside. Dorothy's seat unfolds the unending love Dorothy's family had for her, and proves to be a memorable attraction."

    Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)

  • Nainital Zoo

    "Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo is a high altitude zoo situated in Nainital, Uttarakhand. Established in 1984 and opened to public in 1995, it is situated on the Sher Ka Danda hill at a height of 2,100 metres (6,900 ft) above sea-level and is spread over 4.6 hectares (11 acres). It is the only High Altitude Zoo in north India, besides those in Darjeeling and Sikkim. Over the years it has become a popular tourist attraction [1][3].The zoo was established in 1984, though it was opened to visitors on June 1, 1995.[4]\nThe Naintal Zoo was home to India's only siberian tiger from 2001 until its death in November 2011. The tiger, named Kunal, was half of a pair of tigers brought from Darjeeling in 1997. His older brother, named Mahesh, died in 2001.[5]"

    Nainital Zoo

  • Naina Devi Temple

    "The name \"NAINA\" which means eye is derived from a temple to the goddess 'Naini Devi\" built on the upper edge of the lake and was destoyed by the landslip of 1880. \nIt was subsequently replaced by the present structure. The word \"Naina\" means 'Eyes' and 'Tal' means 'Lake'. The perimeter of the Naini Tal lake is of nearly 2 miles.The word Naina is synonymous with Sati's eyes. Since then, devotees started visiting this temple. Once the devotee reaches the hill top, prasad can be bought from any of the various shops or it can also one's own offerings from home. After crossing the main gate, there is a big Peepal tree on the left side. On the right side of the temple there are idols of Lord Hanuman Ji and Ganesh Ji. After reaching the main entrance of the temple, there are two statues of lions. \nInside the temple, devotees have darshan of three deities. On the extreme left is Mata Kali Devi, the centre representing two Netras or eyes is Maa Naina Devi and to right side is idol of Lord Ganesh.\nThough the temple is named after Naina Devi (another name for Sati), the biggest social occasion here is the festival held in honour of Nanda Devi.The patron goddess of Kumaon hills and a local princess Sunanda Devi.\nOn the northern side of the lake is built a temple dedicated to Sati and is called the Naina Devi temple."

    Naina Devi Temple

  • Bara Bazaar

    "Mallital and Tallital are two busy areas of Nainital. A highly vibrant and happening market, the Bara Bazaar is a very famous area in Mallital and also serves as an excellent landmark. Nainital is very popular for the variety of different beautiful candles available. Do not miss to buy candles and cane sticks from Bara Bazaar. The other traditional buys include scarves, shawls, woodcrafts, cardigans and so on. \nThe Bara Bazaar in Mallital area also houses a lot of restaurants, which serve good food at reasonably cheaper rates. Once you have shopped enough for the variety of handicrafts and even freshly prepared jams from Bara Bazaar, you can be satisfied about having purchased the specialties of Nainital."

    Bara Bazaar

  • The Mall

    "Classic The Mall Naintal, overlooks serene views of Naini Lake and is located on Mall Road Itself. The property offers free Wi-Fi and houses a restaurant - The Taal which serves Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines.\nGuests can indulge in the picturesque views of snow-capped peaks at Classic The Mall. A 24-hour front desk can assist guests with dry cleaning services, car rentals and free parking. Room service is also available upon request.\nLocated 1 km away from Nainital bus stand, the hotel is also situated 34 km away from Kathgodam Railway Station and 70 km to Pantnagar Airport.\nAir-conditioned rooms are furnished with a TV with cable channels, seating area, wardrobe and tea/coffee making facilities. An en suite bathroom includes hot shower facilities."

    The Mall

  • Tibetan Market

    "In addition to Bara Bazaar, one can shop extravagantly at the Tibetan Market. The Tibetan Market runs along the famous Naini lake of Nainital. This market is a shopper's delight, for you can shop for a variety of items under one roof. Scarves, shawls, woolen clothing, Himalayan bags, junk jewellery, watches and much more are available in the Tibetan Market. \nIf you have never bargained in your life, then this is the right place for you to get a feel of bargaining. For the experts, get your bargaining skills polished. A good bargain can get you a good deal of items."

    Tibetan Market


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