About Nainital

Nainital, the charming Himalayan lake town, is a picture-postcard perfect hill-station and one of the most popular in Northern India. Commonly known as the ‘Lake District’, Nainital is nestled high up in the Kumaon Himalayas at an altitude of around 2,000 m above sea level.

This beautiful town in surrounded by seven hills, popularly known as ‘Sapta-Shring’ – Ayarpata, Deopata, Handi-Bandi, Naina, Alma, Lariya-Kanta and Sher-Ka-Danda. The majestic mountains and the sparkling waters of the lake add an immense lot to the beauty of the town. The town is centred around the emerald mountain lake Naini, which on most days is dotted with colourful sailboats. According to mythology, the lake is believed to have been formed when the eyes of goddess “Sati” fell at this spot while her body was being carried by Lord Shiva after her death.

The summer capital of the United Provinces during the British era, the town has a strong colonial heritage with vibrant clusters of villas and bungalows. Homesick Britishers used to flock to this quaint town spread over a forested valley. It is also known for the revered Naina Devi temple, which stands on the edge of the lake. Nainital is not only a famous tourist destination but is also known for its prestigious educational institutions and schools, which have stood since the British era.

Nearby Places

Here are some of the best attractions to visit in Nainital on your summer vacation to admire the enchanting beauty of the hill station. Add these best places of Nainital to your itinerary for a perfect holiday on the hill station.

Naini Lake

Also called as Naini Lake, this enchanting beauty is surrounded by rugged mountains and is one of the most favorite places to visit in Nainital in summer. The serene and overwhelming views of Nainital Lake makes it an ideal place for unwinding during weekends. This kidney shaped lake lies in the heart of Nainital and is a great picnic spot among the locals and people of Delhi. It is one of the mandatory places to visit in Nainital during summer on your vacation.

The beauty and exquisiteness of this natural freshwater body gets amplified during the night when the sparkling water flirt with the night sky lit by millions of glittering stars. The aura of Nainital Lake during nights is truly magical. Boating and admiring the serene views of the mountain peaks is the best thing to do here.


Naina Devi Temple

A well known Shakti Peeths of Hindu religion, Naina Devi Temple is sacred place of great devotion. Goddess Naina Devi is the diety of Naina Devi Temple and located at northern end of famous Nainital Lake. Goddess in this holy temple is represented by her two eyes. Devotees from far away place comes here to take blessing of Maa Naina Devi. The temple is located atop the Naina hillock near the Naini Lake, and draws thousands of devotees every year. There are many shops in close proximity to the Naina Devi Temple from where one can buy the prasad and pooja items.

Naina Peak

Naina Peak is highest hill top and one of the the famous tourist spots in Nainital. This peak is also called as China Peak and Cheena Peak by locals in Naintal. Due to high altitude and lush green forest path, Naina Peak is favourite place for trekking among travellers. Naina Peak offers the splendid Bird’s eye view of the Nainital town, the Himalayas and also the vast expanses of the Kumaon region. It is a bliss for people who love walking. One can go for long walks, breath fresh air and enjoy the scenic beauty.

Kainchi Dham

Kainchi is a beautiful secluded mountain ashram located in the Kumaon Hills in Uttarakand. The first temple was inaugurated in June 1964. It is approximately 38 km from Nainital. Many hundreds of people visit the temples here every day, in season. Rules are strictly enforced and individuals staying at the ashram are required to participate in morning and evening arati. The ashram is closed for a large portion of the year, because of the bone chilling cold in this area.

The Mall Road

The Mall Road is a most popular name in Nainital city. A busiest road in day time, The Mall Road runs side by side of the Nainital Lake. Britishers constructed The Mall Road which passes through the centre of Nainital and connects two main ends of Nainital city, Mallital and Tallital Inspite officially renamed as Govind Ballabh Pant Marg, the Mall road still locally called and famous by its previous name. Tourists and locals likes to walk on the Mall to enjoy the beauty of Naini Lake mostly in the evening.
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