Located in the foothills of Kumaon, Nainital is a nature lover’s delight. Bordered with a wide range of mountains and
some lakes, Nainital is widely famous for its boat rides. Do not miss boating at the famous Naini Lake. You can also
try trekking and some water sports. Climb up till Naina peak (China peak), the highest point in Nainital and capture
the most stunning view of the hill station.
- Volvo Bus/Train Tickets from Chandigarh or Delhi
- Accommodation for 2 Nights 3 Days
- in a deluxe room in respective hotel.
- Welcome drink (non-alcoholic) on arrival.
- Cookies once in the room during stay
- Daily Bed Tea /Coffee
- 10% discount on additional food bills.
- Pick-up & Drop to resort
- One day Local Sightseeing
Nainital, a little Himalayan hamlet forced to grow into a city, is today one of the most famous hill-stations in India.
Its famous Naini Tal, a shimmering lake enveloped by green hills on three sides, gives it an alpine feel, and has the
famous Mall (a delightful promenade) curving around its banks. Naini Lake is a peaceful lake with a flotilla of pedal
and rowboats whipping up waves. Nainital, renowned for superb views of the Greater Himalayas and its numerous
prestigious educational institutions, was completely destroyed in the Landslip of 1880, and later rebuilt. Set into two
parts with the lake separating them, with Tallital on the southern side of the lake, and Mallital on the northern upper
reaches. Nainital offers the best of both worlds, the throb of city life and the calm of a quiet hill resort.
Places to See
Nainital still retains its old-world charm, and also offers scenic views of the Himalayas. Amongst the things to see in
Nainital, Snow View is one of the most famous, and can either be accessed by foot or by ropeway. From here you
can see Nanda Devi, as well as mountains on the Tibetan border. Next in the list is Land’s End, which is accessed by
foot from Dorothy’s Seat (2,292 metres), from where you can take an enchanting walk through a forest of oak, deodar
and pine for 45 minutes to reach Land’s End. From here you can enjoy views out over the lake, and walk under a
canopy of oak and deodar, enjoying the mild mountain sun filtering in through the trees. Also visit Gurney House, the
house where the famous Jim Corbett once lived, accessed from the road by the northwest corner of the lake near the
The next major site is State Observatory near the Hanuman Temple, which also has several lookout points around it,
ideal for viewing sunsets. However, permission is required to enter the observatory. Another major sight is the
famous Church of St. John in the Wilderness, which dates back to 1846. Also visit the Government House in Mallital,
a colonial building that dates back to 1899. The High Altitude Zoo is also worth a visit, home to such exotic animals
such as Siberian tigers, Tibetan wolves, leopards and Himalayan black bears.
Places to Eat
Unfortunately, finding traditional Kumaoni food in Nainital is very near impossible, and you will have to stick to the
regular mountain tourist fare, with most restaurants serving Mughlai and Indian-Chinese. You can enjoy everything
from momos to chaat to butter chicken to fish and chips to Manchurian here. A recommended restaurant is Machan
on the Mallital side of town, serving good Indian and Chinese food. Also check out the Sher-E-Punjab dhaba on
Tallital side. The Tibetan Market should also be visited, where there are rows of kiosks serving fast food, everything
from dosas to chaat to momos, and Sonam Chowmein Corner, an authentic Tibetan dhaba, is recommended. Café
de Mall (multi-cuisine) on the Mall is also worth trying, as is Sakley’s Restaurant (Thai and Chinese), as well as
Things to Do
The charm of the spots and activities listed below may vary with the time you visit Nainital, in off-season or peak-
season. First and foremost, go boating in Naini Lake, and you have the choice of a paddle boat, and rowboats. If you
are not feeling up to this mild physical exertion, your boatman can row for you. Another must do in Nainital is riding
the ropeway (cable car), till Snow View. The ride itself is exciting, as it the view from atop. The trek up to Snow View,
a fairly steep walk, is also enjoyable.
You can also go paragliding at nearby Naukuchiatal. Trekking is always an option, and Nainital along with its
surrounding regions offers plenty of trails of varying difficulty. Walking at Land’s End and Tiffin Top, enjoying the
views and the forested hills, is also a great way to spend time. You could even dress up in local Kumaoni garb
available up here on hire and get yourself photographed with the mighty snow-laden Himalayas in the background. A
walk up to the Hanumangarh temple, south of town at an altitude of 1950 metres, is also an exciting activity.
A gateway to some of the most exciting places in Uttaranchal, Nainital also has several nearby spots around it, such
as Kilbury, which is 12 km away, perfect for some peace and solitude amidst green forests and the wonderful views
of the Himalayas. Sattal, just 22 km from Nainital, is another excellent spot, with 7 lakes, each in a different hue of
green and blue. Bhimtal, 23 km away, is a large lake with an island restaurant in the middle that’s accessible by boat.
Also visit Naukutchiatal, which is about 26 km away, a lake with 9 corners. Mukteshwar, is about 50 km away, is a
delightful and charming little town that offers much scenic beauty as well as the former British Army Cantonment. The
whole place has nothing but buildings from the British era, mostly given over to a veterinary institute. And finally,
there is Ranikhet, 58 km away, which offers lovely views