10 Best Places to Visit in Nainital – Visit the Most Incredible Spots

Planning to spend quality time with your loved ones? Want to ditch the hustle & bustle of city life? It’s time to explore the unspoiled beauty of green hills and there’s no better option than ‘Nainital’, the city of lakes. Nainital is a popular hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand fenced with green hills, crystal-clear lakes, old cottages, and numerous natural attractions.

Nainital offers you the opportunity to dive in the unspoiled nature and rejuvenate your soul. From lush green hills and old temples to heritage buildings and nightlife, the city has everything to keep you entertained. If you are fond of scenic views, there’s a lot to explore in this wonderful city.

Here’s the list of top 10 places to visit in Nainital….

Top 10 Places to Visit in Nainital

Naini Lake

The lifeline of Nainital! Naini Lake is situated in the middle of the town and is famous for boating, nature, and photography. Apart from boating, visitors can enjoy the nature walk around the lake.

Timings – Mon to Sun – 6 AM to 6 PM
Address – Nainital Lake, Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263001, India
Boating Charges:
Rs.160 for half round for Row boat
Rs.210 for full round for Row boat
Rs.210 per hour for Paddle boat

Naina Peak

The highest peak in Nainital! Naina Peak is popular as the China Peak among locals and situated at an average elevation of 2,615 meters above sea level. It is a trekking spot known for its panoramic views.

Timings – 8 AM to 5.30 PM (Mon-Sun)
Address – 6 km from Nainital town, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263001, India
Phone No. – 09536894985
Height – 2611 Mts

Eco Cave Gardens

A popular picturesque garden! A group of interconnected natural caves offers a perfect spot for small-time adventure. The caves can be reached through a narrow road amidst the natural surroundings.

Timings – 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM (Mon-Sun)
Address – Sukhatal, Mallital, Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263001, India
Phone No. – 05942231438
Entry Fee
Rs.60 for adults.
Rs.25 for children
Rs.25 for camera

Tiffin Top

View of the town! The spot is also known as Dorothy Seat and offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Himalayas and the city. It’s a stonework perch and a popular picnic spot.

Timings – 8 AM to 5.30 PM (Mon-Sun)
Address – Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263002, India
Rs.500 – Rs.700 per person for horse ride

Nainital Zoo

The high altitude zoo! Amidst the greenery, this zoo gives you the chance to witness several exotic and endangered species of animals and birds. Most species are native to this region.

Timings – 10 AM to 4.30 PM (Mon-Sun)
Address – Tallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263002, India
Phone No. – 05942237927
Entry Fee –
Rs.50 per person for Adults (between 13 Yrs – 60 Yrs)
Rs.20 per person for Children (between 5 Yrs – 12 Yrs)
Rs.25 for Still Camera
Rs.200 for Professional Video Camera

The Mall Road

A popular shopping hub! Mall Road is a place loaded with many street shops, shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, banks, etc. The road has a perfect backdrop with a lake on one side and shops on the other.

Timings – 12 AM to 12 AM (Mon-Sun)
Address – Mall Rd, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263002, India

Entry of Traffic is Prohibited during the months of May, June & October

Shops Open & Closing Time9:00 am to 10.00 pm
Heavy Vehicles8:00 am to 10.30 am & 2.30 pm to 10.30 pm
Light Vehicles6.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Cycle Rickshaw6.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Parking is strictly prohibited on the Mall Road except some designated parking places with in Nainital.
Note: Traffic shall be strictly prohibited on Mall Road between 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm during season. Only one way route from Tallital to Mallital for LMV

Snow View Point

The oldest viewpoint! Located at an elevation of 2,270 above sea level, the point can be either reached by trek or a cable car. It offers picturesque views of the snow-capped Himalayas, Nanda Devi, and Nanda Kot.

Timings – 10.30 AM to 5 PM (Mon to Friday & Sunday)
Address – 7, Maldon Cottage Raod, Mallital, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263002, India
Phone No. – 05942237476
Ropeway Tickets: Rs.300 per person for Adults
Rs.200 per person for Children
Rs.20 per Binocular

Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

A high altitude bird sanctuary! This picturesque bird sanctuary is located at an average elevation of 2000 meters above sea level and a home to over 240 different bird species.

Timings – 6 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Sun)
Address – Pangot, Near Jeolikot, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263002, India
Height – 6510 ft above sea level

Gurney House

The colonial magnificence! Apart from the breathtaking hills and amazing lakes, there’s a luxury resort located right next to the Nainital Lake. The heritage building is made of reused components.

Timings – 8 AM to 5PM (Mon-Sun)
Address – Ayarpatta Hill, Opposite the High Court, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263002, India
Phone No. – 09927738239

St. John Church

In the wilderness! The church is nestled between the deodar trees and offers a perfect place for those looking for natural beauty and peace. It is known for its beautiful architecture and history.

Timings – 7 AM to 6.30 PM (Mon-Sat) & 9 AM to 6.30 PM (Sunday)
Address – Kaladungi Rd, Sherwani, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263002, India

Apart from the above-mentioned spots, you can also explore the following places that are located within 50km…
  • Bhimtal Lake
  • Binayak
  • Sattal
  • Hanuman Garhi
  • Jeolikot
  • Land’s End
  • Khuroa Taal
  • Jim Corbett National Park
  • Kainchi Dham
  • Corbett Falls Naukuchia Taal

Nainital is a place with some amazing spots!

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