Set around a small lake, this charming hill town has quaint cottages with well kept lawns on fairly steep tree covered hillsides. Most of the activity around the lake of Nainital takes place along the Mall, a 1.5 km long lakeside promenade.

There are boating facilities on the lake. You can also take a horse ride or walk up to the 2,600 metre China peak in the early morning for fine views over the town and the snow-clad Himalaya.

What to see

  1. Snow View: Situated at 2270 mts this popular vantage point is accessible by ropeway. It offers an excellent view of the northern Himalayan ranges.

  2. Naina Peak: At 261 1 mts, this is the highest peak bordering the lake. A popular picnic spot which offers a panoramic view of the resort.

  3. Dorothy’s Sea t: Named in memory of an Englishwoman who was killed in an aircrash, this pleasant spot offers a partial view of Nainital.

  4. Land’s End: Situated at 2118 mts on the southern border of the lake, this hill affords a view of another lake, Khurpa Tal.

  5. Hanuma Garhi : A place of religious interest, also good for viewing the setting sun.

  6. State Observatory: Located on the top of a ridge, the observatory is open to the public in the evening.

  7. The Mall: Nainital’s popular promenade offers a variety of entertainment.

Getting There

Air: Nearest airport is in Pantnagar 72 km.

Rail: Nearest railway station is at Kathgodam - 37 km; which is connected by metre guage to Agra, Bareilly and Lucknow.

Road: Nainital is connected by road to Almora 62 km, Kausani 117 km, Ranikhet 60 km, Agra 379 km, Delhi 277 km, Lucknow 404 km, Corbett (Dhikala) 128 km, Bareilly 141 km.

General information

Area: 11. 7 sq. km . Altitude: 1938 mts STD Code: 05942

Excursions

  1. Kilbury (10 km): Accessible by road, it is part of a forest reserve and rich in flora and bird life.

  2. Khurpa Tal (10 km): A small lake along the Nainital-Kaladhungi-Ramnagar road, popular with picnickers and anglers.

  3. Bhowali (11 km): A popular health resort on the Almora road.

  4. Jeolikote (18 km): A noted bee- keepi ng centre.

  5. Sat Tal ( 21 km): One of the most picturesque resorts in Kumaon, it has seven interconnected lakes.

  6. Bhimtal (22 km): Fast developing into an independent tourist centre, this lake resort offers a quiet vacation and facilities for water sports.

  7. Naukuchiya Tal (26 km): A nine-cornered lake situated in an enchanting valley, this is a popular haunt of anglers and naturalists.

  8. Ramgarh ( 26 km): A picturesque hamlet set in the midst of fruit orchards.

  9. Kaladhungi (35 km): Situated in the Terai, and surrounded by thick forests of Sal, this was the winter home of noted hunter and naturalist, Jim Corbett. His house has been turned into a museum.

  10. Ram Nagar (50 km): See Index, Corbett Park.

  11. Mukteshwar (51 km): Set atop a high ridge, Mukteshwar is one of Kumaon’s beautiful resorts. It abounds in fruit orchards and dense coniferous forests. It also offers a fine view of the majestic Himalayas, as well as of ,Almora. The famous Indian Veterinary Research Institute is located in Mukteshwar