Nainital is a very popular destination among tourists. Nainital is famous for its green hills, old cottages, various natural attractions and due to its favorable climate all times of the year. These things make it a best place to visit in Uttarakhand. There are many places in Nainital where you can spend your leisure time with your friends and family.
Tourists keep coming to visit Nainital all across the year. Nainital’s most of the economy is dependent on the tourism industry, that’s why you can get various type of services for all sections of people.
Naini Lake,Mall road, Naina Devi Temple, Governor House, Tiffin Top, Kilbury, Pangot, Snow View Point, High Altitude Zoo, Land’s End, Hanumangarhi etc., are the well-known attractions which are mostly visited by visitors.
Here is the list of 8 best places to visit in Nainital-
1. Naini Lake
Naini Lake is situated in the middle of the Nainital and it is the one of the best freshwater bodies in Uttarakhand. Naini lake attracts lots of tourists. Tourists can enjoy boating, yachting or paddling through the lake with the calm and peaceful atmosphere. The Naini lake is surrounded by the hills, which gives a pleasant view and it steals the heart of tourists.
2. Eco Cave Gardens
Cave Garden is also one of the attractions in Nainital. Eco cave garden is a group of interconnected caves. If you have children then it could be the the best adventures spot for the kids, due to its informative caves and adventures games.
These Caves are built in different sizes and built for different animals. These caves looks like a natural habitat of the animals. Squirrel cave, flying fox cave, apes cave, tiger cave, bats cave and panther cave are the names of caves in Eco Cave Gardens. Some of the caves are very narrow, be careful and mind your head when you pass these caves. These caves are lighted with the electricity bulbs.
Eco Cave Gardens is managed by local administration of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam referred as KMVN.
3. Snow View Point
Snow view point is a must visit place in Nainital. It is situated at an average elevation of 2,270 Meters above sea level. Snow View point is around 3 Km from the town, it can be easily reached by a cable car or by road.While you move by the cable car (at Mallital), then you can have a pleasant view of the Naini Lake.
The Snow viewpoint offers mesmerizing views of the snow capped peaks of the majestic Himalayan range like Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Trishul.
If you are going there by cable car then your stay is chargeable for each hour after an hour. You can visit there between 10 Am to 5 Pm.
A special attraction an amusement park is there for kids. Where they can enjoy some adventure games and can access to food and snacks.
4. Land’s End
Land’s end is situated at the altitude of 2,118 Meters above the sea level. Land’s end is the place where Nainital town comes to a dead end. From Land’s end you can have a pleasant view of the pine forests and the beautiful view of Khurpa tal. Land’s end situated at the distance of 4 Kms from the main city of Nainital. You can easily reach there by hiring a cab or by simply ride on a horse.
5. High Altitude Zoo
Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo is situated at an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level. Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo was established in 1984 and it was opened to public in 1995. High altitude zoo is the one of the best attraction for wildlife lovers.
You can find different species of animals at the zoo like Red panda, different species of pheasants, Barking Deer, Palm Civet Cat, Spot Snow Leopard, Hill Fox, Siberian Tiger, Wolf, Himalayan Black Bear, White peacock and many more species here.
You can visit the zoo any time of the year from 10:00 Am to 4:30 Pm, except Monday.
6. Tiffin Top
Tiffin Top is located at the height of 2290 Meters above the sea level on the Ayarpatta hills. It is also known as Dorothy Seat. Tiffin Top is the one of the favorite picnic spots in Nainital. It is very popular among the tourists and the residents.
Tiffin Top offers a breathtaking views of the Himalayan range and the town of Nainital. It is located at the distance of 4 Km from the main city of Nainital. Mind the weather conditions before going to the Tiffin Top. You can visit the place anytime of the year. It has no time restrictions. You can hire ponies too to go there from the main road.
7. Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
If you are a Bird Lover then Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is a must visit place for you. Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is situated at a picturesque forest village called Pangot. It is situated at an approx altitude of 2500 Meters above the sea level.
Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is a home to over 580 different species of birds, that’s why it is also known as “ Bird Watcher’s Paradise”.
Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is located at the distance of 12 Kms from the main city of Nainital. You can easily go there by a cab or local transport.
Some of the famous birds which are a part of this sanctuary are Collared Grosbeaks, Brown wood owls, white throated laughing thrushes, forktails and many other birds.
The morning time is the best time for the bird watching at Kilbury Bird Sanctuary. A tourist rest house near Pangot is a good option for the night stay.
8. Hanuman Garhi
Hanuman Garhi is situated at an altitude of 1951 Meters above sea level. Hanuman Garhi was founded by Neem Karoli Baba in the year 1950. It is located at the distance of 3.5 Kms from the south end bus stop or Tallital. The deity of Hanuman Garhi is lord Hanuman.
Hanuman Garhi is also famous for its picturesque view of the sunrise and sunset. It is located at such a height, from where the sunrises and sunsets gives a mesmerising view. Hanuman Garhi is a must visit place for those people who has a religious bent of mind.
There are many other places too which can be visited during the trip of Nainital. These places include Bhimtal, Sattal, Naukuchiya tal, Khurpa tal etc.
The above mentioned 8 best places to visit in nainital are the most famous destinations in Nainital. These are the must visit places to get the best experience of your trip.