Nainital is one of the beautiful destinations of the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. It is also known as the lake district of the Uttarakhand. Nainital is not only famous among the domestic travelers, but it is also a very favorite destination of foreign travelers too. That’s why you can see a little rush here even in off seasons.
Nainital is located at an altitude of 2,084 meters ( 6,837 ft. Approx) above the sea level. Nainital contains a mango shaped lake called Naini lake in the mid of the town. Which has the approx circumference of more than 3 kilometers, surrounded by the mighty mountains.
According to the mythology, It is said to be eyes of Sati ( Lord Shiv Ji's wife) was fell on earth while being carried by lord Shivji after her act of self-immolation. Where the eyes fell on the earth that place is known as Nainital. Naina Devi Temple is situated at that spot where the eyes fell. Nainital with its pleasant weather, lakes, exotic scenery and temples around is like a paradise for nature lover and travelers. If you are a fond of adventure sports lover then it's also the best place for you to visit. Here you can find almost all kind of adventure sports like Boating, Trekking, hiking, rappelling swimming, mountain climbing, kayaking etc.
Nainital maintains a pleasant weather all the time of the year, but in winters it becomes cold. You can visit Nainital any time of the Year.If you want to visit at a specific time for a specific view then we can divide it into 3 seasons:-
• Summer (April – June)
• Monsoon (August – October)
• Winter (November – February)
The summer starts with the mid of March and lasts till June. Probably the tourism season starts from the mid- April, it is the peak season for tourism. The temperature during the summer ranges between 10° C and 27° C. It is the best time for sightseeing and adventure sport in Nainital.
The monsoon season starts with the end of June or start of the July. This is not the best time to travel because of rain. Heavy rain could lead to many types of the natural disaster like land sliding, flooded rivers etc. Road blockage is the common consequence of heavy rain. 15°c - 25°c If you can make it, then after a rain you will see the exotic beauty of hills around the Nainital. The temperature during the Monsoon ranges between 15° C and 25° C(approx).
The Winter season starts setting into the town from October. This season ends with February. The temperature during this season drops to 0° C. Sometimes it's below than 0° C. If you are a Snow lover then it’s the best time to visit Nainital.
Naini lake is very popular among travelers due to its beauty. Boating is the most popular activity in Naini lake.
The snow View top is 3 km from the Nainital town. At the top, you can enjoy the view of the 350 Kms long Himalayan range. A fun adventure park is there too. Here you can enjoy some fun rides and adventure sport like flying fox and mount climbing.
Naina Peak is also known as the Cheena peak or china peak. This is the highest peak in Nainital. The height of this peak is 2,615 m (8,579 ft). From here you can see an exotic view of Nainital. You can trek or take horses to reach the Naina peak.
The temple of Naina Devi is situated at the upper side of Nainital. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Naina Devi (Wife of Lord Shiva). The famous Nanda Devi fair held every year on Nandashtami during the month of September.
Nainital has a very beautiful Zoo. You can see many kinds of animals including Deer, Tigers, Leopard, Red Panda etc.
Cave Garden is also one of the attractions in Nainital. Here you can find the beautiful caves, which is named like Panther caves, Bat Caves etc. Here you can find some adventure games too like Flying fox and ride the bull.
These are the main attractions of the Nainital. There are many other places too, which can be visited during the tour of Nainital. These places include Hanuman Garhi, Observatory, botanical garden, research center, Tiffin Top and many more. If you are a Bird lover then you can find a huge species of Birds in the forest of Kilbury and Pangot.
The nearest Airport is Pantnagar to Nainital. The Road distance from Pantnagar to Nainital is 72 Km. Nainital is well connected by roads, that’s why taxis can be easily hired from Pantnagar Airport.
The nearest Railway Station is Kathgodam to Nainital. The Road distance from Kathgodam to Nainital is around 23 Km. It will take about an hour to reach the Nainital from Kathgodam.Kathgodam is connected with many cities through the train network. So, you can easily reach Kathgodam and then Nainital by motorable road.
Nainital can be reached easily via roads. Taxis and buses are easily available from all the major cities to Nainital. You can hire Taxis too by contacting private travel agencies.
Delhi - Nainital: 298 km
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) - Nainital: 377 km
Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) - Nainital: 571 km
Chandigarh - Nainital: 450 km
Kolkata (West Bengal) – Nainital: 1393 km
Jaipur (Rajasthan) – Nainital: 547 km