Beautifully Wrapped with the topping of lakes in the lap of mountains is the “City of Lakes – Nainital” . The flowering blossom and swiftly flowing air itself describes the beauty of this place. This accentuated layout makes this destination perfect for couples and families to dive in fresh air welcoming with garland of moisture from freshwater lakes.
This place is one of the most visited places in all the hill stations in India since British Period. It is not only famous for the romantic destination but also for its prestigious educational institutions and schools since the British era.
At an Elevation of 2084 metres above the sea level, lies this Glittering Jewel in the Himalayan Mountains with a parent of Naini Lake which changes colour with respect to season. This incredible beauty makes it fit for couples and families to snatch quality time from the hustle bustle of life and have a romantic and perfect trip in the lap of mountains.
Lets Explore 10 places to visit in Nanital for a romantic and family time. Lets Start –
1. Naini Lake
Previously named as Tri Rishi Sarovar means “The lake Of Three Sages”. With a massive history of three pilgrims who did not get water to drink and hence worshiped there for getting water at the spot. This story is mentioned in Skanda Purana as the Tri Rishi Sarovar. With a depth of 28 metres maximum and 6 metres minimum, Naini lake is the most important part of Nainital and considered as the one of the best places to visit in Nainital.
Also considered as the “Heart Of Nainital”. It offers various rides in it like Kayaking, Boating and Paddling. Row boats and Pedals are available at Rs 120 per hour. For decorative boats it cost Rs 150 for a round around Naini Lake. The decorative boats are in high demand for couples as the photography on them gives a perfect romantic gesture.
2. Tiffin Top
The Jewel of Kumaon has various attractive things which attracts travelers from India as well as from the other parts of the world. Also Known as Dorothy’s Seat located on Aryapatta hills which give a 360 degree view of Nainital. Apart from picnic spots this place is best for making short videos or have numerous clicks as the location is best for photography.
Its name is because people used to have tiffin at the top. It gives the bird eye view of Nainital. It is a must visit place in Nainital. Located at a distance of 4 kms from Nainital. If you are adventurous you can hike to the top and if you wish to have a soft journey then ponies are also available from the mall road. Price is between Rs 500 to Rs 700 for a round trip. Opening Timings are 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.
3. Mall Road
Running on the side of naini lake lies the named Mall Road. Passing through the centre it connects two ends of Nainital which is Mallital and Tallital. Mall Road is officially named as Govind Ballabh Pant Marg but is least known by this name. Walking in the streets of mall road in the corners of lake gives a lining of jewels of a lady’s neck. Its timing is from 9:00 am till 10:00 pm
With this shoping point lies another shopping point which is known as Bhotia market. It’s basically a Tibetain market. Located close to the city centre this place is famous for buying clothes and delectable Tibetan food. There are plenty of things which you can buy from this market with high negotiation depending upon your negotiation skills. One can get a good variety of bags, handicrafts, artificial jewellery, pine wood crafts, Tibetain ethenic wear and much more.
4. Eco Cave Garden
One of the recently developed tourist spots in Nainital. This cave garden is a combination of caves of different sizes with decreasing dimensions. One needs to crawl or climb to pass the caves. It is one of the exciting places to be visited in Nainital. Hanging garden makes this place more beautiful. It is situated in Sukhatal which is in Mallital area of Nainital City.
Located at kaladungi road which is at a distance of 3.7 kms from city centre which would take about 15 minutes to reach there. Total time to explore is about 2 hrs with an entry fee of Rs 60 for adults and Rs 25 for kids with Rs 25 camera charges. Timings for the opening of Eco Cave Gardens is 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. It is one of the magnificent examples of man and nature’s combinational work.
5. Bhimtal Lake
With a small island in the centre lies the Bhimtal Lake which is a scenic spot in Nainital. It also has an ancient Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on the bank of Bhimtal built by Bhima during the Pandavas Exile period. Later this temple was reconstructed in the 17th century by Baz Bahadur of the Chand Dynasty. Boating and bird watching is the main attraction of this place.
It is also one of the best romantic and spiritual places to explore in Nainital. The emerald green water of Bhimtal lake mirrors the greenery for the surrounding nearby hills. Situated at a distance of 22 kms from Nainital with an altitude of 1370 meters above the sea level.
There are also several places near Bhimtal to be visited like a small hill which is called Hidimba Parvat (named after Bhima’s Wife), Wildlife Sanctuary called Vankhandi Ashram and Nal-Damyanti Tal. These places are the best picnic spots in Nainital.
6. Nainital Ropeway
One of the biggest tourist attractions for couples as well for families is the Nainital Ropeway. It is one of the popular places to visit in Nainital. With hundreds of tourists flying from Mallital to Snow View Point. This three minutes ride is the best experience which one can get for a visit to Nainital. There are two carriage for carrying travelers to and fro at a time with a capacity of carrying 825 kgs or 11 people.
It has been made in collaboration with Swiss technology. It offers a drastic view of both the sides that are going up and coming down. It is chargeable on both the sides. For adults the price is Rs 300 for both sides and for children it is Rs 200 for both sides. On the top Snow view point once can have a glance of the Himalayas tip covered with white snow. Timings are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
With a combination of lakes and landscapes which Nainital offers its travellers also includes Sariyatal lake. This lake is famous for its magnificent sunrise which makes it a shining star as the sun rays hit the water surface. Such a beauty should be always viewed by naked eyes only. Couples can get boats for some romantic ride in Sariytal Lake and can click some unforgettable photography.
For adventure enthusiasts there are also some sports like water zorbing which costs Rs 150 for adults and Rs 100 for childrens. It has a botanical garden too nearby the lake which is a must going place in Nainital. The flora of the place is explained in various traveller’s diaries. Rs 20 is charged for the botanical garden. One can visit here in all the months but the blooming is in the month of July to September. Icy cold winds flow from October to March. April is pleasant and quietly liked by various tourists.
Collection of seven mysteriously interconnected lakes namely Purna Tal, Ram Tal, Sita Tal, Laxman Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, and Garud Tal. It is one of the best attractions of places to be visited in nainital. At an altitude of 1370 metres above sea level this mysterious lake with a delightful atmosphere. It is a perfect destination for honeymoon couples, nature lovers, families and photography.
Sattal is one of the freshwater biomes in India. These lakes are the halt for migratory birds as they stay here for some time while migration which makes this place more decent for photography. Due to these migratory birds it is also one of the most visited places in India. It has various species of birds, fishes, vibrant colour butterflies which makes it heaven on earth.
9. Naina Peak
China Peak or Naina Peak is one of the most visited places in Nainital is Naina Peak. It is the highest hill top and famous tourist spot in Nainital with an altitude of 2600 metres above the sea level.. Locals call it as Cheena Peak by locals. Amongst the travellers who are fond of trekking this place is just made for them. It offers a bird eye view of the whole Nainital town.
This place is best for long walks with pure air flowing through the lungs with scenic beauty. The top view gives the best view of Nainital as well as the Himalayas. Mountains of Tibet border can also be seen from here. Horseback is also a great medium to travel at the top of Naina Peak which attracts various tourists. DO not forget to take your camera along with you for this scenic beauty.
10. Kainchi Dham Temple
If you are looking for peace of mind, calmness and divinity then this is the perfect place for you in Nainital. Located in the midst of Kumaon mountains. Established by Neem Karoli Baba. It is believed that this baba is the incarnation of Lord Hanuman itself. This temple got named due to its location. It is placed between the intersection of two hills like a scissor.
In 1973 when Steve Jobs (Ex-CEO Apple) arrived in India for the sake of peace, he too meditated there and got enlightened. This place is really a blessing for Nainital’s people as well. Various people also witnessed the presence of Baba and Lord Hanuman still. Other famous temples in Nainital are Mukteshwar Temple, Golu Devta Temple, Pashan Devi Temple, Naina Devi Temple.
Q. How many days are sufficient for Nainital?
Nainital is a perfect holiday destination to visit with your loved one or family. If you are planning a trip to Nainital , you should keep aside at least 3-4 days to see the place completely. There are numerous temples, scenic beauty, lakes, shopping area, etc. to visit
Q. Which is the best time to visit Nainital?
Travelling anytime of the year is a good, yet the best season to visit is Summer from March to June, while the average season lies from October to February to explore Nainital.
Q. Does Nainital have snow?
Nainital offers chilly climate and snow. Yes, There are snowfalls in the month of from December To Feburary which are really preety.
Q. What ought to be the budget for Nainital?
That depends upon the hotels and mode of travel which you take. You can get decent hotels in 2000 – 4000 Inr. An ordinary spending can be 2000 – 3000. In short it is reasonable for couples, friends and family.
Q. How far is Nainital from Mussoorie?
Nainital is at a distance of 308 kms from Mussoorie by National Highway 74.