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Welcome to Nainital Hill Station,

Nainital, the Lake District of India, is a hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Situated at an altitude of 1,938 metres (6,358 feet) above sea level. 'Naini' that means cool air and 'Taal' means lake, when we add these two words then make "Nainital".

The best getaway from the crowded and busy cities, Nainital is a peaceful zone nestled in the lap of Mother Nature. If you want to get close to Mother Nature and enjoy the lavish picturesque surroundings, Nainital is the place to be. Away from the maddening crowd and pollution of our hometowns, a visit to Nainital proves to be a lovely page out of your dream book!

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Famous Places in Nainital Hill Station
Adventures and Sports in Nainital
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To sailors all over the country, the Nainital Yatch Club has been an embodiment of tradition and repository of sailing heritage. The Lake the fountain-head of yatching, has promoted through the club, the keen interest India has in the sport. Every year national and zonal races are held in Naini Lake. Swimming competetion are also organized in Nainital in summer months. Beside this Canoeing , Kyaking competetion are organized in Naini Lake .Parasailing facility is available near Naukuchiatal.

One can experience this sky adventure in the company of experienced parasailors . In adventure sports Hotbalooning is another attraction at Nainital. Hotbalooning camps are organized at Sukhatal. Golf Tournaments held every year in Golf Course of Raj Bhavan. Hockey, Football, Cricket, Boxing tournaments take place in Nainital annualy in their respective seasons at Flatts. Nainital mountaineering club at Nainital is pioneer in the area of mountaineering and rockclimbing training . Rock Climbing training takes place at BaraPathhar and Camels back.


Astronomical Observatory
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The astronomical observatory was established in Nainital in the year 1955. The observatory is currently located on Manora peak, about a km distance from Hanumangarthi by foot. A center for astronomical studies, artificial satellites can be tracked in the observatory.

One has to travel a short distance of 9 kms from Nainital to reach the Astronomical Observatory. The observatory was established with a view of conducting astrophysical research and developing facilities to continue the same. Research has been going on in stellar, solar and theoretical streams of astrophysics. With prior permission, visitors can get access to the observatory and also experience the pleasure of viewing celestial objects through the telescope, provided the nights are clear enough!


Aurobindo Ashram
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The Himalayan Center of Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Nainital is nestled cozily amidst the green hills of the Kumaon valley, about a kilometer away from the busy market area of Nainital. A steep climb up the slope to the ashram is a good exercise and gives a sense of contentment upon having reached the ashram.

A stay at the ashram can be arranged upon prior notice and permission. One can learn the art of perseverance and get a deep sense of satisfaction and peace post yoga and meditation activities in the ashram. To explore your inner being and for peace of mind, a visit to the ashram can be very enriching.


Bara Bazaar
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Mallital and Tallital are two busy areas of Nainital. A highly vibrant and happening market, the Bara Bazaar is a very famous area in Mallital and also serves as an excellent landmark. Nainital is very popular for the variety of different beautiful candles available. Do not miss to buy candles and cane sticks from Bara Bazaar. The other traditional buys include scarves, shawls, woodcrafts, cardigans and so on.

The Bara Bazaar in Mallital area also houses a lot of restaurants, which serve good food at reasonably cheaper rates. Once you have shopped enough for the variety of handicrafts and even freshly prepared jams from Bara Bazaar, you can be satisfied about having purchased the specialties of Nainital.


Bhimtal Lake
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About 22 kms from Nainital, nestled in a beautiful pristine valley, this jem of a lake is the largest around Nainital. The beauty is enhanced by a small Island surrounded by crystal blue water. Bhimtal is one of the largest lake around Nainital named after Bhima of Mahabharata. It has a island in the center approached only by a boat and at present it has an Aquarium there. A gaggle of ducks has made the lake their home and give company to the lake visitor. Bhimtal is much less crowded than Nainital and the lake, Bhimtal is much cleaner than it's better known counterpart Nainital.


Bikhauti Festival
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On the first of the navaratris (nine day fasting period) in the month of Chaitra, women sow seven types of grains. The germination of these grains symbolizes the future harvest. On the tenth day, the yellow leaves, called Harela, are cut people put them on their heads and tuck them behind their ears. During this very month of Chaitra (March-April) brothers send gifts for their sisters. These presents are called 'Bikhauti'.


Binsar
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Binsar is situated at an altitude of 2,480 mis a beautiful, quiet and wild Himalayan destination with rich natural surroundings among dense forest. Binsar is perched on top of the Jhandi Dhar hills. In the older days people came from far-flung villages, trekking on paths they themselves created to pay homage to Bineshwar Mahadev.

The main attaraction of Binsar is the majestic view of the Himalayas. A three hundred kms. stretch of famous peaks which includes Kedranath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nandadevi, Nandakot and Pachachuli. The forests of Himalayan Oak and rhobodendron are excellent for trekking and communing with nature. A wild life sanctuary is also situated here.


Boat House Club
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The Boat House Club in Nainital is one of the prominent places that can be visited. Tourists who have visited Nainital talk high of this club. One can find the mention of the Boat House Club in the history of Nainital and thus can be placed under the category of ancient heritage.

Mostly accessible for members, the boat house club can also be visited by non-members; all that is required is a small payment or a reference from a member-friend if available! The food served at the club is tasty and cheap, so that does not burn a hole in your pocket!


Cable Car or Aerial Ropeway
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It is one of the main attractions of Nainital. This ropeway connects Snow-View Point (at 2270 Mts.) with Nainital near flats. Aerial ropeway starts at Mallital, there are two trolleys to carry passengers. It takes approx. 151.7 seconds to cover one way journey by trolley. Cabin capacity is 10+1 or 825 kg.

The Rope Way is made with state of the Art Swiss Colobration and has got a very steep ascend and descend. It offers a panoramic view of the lake wile ascending and a bird eye view of the flats while descending.


Camel's Back
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Deopatta or Camel's Back located at (2,422 m). True to its name, Camels back suggest because it's shape look like a camels back. Horse-riding and walking. Sunset view of the Himalayas and Tarai Region. A superb rock formation, with a life-like resemblance to a sitting camel, can be seen from this spot.


Cave Garden
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The Eco Cave Garden is fast becoming a popular destination. Located in Sukhtal or Mallital as it is commonly known, on the Kaladungi road, it is a natural park maintained by the local administration. A network of inter-connected rocky caves and hanging gardens, it leads the visitor into a mysterious and ancient dream - world and gives the tourist an encapsulated glimpse of what the wilderness of the hill-region can offer-right in the easily approachable middle of civilization. Drive straight up to entrance, climb up a short flight of steps cut into the hill-side, and enter the cave - world of our prehistoric ancestors.

The Eco cave garden and musical fountain is about half a kilometre away from the Manu Maharani Hotel and comprises of six small caves with the forms of tiger, panther, porcupine and so on. Walking down the Garden stretch, stumbling upon an underground cave that resembles wild forms and crawling ones way through them would definitely make for an exciting, fun-filled and informative trip for children and adults alike. The musical fountain, a first in Nainital, is a spectacle to watch as the evening descends. It operates through the months of May and June. It is great place for children with lots of activities and fun on offer. The Tiger Cave is the easiest to get in and out. Then the Panther Cave where getting in and out gets harder.


Corbett Museum
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Located at Kaladhungi, Corbett Museum is in a heritage bungalow of Jim Corbett, the renowned environmentalist, hunter as well as a front runner in the tiger conservation. This magnificent museum brings to the forefront of memory the life and activities of the spectacular and distinguished personality. Corbett National Park visits gets its full value only with the museum visit.

Corbett Museum at Dhangarhi where you will see the belonging and life history of Mr. Jim Corbett still intact at the museum with some of the animals at corbett national park. The museum show cases some memorabilia connected to Jim Corbett, which include some great valued personal belongings, letters written by him as well as his friends and well wishers, antiques and rare photographs.

Trekking in the forests, bird watching at peace or nature walks at leisure are the only routine and time pass at Corbett Falls. The forest department has taken all necessary steps to provide all amenities and facilities to promote Corbett Falls as a picnic spot with the difference. Regular public and private transport services makes this spot the convenient perch for nature enthusiasts and peace seekers.


Corbett Water Falls
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Corbett Fall is situated 25 kilometres from Ramnagar. Thick teak wood jungles and a narrow winding road 1.7 kilometers inside is an out of the world experience. The best thing all along has been the chirpings of birds in the background and sound of flowing water.

4 kms from Kaladhungi, on the Kaladhungi - Ramnagar highway, falls at leisure. Corbett Water Falls. Surrounded by dense forests, pin drop silence, this 20 mts. high fall is simply a sight to behold! Famous as the ideal camping hide out, this spot now has become a major tourist attraction.

Trekking in the forests, bird watching at peace or nature walks at leisure are the only routine and time pass at Corbett Falls. The forest department has taken all necessary steps to provide all amenities and facilities to promote Corbett Falls as a picnic spot with the difference. Regular public and private transport services makes this spot the convenient perch for nature enthusiasts and peace seekers.


Durga Shah Municipal Public Library
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The library was established in the year 1933 by Mohan Lal Shah. It was the first public library in the Nainital region. The library is named after the father of Mohan Lal shah. The library was made by the donation given by Mohan Lal Shah. The library is counted as one of the best libraries in Uttarakhand with a collection of different and variety of books.


Garjiya Devi Temple
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Garjiya Devi Temple is located in the Garjiya village near Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, India. It is a sacred Shakti shrine where Garjiya Devi is the presiding deity. The temple is situated over a large rock in the Kosi River and is one of the most famous temples of the Nainital district visited by thousands of devotees during Kartik Poornima, a Hindu holy day celebrated on the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik (November - December). It is also known as the festival of lights of the gods. The Kartik Purnima festival also coincides with the Sikh festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti.


Gheeya Sankranti or Olgia Festival
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Olgia is celebrated on the first day of Bhado (middle of August), when the harvest is lush and green, vegetables are in abundance and the milch animals very productive. In ancient times sons-in-law and nephews would give presents to fathers-in-law and maternal uncles, respectively, in order to celebrate Olgia. Today agriculturists and artisans give presents to the owners of their land and purchasers of their tools and receive gifts and money in return. Binai (oral harp), datkhocha (metallic tooth pick), metal calipers, axes, ghee, vegetables and firewood are some of the presents exchanged on this day. People put ghee on their foreheads and eat ghee and chapatis stuffed with 'urad' dal. It is believed that walnuts sweeten after this festival. This festival, which is a celebration of the produce of the land, is now seldom celebrated.


Ghorakal
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Ghorakal is the place situated in the Nainital district of the Uttarakhand state of India. Ghorakhal means pond for water to horses. It is the picturesque site at the height of more than 2000 mts. It is situated near Bhowali and is the seat for Army school, known as Sainik School Ghorakhal. The famous Golu Devta temple is also situated at Ghorakhal.


Golu Devata
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Golu Devata or Lord Golu is the legendary mythological and historical God of the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand state of India and is their the much loved deity. The temple is 4 km from the main gate of Binsar wildlife sanctuary.

There are many temples of Golu Devata in Kumaun, and the most popular are at Chitai, Champawat, Ghorakhal. It is the popular belief that Golu Devata dispense quick justice to the devotee. Devotees in turn offers bells and Sacrifice the animals after the fulfillment of their wishes. Thousands of bells of every size can be easily seen hanging over the temple premises. Many devotees file a lot of written petitions daily, which are received by the temple.


Governor's House
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The British introduced the concept of Governor's house or Raj Bhavan, when they built a residence for the Governor of North West Province. Currently, the official residence/accommodation of the Governor of Uttaranchal, the Raj Bhavan also serves as a guesthouse to state guests coming over for a holiday to Nainital. A prior permission for the stay is mandatory.

The Raj Bhavan is a beautiful property, well developed and maintained. Golf links, swimming pool and a splendid garden add to the glamour! Munshi heights, and Jhandidhar Modi heights are also located in the premises and are worth the watch! Standing tall at two stories housing 113 rooms, the Raj Bhavan bears a close resemblance to the Buckingham Palace!


Guano Hills
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Situated in the Pangot village of Nainital, the Guano Hills have an excellent track for long walks. A trail through the Guano Hills takes you through a thicket of oak, deodar and bamboo. A few may be lucky enough to spot rare species of birds such as the black-chinned babbler and gray woodpeckers. Many more flora and fauna can be traced by nature lovers and enthusiasts.

Keep your trekking shoes ready when you plan to visit Nainital. Needless to say, your digital cameras too! You would definitely not want to miss capturing the variety of flora and fauna on camera for memories forever.


Gurney House
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Gurney House, on Ayarpatta Hill, is a famous spot thanks to the popularity of Jim Corbett. Jim Corbett, initially a hunter, who later turned into a conservationist and began writing on conservation of wildlife especially tigers, was born in Nainital. He took to spreading awareness among the people on nature and its conservation.

Jim Corbett used to reside in the Gurney house during his tenure at Nainital. This house has now been converted into a museum. This house-turned-museum has the Corbett memorabilia on display. The museum throws a light on the life of Jim Corbett. Deodar, pine, oak and rhododendron make up the hillside surrounding the house.


Hanuman Garhi
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About 3 kms from Nainital is the famous temple of Lord Hanumanji. Hanuman Garhi is situated to the south of Tallital. It was built by Neem Karoli Baba, a famous local saint in around 1950. This temple is built on beautiful a hill. One can view the magnificent sun set and valley view of the Tarai from here. Watching the sun gliding down the mountains is what makes the place the most interesting.

Hanuman Garhi temple is also famous for its strategic location. It is situated at such a height and at such a site, from where the sunrises and sunsets are artistically visible. People who visit Nainital do not miss the opportunity of watching the mesmerizing view of sunset that one can get from this place. Hanuman Garhi is a must visit for people with a religious bent of mind. On the other side of the hill housing the temple are Shitala Devi temple and Ashram of Lila Sah Bapu. The best feature of Hanuman Garhi temple that one does not have to climb much. Hanuman Garhi temple is an easily reachable and motorable spot and does not need a long or steep climb.


Horse Riding
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Any visitor coming to Nainital cannot miss the joy of riding a horse. Horse riding is another important attraction for tourists in Nainital. Horses can be hired at Barapatthar. Several tourist use horses as their transport mode to visit the different peaks of Nainital. Horse Riding is now strictly prohibitted inside the Nainital town. These horses earlier operate from Mallital near the lake. But the horse dung was polluting the lake and beauty of the mall. So the High Court had to step in and pushed them at Barapatthar.


Jageshwar Temple
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Jageshwar is located at an altitude of 1870 mts. Jageshwar is the 8th Jyotirling among the twelve and has great religious value. Jageshwar is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Almora District, Uttarakhand, dedicated to Lord Shiva, located 36 km northeast of Almora, in Kumaun region. The temple city comprises a cluster of 124 large and small stone temples, dating 9th to 13th century AD, with many preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which include Dandeshwar Temple, Chandi-ka-Temple, Jageshwar Temple, Kuber Temple, Mritunjaya Temple, Nanda Devi or Nau Durga, Nava-grah Temple, a Pyramidal shrine, and Surya Temple amongst which the oldest shrine is the 'Mrityunjaya Temple' and the biggest shrine is the 'Dandeshwar Temple'.

The 'Jageshwar Monsoon Festival', held between 15 July to 15 August takes place at Jageshwar during the Hindu calendar month of Shravan, and the annual 'Maha Shivratri Mela' (Shivratri festival), which takes place during spring has an important place in the calendar of the entire Kumaon region.


Jim Corbett National Park
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Corbett National Park is just 60 km away from Nainital situated in Ramnagar in the District of Nainital, Uttarakhand with an area of 521 km2. Aptly called the land of roar, trumpet and songs. (120 km) away set on the banks of the mighty Ram Ganga river is Dhikala - the main tourist attraction in the world famous and India's first national Park - Jim Corbett. One can sit in solitude for hours admiring the nature and the river or can go for jeep Safari or Elephant ride for a life thrilling encounter with the Lord of the Jungle - Tiger.The 525 sq.km. of forests and more than 500 species of animals, birds fishes and reptibs provides a range of adventure to all -from a child to a man with his adrenaline pumping.

The Corbett National Park reserve, located partly along a valley between the Lesser Himalaya in the north and the Siwaliks in the south, has a sub-Himalayan belt structure. The upper tertiary rocks are exposed towards the base of the Siwalik range and hard sandstone units form broad ridges. Characteristic longitudinal valleys, geographically termed Doons, or Duns can be seen formed along the narrow tectonic zones between lineaments.


Khupratal
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At an altitude of 5500 ft (1635 MT) there lies just another beautiful spot at a distance of 12 km from Nainital popularly known as Khurpatal. It is considered to be anglers paradise having clear water and a good harvest of fishes. Khurpatal is a small hamlet frequented by the tourists for its pleasant climate and a beautiful lake with crystal clear water. If you are interested in angling or fishing, this is the right place to go on vacation.

The place is ideal for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you love peace and solitariness, come and enjoy the beauty of Khurpatal. The place is unexplored by the tourists and modern construction. Till the 19th century AD, Khurpatal was famous for making iron implements but today it more recognized for vegetable farms.


Kilbury
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Kilbury is an enchanting, picture-book picnic spot. Lined by lush oak, pine and rhododendron forests and with panoramic views of majestic snow-capped peaks in the distance, Kilbury is perfect to spend the day on your back doing nothing but lazily watching the clouds float by. Alternately, you can watch Brown Wood-Owls, Collared Grosbeaks, White-throated Laughing Thrushes, Forktails and many other birds. Kilbury is a well known birding route and at last count more than 580 species of birds have been recorded in this area. It lies on the edge of a reserve forest and for those desirous of more comfortable lodgings than a picnic rug and a basket; there is also a forest bungalow.


Kunjkharak
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From here you get a magnificent 380 km broad view of the Himalayan range. A unique feature of this moist temperate forest is the Khoola (Jhoola) moss that carpets the floor below. This moss absorbs water and helps in retaining moisture in the forest. However, due to indiscriminate extraction and collection for its use in several cosmetic products, this moss has become highly endangered. Evenings are magical as the setting sun transforms the icy Himalayas across Kunjkharak into gold.

Since this area is actually a high pass, it can get very windy and winter temperatures may drop to 0 degrees, with occasional snowfall in the area. Huge rocks in forested ridges make it a good place to sight high altitude birds like Lammergeier, Himalyan and Eurasian Griffon. Other raptors you may see are Tawny Eagle, Steppe eagle and Kestrel. The main trail runs all along the ridge to Vinayak. Though this is a motorable track, chances of coming come across any vehicle are very slim indeed. Barely a kilometer after Kunjkharak you get a magnificent 380 km broad view of the Himalayan range.


Land's End
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Land's End(2118 MT) about 4 kms from town provides a magnificent view of the plains and the beautiful Khurpa Tal surrounded by beautiful village and pine forests. The best feature of this spot is that one does not have to climb much and as the name suggests one feels on reaching the area that the end of the land has really come.

Needless to say the view of the neighboring hills and valley and the Khurpatal lake is exquisite from this point. One can go to Barapathar on a vehicle and then walk about one Km. up to the spot. Land's end is an easily reachable spot and does not need a long or steep climb.


Mall Road
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Mall Road is was constructed during the British colonial rule, The Mall Road is the main road which runs through the heart of the Nainital town parellel to the lake connecting the two ends of the town. With the cool breeze blowing across the lake through the road an evening stroll on the Mall, has its own charm. During summers, this road is big attraction for the tourists. Nainital is flushed with choices on what to buy having exclusively the 'Made-in-Nainital' stamp. Mall road has a number of Showrooms, Department Stores, Shops, Restaurants and Cafes.


Mukteshwar
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This beautiful place is 2286 meters (7500 feet) in altitude and 51 Kms. from Nainital. Surrounded by fruit orchards and thick coniferous forest it was developed by the Britishers as research and education institute (IVRI) in 1893. It is the celebrated scenic spot overlooking long ranges of Himalaya. An old temple of Lord Shiva exist on the top of a rock. Mukteshwar is one of the best resort for various eco-activities.

Mukteshwar is surrounded by beautiful and dense reserve forest of Deodar, Banj, Kharsu, Tilonj, Kafal, Pine, Utis and Mehal. Beside these trees there are wild fruit berries (Kilmora, Ghingary and Hisalu). Its evergreen vistas of exquisite beauty and the sapphire of encircling hill blend with deep blues cloudless skies. These have a charm of their own against the background of great Himalayan peaks glittering in the distance.


Naina Devi Temple
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Naina Devi Temple is situated on the northern end of the Naini Lake, formed after the eye of Goddess Sati fell on this part of land. The temple dates back to the ancient days of history when Sati, the wife of Lord Shiva burnt herself to death unable to bear the insult when her father King Daksha refused to invite Sati and Lord Shiva for a yajna. Devastated and grief-stricken, when Lord Shiva was returning to their abode with her body in his arms, her body parts fells on various spots on earth.

The red roofed Naina Devi temple is dedicated to this incident. Two eyes or Netras depicts the deity of the temple. Maa Naina Devi is accompanied with Lord Ganesha and Mata Kali in the temple.


Naina Peak(Cheena Peak)
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An altitude of 2,615 m (8,579 ft). The highest peak of Nainital provides a challenge to the most avid trekkers. Situated about 6 kms (4 miles) from Mallital. Naina Peak is known for its splendid Bird's eye view of the town, the Himalayas and also the vast expanses of the Terai regions of Kumaon.

The road to Naina Peak leads to a pleasant forest of vibrant rhododendrons, soaring deodars and cypresses. Naina Peak offers inviting views of the surrounding landscape. Nature at its best is the right word to describe this magnificient peak. Naina Peak is a quiet place from where the Nanda Devi peak and the mountains on the Tibet border can be viewed. It is a bliss for people who love walking. One can go for long walks, breath fresh air and enjoy the scenic beauty.


Naini(Nainital) Lake
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Naini Lake is the backbone of the city of Nainital, for it is after this lake that Nainital was named. Most prominent of all the lakes, Naini Lake is surrounded by green hills, the beauty of which is breathtaking and should be captured as a photographic memory forever.

The town of Nainital is situated around the Naini Lake. The lake was formed out of the eye that fell out of Sati's body when she was being taken back to Mount Kailash by a sad Lord Shiva. The place where her eye or Nain fell formed a crescent shaped lake, taken to the emerald green eyes of Lord Shiva's wife Sati. Hence the name Naini lake.


Nainital Zoo
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Nainital Zoo is among the well maintained zoos in India. It is situated in the hills of Sher ka Danda at about 1 km. from Tallital Bus station at an elevation of 2100 meters above sea level and connected by motorable road. Bharat Ratna Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo is a high altitude zoo serving habitat to : Snow Leopard, The Himalayan Black Bear, Siberian Tiger, Barking Deer, Sambhar Deer, Palm Civet Cat, Wolf, Silver Pheasants, Hill Fox, Ghoral, Rose Rringed Parakeet, Owl, Eagle.


Nakuhiatal Lake
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Nakuhiatal Lake(1218 MT above) Just 24 km from Nainital and about 4 kms from BhimTal - lies the mystique lake with 9 corners or or the 'nine-cornered lake'. Surrounded by dense forested hills on all sides it provides solace from the maddening rush of the plains. Naukuchiatal is nourished by an underwater spring, which keeps its water levels high. It is the deepest lake in the Lake District of India (Nainital) and lost in acres of oak forest in the lesser Himalayas. Naukuchiatal is perhaps the most picturesque lake in Uttarakhand, surrounded by green slopes and oak forests. Naukuchiatal is fed by an underwater spring.

The pristine lake with its green surroundings is the highlight of Naukuchiatal. A beautiful tree-lined path runs along the length of the lake and is the ideal place to soak in the natural beauty.


Nanda Devi Fair
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Originally conceptualized by Baj Bahadur Chand, a contemporary of the Mughal king Aurangzeb, Nanda Devi Melas are celebrated at many places in Kumaon. Almora, Nainital, Nauti, Dandidhara, Munsyari and Ranikhet are among the most notable venues. The procession carrying the Dola of Nanda Devi in Almora witnesses huge crowds of devotees. People pray for prosperity, both material and spiritual, at the fair.


Pangoot
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A 25-min drive from Nainital covering a distance of about 15 kms takes one to Pangot, a small village. The drive takes you through an adventure-packed route through the forested paths of Naina or China peak, Snow View point and Kilbury. Known to be the main habitats for birds, a variety of Himalayan species such as griffon, blue-winged minla, rufous-bellied woodpecker, spotted and slaty-backed forktail, lammergeyers, rufous-bellied niltava and khalij pheasant, to name a few can be spotted along the route to Pangot. A huge variety of flora and fauna make themselves comfortably placed at home amidst these creeks. These prove to be a treat to sore eyes!


Ramgarh Hill Station
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Ramgarh is a serene hill station perched at an altitude of 1789 m above the sea level on Bhowali-Mukteshwar Road. It is located at a distance of 26 km from Nainital in Kumaon Division of Uttaranchal. Ramgarh is a small hill station and tourist destination on the way to Mukteshwar in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. This place is rich in orchards. An unobstructed view of the snow-capped ranges of the Himalayas from this place can be seen. The place was once the cantonment of the English army. The famous poets Rabindra Nath Tagore and social worker Narain Swami had established their ashrams over here. There is also a library dedicated to famous writer Mahadevi Varma, who got the idea of writing Lachma, the famous story, in Ramgarh.

Ramgarh is an idyllic place for leisurely holidays in peace and tranquility with pleasant weather conditions. You can have the unobstructed view of the snow-capped ranges of the Himalayas from this hill station. Ramgarh is perfect place for the nature lovers, as you can gaze at the star-lit sky, marvel at the sunrise and sunset, admire the beauty of the mighty Himalayas and taste the Himalayan fruits. It is known for orchards of a variety of Himalayan fruits like apples, apricots, and peaches.


Raniket
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Raniket(1829 MT) is beautiful hill resort is about 63 km from Nainital. Its beauty lies in its simplicity - beautiful pine trees create a nostalgic feeling. The orchards, the temples, the joy grounds will back on you again and again to its fold. View of Ranikhet, Polo Ground and mighty range of Glittering Himalays. Ranikhet meaning (Queen's Field) was named after a legendary Queen who camped in the area and fell in love with it, the town provides a spectacular view of the Himalayan range.

There are a number of tourist attractions in Ranikhet that tourists can visit. Ranikhet is popular for two of its temples. Jhoola Devi Ka Mandir was constructed some 400 years ago in honor of the local Goddess, who protected the people from man-eating tigers. The other important temple is Kali Devi ka Mandir, which has a large number of bells. The site of the temple is believed to be 5000 years old.


Sat Tal
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Situated at a distance of twenty three kilometers from Nainital in Uttarakhand, Sat Tal or Sattal is a group of seven freshwater lakes in the Lower Himalayan Range. The place is situated at an altitude of 1370 metres above mean sea level amidst dense forests of oak and pine trees. The seven lakes of Sattal are Panna or Garud Tal, Nal-Damyanti Tal, Purna Tal, Sita Tal, Ram Tal, Laxman Tal and the Sukha Tal or Khurdariya Tal. Sat Tal was formed as a result of tectonic activities and the lifted sediments between the Tibetan plain and the Indo-Gangetic plains.

Sat Tal is an ideal place for adventures and excursions. It is the perfect place for mountain biking, rock climbing, angling, rafting, rappelling, bird watching, boating and swimming. The lake has a varied flora and fauna. The flora consists of a diverse range of plants like, ferns, lichens, fungi and medicinal herbs and shrubs. Sat Tal is a shelter for several migratory and resident birds. It has five hundred species of resident and migratory birds, twenty species of mammals and over five hundred and twenth five species of butterflies.

Some of the bird species visiting the lake are Blue-throated and Brown-headed Barbets, Lineated Barbet, Golden-throated Barbet, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Scaly-bellied Woodpecker, Common Flameback Woodpecker, Black-headed jay, Black-lored, Black-throated tits, Black bulbul, Ashy-throated warblers, Black-chinned babbler among the many.


Shopping in Nainital
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Nainital is an unique shopping destination with its pedestrian areas, independent shops, 7 day open-air market and spacious modern shops. Range, quality and that element of surprise are all part of the Nainital shopping experience. Dozens of independent shops bring an extra dimension to any trip.

Here you can have Handicrafts, Wooden crafts, Cane sticks, Shawls, Pullovers, Woollen caps, Local juice, jams and squashes, Decorative pieces made from wood, Decorative colourful candles.

Sardar Sons, Priknit The Mall, Nagpal Gift Centre, Darshan Brothers, The Mini Mall Road Shop are famous shooping centers in Nainital.


Shri Kainchi Dham Mandir
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On the Nainital - Almora Road , 9 Km from Bhowali and 17 Kms from Nainital is a modern pilgrim centre. This place has achieved recognition owing to the ashram of the famous Neem Karoli Maharaj. Kaichi is a term used for two sharp hairpin bends of the motor road in local dialect hence the name. It has no relation with scissors. Founded by the famous Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba and is very well maintained and kept neat and clean.

The concept of this place came into existence in 1942 when Maharaj Neem Karoli along with Shri Poornanand of the Kainchi Village proposed building an Ashram here dedicated to Sombari Maharaj and Sadhu Premi Baba who used to perform yagnas in this very place. Later in 1962, their dream materialised and the forest from this area was cleared and a rectangular platform was constructed. After due permission from the Forest Conservator, Maharaj Ji acquired the lease of this land and constructed a Temple devoted to Lord Hanuman over that rectangular platform and adjacent to it is the Kainchi Temple and an Ashram built for devotees.


Snow View
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Snow View (2270 MT) is about 3 kms from the town and also accessible via a Cable Car. Snow view is one of the most visited tourist spots of the town. It provides enchanting view of the town and 350 km long range of the Glittering Mighty Himalayas. A trip to Snowview brings breath of fresh air and enjoyment of the scenic beauty. Snowview has a temple. Tea, Snacks, Photographers are available at this spot.


St. John Church
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St. John Church is another place of interest in Nainital, Uttarkhand. The church is one of the ancient buildings of the place. The church of St. John was formed in the year 1844. It has its location on the northern end of town (Mallital), which is nearly ½ a mile northwestern part of the Naina Devi temple. The church has derived its name from Daniel Wilson, the then Bishop of Calcutta. It was he who laid the foundation of this church. On its altar a brass plaque was engraved with the inscription of names of victims of the landslide that had occurred in this region in the year 1880.


Thandi Sadak
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Nainital is a beautiful, serene and a green hill station. There is natural beauty in abundance, but the best part of this place that it has the old world charm completely retained, probabaly the way Britishers left it. It is hard not to notice the English charm all around in the form of buildings, roads, cultural lodges etc. Nainital is a bliss for people who love walking. One can go for long walks, breath fresh air and enjoy the scenic beauty. It offers numerous walkways and authentic feeling of you being a local yourself. Quiet, peaceful and lazy are probably the best description.

Thandi Sadak is a cold road as its perplexing name proposes. Thandi sadak presupposes the calm and scenic beauty of green hills surrounding Nainital and the Lake, where one can succumb oneself in the warmth of nature, the sweet sound of the gentle breeze puffing through the trees and chirping of birds makes a musical serenade.


Tibetan Market
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In addition to Bara Bazaar, one can shop extravagantly at the Tibetan Market. The Tibetan Market runs along the famous Naini lake of Nainital. This market is a shopper's delight, for you can shop for a variety of items under one roof. Scarves, shawls, woolen clothing, Himalayan bags, junk jewellery, watches and much more are available in the Tibetan Market.

If you have never bargained in your life, then this is the right place for you to get a feel of bargaining. For the experts, get your bargaining skills polished. A good bargain can get you a good deal of items.


Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)
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Tiffin Top is at 7520 ft (2290 mt) height in Ayarpatta region also known as Dorothy's seat - in memory of an English lady Mrs. Kellet Dorothy, who was killed in an air crash build by her husband an admirers after her death. Tiffin Top which meanes "Packed food consmed duriing the day" so visitors and tourists would trek to Tiffin top with packed lunch's and spend a quiet and peaceful picnic. Tiffin top is a short trek of about 4 kms from Nainital and provides excellent view of the Himalayas and the Nainital town.

The road to this picnic spot crawls along the rugged hill side swaying this way and that, and than all in one breadth in hushed silence suddenly unfolds a canvas on which nature has painted this beautiful spot. Tiffin Top commands an excellent view of the Himalayas as well as the neighboring country side. Tiffin Top and Lands end can be covered at a stretch as both spots are side by side.


Trekking in Nainital
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Nainital is blessed with some of the most beautiful and scenic excursions which you can reach by trekking in the woods. Trekking around Nainital will be an undying and memorable experience for you as the destinations can be easily reached with short treks and splendid views of the mountains of the Himalayan range. Naina Peak, Khurpa Tal, Land's end, Cave Garden, these destinations are easily accessible with easy treks.


View Point (Himalayan Darshan)
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About 5 kms away from Nainital on the way to Kilbury, nestled at a height of about (2300 MT). View Point is the beautiful tourist spot, from here one can have a glimpse of mighty Himalayan ranges, Green Valley view of the Hills and lower forested ridges. This place provides a break from crowds of the city. It is a very good place to pass some time in solitude enjoying the beauty of nature.


Waterfall
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About 5 kms away from Nainital on the way to Kaladungi just below Sariyatal, (2100 MT). Waterfall is the beautiful tourist spot, waterfall looks refreshing as it splashes milky water through the rocks into a pool of water maing it a must visit.


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  • Religious places : Gurudwara Shri Singh Sabha, Jama Masjid (Mosque), Methodist Church, St. Francis Church, Shanidev Mandir, Parshan Devi Mandir etc.

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