(6350 Ft Above Sea Level)

Uttarakhand | India
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Nainital is categorised as Hill Station / Lakeside

Boating in Nainital Lake
Golf Course at Raj Bhawan
Gurney House (Photo Courtesy: Schwiki)
Siberian Tiger at the Zoo (Photo Courtesy: Mandayamr)
View from Tiffin Top (Photo Courtesy: Amn.amaan)
View from Naina Peak (Photo Courtesy: Enjoymusic nainital)
St John in the Wilderness (photo courtesy: Dominic Mathew)
Lake view atop a hill
Maha Yogi Pilot Baba Ashram near Nainital (Nivalink Trip Dated - 26 March 2010)
Tourst area near lake

Reasons to Visit
  • Nainital is colonial era hill station (6500+ ft asl) that is set around the lake Naini.
  • Nainital offers good weather in summer and a popular ex-Delhi weekend Getaway.
  • Nainital is base point for guests to visit lakes of Bhimtal / Sattal / Naukuchiatal (20 kms - 3500-4000 ft asl), Himalayan hamlets of Ramgarh (25 kms), Mukteshwar (50 kms) & Almora (68 kms) and Cantonment town of Ranikhet (55 kms).
  • Nainital has several Summer palaces / heritage homes that are now converted into fine heritage hotels and are recommended for a charming stay experience.
Know It
  • Nainital is like any other hill station cramped for space and the experience here is fairly touristy in nature (Boating, cable car, Zoo, view points etc.). It snows in Nainital in Winter. Guests who seek lake experience alongwith the stay, must opt for Bhimtal / Sattal / Naukuchiatal instead of Nainital (as hardly any hotel has any kind of clear lake view from rooms at Nainital). Guests interested in Bird watching should opt for Pangot which is about 15 kms from Nainital. Guests who are looking for a relaxed homely stay should opt for one of the stays at Gethia or Nathuakhan or around that area.
  • Popular Hill Stations of India"Nainital is a popular lakeside hill station (6500+ ft asl) in Kumaon area. Guests here explore high altitude zoo, cable car, boating and excursions to nearby lakeside and hillside areas. "
  • Colonial Heritage Hill Stations of India"British discovered Nainital in mid-19th century. A number of "European" schools for boys and girls were founded in Nainital thereafter. Nainital became home to summer retreats of Maharajas that were serving under British rule. Nainital today is a crowded holiday destination. The Summer Palaces (now fine heritage hotels), Raj Bhawan and the Church offer flavour of the colonial past. "
  • Destinations for Holiday Travellers to Uttarakhand"Nainital (6500+ ft asl - 70+ kms from Corbett) is a prime hill station and a renowned getaway. Nainital wears a crowded lakeside hill station character and is popular with mid-segment holiday travellers and Summer travellers looking for Salubrious climate. Nainital is also good for a day visits to nearby areas of Ramgarh (30 kms), Muktshwar (50 kms), Pangot (15 kms), Ranikhet (55 kms), Almora (68 kms) and Bhimtal / Sattal / Naukuchiatal (20+ kms). So depending on these excursions, holiday travel"
  • Lakeside Getaways of Kumaon in Uttarakhand"Nainital (6000+ ft asl) is a touristy hill station and a popular ex-Delhi getaway for family travellers looking for touristy activities and sightseeing."
Access Information

Nainital has 19 Hotels approved and listed with Nivalink

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7 verified holiday itineraries are listed for Nainital

Getaway (1-3 nights)1
Short Break (4-6 nights)1
Holiday (7 or more)5

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List of Holidays for Nainital


  • Nainital Extended Getaway (3 Nights)

Short Break

  • Corbett Nainital Break (5 Nights)


  • Best of Garhwal and Kumaon (10 Nights)
  • Best of Kumaon (7 Nights)
  • Complete Kumaon Itinerary (8 Nights)
  • Popular destinations of Uttarakhand (8 Nights)
  • Popular destinations of Uttarakhand with Rishikesh (8 Nights)

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Nainital has 3 Transport services that can be booked online. Click here for reviewing and booking them.

Point to Point Transport

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup from Moradabad and Drop to NainitalRs. 2889

Railway Station Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Car hire - Transfer between Dhikuli / Jhirna and Pangot / NainitalRs. 2348
Pickup/Drop between Kathgodam Railway Station and Hotel in NainitalRs. 1334

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Nainital has 1 Add Ons approved and listed with Nivalink.

Bird Watching1

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Bird Watching

Services Rates Starting From
Full Day Guided Bird Watching in Bhimtal / SattalRs. 2500

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Destination Ideas

  • Golf in Nainital
  • Nainital Summer / Monsoon Getaway
  • Nainital Winter Getaway

Stay Ideas

  • Abbots Ford-Prasada Bhawan Experience
  • Naini Retreat, Nainital-A Spa Getaway

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Naini temple is located on the northern shore of Naini lake. The presiding deity of the temple is Maa Naina Devi and is considered one of the Shaktipeetha temples.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Devi Temple, Shaktipeetha
    A a church established in 1844 and is located on the north end of town and popular with tourists visiting the area.
    Roman Catholic Church
    Snow View point is approached via a cable car ride from Mall area of Nainital. Its a popular ride with tourists.
    View Point, Rides
    Himalayan Views, Ropeway
    Naini Lake is situated in centre of the Nainital and is a prime attraction where tourists enjoy a bit of boating.
    Lake or Riverside, Rides
    High Altitude Lake, Boating
    Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo is a popular tourist visit option. The zoo has several endangered species of animals in the Himalayas, and animals like Snow Leopard, Tibetan wolf, Sambar, Leopard Cat and Himalayan Bear.
    High Altitude Zoo
    Former Residence of Jim Corbett. It is now a private residence but is open to visitors as a museum of Corbett memorabilia
    Raj Bhavan (earlier summer residences of Governors under British Raj) is the official guest house for the governor of Uttarakhand. The complex consists of a two-storied mansion with 113 rooms, a large garden and golf links. Obtaining prior permission is must for visiting.
    Heritage Site
    Colonial Heritage
    Hanumangarhi also known as Hanuman Garh, is located at an altitude of 6000+ ft asl and is home to Lord Hanuman temple and excellent views of the area.
    Temple or Holy Place, View Point
    Valley Views, Lord Hanuman
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Neem Karoli Baba Ashram is set near Nainital (17 kms) and got renowned after facebook CEO Mark Zuckenburg visited it during this India trip. The temple is devoted to Saint Neem Karoli Baba offering sacred space for meditation, devotional singing and satsang or spiritual discourse among devotees.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Ramgarh (6000 + ft asl) offers excellent Himalayan views in Winter (Oct - March). Its also where it snows a bit and therefore guests arrive here for snow experience. Ramgarh is also known as the "Fruit Bowl of Kumaon" owing to its verdant orchards of Peach, Apricots, Pears & Apples that blossom in Summer.
    View Point
    Himalayan Views
    Mukteshwar gets its name from an 350-year-old temple to Shiva known as Mukteshwar Dham, situated atop the highest point in the town. The area offers excellent Himalayan views in Winter (Oct - March)
    Temple or Holy Place, View Point
    Lord Shiva, Himalayan Views
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Naina Peak is the highest peak in Nainital at 8500 ft asl and can be approached on foot via a 6 km hike. The peak offers views of snow clad high Himalayas (Oct - March) and a panoramic view of Nainital town.
    Tiffin Top or Dorothys Seat is a terraced hill top at 7500 ft asl at a 4 km hike from Nainital and commands excellent views of the country side.
    Activity, View Point
    Walking, Countryside
    Khurpa Tal, is a lake at 10 kms (or a 5 km hike) from Nainital at about 5000+ ft asl/ It is popular with anglers and is surrounded by terraced fields.
    Activity, Lake or Riverside
    High Altitude Lake, Walking, Angling
    Pangot is renowned for its wooded walks and Bird watching. The area is cut off and offers off-beat stays. More than 150 birds that have been recorded in the area.
    Walking, Bird Watching

Destinations within reach from Nainital

  • Bhowali ( 10 Km )

    Bhowali is base town for trading of fruits grown around the area and mid-way on Bhimtal - Ramgarh, more

  • Pangot ( 14 Km )

    Pangot is small village 15 kilometers from Nainital. 150 bird species have been recorded at Pangot more

  • Jeolikote ( 17 Km )

    Jeolikote is a small hamlet lies enroute from Kathgodam to Nainital. Jeolikote is 18 kms ahead of more

  • Bhimtal ( 20 Km )

    Bhimtal is an idyllic and scenic lakeside destination and a complete contrast to the touristy and more

  • Saattal ( 22 Km )

    Sattal is a collection of seven interconnected freshwater lakes, located in the Kumaon Lake more

  • Kathgodam ( 24 Km )

    Kathgodam is also access point to visit Lake districts of Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal and Sattal (All more

  • Haldwani ( 31 Km )

    Haldwani lies at the foothills of Uttarakhand lake district in close proximity to Kathgodam and is more

  • Ramgarh ( 34 Km )

    Ramgarh is known for Himalayan views (Oct-March) and its orchards and therefore a popular weekend more

  • Corbett ( 60 Km )

    Corbett experience is one of the best wildife expereinces in India alongwith Kanha, Nagarhole and more

  • Rudrapur ( 62 Km )

    Rudrapur is a major industrial town in Uttarakhand and base point to visit NanakMatta Sahib more

  • Pantnagar ( 65 Km )

    Pantnagar is an Industrial town and the Airport here provides connectivity for destinations in more

  • Almora ( 68 Km )

    Almora (6700 ft) is known for the spectacular himalayan views (Oct - March) that it offers and its more

  • Kashipur ( 82 Km )

    Kashipur is at a point from where Corbett National Park and Lake Districts of Kumaon (Bhimtal, more

  • Binsar ( 95 Km )

    22 kms from Almora is Binsar Sanctuary (8000 ft asl) is known for walks and bird watching around more

  • Micholi ( 105 Km )

    Micholi (5800 ft asl) is a new hillside Hamlet between Corbett and Ranikhet and an getaway for more

  • Kausani ( 112 Km )

    Kausani (6,075 ft) is a small hamlet offering 300 km-wide views of the Himalayan snow-peaks in more

  • Bareily ( 130 Km )

    Bareily is a tier II city at 250 kms from Delhi. Bareily is frequented by business travellers and more

  • Meerut ( 250 Km )

    Meerut lies 70 kms from New Delhi and is one of the largest producers of sports goods, and the more

  • Dudhwa ( 253 Km )

    Dudhwa National Park lies on the edge of the Indo-Nepal border and is excellent for Bird watching more

  • Kund ( 254 Km )

    Kund is a riverside area 20 kms Short of Guptkashi in the Mandakini Valley offering view of the more

  • Auli ( 281 Km )

    Auli is a Ski resort, one of the highest in the word located at about 50 km from Badrinath and more

  • Pauri ( 313 Km )

    Pauri (4500 ft asl) is renowned for its stunning Himalayan Views. Pauri lies on the Rishikesh - more

  • Chamba ( 318 Km )

    Chamba is situated at 8500 ft asl and 30 kilometers farther from Kanatal and about 60 km from more

  • Kanatal ( 322 Km )

    Kanatal (8500 ft), one of the well-known spots in Uttaranchal, is located on the Mussoorie - more

  • Gurgaon ( 330 Km )

    Gurgaon near Delhi International Airport is one of Delhi's four major satellite cities and i part more

  • Mathura ( 335 Km )

    Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Vridavan (16 kms) near Mathura is where Lord Krishna more

  • Manesar ( 343 Km )

    Manesar is a fast growing industrial town on Nh-08 near Gurgaon. Manesar is best known for being more

  • Sohna ( 343 Km )

    Sohna lies 60 kms South of Gurgaon and is known for its Sulphur springs and proximity to the more

  • Agra ( 358 Km )

    Agra is home to Taj Mahal, a mughal era monument that is considered one of the Seven Wonders of more

  • Kosi ( 360 Km )

    Kosi is a local getaway ex-Delhi / NCR, 105 kms from Delhi on the Delhi - Mathura route at about more

  • Chakrata ( 377 Km )

    Chakrata is an off-beat destination at 73 kms from Mussoorie for guests looking to be away from more

  • Rohtak ( 379 Km )

    Rohtak Lies at 70 kms from New Delhi where getaway resorts are located which are popularly visited more

  • Lucknow ( 380 Km )

    Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is popularly called the city of Nawabs and Kababs. The city more

  • Nahan ( 386 Km )

    Nahan is a nature centric getaway and base town to visit Renuka Lake, a local pilgrim centre. more

  • Rewari ( 389 Km )

    Rewari lies on the outskirts of Delhi / NCR area and is where getaway resorts are located where more

  • Chambal ( 398 Km )

    The National Chambal Sanctuary consists of about 400 km of the Chambal River. Chambal is located more

  • Kanpur ( 403 Km )

    Kanpur is the commercial capital of Uttar Pradesh. Kanpur today is home to textile leather, more

  • Dholpur ( 407 Km )

    Dholpur is a renowned heritage getaway by the Chambal River, 56 kms South of Agra, renowned for more

  • Neemrana ( 414 Km )

    Neemrana is home to The heritage hotel “Neemrana Fort Palace” which is an imposing 4-tier fort and more

  • Sravasti ( 428 Km )

    Saravasti is part of Buddhist circuit and lies 180 kms from Lucknow. It was at Sravasti that the more

  • Behror ( 429 Km )

    Behror lies in NH-08 and is home to mid-way motels and getaway resorts that cater to corporate more

  • Hansi ( 431 Km )

    Hansi is a small town in Hissar dist of Haryana. Sheikhpura Kothi, a heritage home is the main more

  • Rampura ( 431 Km )

    Rampura lies off the Kanpur - Agra route and guests driving from Lucknow to Chambal Ravines (150 more

  • Ambala ( 436 Km )

    Ambala is a cantonment town at 50 kms before Chandigarh and major railhead for accessing more

  • Paota ( 470 Km )

    Paota is located 179 kms from Delhi and 80 kms from Jaipur on Nh-08 and home to Shakunt Resort, a more

  • Patan ( 512 Km )

    Patan is a historical city at about 70 kms northeast of Jaipur,on the Kotputli Sikar road, off the more

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Getting There

Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
Around Mall2 kms radius around Mall area, there are a number of mid-segment and premium hotels / resorts, some of them having partial lake views. Parking with hotels here is limited with no scope for larger buses to reach there.Holiday10
Mall AreaHotels Right next to the lake. Mall area is always busy and lacking space. Hotels don’t have parking and cars are parked in the commom parking area. Mall road hotels are good for touristy guests who stay in Nainital longer as a base point to visit nearby Holiday3
Prasada BhawanA thickly wooded area, totally cut off from touristy Nainital, where Abbots Fort Prasada Bhawan, a heritage hotel is situated which is nothing short of an experience.Experiential1
TankiSituated right on a hilltop offering spectacular views of the Nainital Lake and distant Himalayan views. Experiential-
Nearest Airport in Nainital
  • Pantnagar Airport ( PGH ) , Pantnagar-65 Kms
Nearest Railway Stations in Nainital
  • Kathgodam ( KGM ), Kathgodam-24 Kms
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