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Ravinder Malik Nov 19 2014

Which are the top 10 reasons to visit Nainital?

Jigyasha Prasad Nov 19 2014
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We bring to you a list of top 10 reasons to visit Nainital. Visiting a hill station in winters is altogether a different experience with its enhanced natural beauty and snow all around. Even though it remains flocked with tourists all year round, this hill station has managed to retain its old world charm and serenity.

Naini Lake (by rohit gowaikar)

1. Naini Lake

Legend has it that Naini Lake is the spot where Parvati’s eye fell, making it a revered Shaktipeeth. Boating and yachting on the lake are the most popular activity. A rowboat ride costs INR 130 (approx). The Naina Devi Temple, at the north end of the lake, is said to be the exact spot.

Naini Lake

2. Boat House Club

The Boat House Club on the lake, dating back to the mid-19th century, is a must-see. At its wooden-floored bar, head for the tables facing the lake for lovely views. Temporary membership affording access to the bar and billiards room is available.

Boat House Club (from the official website of Boat House Club)

Yachts at Boat Club (from the official website of Boat House Club)

3. Nainital Zoo

The well-maintained Nainital High Altitude Animals Zoo has some rare high-altitude species like the snow leopard, Steppe eagle and the Himalayan black bear. Although the climb from the parking is a little steep, it’s well worth the wheeze to head up there.

Nainital Zoo (from the official Facebook page of Nainital Zoo)

Himalayan Black Bear at Nainital Zoo (from the official Facebook of Nainital Zoo)

4. Eco Cave Gardens

Eco Cave Garden is well laid out without excessive manicuring, and has a musical fountain that operates only in May and June. There are six caves here that will probably not challenge a spelunker, but are still great to explore through.

Eco Cave Park (by Jigyasha Prasad)

Eco Cave Park

5. Scenic Points

Want to capture the best views of snow-clad Himalayas? Head to points like Snow View and Tiffin Top. Snow View can be reached an aerial ropeway while driving through a winding rugged road will take you to the latter. Both these places are famous attractions of Nainital.

Snow clad Himalayas (by Jigyasha Prasad)

St. Joseph from Tiffin Top (by Amn.amaan)

6. Gurney House

Also on Ayarpatta Hill, Gurney House is the former house of Jim Corbett, hunter, conservationist, writer and naturalist. The house, named after Corbett’s father, is now a museum of Corbett memorabilia.

Gurney House (by Schwiki)

7. Shopping in Nainital

Shopping in Nainital has is a delightful experience. You will run into the usual stuff found at most hill stations, but keep an eye out for the candles Nainital is justly famous for. Several shops line the edge of the promenade and the Mall, where you can browse for shawls, ready mades and local handicrafts and indulge in video games. It is surely one of the top 10 reasons to visit Nainital.

Candles at display (by Jigyasha Prasad)

Shopping at Mall Road, Nainital

8. Beautiful Churches

Nainital is not only about lakes, it has some magnificent churches like Methodist Church, St. Francis Catholic Church and St. John Wilderness among others. Don’t miss a visit to these places when you are here.

St. Francis Catholic Church (by Jigyasha Prasad)

Methodist Church (by Jigyasha Prasad)

9. Eating Out

There are a number of good restaurants in Nainital which offer a range of where you can treat yourself to an array of cuisines, from local to chinese, continental to international. Some of the notable options are Embassy, Machan, Nanak and Sakley’s, the mountain cafe. The food at the Tibetan Market stalls in The Flats is all vegetarian, tasty, cheap and freshly prepared. Also, don’t forget to pick up Bal Mithai (a local sweet) for your loved ones.

Sakley's (from the official website of Sakley's)

Bal Mithai at Nainital (by Jigyasha Prasad)

10. A Day’s Trip to Naukuchiatal, Sattal and Bhimtal

A trip to Nainital is said to be incomplete without visiting the famous trio of lakes, Naukuchiatal, Sattal and Bhimtal, some of the not to miss places around Nainital. And the best part is that all these can be visited in one day itself.



Words are not enough to describe the beauty of this quaint hill station. Check out our list of top 10 reasons to visit Nainital and plan your next vacation to this scenic getaway soon.

Anshul Goel Nov 29 2014
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