Top 9 Places To Visit In Nainital

Amidst pine forests, ancient old cottages and strolling pathways Nainital, one of the most renowned hill stations in India reserves a charm of her own. Whether you’re sailing past old temples or picnicking near a scenic view, this picturesque haven is an ethnic blast of beauty. So what are the places you can visit while touring the beautiful emerald in the hills - Nainital?

1. Naini Lake - Naini LakeImage -

Situated amidst quaint old cottages and flock of greenery, Naini Lake lies at the heart of Nainital, the very lifeline of this beautiful hill station. The lake is pear shaped and hundreds of travelers can enjoy boating or paddling as an activity. The exotic sunset is a wonderful memory to capture as the clear waters reflect Nainital’s surrounding beauty. Time: 9 am to 6 pm Entry Fee: Free Website:

2. Naina Devi Temple - Naina Devi TempleImage -

Perched on the banks of the beautiful Nainital Lake is the sacred Naina Devi Temple, which is believed to be one of the divine points that treasure the eyes of Goddess Sati – Lord Shiva’s wife. The temple is a holy supreme for many devotees, visited mostly during the months of May and June. Time: 5 am to 7 pm Entry Fee: Free Website:

3. Raj Bhavan - Raj BhavanImage -

An old colonial construct built for the Governor of North West Province, Raj Bhavan is one of the most luxurious attractions to cover in your tour. Also referred to as the Governor’s house, currently it is the residence of the governor of Uttrakhand and is one of the very few open to public display. Time: 11 am to 5 pm Entry Fee: INR 50 per head Website:

4. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo - Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude ZooImage -

This beautiful zoo houses Uttrakhand’s wildest and endemic most species of fauna. Nestled in Tallital, it was established back in 1984 and is considered one of the best attractions for nature lovers in Nainital. Come across a wonderful lineage of wildlife right from the Himalayan Black Bear to the Palm Civet and much more. Time: 9 am to 6 pm Entry Fee: • INR 50 for adults • INR 50 for children • Free Entry for Senior Citizens Website:

5. Bhimtal Lake - Bhimtal LakeImage -

Amongst the many lakes that surround Nainital’s beauty, Bhimtal is one of the luxurious most that is beautifully centered within a green expanse with a little island in the middle. Named after the legendary Mahabharat warrior – Bhima, the lake portrays splendid views of nature’s vistas and also offers water sports opportunities to tourists. Time: 9 am to 6 pm Entry Fee: Free Website:

6. Tiffin Top - Tiffin TopImage -

Also referred to as Dorothy’s seat, this lovely little attraction in Nainital is an outstanding point to capture the hill station’s most pristine vistas. It has been named in the memory of Lady Mrs. Kellet Dorothy, situated around 4 km from Nainital. The site invites tourists to its picturesque stand as you breathe in the fresh wafts of mountain breeze. Time: 6 am to 6 pm Entry Fee: Free Website:

7. Eco Cave Gardens - Eco Cave GardenImage -

Another interestingly beautiful attraction site to visit in Nainital is Eco Cave Gardens –excellent for a children educational tour. Consisting of distinct habitats for animals like the flying fox, tigers and panthers, bats, squirrels etc these caves are interconnected and give visitors a glimpse of the wild. The caves are alit with petroleum lamps and there’s also a musical fountain present within the gardens. Time: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm Entry Fee: • Adult – INR 20 • Children – INR 10 Website:

8. ARIES - ariesImage -

ARIES – Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences is any child’s dream who loves astronomical study. The research centre was established back in 1955 and hosts a number of advanced classes featuring astrophysical studies. The observatory is the fundamental attraction of this site which features star gazing or watching celestial objects during moonlight nights to visitors. Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm: slideshow / 7 pm – 8:30 pm: skyviewing Entry Fee: Free Website:

9. Mall Road - Mall RoadImage -

Stroll past the colorful Mall road, the main market in Nainital which has been named GovindBallabh Pant Marg. Pass your evening wandering the streets as you pick up amazing Tibetan souvenirs and mix in the vibrancy of this lovely market. You can also enjoy the ropeway experience over here.

I am Shahil Shah, a traveler and blogger! I bring stories from the places for you to cherish the experiences of my travel. Stay tuned!"



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