8 best Places to visit in Nainital:
So many Places to visit in Nainital. And if you are planning a trip of 1 or 2 days? Check quickly what places to visit in Nainital in 1 or 2 days and plan your trip more beautifully. These tourist places in Nainital can be visited and enjoyed in 1 or 2 days.
Naini Lake comes at the top and it is one of the famous attractions of Nainital. “Tal” is a Hindi word that means Lake. So Nainital means Naini lake. It is beautifully described by many prominent poets and writers in their poems and literature. This beautiful huge lake is surrounded by seven hills. Name of these seven hills is – Ayarpata, Alma, Deopata, Handi Bandi, Naina Peak, Laria Kanta, and Sher Ka Danda. One can’t skip boating in Naini Lake it is at the top of the wishlist of every tourist. A boating experience in Naini lake will rejuvenate your senses and touches the level of tranquility. This is one of the best places to visit in Nainital where you can enjoy boating.
Entry Fee- There is no entry fee in Naini Lake.
Boating Fee –
- 160 Rupees for a half-round of Row Boat.
- 210 Rupees for the full round of Row Boat.
- 210 Rupees for a Paddle Boat Per hour.
Opening Hours – 6:00 AM to 6:PM
Read More about some interesting facts about Nainital Lake and Boating.
Being the highest peak of Nainital, Naini Peak gives a magnificent panoramic 360-degree view of the snow-capped Himalayas peak (Panchachuli peak, Nanda Devi peak, and W-shaped Trishul peak) and a fabulous view of the Nainital city and Naini lake. The residents also call it, Cheena Peak or China Peak. It is 6 Km far from Nainital city. This is famous for trekking and the trek is 4KM. The base point of the trek is Tanke Band which is around 6 KM from Nainital town, and here you will explore the tremendous beauty of nature. Witnessing sunrise and sunset would be an unforgettable experience for you.
Fewer numbers people visit Naina peak in the early morning so as a result, it usually remains less crowded during the time of sunrise and sunset. Therefore by taking advantage of this thing, you can feel the serenity over there.
It is one of the best places to visit in Nainital.
Trek Distance – 4 Km Trek.
Basepoint – Tanke band; 6 Km From Nainital Town.
Famous For – Great Himalayan views, Naina lake view, Sunrise, and sunset.
A Tiffin top is the popular picnic spot of Nainital and you must have thought, why its name begins with Tiffin? Is there any relation to the lunch box (Tiffin)? You are right !! This was the center where people used to have their lunch in earlier days as a result of this, they started calling it Tiffin Top. It is surrounded by beautiful hills and gives a perfect view of Nainital town and other Kumaon region hills.
Being a nature lover, if you want to capture some beautiful photographs then, this place in Nainital is a must-visit place for you.
There is a famous place by the name of Dorothy’s seat. Dorothy Kelet was a famous painter who used to sit at this place for hours to make his paintings. This is such a beautiful place.
Up Hill Distance – 1.5 KM
How to reach Tiffin Top from Nainital – From Naina Devi temple, go towards Sherwood College (3KM) and from Sherwood college, you need to walk for Tiffin Top (2KM)
Famous For – Hiking, Horse riding, Photographs.
Eco Cave Gardens –
This cave is an assembly of 6 interlinked different animal caves where you can get a feel of how wild animals live in the cave and what these caves look like. These animal caves are Panther Cave, Bat Cave, Tiger Cave, Flying fox Cave, and Apes Cave. There is a musical fountain that enhances the beauty of the garden with its audio and visual effects. Going across the pathway to the caves, there are beautiful hanging gardens that add to their beauty – this would be an experience that you would never want to miss.
In terms of education and information, it would give a practical approach to the kids and students. this is the reason many schools often plan a one-day tour here. The entry charges to get enter into Cave are Rs. 60 for adults, Rs. 25 for children, and, 25 for Rs. Extra for taking a camera. This could be one of the best places to visit in Nainital with children.
Things to keep in mind in Cave Garden Nainital –
- Be careful !! The caves inside are narrow in certain places.
- Thes caves are dark from the inside, Lamps are there to lighten the path
Entry Fee – Rs. 25 for Children, Rs. 60 for adults, and Rs.25 for Cemara.
Timings – 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Nainital Zoo – Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo:
Nainital Zoo is also known as Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo. It is the second-highest Altitude Zoo (6900 feet) after Kufri Zoo (7510 feet) in Himachal Pradesh. Nainital Zoo is native to pheasants, birds, and many endangered animals like Bengal Tiger, Spot Snow Leopard, Hill Fox, Japanese Macaque Monkey, Golden / Silver Pheasant, Red Panda, Wolf, Barking dear, and Siberian tigers, Peacocks, and Himalayan Bear. You can leisurely spend 2-3 hours in this place. The zoo is neat and clean and well maintained by the staff.
There are two ways to reach the zoo, the first one is you can walk uphill for 2KM and the second option is to hire a shuttle that will take 15 mins to ride to reach the Zoo. You will get that shuttle near India Hotel, Mall Road. Please note that you are allowed to take your private car/taxi to the zoo. It is the place where you should visit in Nainital with your family. Old-age people may avoid it as it is at high altitudes.
Nainital Zoo entry fee:
Rs. 100 for adults
Rs. 50 for children.
Rs 200 for Adults (Foreigner)
Rs 100 for Children (Foreigner)
Free entry for Senior citizens, Physically Abled, and Children below 5 years.
Timing: 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM
NOTE: Private vehicles are not allowed.
The Nainital Mall Road –
The Mall Road in Nainital was made by the Britishers. It runs 1.5 KM parallel to the lake and connects two famous places Mallital and Tallital. Britishers made the Mall road and there are 2 parallel roads in Mall road Nainital. Now it has converted into the main shopping center of Nainital town. A lot of shops, eateries, game zones, and hotels are present on Mall road. Mall Road is now the main attraction of Nainital as a result, every tourist visits here at least one time. Therefore, it becomes crowded in peak season, and to control the traffic, the local administration has now tightened the rules and you must note down these rules if you are visiting Mall Road.
Some of these rules are:
During May, June, and October, Traffic is strictly prohibited from 6:00 PM to 10 PM. Therefore, you will not be allowed to take your vehicle to Mall road.
If you are visiting Nainital don’t skip exploring Mall road.
Please note that, For May, June and, October, You will be not allowed to take a car/taxi to Mall Road and Mall Road is a No Parking Zone
Snow View Point –
The snow viewpoint is a popular destination and most tourists visit this place for witnessing the beauty of the Himalayas range. There are two viewpoints – from the one you can have the beauty of Naini Lake and Nainital city and from the second point you can see the beautiful Himalayan ranges including the famous Nanda Devi peak and Trishul Peak. Binoculars are already installed there, which means, you can have a close look at beautiful huge mountains.
To give the taste of adventure and fun, there are sports like Free Fall, GoCart, Shooting, etc. One can enjoy these sports and kids take could take fun of them.
It is easily accessible by Cable car / Rope Way, a 5 Min ride, and will cost you around Rs. 300 for a round trip. Or you can choose to trek uphill to reach the Snow viewpoint as well. It could be the best place to visit in Nainital from December to February. (During the time of snowfall)
Snow View Point ride by Rope Way –
Take 5 Min to reach Snow viewpoint with the cost of Rs. 300 for a round trip.
Famous For – Himalayan Views, Trekking, Sports
Raj Bhawan, Governor’s House –
Rajbhawan, the building has its historical importance. It was built in colonial style by the Britishers and now it is serving as the residence of the Governor of Uttarakhand. It is the reflection of the famous Buckingham Palace.
Governor’s House has limited access to tourists (Only two main halls) so, you can walk around the building through the beautiful lush green garden. It is a two-storeyed building that has 113 rooms. It is a sight worth seeing. There is the oldest golf course too and you need to pay a separate fee of Rs. 450 to visit Golf Course. The entry fee of Rajbhawan, Governor’s House is RS. 50 per head. It is 3 KM from Mall Road
Timing: 8;00 AM to 5:00 PM. In November and December (08:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
Entry Fee: Rs. 50 per head. Rs. 450 for Golf Course.