Surrounded by mountains is India’s very own lake district, a region whose capital is the picturesque town of Nainital. Founded by the British who chose it as the spot for a summer hill-station to get away from the heat of the plains, Nainital has long-since remained one of the country’s most famous destinations and is visited by families and backpackers alike.
Popularised mostly by movies, Nainital has an inherent charm that has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. The energy and passion that is on display during festivals and celebrations beautifully offsets the usually laid-back vibes of this hill-station.
Its proximity to Delhi and Dehradun means getting there is easier than you’d think. Once you reach, you’re in for a stay that’s full of enticing views, fun-filled activities and countless ways for you to unwind and rejuvenate. Nainital tourism is a wonderful introduction to the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, an alluring experience by the sparkling Naini Lake, a glimpse into Indian culture and history – a journey you’ll never forget.
The town itself sits at an elevation of almost 7000 feet above sea level, in a valley, by a lake. It is surrounded by seven hills known as Sapta Shring, and the Naini Lake its sparkling natural wonder. Other smaller lakes like Bhimtal Sattal, Harishtal and Naukuchia are found among the hills and make for wondrous sites to explore in day excursions. There is one primary river that flows through the region and it is called the Kosi. Along its waters, many dams have been built to help with irrigation of the land and generating power. The highest point in the area is the Naina Peak.
Nainital experiences what’s known as subtropical highland climate, with temperatures never going too high in the summers and winters getting extremely cold. So, for Nainital tourism, the most popular season is definitely the warmer months, as even in the peak of day the weather remains pleasantly cool. And while winters may sound too cold to bear, the snow-clad mountains and picturesque town becomes increasingly popular amongst couples and honeymooners. If you’re wondering about the wet season, it is during the summer months of June and July. Winters get dry so do carry your skincare products.
Nainital as a town was set up by the British, after the area came under their rule during the Colonial occupation. But there was always a local population of hill-folk who resided here. The lake itself is considered one of the most sacred sites in the country, with tales of mythology behind it. Nonetheless, the Anglicised influence remains prominent, so you’ll find churches, bungalows and landmarks dating back to that time, just as much as you will temples and ethnic sites.
The people of Nainital are really welcoming, belonging to a society with a simplistic outlook, away from the modern-day hustle and bustle that’s found in most other cities. The Kumaoni people, as they are known, have many traditional arts, songs and dance too, which you can easily experience at one of Nainital’s famed festivals or fairs. These are extremely popular tourist activities as well, for a true taste of local flair.
Tourism is at the heart of Nainital’s economy, making it a haven for visitors. Any tour you take at any time of the year, will be full of exciting things to do and places to see.
At the centre of it all is the lake. Whether it’s going boating across it or gazing upon its glisten in the sun from your hotel or guesthouse window.
Sightseeing is a major part of Nainital tourism, with so many interesting places you can visit. At the very top of that list is the Naina Devi Temple, Eco Cave Garden, St. John’s Church and of course, Jim Corbett National Park or Snow View Point.
You can choose whatever kind of package suits your travel plans. There are unique summer and winter packages, specific Corbett packages, honeymoon packages or itineraries for group travels. Ultimately, what you’ll get is an exceptional journey to a place in India that retains its purity, blossoms with Himalayan beauty and thrills to remember for a lifetime.
Combining visits to multiple locations like Ranikhet, Almora and Kasauni are all possible, in set or customisable tours, and make a great way to see all of famed Nainital tourism destinations in one trip.
Garhwali, Hindi, Sanskrit, Jaunsari, Kumaoni and Urdu.
The following are some travel tips, do's and dont's to keep in mind during your Nainital trip.
Do not disrespect local culture in any way
All these and more facets of Nainital tourism are waiting to be explored. They’ll leave you enchanted and rejuvenated, with first-time experiences, unique sights and perhaps a glimpse of the elusive tiger! It’s all possible with one of SOTCs comprehensive Nainital tour packages. Explore these lands more with our personalised Uttarakhand tour packages.