11 Best Places to Explore in Nainital

September 6, 2016
Sight Seeing

• Nainital Lake: A natural freshwater body, situated amidst the township of Nainital in Uttarakhand. Nainital, the pretty lake that once a European fell in love with, Naini Lake today serves as a major tourist spot for people from all over the country.

Mall Road Nainital: The Mall Road in Nainital is synonymous to the city itself. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Nainital city and most visited too. Running parallel to the Nainital Lake, the Mall Road is 1.5 Km long and connects the two ends of Nainital town, Mallital and Tallital. It serves as the price location for culture, food and shopping for the visitors coming from different ends of the world.

G.B Pant High Altitude Nainital Zoo: The Nainital Zoo is a high altitude zoo located on the Sher Ka Danda hill at a height of 2,100m or 6900 ft above sea level. The zoo is spread over a green area of 4.6 hectares or 11 acres. It was established in 1984 and was opened to visitors in the year 1995. This zoo is one of the three high altitude zoos in India, the other two being in Sikkim and Darjeeling. The Nainital zoo is a home to various endangered species like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Sambar, Tibetan Wolves, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, Japanese Macaque and the Himalayan bear. The zoo also houses various birds like Golden Pheasant, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Kalij Pheasant, Lady Amherst Pheasant, Steppe Eagle, Hill Partridge, White Peafowl, Blossom Headed Parakeet and Red Junglefowl. Most of the animals are adopted by either people or animal organizations.

Aerial Ropeway in Nainital: The Aerial Ropeway in Nainital is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Nainital. With hundreds of visitors flying everyday, aerial ropeway carries people starting from Mallital to the Snow View Point, one of the most popular places to visit in Nainital. This three-minute ride is no less than a dream as it offers the best bird-eye view of the Nainital City and Nainital Lake. Two trolleys are designated for carrying passengers to and fro. The cabin capacity is a maximum of 825 kg or 11 people.

• Naina Devi Temple Nainital: The Naina Devi temple got its name from the Goddess Sati’s eyes (Nayan) fell at this place when Lord Vishnu cuts her body into 51 different parts. In fact, the whole town, the Nainital lake and the Nainital temple, all three of them are named after the legend. The Naina Devi temple is considered as one of the most sacred temples in the country showering blessings on devotees from across the world. The great Shivalik range of Himalayas surround the town and the temple is guarded by the highest peak Nanda Devi which is believed to be the sister of goddess Naina Devi.

Tiffin Top Nainital: A Romantic Gem in the crown on Nainital city is the Tiffin Top which is also known as Dorothy’s Seat. This famous attraction is a hilltop which offers the most splendid 360-degree view of Nainital city and surrounding Kumaon mountains. Located 2290 m above sea level, this hilltop is a photographer’s heaven and a perfect spot for a family picnic. As a matter of fact, the name Tiffin Top was kept after people started taking their tiffin and lunch boxes to this hilltop to enjoy a family picnic. One of the most sought after places to visit in Nainital, the Tiffin top is located on the Ayarpatta hills surrounding Nainital city. It is a terraced hilltop that welcomes a lot of tourists. You can find professional photographers capturing the beauty that this hilltop offers.

Eco Cave Gardens Nainital: Eco Cave Garden is a cluster of natural rocky caves which are developed into a garden. The garden is maintained by Nainital Tourism and is located in the Mallital area on the Kaladungi Road. The garden offers a majestic view of 6 caves formed in the shape of animals. It is a great adventure for children to experience the natural-like habitat of various animals first-hand. A musical fountain enhances the beauty of the place with audio and visual effects. The garden is lit with old-school petroleum lamps to keep the authenticity of the place. The popular caves are Panther Cave, Tiger Cave, Bat Cave, Apes Cave, and Flying fox Cave. Along with caves throughout the pathway, there are hanging gardens which add to its beauty – Going through the caves is an experience which you would not want to miss.

The Snow View Point Nainital: The Snow View Point offers a majestic view of hilltops making it one of the most visited sightseeing places in Nainital. It has a height of 2,270 m which makes this destination a gateway to the snowy mountains of the great Himalayas. And if you look on the other side, you will have a birds eye view of the Nainital city and Nainital Lake. At the top of the Snow View Point, a huge pair of binoculars is installed which allows tourists to have a closer look at the snow capped peaks. On zooming in, you will see a temple covered in the snowy blanket where images of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lord Lakshman, Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga resides.

Naina Peak Nainital: Naina peak is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Nainital, especially for people who love trekking. The peak is around 9.4 km away from the city, which is connected by a motorable road to some distance. About 6 km of the total stretch is to be trekked which offers great exposure to the Kumaon flora and fauna. The whole trek is covered by a dense forest of cypress, oak, and pine trees with a hint of pink and red by Rhododendrons. The trek on one side, trails along the Jim Corbett National park and the other side gives you a splendid view of the beautiful Nainital.

Gurney House Nainital: The Gurney house was constructed from the remains of a dismantled house on Alma Hill which got destroyed in a landslide, hence getting the name. The Gurney house is a cozy, old cottage which so is so naturally preserved that it gives its visitors a feel of how Jim Corbett used to live. Jim Corbett used to visit the cottage during summers while on a hunt for man-eating animals. The cottage still beholds all the prized possessions of Jim Corbett like his trophies, fishing rod, African Drum, furniture and books. The cottage is built in colonial style surrounded by garden and lawn on all four sides. You have to get an appointment in order to explore the Gurney House.

The Land’s End Nainital: Nainital Land’s End is a cliff after which there is no land. With the heavenly view of the small valley town Nainital and the amazingly wonderful trek to this cliff, Land’s End is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The Land’s End is accessible by walking uphill a beautiful trek. One can also ride a pony and horses to the destination. This is renowned to be the most beautiful and scenic destinations in Nainital. The placed is equally famous among budding photographers since it offers a picturesque and sublime view of the underlying valley and forests.

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