The nucleus of Nainital’s exquisite
beauty is beautiful
lake .In the day ,mirrored in its waters
stand seven proud hills,dotted with pretty
cottages and villas . This reflection alone
holds one spell bound. More beautiful than
this however is the lake at night when the
myriads of bulbs from the hill sides and
quite a large number hanging near the lake’s
edge stab their magic light into its waters.
The lake offers the holiday makers ample
opportunity for yachting, boating or paddling
the boat. Rowing as well as paddling boats
are available at both ends of lake.
The north end of lake is called Mallital
while the southern one is called Tallital
which have a bridge (Danth popularly named)
having Gandhiji's statue and post office
on its sides .It is the only Post Office
on the lake bridge in whole of the world.There
is Bus Station , Taxi stand and Railway
reservation counter on the same lake bridge
, both ends have well laid out shopping
centres,with beautifully laid of marts ,stores
and luxury shops.
At the northern side of the lake there is
a place of rendezvous for people from all
walks of life . Here evenings are heavily
crowded. There is a statue of Pt. Govind
Ballabh Pant and a beautiful fountain .
There is a band stand . The Flats has playing
ground used for sports games and cultural
activities during festivals. There is Chat
Bazar,Bhotia Market in the flats . In Bhotia
Market vendors sell their fancy items .There
is Mosque,Gurudwara and Naina Devi temple
in flatts.Capitol cinema and Rink theatre
which is used for roller skating are also
situated in Flatts.A portion of the flatts
is used for car parking .New club ,Boat
House club ,Masonic Hall are in the periphery
of the flatts for recreation.
one Km. away from bus stand at an altitude
of 2100 meters in sprawling open area there
is Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo
. Now a days it has Monkeys, Himalayan black
bear ,Leopard ,Siberian Tiger,Palm civet
cat, Wolf, Silver Pheasants, Rose ringed
Prakeet, Hill Fox , Ghoral, Barking Deer,
Sambhar. The zoo remains closed for visitors
on Monday, all national holidays , Holi
It is one of the main attractions of Nainital.
This ro peway connects Snow-View Point (at
2270 Mts.) with Nainital near flats. Aerial
ropeway starts at Mallital , there are two
trolleys to carry passengers .It takes approx.
151.7 seconds to cover one way journey by
trolley .Cabin capacity is 10+1 or 825 kg.
Timings 10 AM to 4 PM
Its altitude is 2118 mts.
& it is located at about 4 Kms from
the town. The best feature of this spot
is that one does not have to climb much
and as the name suggests one feels on reaching
the area that the end of the land has really
come. Needless to say the view of the neighboring
hills and valley and the Khurpatal lake
is exquisite from this point. One can go
to Barapathar on a vehicle and then walk
about one Km. up to the spot.
Horse riding is another important attraction
for tourists in Nainital .
Horses can be hired at Barapatthar . Several
tourist use horses as their transport mode
to visit the different peaks of Nainital.Horse
Riding is now strictly prohibitted inside
the Nainital town.
At an altitude of 2194 mts.
and 10 Kms. from the town this place is
accessible by a motor able road. There is
a forest rest house for night stay.Kilbury
is an ideal spot for a quiet and peaceful
Peak or China Peak
Naina peak is the highest peak of the town
, at an altitude of 2611 mts. and at a distance
of 6 Kms from the town .It commands an entrancing
view of sparkling snow laden Himalayas from
Bandar Punch in west to Api and Nari peaks
of Nepal in the east , a full Himalayan
range in one side and a birds eye view of
the lake city of Nainital in its full grandeur
on the other. With a pair of binoculars
a good panorama of the tract surrounding
Nainital is obtained . Pony or Horses can
be hired to visit this peak either from
Snow view or from Mallital.
It is the most easily accessible hill top,
height 2270 mts. and at a distance of 2.5
Km from the town. The spot is accessible
through ropeway . This peak is also connected
by motor able road. Snow view as the name
suggests offers an indescribably beautiful
and breath taking picture of the glittering
snows of Himalyas.It has a temple . Tea,snacks,Photographers
are available at this place.
It is around 3.5 Kms away from the bus stop
at an altitude of 1951 Mts. Hanuman Garhi
is a religious centre and famous for its
sun set view .One can go to Hanuman Garhi
by taxi, bus or even on foot from Nainital
.It has a temple complex presiding deity
being Lord Hanuman besides Ram and Shiva.
At the instance of Neem Karoli Baba around
1950 these temples were built. On the other
side of the hill there is Shitala Devi temple
and Ashram of Lila Sah Bapu
This feature is the latest addition in the
list of numerous tourism spots in Nainital
. It is located in Sukha Tal around one
Km from Mallital very near to Kumaun University