Map of Nainital

Below is the map of Nainital, in Uttarakhand. Use the scroller to zoom as per your preference.
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Videos Of Nainital

Cable Car View:

Look how this couple captures the beauty of Nainital on this video.

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Nainital to Raniket:

If roads snaking left and right doesn’t make you cringe, watch this video how the drive is from Naini to Raniket. You can also listen to the famous Hindi song “Piya Basanti” if you have your speakers turned on!

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Most beautiful place in the world:

Nainital Tourism calls Nainital the most beautiful place in the world. While they’re biased (obviously), you just can’t help admiring the beauty of this hill station as this video shows pics powerpoint style. Sorry guys, no music / audio in this video! Them folks ought to learn creating videos…

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Boating in Nainital Lake:

Self explanatory subject. Sorry again, folks, no sound again :(

Almora to Nainital:

Video taken from within the car of the tourists shooting it. Nice Hindi song you can listen to, too! Can you guess which one? “Musafir hoon yaroon… na ghar hai na thikana…”

Will add some more shortly…

More places around Nainital

Closer to Nainital is Khupratal. It is positioned at a height of 1635 meters and it is only 12 kilometers away from Nainital. The water over here is crystal clear swarming with fishes. It is a treasure trove for an angler. You can also leg it here by taking a short cut.

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Traveling another 4 kilometers from Bhimtal will take you to an enigmatic lake that has nine corners. This place is at an altitude of 1218 meters above sea level. There is a feeling of being in harmony with nature over here, as the thick woodlands here seem to isolate you from the rest of the world.

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Kilbury is 2528 meters high, at a distance of 12 kilometers from Nainital. This place is a good spot for picnics. Nature seems to have worked overtime with a paintbrush and lovingly filled it with birds, animals and trees of all kinds. The Himalayas, Tarai and Bhabhar in the background are beyond description.

Jim Corbett National Park is paradise for the animal lovers and nature enthusiasts. Dhikala, which is the major allure, is situated on the banks of the Ram Ganga river, at 120 kilometers from Nainital. Jim Corbett had set up India’s first National park spread over 525 kilometers of land. More than 500 species of animals inhabit this sanctuary besides the reptiles, fishes and animals here. Some of the most exotic species of wildlife such as the Himalyan black bears, thars, snow leopards, bharals and brown bears can be spotted here. The most fascinating animal of all, the tiger, has made a home for itself in these forests. Fishes such as hill trout, mahaseer and conch swarm the river. One could go on a jeep safari or ride an elephant to venture the Park. The elephant ride is an adventure in itself.

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Kasauni is a picturesque town, which is dubbed the Switzerland of India. It is 120 kilometers away from Nainital. A captivating view of the sun rising over the Himalayas awaits you over here. This experience will certainly stay with you all your life.

Only 63 kilometers away from Nainital is a hill resort called Ranikhet. It is situated at a height of 1829 meters. This town has some beautiful temples and orchards. Modernization hasn’t touched this town. All these places can be visited by road from Nainital.

Visiting places around Nainital

Approximately 23 kilometers away from Nainital is a group of lakes clustered together. There are seven lakes in all and they are called Sattal. The word Sattal actually means seven lakes. To get there one must climb up to an altitude of 1370 meters above sea level. The unspoiled charm of the place still exists as it did in the past, for modernization hasn’t got round to defiling it as yet.

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The largest lake in the vicinity of Nainital is Bhimtal. This lake could be likened to a jewel or pearl enfolded by an adorable and immaculate valley. At an altitude of 1371 meters, it is only 22 kilometers away from Nainital. The sapphire blue sparkling body of water encircles a tiny island, which makes it even more charming.

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Neem Karoli Baba, a saint from the twentieth century instituted a modern pilgrimage centre at Kainchi. Located at a height of 1400 meters, 20 kilometers from Nainital, devotees and tourists alike, arrive in masses to visit Kainchi.

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Situated in the Kumaon hills, approximately 36 kilometers from Almora in Uttar Pradesh, is a town full of temples called Jageshwar Dham. This place stands at a height of 1900 meters above sea level and is home to 200 large and small temples. The place is acknowledged for its fragrant sandalwood and deodar trees, which appeals to the senses of the visiting tourists.

At a distance of 67 kilometers to the east of Nainital is a town called Almora. Almora is positioned at an altitude of 1646 meters above sea level. This town has a rich heritage of culture and history. The town is shaped like a saddle positioned on the back of a horse. This town is an infusion of an old worldly charm and contemporary opulence.

Fairs and festivals of Nainital

If adventure and excitement isn’t enough for you then you should participate in the colorful festivals. Nainital is a fusion of people of various sects. Sankranti is observed at the transition of the sun from one constellation to another. A fair or festival is celebrated in different parts of the Kumaon at each Sankranti.

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Uttarani is celebrated on 14th January on a huge scale. This is one fair which is held concurrently at Salt Mahadev, Bageshwar, Pancheshwar Ranibagh, Nainital and Rameshwar. Batsavitri is celebrated all over. Women pray for the well being of their spouses on this day by worshipping Savitri or the Banyan tree.

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Hariyala, which is celebrated in the month of Shravan falls approximately on the 16th of July. This festival is celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva’s wedding to Parvati.

Phooldeyi Phooldeli is celebrated by young girls. They place the first bloom of flowers on the porches of all the houses in the village for fortuity throughout the year. Gheeya Sankranti is celebrated on the first day of Bhado. Khatarua is celebrated on the first day of Ashwin. It connotes the arrival of autumn. It is celebrated with children dancing around bonfires.

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Basant Panchami is celebrated during the month of Magh. It is celebrated to mark the end of winter and the commencement of spring. During this festival locals use a lot of yellow in every form as it is considered auspicious. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on Basant Panchmi.

Bikhauti is celebrated in the month of Chaitra. It marks the first day of Navratri. Brothers offer gifts to their sisters, which are called Bikhauti. Last but not the least is the Nanda Devi fair.

The Nanda Devi fair is celebrated simultaneously in Almora, Dandidhara, Ranikhet, Nauti, Munsyari and Nainital of the Kumaon region. It attracts hordes of people here. It is observed in honor of the Goddesses Nanda and Sunanda. People pray for prosperity during this celebration.

Adventures in Nainital

There is a mini golf course in Nainital that you could visit. It has nine holes and is open in the night too, as it can be played under flood lights. There is a cover charge on the time of usage. This charge includes using the golf clubs and balls.

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Several options are available for people who enjoy trekking. You could trek up to Tiffin top or up the Milam Glaciers trek, Nainital Kainchi trek, Nainital Kunjkharak trek, Pindari Glacier trek, Nainital Binayak trek, Snow View trek Nainital Kilbury trek, Naina Peak trek and Nainital Betalghat. Services by expert guides are also available to escort you, if required.

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The words Thandi Sadak literally mean cool road. One could take a walk down Thandi Sadak for an unforgettable experience. The crisp cool air and the unspoiled terrain are a delight. This is the most charming spot in all of Nainital. Since the entire road is lined with pine trees, oak trees and deodar trees, it blocks the sun’s rays from coming down hard on you. The alluring landscape, chirping birds and the gentle breeze will transport you to a haven of pure ecstasy.

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That is not all! Nainital offers numerous exciting adventures that one could partake. You could enjoy Yachting, River Rafting, Sunset Hikes, Rock climbing, Kayaking, Jeep tours, Caving and Mountain climbing.

Shopping is also very good here. There is an open air market open seven days a week. You can also find several good shops on the Mall where you can purchase woolen products, handicrafts, ornamental pieces made from wood, locally produced jams, juices and squashes, and also attractive color candles.

Attractions of Nainital

Naina Peak is a popular attraction in Nainital. It is also known as China Peak. It is the highest peak in Nainital at a height of 2615 meters. It tenders a fascinating view of Nainital town, the Himalayas and the Terai regions of Kumaon. One can also spot the Nanda Devi Peak and the mountains on the Tibet border. Being a 6 kilometer walk from the northern end of town it is a stimulating hike. For those who can’t leg it, they can hire ponies to take them up. A forest of rhododendrons, deodars and cypress greet you on both sides on the climb up. A word of caution: Take a picnic basket with you as there is nothing available to munch out here.

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You could also visit Tiffin top. This hilltop is situated at a height of 2292 meters above sea level. It is also called Dorothy’s Seat. A stonework picnic perch was built on the hilltop in honor of an English artist named Dorothy Kellet. It was erected here in her memory by her husband after she died in a plane crash.

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A church by the name of Saint John was established here in the year 1844, at the northern end of town. Daniel Wilson laid the foundation of the church. There is a brass memorial in the church to commemorate the memory of the landslide victims. A graveyard next to it accommodated the few bodies that could be salvaged from the rubble.

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A major attraction here is the Naina Devi temple which had originally been destroyed in the landslide and had been rebuilt later. It is dedicated to Naina Devi.

A visit to Gurney House would take you to the former residence of Jim Corbett. It is located on the Ayarpatta Hill. It has since been turned into a museum with Corbett memorabilia.

Another exciting place to visit would be the Snow View. It can be quite an experience for those who have never been on a cable car (ropeway). It is situated on Sher-ka-danda Ridge at a height of 2270 meters. The vista of the snowbound high Himalayas is truly impressive. Also you could catch sight of Nanda Kot, Nanda Devi and Trishul.

Boating at Nainital

The biggest crowd puller in Nainital is the Naini Lake. The Naini Lake is the centralized feature in Nainital.  It is flanked by the mountains like it was being cosseted from the world. Families bring their children for a pleasant boat ride here. Scores of Honeymooning couples too can be spotted a mile away snuggling while attempting to control their row boats. Groups of youngsters too will be seen here enjoying the boat rides as they unsettle the others with their merry making. It’s all in good fun though. These row boats or pedal boats can be rented from several places along the Mall. A few yachts are also available for rent at the Nainital Boat Club.

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Other facilities at the Nainital Boat Club include a bar, a ballroom, a library and a restaurant. The club used to be very exclusive in the past. An amusing story is linked with this club. At one time, Jim Corbett was denied membership to the club as he wasn’t a pakka sahib since he was born in India.

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The main road running through the town parallel to the lake is called the Mall road. There are bazaars at both ends of the Mall. These are called the Tallital and the Mallital. The Tallital is in the southern end while the Mallital is at the northern end. Walking down the Mall in the evenings can be quite delightful because of the cool breeze blowing from the lake.

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A major landslide had occurred here on 16th September 1880 leading to a disaster. 151 people who were at the Assembly Halls at the time of the landslide got buried underneath. Since then the place has been turned to a recreation ground known as the Flats. Today several games are played and various activities take place at the Flats.

Traveling to Nainital

There are several ways to reach Nainital:

You can go by road. It is connected to National Highway 87. You could take a state run bus to Nainital from Lucknow, Delhi and other major cities in the state of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand Roadways have daily buses leaving from ISBT Anand Vihar. You could also opt for a luxury bus run by private operators from Delhi. Delhi Roadways, Haryana Roadways and Rajasthan Roadways also operates direct buses to Nainital. Buses are run on a regular basis from cities like Kanpur, Haridwar, Agra, Bareilly, Dehradun and Lucknow on a daily basis.

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If you prefer to drive, it takes 7 to 8 hours from Delhi. Take the National Highway No 24 and drive down to Rampur via Hapur. From Rampur you can change to National Highway 87 which takes you directly to Nainital. If you’re not in a hurry, you can halt en route at Wonderland, Rwy crossing, Moradabad. “The Cottage, Jeliokot” also falls on the way.

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The nearest railway station to Nainital is Kathgodam at a distance of 34 kilometers on the North Eastern Railway. Trains ply in from Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata. From Kathogam you can catch a cab or “share a cab” if you’re on a budget. If you are traveling from Agra or Bareilly then you would have to get off at Lalkuan station, which is at a distance of 60 kilometers from Nainital.

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The closest international airport is Indira Gandhi International airport, which is in Delhi. The nearest domestic airport is Pant Nagar Airport which is only 2 hours drive to Nainital. However, it is only served by Jagson Airlines with 6 flights per week, as of writing this. The operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Within Nainital, you can either travel on foot or take the cycle rickshaws which shuttle from one end of the Mall to the other.

General Information on Nainital

This Lake District of India ‘Nainital’ is in the State of Uttaranchal, India. Known for its salubrious climate and scenic beauty, the town is a popular health resort and attracts national as well as international tourists around the year. The town is rich in scenic setting, service infrastructure and landscape perspectives where people from other parts of the country and even outside go for stay and excursions around the year.

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Nainital is situated at a height of 1938 meters above sea level in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas of Uttarakhand. The temperature here is pretty cool with the maximum temperature in the summers being 27 degrees Celsius while the minimum is 10 degrees Celsius. In the winters the temperature could go up to 15 degrees Celsius and as far down as -3 degrees Celsius. Nainital receives snowfall between the months of December and February. The peak season here is from December to January and from March to June.

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The ancient name of this region was Khasdesh. Nainital has also been mentioned in the Puranas. Nainital has been dubbed Tri-Rishi-Sarovar. There is reference to three sages, Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha who excavated a massive hole as they could not find water at this locale. They then rerouted water from the holy lake Mansarover in Tibet to fill this hole. If the myth is to be believed then bathing in the Naini Lake is as good as bathing in the great Mansarovar. On the other hand, there is a credo that Lord Shiva’s wife Sati leapt into the flames of the sacred bonfire, and Shiva carried her remains back to Kailash Parvat. There were 64 places where appendages of her body dropped. It is believed that this is the spot where her emerald green eye fell. Thus it came to be called the Naini-tal. Nain means eye while tal means lake.

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The first European to be attracted to the landscape of Nainital was a merchant from Rosa near Shahjahanpur. Mr. P. Barron established Nainital in the year 1841. He was so moved by the beauty of the lake, he wrote that it was by far the best site he had witnessed in the course of a 1500 mile trek in the Himalayas. It had secured the soubriquet of Lake District of India. Soon, the British and colonial bureaucrats and their families who were trying to escape the heat of the plains became partial to this town as a health resort.