is a heaven for nature lovers and holidaymakers.
Referred to as the 'Lake District of India',
Nainital occupies a places in the Kumaon hills of
the Himalayas. The hill station features impressive
lakes and hills and is visited by people of all
ages. As history maintains it, the hill station
became a focus of public attention after being
discovered in 1839 by P Baron, a British sugar
Enamored of its beauty, the Britisher constructed a
house called Pilgrim's Cottage and became a resident
of Nainital. Soon the trend was followed by others
and Nainital took shape of an administrative town. A
visit to Nainital is one of the finest options of
getting away from the rat race and the crowd of the
city life. Adventure lovers can indulge in sports
like paragliding, parasailing and trekking at
Nainital.The hill station gives you peace of mind
and lets you reconnect with nature.
The lake is a photographer's delight. It is the
Naini Lake after which the hill station has been
named. The lake is beautifully surrounded by verdant
hills from all sides, a feast for your eyes.
According to a legend, the lake came into existence
when the eye of Sati's body fell out while Lord
Shiva was carrying her. The whole town of Nainital
is situated circling the Naini Lake.
The place derives its name from seven lakes that are
located here. Lying at a distance of 21 km from
Nainital, Sat Tal features an ashram run by Dr E
Stanely of United States Missionaries. The tourist
spot is populated with thick pine and oat trees. For
visitors, Sat Tal offers recreational activities
like swimming, boating and fishing. The much popular
Kohinoor camp is also organised here every summer.
Naina Peak or China Peak
At 8,622 ft above sea level, Naina Peak or the China
Peak has the eminence of being the highest peak in
the region. It is a much popular picnic spot as well
as a good hiking destination for moderate trekkers.
Horse rides are also available for visitors to reach
the Naina Peak. The place is famously known for some
impressive views of the Himalayan ranges. It is at 6
km from Nainital.
St. John Church
The church happens to be one of the most important
tourist attractions in Nainital. Founded back in
1844, the St John Church is also one of the oldest
buidings in the hill town. Travellers can never
afford to miss a visit to the church during their
holidays in Nainital. The church stands at half a
mile from the Naina Devi Temple.
Naina Devi Temple
The temple is a major crowd both for pilgrims and
tourists. The original structure of the Naina Devi
Temple was destroyed in a landslip in the year 1880.
The temple was later rebuilt to its present
structure. It stands on the banks of the Naini Lake,
towards the northern side. The temple has the idol
of the presiding deity Maa Naina Devi.
While on your holidays in Nainital, you can also
choose to make a visit to the lovely Govind Vallabh
Pant Zoo in Nainital. One of the most
well-maintained in the country, the Zoo Garden has
animals including deer, bear, tiger, leopard, wolf,
palm civet, sambhar and many other mammal and bird
species. The Nainital Zoo lies at an altitude of
2,100 m above sea level. It remains closed on
The Eco Cave Gardens in Nainital is a favourite of
both the young and the young at heart. Kids can
particularly enjoy their time at the gardens as it
can be a good introduction for them of an
eco-friendly life. The famous Caves Garden features
six caves along with a wonderful musical fountain.
Do remember to make a visit to the gardens to add to
the charm of your holidays in Nainital.
It is the temple of Lord Hanuman. Hanuman Garh (or
Hanumangarhi) is situated at an altitude of 1,951 m
above sea level. Pilgrims arrive here to worship
Lord Hanuman, a noble hero and great devotee of Lord
Rama as mentioned in the Hindu epic Ramayana.
Besides, the place is also popular with tourists for
heart warming sunset views.
Located at a distance of 3 km from Nainital, it is a
peak on the Sher ka Danda Hill. Snow view is aptly
named as it affords impressive views of now-laden
peaks of the Himalayan ranges. To enjoy eay-feasting
to the maximum, a powerful telescope is placed at
Snow View, lying at an altitude of 2,270 m above sea
level. Visitors can easily reach the place through
the Aerial Express Ropeway.