Location: In the north Indian state of Uttaranchal.
Main Tourist Attractions: Bhadraj Temple, Camel's Back Road, Gun Hill, Mussoorie Lake, Kempty Falls, Surkhanda Devi, Dhanolti, Nag Devta Temple, Van Chetna Kendra, Jwalaji Temple.
Best Buys: Candles and other trinket items
Best Activities: Water sports in the Lakes of Nainital
Best Time To Visit: Any time of the year
Nearby Tourist Destinations: Delhi, Bareilly, Almora and Ranikhet.
In 1839, an English businessman strayed into the hills while on a hunting tour and discovered the scenic lakes. He was so impressed by these hills and lakes that he gave up his business in order to build a European colony here. About a decade later, Nainital became the summer seat of the North Western Provinces. The British also set up several schools for their children here, away from the heat of the plains. Nainital can be said a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace, blessed with scenic natural spledour and varied natural resources . Dotted with lakes , Nainital has earned the epithet of 'Lake District' of India . The most prominent of the lakes is Naini lake ringed by hills . Nainital has a varied topography . Some of the important places in the district are Nainital , Haldwani , Kaladhungi , Ramnagar , Bhowali , Ramgarh , Mukteshwar , Bhimtal , Sattal and Naukuchiatal . Nainital's unending expense of scenic beauty is nothing short of a romance with awe-inspiring and pristine Mother nature.
Begin your tour of India's Lake District with the emerald green Naini Lake, thought to be the eye of Goddess Sati. There are sail and paddle boats available on hire.
About 23 km from Nainital is this unforgettable stretch of lakes playing hide and seek with thick oak forests. As you approach Sat tal, the first lake you will come by is the Nal Damayanti Lake, then Lake Panna and a little further on, a cluster of three lakes called Ram, Laxman and Sita.
About 22 km from Nainital at an altitude of 1,370 m, you get fantastic views of the Himalayas from here. Bhimtal is in fact larger than Naini Lake and there is a lovely island in the middle that you can row/paddle up to. Boats are easily available on hire. You could also take a walk around the 17th century Bhimeshwar temple complex nearby.
About 4 km from Bhimtal, this is an enchanting nine-cornered lake (so its name; 'nau' meaning nine). You can while away time rowing, paddling, yachting and bird watching.
Mountain Gazing For the best views, take the cable car to Snow-View Point. If the skies are clear, you can spot the soaring Nanda Devi; at 7,816 m, it is among the tallest mountain peaks in the world. The cable car operates between 10 am and 4 pm.
Naina Peak (China Peak)
The highest peak of the town, it commands a panoramic view of the snow-laden Himalayas, from Bandar Punch in the west to Api and Nari peaks of Nepal in the east. You can also get a bird's eye view of Nainital town. For those not wanting to exercise their legs, there are ponies and horses to ride upto Naini Peak. These can be hired from Snow-View Point or from Mallital.
At an altitude of 2,118 m, you get a bewitching view of the surrounding hills and valleys and the lovely Khurpatal Lake. The place couldn't have been better named-as you walk up the gentle slope, the land really doe seem to end. The best way to get here is to take a drive up to Barapatthar and then walk the last kilometre.
St. John-in-the Wilderness
Nainital's oldest church, it dates back to 1848. Its stained glasses windows are a wonder.
Air: Pantnagar, about 70 km from Nainital, is the nearest airport with direct flights to Delhi.
Train: Kathgodam, 35 km away, is the nearest railhead. Trains link the town to Delhi, Kolkata, Dehradun and Lucknow.
Road: Well Connected to major cities of North India.