I had been planning the Nainital trip for the last 4 to 5 years, and luckily in November 2016, I got this chance for the first time. I am a native of Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand touches the boundary of UP.
We visited the hill station in Uttarakhand in November when the winters were about to begin, and the weather was showing the welcoming signs. The intraday fluctuation in climate is the characteristic feature of Nainital.
We were lucky to get a room in Channi Raja situated in front of Naini lake- An excellent location to enjoy the trip to the fullest!
Tour to Nainital
The most visited hill station in Uttarakhand is Nainital. If you are living close to the city, you will love exploring the place time and again. The beautiful lakes, sites and soothing weather of Nainital allure you to come and unwind.
Every time I travel the city, I find a new romance in the air that freshen me up and revive my spirit. The scenic beauty of Nainital is unsurpassable-clouds touching the hills and lakes reflecting the sky!
Hotels in Nainital
If you are looking forward to traveling to the city, it is advisable to select the boarding place close to the lake and market. Channi Raja is one of the best hotels in Nainital. The fantastic view of the city was visible from the front window. The colorful boats in deep waters reflecting the winter sunrays provided an excellent look at daytime.
The food was delicious, and we love dining at the restaurant of Channi Raja. I recommend staying at this hotel as the service was admirable and the staff was friendly.
If you plan a Nainital trip, don’t forget to explore the lodging place as it is one of the most epochal things that will make your outing memorable. If you are booking Nainital holiday package, choose the best as you are going to spend your valuable time and money, it must be worth.
Shopping in Nainital
One of the popular shopping destinations in Nainital is Mall road and luckily our boarding place- Channi Raja is located on the same street. In the evening, we move to feel the cool breeze near the lake along with walking on the boulevard to shop. Woolens, handicrafts and unique items are available at affordable rates in this market.
Another exciting place to make you spend well is Tibetan market run by the natives of Tibet and is not too far from the Naini Lake. The market features designer woolens along with other items like watches, and clothing.
It was nice walking down the streets in the evening to hang out. The weather was lovely, the cool breeze makes us shiver, but the fog falling from the sky make the atmosphere romantic.
Top 5 places to visit in Nainital
As Nainital is situated in Kumaon hills, Tiffin top offers the best view of the mountains from the highest point. It is advisable to wear woolens as you are going to spend at least 2 hours in shivering cold and don’t forget to take your video cam to shoot the amazing sceneries of Nainital.
The snow-clad peaks of Himalayas make a brilliant view of the city. Use binoculars to see the beauty of the place. Trekking is good during daytime with comfortable clothing and non-slippery footwear.
Tiffin top is also called Dorothy’s seat, and it is a famous picnic spot in Nainital at Ayarpatta hills 4 km from the central city. It is nature lover’s and photographer’s delight.
We also visited Hanuman Garhi luckily on Tuesday during the Nainital trip. It is situated 3.5 km from Tallital on Nainital-Devidhura road at 6,401 ft. Above sea level.
An artistic statue of Lord Hanuman has religious significance in addition to the brilliant sunsets and sunrise. The temple is old dated back to 1950.
The place has a religious significance as Sheetala Devi temple and Lila Shah Bapu ashram are located in the vicinity. Besides, a beautiful view of the sun rising and setting allures tourists to visit the spot.
It is the highest point of Nainital settled at 2611 m above sea level and the best location to view the snow laden Himalayas along with the stunning view of the town. The peak is famous for hiking, photography, and sight-seeing.
The captivating sceneries of Kumaon hills are visible from this point that is worth capturing. Trekking is advised during daytime to avoid accidents. The place is romantic at sunrise and sunset with rich flora and fauna at the spot. A breathtaking view of the mountains and Naini lake from the highest point of the hill station makes you feel like heaven where nature’s beauty is at its peak.
Do not forget to take water, apply sunscreen lotion and wear comfortable footwear to enjoy the trip to the fullest!
Naina Devi temple
We visited the famous Hindu shrine near the Naini Lake. The ancient temple is constructed in 15th century AD. The popular mythology about the temple says that the holy place is located at a place where the eyes of Devi Sati fell when Lord Shiva was carrying her corpse. Millions of devotees visit the temple to seek the blessings of the Goddess present in the form of eyes.
The Hindu pilgrimage site remains open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Nanda Ashtami is celebrated with pomp, and the idols of Goddess Nanda Devi and Naini Devi are immersed on the last day of the festival.
The wildlife lovers will enjoy the view of endangered species in the Nainital zoo. The spot is located at a distance 2 km from the Tallital bus stand. The opening and closing time is 9:30 am to 4:30 pm respectively. The entry fee is nominal- only 50 Rs for Adults.
The Zoo is closed on Monday and holidays. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo management Society is responsible for the maintenance if the wildlife park. Zoo shuttle service and Jeep are available to reach the place. A few wildlife animals at this place are Royal Bengal Tiger, Blossom-headed Parakeet, Tibetan Wolf, and Red Jungle Fowl.
Best time to visit Nainital
Although the hill station is so captivating that you will love visiting it at any time of the year but the best time to explore the city is in the summer season when the weather is favorable, and you can find an escape from the scorching heat of the plains.
If you can tolerate snowy cold, you can plan a trip during December and January otherwise March to June are bearable with temperatures ranging from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius.
It was a wonderful trip as we enjoyed everything- weather, food, sites, and sceneries. I will love to revisit the city of lakes if I find a chance!