Best places to see around Nainital, the Queen of Hill Stations

The article is a summary of our experience during the visit to Nainital. The city offers a number of options to engage tourists and is especially known for its New Year celebrations. We had an exciting time being there and hope you enjoy the article as well.

A lovely hill station in the Kumaon Region endowed with numerous lake and scenic views - Nainital - is a revered destination for tourists. Located about 7000 feet above sea level, the town offers the best of nature and spirituality for those visiting here. Located about 700 kilometres away from New Delhi, this hill station is on the top weekend getaway list of Delhites. Given the good road connectivity that it enjoys, Nainital has become a very popular destination for tourists. Today we take you through this queen of hills and provide a glimpse into the city.

While the city has commercialized over the years with a rising influx of tourists, it still maintains that old charm, thanks to the timely intervention of authorities to ensure that the rich natural beauty is preserved. Traffic restrictions have been imposed on certain roads and new infrastructure has been set up for handing increased rush.

One of the important events for the city is the New Year celebrations. It is the time when maximum tourists head to the city. The roads are colourful all over and music plays all through the night with party songs forcing tourists to dance on the tunes. Flowing coffee and local cuisine simply add to the charm of the celebrations. One thing that we observed was that no matter the rush and madness, there wasn't a single untoward incident or a situation where a woman may feel uncomfortable.

best places to see around nainital

Now its time to get touristic and look at the places of tourist interest that the city has to offer. There are actually a number of sites that have been beautifully curated to attract tourists. Some of them are as given below:

  1. Naina Lake – This is the lake that gives this hill station its name and hence has an important place altogether. This is a picturesque lake surrounded by hills all around. In addition, the late has historic and spiritual significance. Many believe that a charred eye of Goddess Sita fell here 3. and hence the name – Naina meaning eyes in Hindi.

  2. Rope Way and Snow View Point – A hill station trip without an opportunity to zip across valleys would mean leaving a hole in the experience. Well, Nainital isn't going to disappoint you. The ropeway offers an exciting journey over trolley car leading to an awesome view of Himalayas. The snow-covered mountain slopes provide a mesmerizing view to the tourists.

  3. High Altitude Zoo – if you are a lover of fauna, this is the place for you. The zoo spread over a vast area houses some exotic animals waiting to entertain the guests

  4. Naina Peak – If you are one of those enthusiasts who does not mind a bit of effort for a view, take this opportunity to trek to this peak which offers a wonderful view of the city all around.

  5. Eco Cave Gardens – These wonderful gardens provide an exciting experience of nature leading to a view of the entire town from a height.

  6. Naina Devi Temple - For the Spiritual us¸this is a revered temple which attracts a huge crowd from far and wide

  7. Shopping – Tibetan market and the Mall Road are primary shopping destinations in the city and offer a number of options to collect souvenirs for family and friends.

These are some of the offerings from Nainital which may tempt you to head to the city but this isn't exhaustive and there is so much in this hill city which you can only experience first hand.



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