Top 10 things to do in Nainital

Oct 22, 2021 | Kumaon, Weekend Getaways


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Nainital, the Lake City of India

Location– Nainital District, Uttarakhand

Nearest Railway Station – Kathgodam Railway Station

Nearest Airport – Pant Nagar Airport

Best time to visit– March to June

Recommended duration– 3 days

Nainital is one of the beautiful gems of Uttarakhand and is one of the top tourist destinations in India.

Nainital is located in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand and is in proximity with other Kumaon cities and towns such as Haldwani, Ranikhet, Almora, and Rudrapur. You can visit these nearby towns by opting for car rentals in Nainitalto reach and explore with ease. 

Additionally, one can visit other popular Uttarakhand cities and towns such as Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haridwar, and Ramnagar (Jim Corbett National Park). Due to the significant distance between Nainital and these towns, avail taxi service in Nainital to reach your destination with ease.
The iconic city is witnesses’ tourist influx throughout the year. However, the peak season for visiting Nainital is in December- January for Christmas and New Year celebrations. Nainital has tons of tourist attractions worth your time including Naini Lake, Tiffin Top, Eco Cave Garden, Land’s end, and Cheena Peak. To make the exploration process a smooth one, book for cabs in Nainital to explore one place at a time. Or for a comfortable option, opt for car rentals in Nainital for a full-day local package.

Apart from places to visit in the city, Nainital also offers several activities which can be undertaken by the tourists. Undertake these activities with your loved ones by availing cabs in Nainital.

Here are the top 10 things to do in Nainital with your friends and family-

1. Boating in Naini Lake

Naini Lake

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Naini Lake is the biggest attraction of Nainital. When you visit the lake, then boating is one activity to get engaged in. You can boat along with your spouses or family and gaze at the seven beautiful hills that surround the lake. Boating opens from 6 am till 6 pm throughout the week, with the price for boating being INR 160 (half-round for Row Boat), INR 210 (full round for Rowboat), and INR 210 (1 hour for Paddleboat). Apart from boating, Naini Lake also offers yachting and kayaking here. Opt for cabs in Nainital to explore the lake and places nearby.

2. Horse riding at Barapatthar

Bara Patthar

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Visiting Nainital and not experiencing horse riding is just a no-no. Horse riding here is not only a recreational activity but also important as a means of transport. Previously, horse riding was available at Mallital. However, since horse riding is banned within the Nainital district but tourists can avail the facility from Bara Patthar. Bara Patthar is located about 3 km from the city and can be reached by availing of taxi services in Nainital. The visitors generally take horses to climb the steep trek leading to reach peaks such as Naini Peak and experience the beauty of the mountains. The ride is full of fun and memories. The most preferred time to go for horse riding in Nainital is in the mornings or late in the afternoons. The entry fee for the ride is INR 150 and the horse riding fee per person is about INR 500- 700. You can opt for solo or pair options for horse riding.

3. (Aerial) Ropeway

Snow Viewpoint

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Ropeway is another fascinating experience that one should not hold themselves back from. Often seen in movies and shows, ropeway in Nainital takes you from Mallital to the Snow Viewpoint. This thrilling experience takes place at a height of 2,270 meters. The Ropeway can be boarded from Mallital. The fun of viewing mountains at eye level sitting in a car-type structure taking you from one point to another is unmatched. The ropeway is a must to be added to the list. The Ropeway services are available 7 days from 10 am to 4 pm. The price for two ways for adults is INR 300 while for children is INR 200. You can stay at the Snow Viewpoint for around an hour before descending. 

Trekking is a common activity that takes place in almost every area of the mountains. But in Nainital, the experience is different because of the view that you can witness once you reach the top of the peak. One of the best places to trek in Nainital is Cheena Peak. It is the highest point in Nainital. The Cheena peak is located about 8 km from the city and can be reached by opting for car rentals in Nainital. Visitors can proudly say they are standing at the highest point of a district; the feeling in itself is surreal. Adding more to it, the Himalayas are at a perfect view when you are at the top of Cheena peak.

5. Sunrise from Tiffin Top

Talking about trek and mountains, then don’t miss to visit Tiffin Top. The best time to visit Tiffin Top is early morning before sunrise. After a trek to the peak of the mountain, tourists can enjoy one of the most beautiful sunrises in the state. The Tiffin Top is located about 3 km from the main city and can be reached by booking car rentals in Nainital.

6. Tibetian Market

A lot of tourists loves to collect souvenirs when they visit a new state or country. It is a hobby for the majority of travellers. Hence to cater to their needs, there are Tibetian markets that they can visit and shop. You can collect local souvenirs made by the local population out there. The Tibetian market is located in Ayarpatta and is open from 9:30 am to 9 pm. After a fun day of shopping, opt for car rentals in Nainital to make your way back to your stay.

7. Visit Temples

When in Uttarakhand, then a reminder to visit temples is uncalled for, similar is when you are in Nainital. One of the major temples to visit is the Naina Devi temple. As per the legend goddess, Sati’s eyes had fallen at the Naini Lake, hence the name Naini Tal. The best time to visit the temple is during Nanda Ashtami, as there is a big fair organized for the devotees to seek blessings. The fair goes on for 8 days. Other renowned temples here include the Hanuman Garhi, Pashan Devi temple, and Mukteshwar temple. To visit and give your prayers to these temples, opt for cabs in Nainital to cover all of them in a day.

8. Food and shopping at Mall road 

A trip to the Nainital is not completed without strolling through the Mall road. One side is the shopping stalls, restaurants and on the other hand the beautiful Naini Lake. Mall road is a great shopping place to buy home decors and then eat at a nearby restaurant. Enjoy the local delicacies at their best at Mall road. After a full day of food hopping and local shopping, make your way back by booking cabs in Nainital. 

9. Visit the Nainital Zoo

Nainital Zoo

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Uttarakhand is blessed with diverse and abundant flora and fauna and is a paradise for nature lovers. The Nainital Zoo is one of the highlights of the city and houses some rare species. Animals such as Tibetan wolves, Leopard, Sambar, Lady Amherst pheasant, Red Panda, Barking Deer, and Red Junglefowl can be found here. The zoo is open all week between 10 AM – 4:30 PM. The tickets start at INR 50 for adults (13 years- 60 years) and INR 20 for children (5 years- 12 years). To do wildlife photography, INR 25 is charged for still cameras and INR 200 for professional cameras. 

10. Take a history lesson at Raj Bhavan

Raj Bhavan is now the home to the governor of Uttarakhand, but it is a sign of a British structure. The Bhavan is located about 4 km from Nainital and can be reached by Nainital taxi services. People can also visit the Raj Bhavan; some guides can help you visit the Raj Bhavan and the golf course. It is a good exploration choice for history buffs. 

In order to have the best experience of Nainital and nearby locations, We Cabs is the leading service provider in Uttarakhand and in Nainital. With the best and diverse of fleets at the most affordable costing, opt for taxi service in Nainital package of We Cabs. We offer sanitized and hygienic vehicles as per your needs with flexible payment process. Opt from our Nainital taxi packages of local tour- half-day and full-day and outstation tours- multicity, roundrip, and one way trips.

FAQs about Nainital

Why to travel to Nainital?

Nainital is one of the gems of the state and a popular hill station of India. By travelling to Nainital, tourists can visit places such as Naini Lake, Nainital Zoo, Cheena Peak, Naina Peak, and Raj Bhawan.

How to reach Nainital?

Visitors can travel to Nainital by rail, air, or road. In case of air, opt for Pant Nagar Airport (for Delhi- NCR only) or Jolly Grant Airport. For rail, book your tickets for Kathgodam Railway Station. Nainital has a good road connectivity to other towns and cities, making journey by road a good comfortable option. 

Places to Explore near Nainital?

Yes, tourists can find several places to explore in proximity to Nainital. These places include Almora, Ranikhet, Haldwani, and Ramnagar.  

Can I find budget friendly taxi service in Nainital?

Yes, you can find several budget-friendly taxi services in Nainital. And We Cabs is the best service provider in Nainital, offering affordable priced package, easy payment process, and a diverse fleet options. 

Paromita Gupta

Paromita Gupta is a final year MA. Journalism student at the University of Delhi. She is an avid reader with her favourite authors being Khaled Hosseini and Chitra Divakaruni Banerjee. In the meantime and pre-covid days, she liked to play tennis and football. Also, she paints in her free time.

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