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Nainital

Apparently built on the lines of Cumbrian Lake District by the British, Nainital is one of Uttarakhand’s most popular hill stations. With majestic views, Nainital is set in a valley around an eye-shaped lake, where according to legend, the Goddess Sati's eyes had fallen. Bustling markets with spectacular views of the hills essentially make Nainital a gateway to the upper reaches of the mighty Himalayas. With the scenic and bio diverse Jim Corbett National Park just a two-hour drive from here, hordes of tourists tend to flock here at peak season which is generally between March-July each year.

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Things to do

Paragliding-short - A shorter version of the paragliding experience in Bhimtal, do this if you have limited time but still want that adrenaline-rush like none other as you soar through the landscape on wings. Paragliding tops the list of adventure activities around the Bhimtal region. Offering unparalleled views of the mountains and valleys below, paragliding at Bhimtal is a once-in-a-lifetime experience like none other.

Sunset at Hanumangarhi Temple - Located a mere 3.5 kilometres from Nainital, this is one of the best viewpoints for truly spectacular sunsets. Here, at 1951 metres above msl, is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. We take a short drive from your hotel to the temple where you can spend some time in silent prayer or meditation.

Boatride at Naini Lake - Legend has it that the beautiful Naini Lake is one of Sati's (Lord Shiva's wife) eyes, and a boat ride here doesn't quite take away the mysticism behind these emerald green waters. The eye-shaped lake at 1938 metres above msl now has a colourful flotilla of boats, huddled together as they adorn the banks around Mall Road.

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  • Often viewed as a day trip from Nainital, Bhimtal has now carved out its own space to become a unique destination in its own right. Until a couple of years ago, the main draw here at Bhimtal was its lake created by the earth-dam built in 1883. Regular boating and sightseeing apart, Bhimtal has now come to be associated with adventure activities like kayaking and paragliding.

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  • Apparently built on the lines of Cumbrian Lake District by the British, Nainital is one of Uttarakhand's most popular hill stations. With majestic views, Nainital is set in a valley around an eye-shaped lake, where according to legend, the Goddess Sati's eyes had fallen. Bustling markets with spectacular views of the hills essentially make Nainital a gateway to the upper reaches of the mighty Himalayas.

    5 Days | INR 17,300 per person
  • If India is called the land of spiritualism, Uttarakhand is one big contributor towards it. Home to the holy Ganga and the 4 most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites, it is commonly referred to as 'dev bhoomi' (the land of gods). Sages and saints since time immemorial have housed under the shelter of the mountains here.

    10 Days | INR 43,030 per person
  • Traditions of the old go hand in hand with the modern fancies of the word in Nainital. The festivals like Diwali and Dussehra are celebrated with much fanfare while the 'pahadi' traditions are sill in-tact.

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  • Paragliding, trekking, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, angling - the list is long for the adventure seekers in Nainital.

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  • Paragliding, trekking, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, angling - the list is long for the adventure seekers in Nainital.

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Best time to visit October to March

Late September to early November is the best time to visit here after the rains have subsided. The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February.

Clear skies through March till the haze by mid-April and mid-June rains. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.

How to reach

Air

  • The closest airport is situated at Pantnagar which is 68 kilometre from Nainital (**limited flights on this route and flights are frequently cancelled). Pantnagar is a small town in Udham Singh Nagar District, Uttarakhand. Pantnagar airport is directly connected to Delhi via Air India Regional. You can take cab from Pantnagar for Nainital. It takes roughly two hour to reach Nainital.

Rail

  • Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Nainital. Kathgodam is situated near Nainital. It is 34 kilometre away from Nainital. Kathgodam railway station is well connected to Delhi, Kolkata. You can find frequent trains connecting kathgodam as it serves as gateway of Kumaon region. From Kathogdam you can take a cab or bus heading towards Nainital.

Road

  • Nainital has a well-established road network. You can find cabs from Delhi and Kathgodam to Nainital. Busses are also available from ISBT Anand Vihar Delhi for Kathgodam and Nainital. If you are looking for more adventure wanna be an un[traveller], you can opt for self-drive and take NH9 from Delhi taking you through the mesmerizing beauty of Uttarakhand state.

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