Places to Visit in Nainital


Snow View Point, Nainital

Snow View Point in Nainital is accessible through cable car (popularly called Aerial express), ponies as well as road.

Snow View Nainital is perched atop Tiger’s ridge (Sher-ka-Danda) and offers breathtaking views of snow clad peaks like Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Trishul view-point on a clear day.

On a normal day view might not be clear so if one wants to view the snowcapped peaks one must visit the Snow View on a clear day.

A small temple dedicated to Dev Mundri is located here at Snow View Point. Idols of many Hindu deities are installed here in the temple.

Also Mountain Magic, an amusement park with Go-Karting and Bumper rides, is a major tourist attraction at Snow View point.

One can also buy souvenirs from the shops there or have a cup of tea and some snacks.

About 3.5 km from Nainital town, Snow View is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Nainital. 

Aerial ropeway can be taken from Mallital.


Ropeway Ticket: INR 160 for a round trip (for an hour’s stay at Snow View)

                                INR 100 for one way for an adult 

                                INR 60 for one way for a child


  Ropeway Timings: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

China Peak, Nainital

Also known as Cheena Peak or Naina Peak, China Peak is the highest peak in Nainital and offers panoramic views of the snowcapped Himalayas and the Nainital valley.

At a distance of 6 Km from the heart of Nainital, China Peak is quite famous with trekkers as it lets them explore the raw, natural, unmanned territories and glimpses of myriad species of birds like thrushes, warblers, sunbirds, chakor, babbler etc.

As there are no eateries around, it is recommended to carry a picnic basket.

If not upto trekking uptil China Peak, you can also take a ride on a pony or horse.

  Carrying binoculars will add to the fun!


ARIES, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences

Situated amidst picturesque mountains, ARIES is an institute for study and research in Astronomical Sciences. Named after the first of the major Indian mathematicians-astronomers, Aryabhatta, ARIES is well-equipped with latest instruments and has contributed immensely to astronomical research.

The observatory at Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences is open to public on working days during afternoon for viewing Science Picture gallery and slideshows, while on moon-lit nights you can enjoy night-sky view through telescopes with prior permission.

Nainital Zoo

For the animal lovers, Nainital zoo is a must-visit as it homes the famous Siberian tiger, Himalayan black bear, silver pheasants and hill fox among other various animals and birds. 

  Closed on Mondays, Requires lot of walking

Eco Cave Gardens Nainital

Eco Cave Gardens in Nainital is an amusing and fast growing to be one of the most popular tourist places. A garden with natural caves and a musical fountain, it is an interesting place and makes an informative trip. 

These natural caves are beautifully done up to give the visitors a feel of the wilderness in the urban jungle. The setup is like a mini jungle replete with lush vegetation, big boulders and natural caves! 

Eco Cave Gardens have six natural caves, a terrific blend of easy to walk through and more adventurous and trying ones! 

Located on Kaldungi Road, Mallital, Eco Cave gardens are accessible by a 30-min uphill walk or a short drive from the northern end of the Naini Lake. 

A few steps up lead one to the paved trail to the caves. First come the Tiger and Leopard Caves which are easy to walk through, followed by Ape Cave, Flying Fox Cave and Porcupine Cave etc. which offer kind of adventure as there you may be required to crawl though the boulders, climb a few rocks or bend and walk etc. 

There is a musical fountain in the amphitheatre which is sadly operated only on request. A few steps ahead lead one to small stalls for snacks. Closeby, there are beautiful potted plants which make the break worthwhile.

The Cave Gardens offer a wonderful experience. However, it is not recommended for young kids, pregnant women or asthma and heart patients.


  Eco Cave Gardens Timings: 9:30AM-5:30PM

Eco Cave Garden Entry Ticket Fee


Adult: INR 40
Child: INR 10
Camera fee: INR 25 


Hanuman Garhi, Nainital

Named after a Hanuman Temple situated there, Hanuman Garhi is one of the famous tourist attractions in Nainital. Located at an altitude of 6401 ft, Hanuman Garhi is a must-visit for the wonderful sights it presents of both sunrise and sunset. 

Hanuman Garhi is located at a distance of about 3.5 km from Tallital Bus stop.

Naina Devi Temple

At the northern end of the lake, Naina Devi Temple is said to be the exact spot where Goddess Sati’s or Parvati’s eye had fallen. To know more read Legend of Nainital


Tiffin Top, Nainital

Tiffin Top is a terraced hilltop on Ayarpatta Hill in Nainital. Accessible by a 4 Km trek from the centre of the town, Tiffin Top offers a splendid view. Tiffin Top can be accessed by an easy trek up or a horse ride from Bara Patthar area.

A small stone-work picnic perch at Tiffin Top was built by a British officer Colonel Kellet in memory of his wife Dorothy Kellet who died of septicemia aboard a ship on way to England.


Nainital Flatts

The Flatts in Nainital is a recreational area where the locals indulge in sports like cricket, hockey, boxing, throw ball etc. This is also where the locals gather in the evening for a casual chat or a walk in the cool environs.

Close to Nainital flatts are located various tourist places like Naina Devi temple, Jama Masjid, a Gurdwara, roller skating rink, Capitol cinema, Tibetan market, The Boathouse Club, The Masonic Hall and ever crowded chat bazaar.


Land’s End, Nainital

Accessible by a short and easy trek from Bara Patthar, Land’s End is a popular tourist spot in Nainital. This cliff at an altitude of 2118 metres gives one a feeling as if he has reached a dead end of land and so the name Land’s End.

Land’s End offers a spectacular view of Khurpatal and nearby villages and forests. Land’s End, Nainital, can be covered on way to Tiffin Top as they both lie on the same stretch.

However if hiring a horse back one would have to insist on being taken to Land’s End as the horse attendants are always in a hurry to finish the rounds. Else it’s a short and easy trek from Bada Pathar anyways.


Nainital Yacht Club or Boat House Club, Nainital

Nainital Yacht Club (NTYC) is a heritage sailing club in Nainital. Set up in 1910, NTYC today coexists with The Boat House Club at the northern end of the Naini Lake.

Popular both as The Boat House Club or Nainital Yacht Club, NTYC organises a ‘Summer Regatta’ spanning a period of 10 days in June during which a series of yacht races are conducted.

Situated at an altitude of 6837 Ft above sea level, NTYC is one of the highest sailing clubs in the world. Located amidst emerald green Naini Lake surrounded by heavenly mountains, NTYC offers a splendid view.

The Boathouse Club Nainital not only offers boating and sailing services but also houses a restaurant, a billiard room and a Library.

The Boathouse Club or NTYC is mostly accessible to members but can also be visited by non-members through a reference from a member friend or for a small fee.

History of sailing in Nainital dates back to 1890, that is, a few decades after Nainital was discovered in 1842 by Peter Baron, a sugar merchant from Shahjahanpur on his way from Mussoorie to the Nepal Frontier.

Soon after in 1910, The Nainital Yacht Club was founded by Carey brothers (C.W.Carey, major in the guides and F Carey, a Captain in Royal Artillery).

The yachts were designed by Linton Hope, an English Naval architect and yachtsman and were built by Turks and Co. of Kingston-on-Thames.

These yachts are still in use in Nainital and earn distinction due to the fact that other than Nainital these are found only in Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club in England.

The original club opened by the British was almost shut down with their departure from India in 1947. However a few sailing lovers used their personal savings to buy the yachts and transfer the lease to the Boat House Club. Today both coexist.


Lover’s point, Nainital

Lover’s point is a popular viewpoint in Nainital, famous for the splendid views it offers. Thronged and appreciated warmly by love birds the point gets its name as lover’s point.

Close by is another view point called Suicide Point which offers equally scenic views. From here one can hire horses to those places of interest in Nainital which are not accessible by vehicles.


Camel’s back or Deopatta, Nainital

Camel’s back in Nainital is a popular tourist and picnic spot which gets its name from a huge rock formation which resembles a camel’s back.

Located at an elevation of 2422 m above sea level Camel’s Back is accessible by foot or horse and it is advisable to carry a picnic bag up here as there are no eateries around.


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