Nainital, a Himalayan resort town in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand is one of the most frequently visited hill stations in India. With a centrally located emerald lake, lush green hills and a web of walking tracks, Nainital has a charm of its own. Adding further to its glory, there are plenty of picturesque places to visit and things to do in this beautiful hill town. So if you are planning an escape from the chaotic city life to find some respite in the tranquil beauty of Uttarakhand, Nainital is the place to be.
Getting There: Nainital being a hill station does not have a direct air connectivity. The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, located in New Delhi. When it comes to getting there, Nainital has an excellent road network connecting several towns and cities of North India. You can also consider travelling to Nainital by rail. Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Agra and Mathura are the major cities connected to this hill retreat by rail.
Where To Stay: Being one of the most frequented hill stations in India, Nainital has a wide range of vacation rentals available. Homestays in Nainital, the finest accommodation option offers a comfortable stay with the best in class amenities. From apartments to cottages, bungalows, guesthouse, villas and holiday homes, Travelguru has 44 homestays for booking in Nainital. Out of 44 properties, there are 12 cottages, 11 guesthouse, 16 villas, 3 bungalows, 3 apartments and many more accommodations available. You can also browse the Nainital homestays by their location. Whether you want to relax in the northern upper reaches of Mallital or the southern side of Tallital, you can choose your stay with Travelguru Homestays. Janardan Homestay, The Bungalows Pine Wood Nainital, Swiss Cottage, God's Grace Cottage, Belvedere Homestays and Vps Cottage are some of the finest homestays in Nainital. Everything, from the views to the location and the facilities will make your stay worthwhile. Perched up in the beautiful locations of Nainital, and overlooking the picturesque mountains, The Bungalows Oakwood, Stone Height, Himalayan Retreat Neelkanth, Fredys Bungalow, The Silent Valley, Paul Cottages and The Bungalows Snow View Ramgargh are beautiful addition to the gorgeous Nainital homestays. These homestays are in close proximity to the major tourist attractions, and are a great fit for big family holidays, business travellers, backpackers and a bunch of friends. Settle in and make yourself at home at one of the homestays in Nainital.
What To See: Adding to the beauty of this hill retreat are the natural attractions, old temples and heritage buildings. Also, there are a number of activities to consider while in Nainital, one of the being boating. You can take a lake tour at Naukuchiyatal Lake, Bhimtal, Sattal and Khurpatal Lake. Some other places that you can visit in this hill retreat are Cave Garden, Governor's House, China Peak and St. John's Church.
What To Eat: Nainital's cuisine is a unique blend of spices and herbs, and some of the local Kumaoni dishes you must try are Ras and Baadi (combination of varieties of dals) Bhatt ki Churkani (made with rice paste and black bhatt), Aloo ke Gutke (snacks prepared with boiled potatoes, coriander leaves, and whole red chillies), Arsa (dessert prepared using jaggery, rice and mustard oil), Gulgula (dessert made using wheat flour and jaggery) and Black & White Roti (roti stuffed with wheat flour and mandua flour).
Where To Shop: Visit Tibetan Market to shop trendy clothes, bags, junk accessories, stylish watches, souvenirs and artefacts. The market is located at the far end of the Flatts forming a shoppers' haven. Mall Road and Bara Bazaar are also great places to walk around and shop for everything from textiles and traditionally-woven woollen clothes to handicrafts and gift items. You can also relish authentic delicacies at the restaurants in the area.
Insider's Tip: Divert from the touristy trails and hike up to the Tiffin Top, a quaint spot overlooking Nainital.