Top 10 Places To Visit In Nainital

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Nainital is known for its lakes, greenery, and stunning views. Enjoy boating on Naini Lake, visit scenic viewpoints like Snow View and Tiffin Top, and explore attractions such as Naina Devi Temple and G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo. Here are some must-visit places in Nainital.

A view of hte Nainital hill station | Shutterstock

Naini Lake

Nainital's centrepiece is Naini Lake, a crescent-shaped water body surrounded by lush hills. It is believed to be one of Shiva's wife's emerald green eyes. Enjoy boating or walking along Mall Road, which offers stunning views of the mountains.

Local boats parked on Naini Lake | Shutterstock

Naina Devi Temple

This temple, dedicated to Devi Sati (Parvati), is located beside Naini Lake and is a popular pilgrimage spot due to its traditional Kumaoni architecture and serene atmosphere with panoramic views of the lake. It is also one of the 51 Shakti Peeths.

A view of the Naina Devi Temple | Shutterstock

Snow View Point

Snow View Point is a popular destination, accessible by cable car or trekking, that offers breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks. The point features a small temple and multiple viewpoints, making it an ideal spot for nature lovers and photographers.

Nainital Ropeway that leads to the Snow View Point | Shutterstock

Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat)

Located atop Ayarpatta Hill, Tiffin Top offers breathtaking views of Nainital and the surrounding hills and is named after the English artist Dorothy Kellet. It's an ideal place for picnics and short treks.

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G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo

Established in 1984 at an altitude of 2,100 metres, this is India's highest zoo. It is home to rare Himalayan species like snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, and Himalayan black bears and is known for its conservation efforts.

Inside the G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo | Shutterstock

Eco Cave Gardens

A network of interconnected caves and hanging gardens are located in Sukhatal. Visitors can explore caves resembling various animals, enjoy a musical fountain, and let children play in a designated area.

A bee houe inside the Eco Cave Gardens | Shutterstock

St. John in the Wilderness Church

An Anglican church, built in 1844, is located amidst deodar trees. It is known for its Neo-Gothic architecture and beautiful stained glass windows, which depict scenes from the Bible. The churchyard is peaceful and offers scenic views.

A view of the St. John in the Wilderness Church | Shutterstock

Governor's House (Raj Bhavan)

Formerly known as the Government House, this mansion is a fine example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Guided tours are available to explore the opulent interiors and lush gardens. The building's history dates back to 1899.

A view of the Raj Bhavan, Nainital | Shutterstock


A serene lake located approximately 10 km away from Nainital, surrounded by pine and oak forests, provides a peaceful escape, ideal for nature walks, birdwatching, and fishing.

An aerial of Khurpatal, Nainital | Shutterstock

Hanuman Garhi

A temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is atop a hill and offers panoramic views of the sunrise and sunset over the Himalayas. The climb involves a series of stone steps.

Giant statue of Lord Hanuman at Hanuman Garhi, Nainital | Shutterstock

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