Area: 11.73 sq. kms.
Altitude: 1938 Mts. (From the sea level)
Rainfall: 110 Centimeters or 44 Inches (July to August mainly)
Climate:23-28 Degree in Summer
08-10 Degree in Winter
Language:Hindi, Kumauni
STD Code 05942

History of Nainital

Nainital is a town in Uttarakhand and headquarters of Nainital district in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Situated at an altitude of 1,938 metres (6,358 feet) above sea level, Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains, of which the highest are Naina , Deopatha , and Ayarpatha . From the tops of the higher peaks, "magnificent views can be obtained of the vast plain to the south, or of the mass of tangled ridges lying north, bounded by the great snowy range which forms the central axis of the Himalayas.

Tourist Spots

Naini Lake, Nainital, Nainital tourism The nucleus of all tourist activity in Nainital is the Naini Lake. The reflection of the lofty peaks during the day and the twinkling lights during the night, in the waters of the lake leaves the visitors spellbound. The facilities offered at the lake comprise of yachting, sail boating and paddle boating. The colorful sails of the boats and their refection in the glistening waters, is the most eye-catching sight here.There is a bridge popularly called as Danth which is one of a kind in the world.

Naina Devi Temple is the popular shrine here, which is situated on the northern Naina Devi temple, Nainital, Nainital Tourism side of the lake. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Naina Devi, the manifestation of Goddess Durga and a Shakti form. According to mythological tales, it is the place where the eye of Sati (consort of Shiva) fell. Hence, the temple and the city were named as per this belief.

One of the main attractions in Nainital is the Aerial Ropeway. The ropeway operates from Mallital and connects the Snow View Point with the city Flat area. There are two trolleys to carry the passengers, which provide an exemplary view of the lake and the city. Raj Bhawan is a fascinating colonial building built by British as the residence of the Governor of North West Province. It is now used as the official residence of the Governor of Uttaranchal. Built on the lines of Buckingham Palace, the building is double storied and has 113 rooms. The sprawling gardens and other structures in the complex are a must visit for tourists.

Tiffin Top, Nainital Tourism Located at a distance of 4 km from the city, Tiffin Top is a popular picnic spot amidst nature's splendor. The imposing figures of the mountains and the flora around are simply awe-inspiring. Here, the visitors can see the Dorothy seat, a memorial to an English lady painter Dorothy Kellet, build by her husband and admirers. In the vicinity, lies the Lands End Point, which presents the picturesque view of the neighboring hills, valley and the Khurpatal Lake. Other attractions in Nainital include Mall, Observatory, China Peak and Kilbury


Nainital has temperate summers, maximum temperature 27 °C; minimum temperature 7 °C , during which its population increases more than fivefold with an annual influx of tourists predominantly from the plains of Northern India. In the winter, Nainital receives snowfall between December and February with the temperatures varying between a maximum of 15 °C and a minimum of -3

How To Reach

By Air: The nearest airport from Nainital is at Pantnagar, at a distance of 70 km.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is situated at Kathgodam, which is around 35 km from the hill station. It is the last terminus of broad gauge line of North East Railways and is well connected to key cities of the region like Delhi, Dehradun and Howrah.
By Road: Nainital is connected to different parts of the country via State and National Highways. Regular roadway buses ply from here to Delhi, Agra, Dehradun, Haridwar, Lucknow, Kanpur and Bareilly

Sightseeing In Nainital

Snow View
Naina Peak
Tiffin Top
Hanuman Garhi
Nanda Devi Temple
Zoo at high altitude
St John's Church
Shopping places