Nainital in Uttarakhand is one of the most popular hill stations of India. It is famous for its lake, after which it is named. The town has a population of 38,560 (2001 est.)


Nainital lake in the morning

Set amidst the towering peaks of the Kumaon Hills, the lake resort of Nainital has a lot to offer. From boating to feeding animals at the zoo; from picnicking on the hills to exploring Jim Corbett's home, Nainital has all that you could hope for in a hill station. Nainital is set in two parts, Tallital and Mallital, with the lake separating them. Tallital is the southern side of the lake, while Mallital consists of the northern upper reaches. The town was destroyed during the Landslip of 1880, and later rebuilt by the British. It is renowned for its lake, bird's-eye views, and prestigious educational institutions.

Nainital, also known as Lake District of Uttarakhand, is named after the goddess Naina Devi. It is located around Naini Lake in Uttarakhand. If you are planning to feel tourism of Nainital, the best time to visit there in between May to July, the summer time in India.

The weather in Nainital is quite pleasant. Summers are hot and temperatures may reach 40 °C. During winter, temperatures may be sub-zero. The town receives snowfall during December and January.

Get in

By train

The nearest railway station is Kathgodam, 35 km away. Taxis charge ₹250-₹300 to Nainital, you can also board taxis on sharing basis which would cost 75 per person. Most hotels will arrange for a pick up on prior request, ₹600-₹900. You can also walk out of Kathgodam station, the bus station is only 100 meters away, take a bus to Nainital, its only ₹34 per person.
Here are some useful trains to get to Nainital:

Train Number Train Name You may board at You may alight at
15013 Ranikhet Express Delhi Kathgodam
15035 Uttarakhand Sampark Kranti Express Delhi Kathgodam
13019 Bagh Express Howrah (Kolkata), Gorakhpur, Lucknow Kathgodam
14120 Dehradun-Kathgodam Express Dehradun, Haridwar Kathgodam

Also see Rail travel in India

By road

On the way to Nainital

Taxis don't work on sharing basis and the whole taxi fare may cost ₹1500-₹2200.

By plane

Contrary to popular belief, flying into Nainital is the fastest way to reach the hill station. Nainital is served by PantNagar Airport, located about 2 hours away. It is one of the least busy airports in the country, handling only 6 scheduled flights a week.

Pantnagar is another airport located 70 Km away from Nainital. Delhi is nearest international airport which is 280 Km and well connected to major cities in India as well as abroad.

Get around


Naina Devi Temple, after which Nainital, gets its name.


Boating in Naini Lake


Nainital has a few good universities that offer short courses. Rock-climbing courses is an another option.


Shopping in Nainital is awesome and it is truly enlightening experience to do so. Nainital is very famous for handicraft products such as handmade candles, ornamental pieces and Kumauni woolens for its excellent quality and warmness. Visitors come across range of choices with colorful cardigans, caps, sweaters and shawls available in different design.

Visitors can bring home different items such as -

Don’t forget to get some eco-friendly candlesticks for home decor.


Nainital, being close to Delhi, becomes the natural holiday destination for a lot of the capital's folks in the sweltering summer months. The eateries in Nainital reflect that with Punjabi staples being standard fare - most of the better eateries are in the Mall.


Nightlife in Nainital almost doesn’t exist. Simply basking and dancing in front of bonfire is extremely enjoyable. There are hardly any pubs or bars in Mall and alcohol is served only in 5 star hotels which possess decent bars.


There are plenty of hotels in Nainital. Visitors are spoiled for choice in the top end category. Mountain Quail and Jungle Lore offer tents. However go for hotels that are on the mall road, there are hotels that are cheap but reaching there by foot is a challenge.




There are also a number of private villas offering accommodation in and around Nainital.

Stay safe

While driving your car on uphill, don’t hit brakes very hard as the risk of jamming them may arise. Most of the petrol pumps close by 7PM, so keep an eye on your fuel meter and get tank of your car filled in time.

Nainital is a safe place but during high season a surge of visitors keep visiting this beautiful place and some people exploit this opportunity for their own benefit. So a note of caution is given while roaming around the city.


Internet cafes




Tourist offices

Banks and Post Office

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