Nainital is a town in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and headquarters of Nainital district in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Nainital is a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace, blessed with scenic natural spledour and varied natural resources . Dotted with lakes , Nainital has earned the epithet of 'Lake District' of India . "Naini" is derived from the temple of goddess Naini which was built on the bank of the lake but later got destroyed due to land slides in the year 1880, The place is mentioned in Skand Puran as 'Trishul Sarover'. Tri Rishi (three sages Atri, Pulastiya and Pulha) had come there for pilgrimage while they were at Gagar range (now called China Peak), they felt thirsty and could not find any water. Thereafter, they thought of Man Sarover and dug a hole which at once got filled with water. The lake then formed was called Tri-Rishi Tal (The lake of three sages). Today it has an impressive lake surrounded by the hills from three sides with highest peak Cheena (2610 m) and the valley in between running from east to west. The lake is a little more than 3 kms in circumference.

sq km Altitude metres above sea level Temperature Language STD Code Rainfall mm Best Time to Visit
Area 11.73 sq km
Altitude 1938 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-Min-12.5C;Max-27.0C Winter-Min-2C;Mix-15.0C
Languages Hindi, Kumaoni, English
STD Code 05942
Rainfall 2794 mm average yearly
Best Time to Visit March to June, September to November and December to Jan

Nainital Map

How to get there
1. Air :-The Airport at Pant Nagar is 71 km away from Nainital. Flights link Pant Nagar with other places like Delhi. From Pant Nagar you may reach Nainital through bus or taxi.

2. Rail:-The Kathgodam Railway Station is 35 km from Nainital. It connects Nainital with Delhi, Agra, Bareilly, and Lucknow. From the station you may reach Nainital through bus or taxi.
3. Road:- The excellent road network links Nainital with Delhi, Bareilly, Almora, and Ranikhet.

Places to Visit

Dorothy Seat Hanumangarhi
Khurpatal Kilbury
Lariakanta Land's End
Naini Peak Naini Lake


Sat Tal ( Seven Lakes) Bhowali Armgarh
Mukteshwar Corbett National Park

You must check out the renowned Handloom products and Kumaon woollens for their quality and warmth. Nanital also offers shaped candles that are locally produced. The candles are available in captivating colors and delightful designs. These attractive items make excellent options as gifts and souvenirs.


The Naini Retreat Manu Maharani Shervani Hilltop Inn
Elphinestone Hotel Hotel New Pavilion Dynasty Resort
Classic The Mall Hotel Aroma