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Places to visit in Nainital

When you travel to Nainital, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Nainital, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Nainital to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Nainital things to do can include exploring Nainital attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Attractions in nainital


Also known as Mukteshwar Dham, Mukteshwar temple is an ancient Hindu shrine. It is 350 years old temple and  is considered to be a prominent place of worship in Kumaon. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 


This house can be found on Aryapatta Hill and used to be the residence of Jim Corbett. The house was later turned into a museum and is full of artifacts commemorating the life of Jim Corbett.


This is one of the centres for the Hindu religion which has been dedicated to Shri Neem Karoli Baba, who is a saint and guru. There are always devotees coming from all over India to visit this temple and ashram.


This peak is also known as China Peak and is the tallest point in the area and the hike to the peak will take around an hour. From the top you can see the Himalayas and the whole area of the city. There is a tea shop here that serves omelettes, biscuits, coffee and tea.



This isn't your traditional landmark but still this is what the city was named after. The lake is situated directly in the centre of the town and is shaped like an eye. There are many different activities around here, including boating and shopping.


One of the best places to relax is at one of the lodges that are located near the Corbett National Park. Here you can enjoy the river that passes by the resort as well as the health spa, yoga instructors and the pool. The spa offers a variety of treatments, including massages and foot reflexology.


This church was founded and named by one of the many Bishops in Calcutta and is located in a forest. The church is full of charm and beauty and should definitely be visited.


This zoo is huge and is spread over wide spaces, but it houses some unique animals. Some of the animals in the zoo are native to the area and can survive in the high altitude of the city. You can even choose to sponsor a certain animal and pay for the food and maintenance.


Naina Devi temple is considered to be extremely sacred by the people of Nainital. The temple was originally constructed during the 15th century, but some people have claimed that it was constructed by Moti Ram Shah.

Activities in nainital

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If you are looking for adventure then you want to go to the northern part of the lake and explore the caves. There are 2 different sets of caves in this area and the 2nd one is not good for people who don't like small spaces. However, there are ways to get out of the area after every different cave if you need to stop.

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If you are looking to experience nature,  one of the best things you can do is to get out on the lake and enjoy it. You can go boating in a paddle boat or a yacht, which would include someone to run the boat for you. Also, you can go on any number of hikes or retreats that allow you to sleep outside or in the woods.

For example, one of the best places to stay at if you want to experience nature is Ayar Jungle Camp, which has the options for cottages, log huts, machaans and tents. Not only will you be able to sleep outside, but you will also be able to experience the area around it during the day.



Food in nainital


Most of the restaurants in this city are located near Mall Street and they include a huge variety of food. Some of the best restaurants are Sher-e-Punjab, Embassy, Purohit, Kumaon, and Sadley's Restaurant & Pastry Shop.


Most of the dishes in the city that are found are centred on Punjabi food, which means they are rich and delicious. Some of the best dishes that can be found are rajma and many more options.

Night Life in nainital


The only place you will find live music in this city is in the bigger hotels and the bars. The bars are only situated in the higher end hotels, so if you want to enjoy some live music, go find one these hotels and enjoy.


There are not clubs that are not in the hotels. Visit the hotels and enjoy the bars and the company you find. However, you will most likely only find a place to dance in the best hotels and not the budget ones.

If you really want to dance, then you might be able to get some music going in your own hotel room and dance in private. However, otherwise you will have to look at the higher end hotels and see if you can find one that has a dancing area.


All of the bars are located in the higher end hotels and there are none outside of these. Some of these hotels include Palace Belvedere, Arif Castles, The Naini Retreat, Woodside Retreat and many more.

You can also buy the liquor from outside of the bars, if you can find a store. If not you should bring your own drinks with you when you travel to the city, especially if you are planning to drink something expensive and imported.

Shopping in nainital


There aren't any flea markets in the area, but there are a few street markets that are a must for shopping. In these street markets you can find almost anything you are looking for and for cheap prices.


Also, there aren't any department stores in the area, however, there are plenty of smaller stores. These stores sell everything from clothing to household goods and more


This is the biggest street market around the area and you can find all sorts of items in this area. Some of the best things to buy from here are scarves, shawls, jams, cardigans, and wooden handicraft items.This is the biggest street market around the area and you can find all sorts of items in this area. Some of the best things to buy from here are scarves, shawls, jams, cardigans, and wooden handicraft items.

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