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
STD Code 05942
History of Nainital
Nainital, a 100 year old hill station is in a valley near Naini Lake - a blue green lake surrounded by hills on all sides and named after Goddess Naini after which the town takes its name. It is a beautiful hill district nestled in the lap of the Central Himalayas in the Kumaon region. It's subtle yet pristine glory is manifested in the lofty snow-capped peaks, green valleys and serene lakes that have tempted lovers of beauty since time immemorial.
Nainital also has a 100 year old Raj Bhawan Golf Course for the golf lovers. From sightseeing to boating, golfing to adventure sports, from long walks and soft treks to just unwinding or introspecting Nainital, in the Kumaon region offers it all. This hill town is a photographer's delight, an artist's dream and a writer's inspiration.
Sightseeing In NainitalSnow View
The Snow view point located at height of 2270 meter on the Sher-ka-Danda hill is the most easily accessible, if not on foot then via the cable car that skims its surface and whisks you away merrily to the top. Once there you can only gaze in wonder at the glittering panorama of Himalayan snows spanning the distant horizon.Naina Peak
Known as the China peak at 8,568 feet is the highest point in Nainital. It commands a superb view of the Himalayas and an intriguing bird's-eye view of Nainital. One can walk or take ponies to the peak.Kilburi
Kilburi is slightly away from Nainital, about 12 kms from the main town. Located amidst green forests, it is peaceful and quiet and offers a very good view of the Himalayas.Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat, 2292 mtrs)
A memorial to an English lady believed to have been killed in an air crash. The spot commands a sectional view of the town and the nearby region. The peak was known as Ayarpatta Hill.
Ayarpatta Hill is a haven of trees's oak, fir, deodar, pine and rhododendron. Some of the roads are narrow and still paved with brick. On this hill stands Gurney House, home of the great Jim Corbett, the fearless famous hunter, conservationist and writer to remember. The house was named after Corbett's father. It is now a museum of Corbett memorabilia.Hanuman Garhi
Situated at a height of 1951 meters, with its famous temple, this place is reputed for its glorious sunsets. A very beautiful Hanuman mandir is at the top. Near the temple stands the Uttar Pradesh Government observatory and the Satellite Tracking Center.Observatory
The clear skies over Nainital prompted the government to setup an observatory here. The observatory has one of the most advance telescopes in India. With the help of this telescope the movement of stars, planets and other heavenly bodies can be calculated to great precision.Naina Devi Temple
The attractive lake of Nainital is said to be the eyes of Sati, wife of Lord Shiva. Sati jumped into the sacrificial bonfire. Lord Shiva to mourn the death of his beloved wife carried the body across the country. The remains of her body fell at various places which today are sacred worship places for the Hindus.High Altitude Zoo
Naini Tal has a small but a very beautiful Zoological garden. There are many animals kept here which includes Deers, Bears, Tigers and many more.St. John's Church
This church was built in 1847. A brass memorial is kept in memory of the persons who were buried in the infamous landslide.Horse riding
Any visitor coming to Nainital cannot miss the joy of riding a horse on the Mall. Not only at the Mall but to reach the Snow View Point, Tiffin Top, Kilburi from the Mallital area one can hire ponies and horses.
How to Reach Nainital
By Air : Pantnagar airport, situated around 70 km from Nainital is the nearest airport, though not very well connected to other major Indian cities. Buses and private taxis are easily available from Pantnagar to reach Nainital. It is advisable, however, to travel to Delhi (nearest international airport) by air and take a train or better still, travel by a taxi to Nainital from there.
By Rail : Kathgodam is the nearest and most convenient railhead to access Nainital. Situated just 34 km away, the place is connected by direct trains to most of the major Indian cities including Delhi, Calcutta and Lucknow. From Kathgodam, you can hire a taxi or board a local bus to reach Nainital. A daily train between Delhi and Kathgodam is the Ranikhet Exp which leaves Delhi station at 22:40 and arrives Kathgodam at 5:45.
By Road : Travelling by road is the most interesting option as the enchanting views on offer can best be observed and admired this way. State transport corporation operates regular buses between Nainital and other major neighbouring cities. The journey from Delhi to Nainital takes around 8 hours by bus.