Nainital is a charming hill station that sits prettily at the green foothills of the Kumaon ranges in the Himalayas. Located at an elevation of around 1938 metres, There are many legends associated with the place. . Surrounded by mountains on three sides Nainital is located around the beautiful lake Naini Tal. Some of the important places in the district are Nainital , Haldwani , Kaladhungi , Ramnagar , Bhowali , Ramgarh , Mukteshwar , Bhimtal , Sattal and Naukuchiatal . The city is a bit dry during winter and very wet during summer due to South Asian monsoon system. The lowest precipitation total occurs in November.
Naini Lake is one of the four Lakes of Kumaon hills Surrounded by panoramic seven hills, Nainital lake is a favourite spot among romantic travellers around the world. It is one of the most visited lakes in India., the other three lakes are the Sattal Lake, the Bhimtal Lake and the Naukuchiyatal Lake. , Naini Lake today serves as a major tourist spot for people from all over the country.
One of the popular sightseeing places in Nainital, the zoo offers an exceptional landscape to its visitors, being situated in the between the middle Himalayas and Shivalik mountain range. This high altitude zoo is located at an height of 2100 mtrs which makes this zoo a favourable place for many animals and birds. Nainital Zoo houses a various range of wildlife species inclusive of Himalayan black bear, goral, Tibetan wolf, snow leopard, Himalayan martin and the Siberian tiger. The zoo was officially named as Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo.
The Nainital zoo is a home to various endangered species like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Sambar, Tibetan Wolves, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, Japanese Macaque and the Himalayan bear. The zoo also houses various birds like Golden Pheasant, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Kalij Pheasant, Lady Amherst Pheasant, Steppe Eagle, Hill Partridge, White Peafowl, Blossom Headed Parakeet and Red Junglefowl. Most of the animals are adopted by either people or animal organizations. It is situated in the hills of Sher ka Danda, The zoo is 2 km from Tallital Bus stop and one can reach by hopping in a sharing jeep.
Nainital Ropeway is one of the Center attractions of Nainital. This ropeway connects Snow-View Point with Nainital near flats. Two trolleys are designated for carrying passengers to and fro. The cabin capacity is a maximum of 11 people. The best time to visit Aerial Ropeway in Nainital Throughout these March to June and then again in September to October months the weather is pleasant enough for you to get pleasure from the ride. The aerial trip hovering over the Naini lake and the valley offer panoramic views of the breathtaking landscape.
The temple is located atop the Naina hillock near the Naini Lake, and draws thousands of devotees every year. The temple attracts thousands of travellers and dwellers during the Nanda Ashtami, a grand festival that runs for eight days in the premises of Naina Devi temple. There are many shops in close proximity to the Naina Devi Temple from where one can buy the prasad and pooja items. As you move towards the womb of the temple, in the center are two Nayan representing Naina Devi, Mata Kali to the left and Lord Ganesha to the right. Two lion statues which represent the vehicle, called ‘Vaahan’ of the Goddess, guard the inner shrine. During the months of August and September falls Nanda Ashtami The festival marks the celebration and worship of Nanda Devi, which is the highest peak of western Himalayas.
The beautiful Tiffin Top is surrounded by trees of Cher, Oak, and Deodar. Naini Lake and Kumaon Hills look lovely when seen from here. On clearer days, one can also get hold of the majestic view of Nanda Devi. Dorothy's Seat was constructed by British Army Officer Col J.P. Kellett in the memories of his wife Dorothy Kellett whom he lost in a terrible plane crash along with his 4 children. They were hidden in the Red Sea in 1936. Tiffin Top is a popular picnic spot of Nainital where everyon would love spending their time. A trip to Tiffin top is the must to experience the wild zip swings and trekking. It's a picture perfect attraction.
Eco Cave Garden is an intrinsic and essential component to the Nainital Tourism. Famous for its interconnected rocky caves, hanging gardens and the musical fountain, the Eco Garden are a set of six small caves in the shape of various animals. The garden is maintained by Nainital Tourism and is located in the Mallital area on the Kaladungi Road. It holds a great deal of educational and informative significance. The Eco Cave Garden is set up to give tourists a glimpse of the natural habitat of the Himalayan Wildlife by constructing different caves for different animals, similar to their natural home.
A British era building, now serves as the residence of Governor of Uttarakhand. This British era building is now the Governor residence of Uttarakhand which once used to be the summer residence of British Governors. The Raj Bhawan is a two-storeyed building with 113 rooms. After Independence it was renamed as Raj Bhawan. In the post-Independence period, Sarojini Naidu, the first Governor of Uttar Pradesh, was the first occupant of this historic monument. . It consists of a marvelous garden, Golf Links, Swimming Pool. Jhandidhar Modi Heights, Munshi heights are the other places in the complex worth seeing. The Golf Course of Raj Bhawan, built in 1936, is one of the vintage golf courses in India, and is affiliated to Indian Golf Union.
kilbury is an enchanting, picture-book picnic spot. It is famous for its flora and fauna and bird watching. Apart from being a birdwatcher’s paradise, Pangot and Sigri area are bestowed with breathtaking scenic beauty and the most picturesque landscape which makes it a perfect spot for both picnic and a vacation. Both migratory and local birds can be spotted in the region. The most commonly found birds are the Brown wood Owls, White- throated laughing thrushes, Collared Grosbeaks, and Fork tails. The place is calm and serene and the occasional sounds made by birds are just pleasant to the ears. Kilbury is perfect to spend the day on your back doing nothing but lazily watching the clouds float by.
Rishikesh, a most tranquil place in northern Uttarakhand, Rishikesh has long been a spiritual centre. It is said that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance here and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh, hence the name. Rishikesh has spectacular view of jungle-clad hills. Rishikesh has also confluence of River Ganges and Chandrabhaga. Scenically located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram (now closed), and the town is still known as the World Capital of Yoga. The original Rishikesh
lies in Ruru- Palpa district of Nepal. Still people call it Ruru Rishikesh. Rishikesh is also the Gateway to the Himalayas. The Char Dham Yatra ideally begins from Rishikesh.
The cottage is built in colonial style surrounded by garden and lawn on all four sides. Gurney House welcomes its visitors during all seasons. Located in the picturesque Ayarpatta hill slopes, the Gurney House continues to maintain its colonial charm and vintage aura. A quaint little nursery is also housed in the premises with a variety of shrubberies and plants. Even though the Gurney House is a private residence, tourists are welcome to visit by prior permission.