Nainital, a hill station and a popular lake resort, is also known as the Lake District of India. Situated at an altitude of 1938m (6358 ft), it provides panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks. Nainital was discovered by the British in the 19th century. The town still retains its colonial heritage in the form of churches, old Christian cemetery, bungalows, and public schools. Nainital is a popular location for trekking and boating.
Major tourist sites in and around Nainital: Nanda Devi Temple, St. John in the Wilderness, Tiffin Top, Gurney House, Guano Hills, Naina Devi Temple, Naina Lake, Sariyatal, Snow View at Sher-Ka-Danda Ridge, etc.
When to visit: best time to visit is March to June and September to November.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest railway station: Nainital is not directly connected by railway. Kathgodam station is about 34 km away. Kathgodam is well connected by train with major destinations of India like Lucknow, Delhi and Kolkata.
Nearest airport: Pantnagar Airport (IATA: PGH) is about 70 km away.
Buses: Uttarakhand Roadways buses as well as private operators connect Nainital to the major cities in North India.
By road: The distance from Kathgodam to Nainital is about 34 km via NH109. It takes around 1 hour.
The distance from Pantnagar to Nainital is about 68 km via Bareilly - Nainital Rd and NH109. It takes around 2 hours.
The distance from Almora to Nainital is about 63 km via NH109. It takes around 2 hours.
The distance from Delhi to Nainital is about 300 km via NH9. It takes around 7 hours.
The distance from Haridwar to Nainital is about 231 km via NH734. It takes around 6 hours.
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