The nucleus of Nainital's uncomparable beauty is it's beautiful lake. In the day, mirrored in its waters stand seven proud hills, dotted with pretty cottages and villas. More beautiful than this however is the lake at night when the myriads of bulbs from the hill sides and quite a large number hanging near the lake's edge stab their magic light into its waters.
The church of St. John was established in 1844 and is located on the north end of town (Mallital), about half a mile north-west of the Naina Devi temple. The church was so named by Daniel Wilson, the Bishop of Calcutta, who, after falling ill during a visit to Nainital in 1844 to lay the foundation of the church, was obliged to sleep in an unfinished house on the edge of the forest. A brass plaque on the altar is inscribed with names of the victims of the Landslip of 1880.
Raj Bhawan & Golf Course
Government House also known as Raj Bhavan and formerly, Government House was built in 1899 and designed in the Victorian Gothic domestic style by the architect F.W. Stevens. Originally built as the summer residence of the governor of the North West Province, it later became the summer residence for the Lieutenant Governor of the United Provinces. Presently, Raj Bhavan is the official guest house for the governor of Uttarakhand and for visiting state guests. The complex consists of a two-storied mansion with 113 rooms, a large garden, a swimming pool, and golf links. One have to take permission for visiting Raj Bhavan.
The highest peak in the region, 5km from Nainital, is about 2.5 hrs. Walk from the top (2610m ) there are stunning views of the Himalayan peaks & Nainital town. One can either trek or go on horse back.
Dorothy Seat/ Tiffin Top /Land End
A 4 km. walk 1.5 hrs. to the west brings one to this point, which offer an excellent view of Nainital and surrounding. From here, a 45 min. picturesque trek leads one to Land's End (2100m) through a forest of oak, deodar and pine. This is a cliff, offering an excellent aerial view of khurpatal lake and terraced field. It is accessible by horse also.
This is a temple, 3kmSouth of Nainital, and offers a very picturesque view of the setting sun.
High Altitude Zoo
Perched at an altitude of 2075m, 1.5km from the mall, the zoo is high altitude animals & birds.
On the way to Kilbury, this spot offer a magnificent view of Himalayan ranges.
12 km from Nainital, this is a small lake, a paradise for anglers.
12 km from the Nainital, this is an idea place for a picnic. It is part of a forest reserve and is rich in flora and wildlife.
Naina Devi Temple
This is the temple from which this hill resort derives it's name, and is situated at Mallital, on the lake side.
There is a ropeway from Mallital end to this peak (2270m), a popular vantage point offering a panoramic view of Himalayan rangem.
It is one of the main attractions of Nainital. This ropeway connects Snow-View Point (at 2270 Mts.) with Nainital near flats. Aerial ropeway starts at Mallital , and takes approx. 151.7 seconds to cover one way journey by trolley.
Bhimtal is one of the largest lake around Nainital named after Bhima of Mahabharata. The beauty of Bhimtal is enhanced by a small Island surrounded by crystal blue water that can be approached only by a boat and at present it has an Aquarium there. A gaggle of ducks has made the lake their home and give company to the lake visitor.It can also be made as a center for exploring the surrounding lakes. There is a large Victorian dam at one end of the Bhimtal lake and terraced flower gardens can be found on either side. Other attractions :
Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple
Fish Aquarium on Island
Nag Temple at Karkotaka Hill (5 Km trek)
Pilot Baba Ashram at Gethiya
Folk Art Museum - by Dr. Mathpal
Naukuchiatal is also famous for a local belief as per which you can attain Nirvana if you see all nine corners of Naukuchiatal Lake from a Single Point. Naukuchiatal is a must-visit for those who love getting lost in the serenity of nature. It is the place where you can enjoy compilations of colorful butterflies and the beautiful variety of Himalayan birds. A pretty deep clean lake with its nine corner is a captivating site. Length of lake is 983 mts. breadth is 693 mts & depth 40.3 mts. It is within an enchanting valley offering an opportunity of angling and bird watching. There is ample scope for rowing, paddling or yachting.
Sattal is a unique, unforgettable spot having cluster of lakes placed amidst the oak forest. It is comparable to Westmoreland of England. As one approaches toward Sattal first lake is old Nal Damyanti Lake. On moving ahead there is the ashram of Stanley Johns an American Missionary. Next lake is Panna or Garude lake. As we move down there is a cluster of three lakes, these lakes are Ram, Laxman and Sita lake.
This place has achieved recognition owing to the ashram of the famous Neem Karoli Maharaj.
Tea gardens at Shyamkhet are famous for its organic Uttrakhand tea exported worldwide. It is a beautiful serene place to visit a box of Uttrakhand tea is a must buy.
Ghorakhal temple famous for the temple of Lord Golu worshipped by hill people.
66km from the Nainital, at an altitude of 1650m, this is one of the oldest towns of kumaon and was once upon a time the capital of the Chand dynasty.
At an altitude of 2420m, Binsar is 93 km from Nainital and takes about 3hrs.by car. The main attraction is a majestic view of the Himalayan, in a calm and serene atmosphere.
Corbett National Park
One of the finest tiger habitats in India, nestled in the foothill of the Himalayan spread over an area of 520sq.km, the park is named after the famous Jim Corbett. It is 115 km from Nainital and takes about 2hrs to drive by car.
Situated at an altitude of 1890m,this place offers an excellent view of sun rise and the Himalayans ranges. It is 120km from Nainital and takes about 4hrs to drives by car.
Situated at an altitude of 1789 mts. on Bhowali-Mukteshwar road Ramgarh is known for a variety of Himalayan fruits and spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges. The famous poets Rabindranath Tagore and Mahadevi Verma have praised the serenity of this place. The poems 'Geetanjali' and 'Sandhya Geet' were composed here. Ramgarh also houses a fruit processing factory run by the Government.