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Naini Lake
The lake offers the holiday makers ample opportunity for yachting, boating or paddling the boat. Boating rates in conventional rowing boats ranges from Rs. 80/- to Rs. 120/- from one end of lake to another end. Paddling boats are available on hourly rate from Rs. 80/- to Rs. 120/- depending on type of paddle boat.

Nainital Flats
A wide level ground is known as Flats, one can see players playing Football, Cricket, Basket Ball at Flats. There is a fountain, band stand, a statue of Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant near Flats, One vehicle parking & tibbetan market is also located near Flats. Nainital excursions cabs are available from here. Boats play in the lake for the visitors and a boat ride is extremely enjoyable. A portion of the flatts is used for car parking. New club, Boat House Club, Masonic Hall are in the periphery of the flatts for recreation.


The Mall
On one of side of lake is the Mall road now it is known as Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. Number of hotels, food joints, shops, banks and other business concerns are here. In May & June vehicular traffic is not allowed on Mall road in evening hours to facilitate tourists. This road is the main link joining Mallital and Tallital. On the other side of the lake lies the Thandi Road. It is comparatively less busy and have Pashan devi temple. Entry of Vehicles is prohibited on Thandi Road.

Naina Devi Temple
Nainital name has been originated from Naina Devi and Naina Devi temple is situated right on Naini Lake near flats, It is said that eye of goddes Sati (Wife of Lord Shiva) fell here at Nainital thus lake is known as Naini Lake. Tibbetan Shopping market is situated besides Naina Devi Temple.
Raj Bhavan
Governor's 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.
In present time 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.


Naina Peak or China Peak
Naina Peak also known as China or Cheena Peak. It is the highest peak in the town, with an altitude of 2,615 m (8,579 ft) and at a short distance of 6 km from the north end of the town (Mallital). One can hire Pony or Horses to visit this peak either from Snow view or from Mallital.

Tiffin Top

Tiffin Top also known as Dorothy's Seat (Tiffin = light meal eaten during the day). This terraced hill top (2,292 m (7,520 ft)) on Ayarpatta hill is a 4 km trek from the centre of the town and provides a nice view. Dorothy's Seat is a stonework picnic spot on Tiffin Top built in memory of an English artist, Dorothy Kellet, by her husband and admirers after her death in a air crash.


Nainital Zoo
It is a must see place for all the nature lovers and those interested in wildlife. But to enjoy all this one has to trek a distance of 1 Km from bus stand .This is a high altitude zoo situated at 2100 meters in a vast open area. This zoo is having variety of animals, namely, Himalayan black bear, Monkeys, Siberian Tiger, Leopard, Wolf, Palm civet cat, Rose ringed Parakeet, Silver Pheasants, Hill Fox, Ghoral, Sambhar and Barking Deer. It remains open for tourists throughout the year except when it is closed on the occasions of Holi, Diwali, and all national holidays in addition to the weekly off on Monday.

Kilbury
Kilbury is located at an altitude of 2194 mts. and at a distance of 10 Kms. from the town. One can go there by motorable road. There is a forest rest house for night stay. Kilbury is an ideal spot for those who loves peace and want to enjoy their holidays in tranquility.

Aerial Ropeway
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 , there are two trolleys to carry passengers. It takes approx. 151.7 seconds to cover one way journey by trolley. Charges for cable car is Rs. 100 per person, Rs. 60 for child. Charges are for stay for one hour at the point. Timings are 10.00a.m. to 5.00p.m.
St. John Church
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.

ARIES (State Observatory)
The 50-year old State Observatory at Nainital was rebuilt in 2004 as ARIES, the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational-Sciences, an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Khurpatal
Khurptal makes one of the best lake sites of Nainital situated 10-km from the town on Nainital - Kaladhungi Road. It is a small hamlet endowed with a beautiful lake. On the way don not forget to visit Sarita Tal & Botanical Garden

Snow View
It is the most easily accessible hill top, height 2270 mts. and at a distance of 2.5 Km from the town. Its at the top of Sher-ka-danda Ridge (north by north-east of the town centre), is easily reachable by cable car. This peak is also connected by motor able road. Snow view as the name suggests offers an indescribably beautiful and breath taking picture of the glittering snows of Himalyas. It has a temple. Tea, snacks, Photographers are available at this place. On a clear day, it offers spectacular views of the snowbound high Himalaya, including Nanda Devi, Trisul and Nanda Kot.


Hanumangarhi (Hanuman Garh)
It is located at an altitude 1,951 m at a distance 3.5 km from the Tallital (South End) bus stop. This temple is devoted to Lord Hanuman ji. Hanuman Garhi is also famous for its magnificient views of the setting sun.One can go to Hanuman Garhi by taxi, bus or even on foot from Nainital. It has a temple complex presiding deity being Lord Hanuman besides Ram and Shiva. At the instance of Neem Karoli Baba around 1950 these temples were built. On the other side of the hill there is Shitala Devi temple and Ashram of Lila

Barapathar
One of the important triangular point to go to Kilbury - Sigri Camp, Tiffin Top, Khurpa Tal - Jim Corbett National Park Route. Ponies and horses can be hired from here to climb to the nearby spots.

Lands End
One can have an excellent View Of Khurpatal From Lands End. Its altitude is 2118 mts. & it is located at shrt distance of 4 Kms from the town. The best thing about this spot is that one does not have to climb much and as the name suggests one feels on reaching the area that the end of the land has really come. To go to Lands end one can go to Barapathar on a vehicle and then walk about one Km. up to the spot.

Excursions From Nainital
Bhowali :
It is 1706 meters above the sea level and 11 KMs. away from Nainital. This is a road junction serving all the nearby hill stations from Nainital. Bhowali is famous for its scenic grandeur and as a hill fruit mart, Bhowali is also known for its T.B. sanatorium established in 1912.

Sat Tal :
At a distance of about 23 Kms. from Nainital at an altitude of 1370 mts. Sattal is a unique, unforgettable spot having cluster of lakes placed amidst the oak forest. It is comparable with Westmoreland of England. As one approach 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.

Bhimtal :
It is about 22 Kms. from Nainital and 11 Kms. from Bhowali at an altitude of 1370 mts. The pride of Bhimtal is a beautiful lake which offers magnificent vistas for tourists. The lake is larger than Naini lake. Tourist enjoys here boating in lake. There is an island amid lake a restaurant is located atop it. Tourist visit here by boats. The distance of island from lake shore is 91 mts. There is a 17th century Bhimeshwar temple complex along the 40 feet high dam . The local bus stand and taxi stand is situated near it. One road from Bhimtal leaves for Naukuchiatal while the another one goes to Kathgodam 21 Kms from here.

Naukuchia Tal :
It is 26 Kms from Nainital and 4 Kms from Bhimtal at 1220 mts above sea level. 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.

Kainchi Dham :
On the Nainital - Almora Road, 9 Km from Bhowali and 17 Kms from Nainital is a modern pilgrim centre. This place has achieved recognition owing to the ashram of the famous Neem Karoli Maharaj. Kaichi is a term used for two sharp hairpin bends of the motor road in local dialect hence the name. It has no relation with scissors.

Mukteshwar :

This beautiful place is 2286 mts in altitude and 51 Kms. from Nainital. Surrounded by fruit orchards and thick coniferous forest it was developed by the Britishers as research and education institute (IVRI) in 1893. It is the celebrated scenic spot overlooking long ranges of Himalaya. An old temple of Lord Shiva exist on the top of a rock.

Ranikhet :

A hill station, idyllic in its charm, Ranikhet with its majestic pine trees, is 60 Kms. from Nainital. According to popular belief this spot had won the heart of Rani Padmini, queen of Raja Sudhardev. She chose this scenic place to her abode & since then, it has come to be known as Ranikhet, literally "Queen's Field". At an altitude of 1829 mts. above sea level, this hill station is undoubtedly a tourist's paradise. The scented mountain breeze, fresh & pure, the singing of birds, the panoramic view of the Himalayas, the sights, sounds and smells leave the onlooker spellbound. Weaving an instant spell on the visitor Ranikhet draws visitors all the year round. Ranikhet is the headquarter of Kumaoun Regimental Centre. KRC museum and memorial are the jewels of Ranikhet town . The following sites can be visited during stay at Ranikhet.

Upat Kalika : 6 Kms. from the town on Almora Road the place has one of the best mountain golf links (9 Holes) in the country surrounded by dense forests just one km. from Upat is Kalika with its famous temple.
Chaubatiya Garden : 10kms. from Ranikhet town this place has fruit gardens with a Government Fruit Reserch Centre.

Kausani :
Nestling among thick dense pine forests, atop a narrow ridge and separated from the towering mountains of the Nanda Devi range by low, medium mountains; at Kausani the grandeor of the Himalayan scenery comes alive. The view of the snow covered Trishul & Nanda Devi is so clear that one gets a feeling of the snown being within touching distance. Its ethereal sunrise & a 300 kms. wide view of the Himalayan range have attracted thousands of visitors to this place time & again. Eulogised by poets & philosophers, this scenic & beautiful spot offers so much all the year round, sightseeing, history, pilgrimage and complete relaxation. Mahatma Gandhi, who spent 12 days in 1929 at Kausani, penned his memorable commentry on the Geeta - Anashakti - Yoga inspired by the scenic grandeur of this richly gifted spot. The guest house where the Mahatma stayed is now known as the Anashakti Ashram. Hindi poet laureate Sumitra Nandan Pant was born at Kausani. Some of his early poem composed here have described nature in its myriad manifestations. Kausani is ideal for those who seek to escape from the din & dust, hustle & bustle of big cities and wish to spent a quiet holidays in the lap of nature.

Baijnath :
Situated at an elevation of 1125 mts. it is 19 Kms. from Kausani towards Bageshwar. Lying on the banks of Gomti river in a flat valley, the temple complex of Baijnath was constructed by the Katyuri kings. Here in Baijnath old anicient temples of Shiva, Ganesh, Parvati, Chandika, Kuber, Surya, Brahama are located . These were constructed in 13th century AD.

Jageshwar :

Counted among the 12 Jyotirlings in the country, Jageshwar lies in a beautiful narrow valley hedged by monarch-sized, ancient deodars. Of the over 100 small and large shrines of this complex, the three outstanding ones, in terms of sculpture, are dedicated of Jageshwar, Mrityunjaya and Pushtidevi. Jageshwar temple has sculpted dwarpals standing guard at its entrance. Although the presiding deity at Jageshwar is shiva a strong Buddhist influence is visible in the carvings. It is about 100 Kms. from Nainital.

Binsar :

95 kms. from Nainital, Binsar is one of the most scenic spot in the Kumoun Himalayas and acclaimed hill resorts. At an elevation of 2412 mts, this place offers an excellent view of Kumoun hills and the greater Himalayas, surrounded by Alpine flora, ferns, hanging moss & species of wild flowers. The main attaraction of Binsar is the majestic view of the Himalayas. A three hundred kms. stretch of famous peaks which includes Kedranath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nandadevi, Nandakot & Pachachuli. The forests of Himalayan Oak and rhobodendron are excellent for trekking and communing with nature.

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