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1. Nainital Lake
Also known as Naini Lake, Nainital lake is an enchanting natural water body snuggled amidst seven mountains touching the sky. It is the most popular attraction of the city with ravishing lake displaying its beauty with pristine, scintillating and stagnant water.
2. Naina Peak
At a height of 2611 metres, Naina peak is the highest peak bordering the Naini lake. It is five kilometres away from the lake and is a famous picnic spot and offers a panoramic view of the resort and an astounding view of the Himalayas.
3. Tiffin Top
Tiffin top, also known as Dorothy’s seat is situated at 4km hike from Nainital at a height of 7535 ft. It commands a great view of the neighbouring country side as well as Himalayas. Dorothy’s seat is a stonework picnic perch on Tiffin top built in the memory of a British Army Officer’s wife, Dorothy Kellet.
4. Snow View Point
Situated at 2270 metres from the sea level, this famous vantage point offers a great view of the northern Himalayan Ranges. You can reach there by cable car (ropeway) or you can hire horses and mountain ponies. One can enjoy a close-up view of Nanda Devi, one of the highest peak in India with the help of binoculars from here.
5. Eco Cave Gardens
In between this charming beauty of Nainital, the nature gifted its unseen wonder at the Eco Cave Gardens, situated one kilometre above the Mallital near Kumaon University Campus. It is relatively a new entry to the tourist destinations in the enchanting valley of Nainital which ensures an adventurous and fun time for visitors.
6. P.T Gb Pant High Altitude Zoo
Govind Ballabh Pant High altitude zoo is situated at a distance of 2 km from the bus station. It is set an elevation of 2100 metres above sea level, aiding in providing high altitude animals a habitat like environment. The zoo includes many exotic animals such as leopard, Hill fox, Serbian Tiger and so on.
7. Hanuman Garhi
Hanuman Garhi is a small temple dedicated to the Lord Hanuman, located at 3 km to the south of Tallital. The tourists who visit here ensures that they do not miss out on opportunity of watching the mesmerizing view of the setting sun. The place is also home to The Shitla Devi Temple and Ashram of Lila Sah Bapu.
The Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) is an autonomous institute situated at Manora Peak near Nainital at a distance of 8.5 km from Tallital bus stand. This laboratory was set up in 1955 and relocated at Manora peak in 1961 at Nainital because of the clear skies over the area.
9. Naina Devi Temple
Naina Devi Temple is located on the northern shore of Naini lake and is dedicated to goddess Naina Devi, who is believed to govern the Naini lake. It is believed that this ancient temple was built around 15th century A.D. and was devastated by the drastic landslide in 1880 and reconstructed in 1883 because of its significance among the locals.
10. Mall Road
The Mall road runs through the heart of the Nainital city and parallel to the Naini Lake. Built during the British Colonial Rule, it is one of the most popular tourist destination of Nainital. It connects two opposite ends of the town, North and south west corner of the lake known as Mallital and Tallital.
Boating in natural freshwater of Naini lake has been one of the most popular activities in Nainital for tourist and common public. Different types of boats such as paddle boats, rowing boats and decorating boats are available for the vibrant tourist to enjoy the picturesque view from the sparkling waters of the lake.
The increasing demand in adventure activities has led paragliding to become one of the most popular adventure sport. It gives you the feeling of flying in the simplest form there is. All that is essential is just a Para glider, a non-motorised foot-launched inflatable wing.
If you’re swaying because of your daily life bustle and hectic schedule in the searing heat, Nainital is the place to go to experience the most astonishing spectacles of the snow-capped Himalayas amidst the green forest. Nainital is a treadmill for the individual who loves to explore on foot.
Rappelling is a process of descending in a controlled way from a steep rocks and mountains. It’s an adventure sport where one gets to examine his stamina and summon his fears. The speed of the descent can be handled using the safety gear latched onto the body.
15. Water Zorbing
Water zorbing is an excellent and amusing activity for adventure and thrill-seeking junkies. The person is put inside an enormous plastic ball which is called the ‘Zorb’, which is the main method of wandering on water in water zorbing.
Nestled between lush green hills and forest, Nainital proves to be a perfect place to go for a camping trip. There are number of camps located at all-natural places to lend you the perfect escape from the regular hustle-bustle of city’s life.
17. Cable Car Ride
It is a major attraction amongst tourists which draws hundreds of tourists who wants to enjoy the picturesque view of the snow-capped mountains, Naini Lake and complete Nainital station. Every tourist should make it a point to take the adventurous ride in aerial-rope way which connects snow point view with Mallital.
18. Horse Riding
Horse riding is one of the most fun activity to do while on a trip to Nainital. A visit to hill station is not complete unless you ride a horse. It is another significant fascinating activity for tourists in Nainital. It is a captivating way to explore the serene trails of the lush green hills and the unexplored and untouched beauty of the area.
19. Rock Climbing
This is the perfect adventure sport for all the adventure enthusiasts. A test of mental endurance and physical strength, rock climbing is certainly not a sport for the faint-hearted people. Some adventure to revitalize yourself is never a bad option, and rock climbing is certainly bound to help in breaking away from the monotonous life.
20. Wildlife Sighting
Nainital offers visitors a perfect opportunity to explore the wildlife here. With several National parks and sanctuaries such as Jim Corbett National Park and Sonanadi wildlife sanctuary, Nainital is becoming a favourite destination for wildlife aficionados. A prosperous wildlife is the culmination of the flourishing green city of Nainital.
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