Peaceful Nainital has something for everyone. Take your pick from a leisurely boat ride on Naini Lake for laid-back travellers, hiking trails to nearby peaks for nature lovers, or a tour of 19th-century heritage buildings for history enthusiasts. You can also visit the bustling bazaars which surround the lake to sample delicious Indian street food specialties.
Nainital's emerald lake, surrounded by a lush, pine-forested valley, has long attracted tourists to the town. The cluster of hotels running along the lake's promenade on Mall Road, ranging from budget to luxury, all offer lake views. Even hotels tucked in quiet alleyways usually offer an inspiring outlook of Himalayan peaks or Naini Lake.
Nainital has plenty of clothes shops for visitors to browse in, especially along Mall Road which specializes in street fashion. For bazaar bargains on woolen products like shawls, sweaters, socks, and gloves, head to the Tibetan Market. You'll find quirky wooden souvenirs, hill produce, organic fruit preserves, and handicrafts in the alleyways that radiate away from Mall Road, such as Bara Bazar.
Spread around a freshwater lake, Nainital is a tranquil hill station in the state of Uttarakhand. Just an hour’s drive from the scorching Gangetic plains, the town has a temperate climate. Naini Lake is the main attraction for many visitors, but Nainital also offers views of the high Himalayas, heritage buildings dating back to the mid-19th century, and hiking trails.
From spicy, aromatic street eats to a smorgasbord of Indian, Continental, and Chinese dishes (known as "multicuisine"), Nainital offers many options to tempt your taste buds. Attuned to the palates of tourists, the restaurants along Nainital’s Mall Road serve everything from North Indian delicacies like aloo parathas (flatbread stuffed with spiced potato) to international grub like pepper steaks and pizzas.
The mild hill climate of Nainital and the shimmering, green waters of Naini Lake attract tourists throughout the year. The town's proximity to Delhi, the Indian capital, makes it a popular weekend destination for city dwellers. You'll be able to gaze at many inspiring views throughout your stay - from pine and deodar forests to snow-capped mountains, and the lake itself.
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