This blog talks about my recent 3-day road trip to Nainital. I’ll talk about all the places to visit in Nainital in 3 days. In addition, I’ll also talk about all the tourist places in Nainital District and tourist places near Nainital within 100 kms.
To read about how to reach Nainital, read my previous blog.
Q: Is Nainital worth visiting?
A: Yes! It’s a perfect location to enjoy your weekend with friends and family.
Day 1: Jim Corbett National Park- Nainital District
Visit the oldest national park of India. Jim Corbett National Park is located in Nainital District. Book a room at any of the Jim Corbett National Park resorts. Relax and unwind yourself in the fresh mountain air.
To enhance your experience, you may also go for a swim or get an ayurvedic massage.
(Quick tip: Prebook the resort. Also, enquire about the availability of all facilities and amenities overcall. This is because some resorts are not able to update their website due to network issues. In addition to this, prebook you forest safari too)
Day 2: Jim Corbett National Park Safari and Nainital Lake
Wake up at 5 am and head for a jungle safari in the Jim Corbett National Park of India.
Peacocks, deers and languors can easily be spotted all over the forest. In addition, if you’re lucky you may experience a close encounter with a tiger or an elephant.
After your visit to Jim Corbett National Park Safari, check out from your resort. Head towards Nainital City and book a room in any of the hotels on the mall road.
(Quick tip: check the toilets before you finalize your stay and do not book online)
Freshen up and head out for a boat ride in the famous Nainital Lake. Tickets can be purchased by local vendors. In addition to that, you can also get a personal photoshoot in traditional mountain dress near the lake.
After that, stroll on the Mall Road in the evening. Mall road has small shops selling a variety of hand made goods. Buy a personalised wooden keychain or embroidered silk. Do purchase candles from any shop on the mall road. They are handmade scented candles and are famous in Nainital.
Nainital street food tastes great! Small vendors will be selling food all over mall road and near Nainital Lake.
Try Momos, Channa chat, dal chat, mega popadums and Maggie.
At night visit the Tibetian market. It offers a variety of clothing and accessories and prices are negotiable too.
Day 3: Nainital Local Sightseeing
A standard Nainital local sightseeing Itinerary comprises of 7 points: Snow Point, Sukha Tal, Lovers Point, Suicide Point, Waterfall, Khurpatal Lake and Mansa Devi Temple. However, I do not find all these locations truly worth visiting. I suggest a different Nainital local sightseeing plan. Customise the standard Nainital Tour plan and visit the following places.
- Cave Gardens: Wake into real caves of Tiger, Panther, Porcupine and many other animals. There is an entry fee of 60 INR and you will have a phenomenal experience.
- Tiffin Top: Hire a local guide and ride a horse to the highest point in Nainital. The view from the top is breathtaking!
- Bheem Tal
- Khurpa Tal: The lake is famous to change 7 colours over the year. However, you will not actually visit the lake but will see it from a viewing point.
- Nainital Zoo: The driver will drop you to this location and you can tour the zoo at your own ease. There is an entry fee. You will find various animals in the zoo- Tigers, Deers, Birds, Red Panda and many more. After your visit, get a shuttle to your hotel.
Local Tour operators will take you for this sightseeing tour for 1200 INR. Although, there will be a lot of convincing to take the standard package.