A journey to Nainital- The city of lakes

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After Corbett, we headed towards Nainital. We traveled by road and it took us approximately 2 hours to reach our hotel.


Nainital is a beautiful and picturesque hill station nestled in the Kumaon foothills of the Uttarakhand State. Due to a vast number of lakes around,  it is known as the ‘Lake District’ of India. After checking into our hotel, we relaxed and had our lunch. We were mesmerized by the beautiful views from our hotel room. After some time we headed to Naini Lake.

Naini Lake

Nainital Lake, a natural freshwater body is kidney shaped or crescent-shaped and has an outfall at the southeastern end.  We went for a boat ride here which was I think Rs. 120 for two people for about half an hour. The weather was nice and cool and we were amazed by the beauty of the lake and the surrounding areas.

Mall Road

Mall Road was constructed during the British colonial rule and it is the main road which runs through the heart of the Nainital town parallel to the lake connecting the two ends of the town. The Mall road is now named Govind Ballabh Pant Marg.
After the boating ride, we took a walk along the mall road. There are many shops, restaurants, and hotels along this road and it does get crowded especially during peak season.

St. Francis Church

While strolling through mall road we saw this church and decided to explore it further. Rev. Fr. Maeken, the first resident priest of the Agra Vicariate, built the church dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi in 1868. This is also known as “Lake Church”. It was really beautiful and peaceful among the chaos outside. After visiting the church, we headed back to our hotel.

Sattal lake

On the next day after breakfast, we headed out to visit the other three lakes. First was Sattal or Sat Tal (Hindi for “seven lakes”) is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes situated near Bhimtal. Set amongst dense forests of oak and pine trees, Sattal is one of the few unspoiled and unpolluted freshwater biomes in India. These lakes are a paradise for migratory birds. It is home to a few camps being operated mostly by local people catering to tourists looking for outdoor vacations.

We didn’t ride a boat as there were expensive. However, we admired the beauty and clicked few pictures as usual. We also had the local drink called shikanji which was really refreshing in the heat of the afternoon. After that, we headed to Bhimtal lake.

Bhimtal Lake

Bhimtal Lake is a lake in the town of Bhimtal, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, with a masonry dam built in 1883 creating the storage facility. It is the largest lake in Kumaon region, known as the “lake district of India”. The lake provides drinking water supply and supports aquaculture with a variety of fish species. There is an island at the center of the lake which has been developed as a tourist attraction and has an aquarium.

After visiting Sattal, we visited Bhimtal lake. However, we didn’t spend much time here. We just admired the beauty and clicked a few pictures. We were supposed to visit the fourth lake called Naukuchiatal, but we decided to skip it and head back to Nainital for lunch.

Embassy Restaurant

This restaurant was recommended by a few people, so we decided to check it out. It’ located on mall road and pretty hard to miss. We ordered the mutton rara and paranthas which was really yummy and worth the money. The service was pretty quick too. We didn’t have dessert as we were heading to Sakley’s for that.

The Sakley’s Restaurant and Pastry Shop

After a stomach-filling lunch, we had a little space saved for dessert. Again this place was recommended by a few people and since we love desserts we had to check it out. We decided to taste the Blueberry cheesecake and Chocolate pastry which were super yummy. There were so many yummy things that we wished we could eat it all. So we parcelled a slice of banoffee pie for later. A must visit place in Nainital!

Some other good restaurants options which we have heard are:

  1. Cafe Chica
  2. I heart cafe
  3. Boat house club

After a great day, we headed back to our hotel with great memories.

How To Reach Nainital

By Train:  A direct train to Nainital is not possible because Nainital does not have its own train station the closest one is in Kathgodam and is at a distance of 17kms. So if your heart is set on a Nainital travel by train, take a train to Kathgodam from where you can travel to Nainital by cab or bus.

By Flight: If you are looking for Nainital Airport or flights to Nainital, the closest airport is in Pantnagar which is 63.8km from Nainital. There are a number of Pantnagar flights from all parts of the country. The airport at Pantnagar makes Nainital more accessible for those who live across the country and want to make a trip to Nainital by air and the question of How to reach Nainital by flight was on their mind.

By Cab/Car: Enjoy the scenic winding roads to Nainital by car. Just hire a cab or rent a car and drive to Nainital. Nainital by road is a unique experience in itself. There are a number of Nainital car rental companies where you can hire a car and drive around the place.

Thank you for reading. If you haven’t been to Nainital, then you should definitely visit soon. Cheers and Happy Travels! 🙂

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21 thoughts on “A journey to Nainital- The city of lakes

  1. Jenn and Ed Coleman

    Naintal looks like it could be located somewhere in Colorado, especially when I see the kayaks and the countryside. The highly ornamental boats brings me right back to India. There is something special about a place that you must drive to. It makes it that much more intimate.

  2. Heather

    I absolutely loved the photo with all of the colorful boats! I love exploring lakes too so Nainital appeals to me a lot for this reason. I haven’t been to India yet so on the bucket list it goes! My favorite would probably be Nainital Lake. The blueberry cheesecake and chocolate pastry sound yummy!

  3. Lance

    We live inland and rarely get to the ocean, so our family loves visiting fresh water lakes. The lakes of Nainital look wonderful. I’m sure the boat ride was great. I would also enjoy bird watching in the region.

  4. Himanshu Barsainya

    I have special connection with Nanitaal. It was my first self drive hilly location. A stroll along lake on Mall Road is my fav thing to do. I am yet to visit ST Francis church. For peace loving souls, I find Bhimtaal as a better option. We stayed in hotel there overlooking the Lake and it was insanely great experience.

  5. Punita

    As kids, I remember spending many summer holidays in Nainital, driving down from Delhi in cars packed with cousins. The lake continues to be as beautiful and though the crowds have increased, I believe one can still find a few quiet spots away from the main streets.

  6. Jas

    This is my first time hearing about Nainital and it’s absolutely beautiful! I love how colorful the boats are – although I definitely don’t think half an hour would be enough time to take in all the stunning views. Thanks for introducing us to this gem and I’m adding it to my India bucket list!

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  8. The Holidaymaker

    I have not heard of any of these places and I am wondering why not? My favourite would be Nainital Lake, it looks incredibly beautiful. I love the surrounding mountains and the views look fantastic. Is it a quiet and place to visit?

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