Nainital is situated at a height of 1938 metres above sea level and surrounded with high- peak mountains on three sides. Apart from Naina Lake, there are also other big lakes of India like Sattaal, Bhimtaal and Naukunchiyataal (means lake with nine corners). That's why this place is known as 'Lake District'. Its healthy climate attracted the British to establish their summer capital of joint region here during their reign and constantly this place has developed as a worth-visiting place. As per the ancient myths, three saints namely 'Uttari, Pulatsya', and 'Pulah' brought sacred water from Mansarovar here to make taals. So it came to be known as 'Tri-Rishi- Sarovar'. It is also named as 'Small-Mansarovar' as it contains some water from main Mansarovar. During summer, the cold breez freshens up one's mind. It is said that this city is named as Nainital due to its religious kuldevi 'Naina Devi'.
Hanumangarhi was constructed by the famous saint Neem Karoli baba. This temple is devoted to 'Lord Hanuman', where a 12- feet tall idol of Hanumanji has been setup. One can enjoy a very fantastic view of sunset from here.
Vedhshala : One can see moon, stars and planets with the help of telescope from here. This place is 1 km far from Hanumangarhi situated at Manora Park.
Naina Peak is the highest peak of Nainital known as 'China Peak'.
Snow- View : One can reach this place through ropeway. From here, the fascinating snow-covered mountains of Himalayas can be viewed.
Bhimtaal :Apart from this beautiful lake, there are Bhimeshwar Temple, Chyawan, Dattatreya, Kakortak, Naag Temple along with ashrams of saints. The place, surrounded with fascinating environment, too attracts the tourists.
Sattaal is the group of seven lakes attached to each other. This is most beautiful lake of Kumaon. One can enjoy trekking, boating alongwith watching wild life. This lake is situated just 5 km far from Bhimtaal.
Naukunchiyataal : It is believed by the Kumaon people that after seeing all nine corners of Naukunchiyataal, one can obtain salvation. Here a big idol of Lord Hanuman is placed at Vaishno Devi temple. There is plenty of colourful butterflies, Himalayan wildlife and flowers around this lake. Boating and fishing is banned in this lake. Paragliding facility is available there.
Mukteshwar is located in the lap of Kumaon hills. One can see clearly the peaks of Himalayas like Chaukhamba, Nandadevi, Trishul and Nandakot during clear weather. There is Chauthijali, Mukteshwar, Sheetla,Ramgarh etc are worth visiting places.
Jeolikot : Here Shri Aravind and Swami Vivekanand had worshipped. There is a golf course having 18 holes and a Solar Observatory also located at this place. Binsar, Kausani, Ranikhet, Jaageshwar and Corbett National Parks are located at a few hours distance from here.
Bhawaali is located on the Nainitaal- Almora route. This place is famous for Kumaon fruits. There is also a Sanatorium, which is worth a visit.
Ramgarh is located on Nainitaal- Mukteshwar route. Here, one can enjoy watching the trees full of apples and barren icy mountain range of Himalayas. Famous poet Rabindranath Tagore had written Geetanjali and 'Sandhya Sangeet' here.
To reach Nainital
The distance between Delhi and Nainital is 280 kms. Nainital can be reached by road and it takes 6 hours to traverse the distance. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam, 35 kms from Nainital which can be traversed in one hour. Kathgodam is well connected with trains from Delhi, Lucknow, Howrah etc. Ranikhet Express runs daily between Delhi and Kathgodam. It takes about 7 hours to reach Kathgodam in overnight journey. Pantnagar is the nearest airport but regular flights are not available.