Timings: Between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Experience the thrill of flying high up in the air and the best way to experience this is through tandem paragliding. Take off with highly experienced instructors and enjoy the breathtaking aerial view of Nainital. Anyone without any prior experience or knowledge can go for paragliding in Nainital, just need the desire to fly and follow the instructor’s simple guidance during takeoff and landing. The instructor will guide with what is needed and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
Flights vary depending on the duration selected and the height of the takeoff site. After a quick briefing session by instructors about the activity, a group of professional gliders will help you to get adjusted onto the paraglider with all the safety measures in check.
How to reach Nainital Paragliding Site:
The activity area is 22 km far from the Nainital roadways bus stand so you can hire a private cab to reach there.
Enjoy Boating at Naini Lake
In the entire district of Nainital, the Naini Lake is the one that is the most famous, owing to its location and ease of access. Surrounded by beauty on all sides, the lake is a great place to have some mesmerizing memories of the city. As you sit on a boat that slowly glides on the waters, indulge in what is one of best activities to do in Nainital.
Take a boating trip of the lake and marvel at the beauty that surrounds you in this amazing location, from where you can see the serene snow-capped peaks, the Cheena Peak, and the Tiffin Top. Take pictures of the amazing valley or record a video of the pleasant weather.
Location: Naini Lake, Nainital, Uttarakhand
Timings: Everyday, 6 AM to 6 PM
Charges/Fees: Starts from INR 150 and goes on to INR 500 (per person)
Enjoy Himalayan View from Tiffin Top
Also known as Dorothy’s seat, the Tiffin Top is a locals’ favorite picnic spot in Nainital. Located on the Ayarpatta Hill, Tiffin top sits in a location where you can see the city of Nainital on one side, and the majestically beautiful Kumaon hills on the other side. A photographer’s paradise, the place got its name because Dorothy’s Seat was popular for picnics.
If you are looking for activities to do in Nainital, then a hike up to Tiffin Top to capture the beauty of Himalayas, is surely a thing you should go for.
Location: Ayarpatta Hill, Nainital, Uttarakhand.
Timings: Everyday, 8 AM to 5:30 PM
Charges/Fees: Free Entry
Shop at Tibetan Market
Right along the banks of the Naini Lake, the famous Tibetan Market of Nainital runs. Offering authentic Tibetan winterwear, souvenirs, and much more, the market is one of the most famous, affordable, and beautiful setup to shop in the city, and is run by the natives of Tibet.
Skillful at their work, Tibetans have shops and shacks on the side of the road selling Tibetan bags, scarves, ethnic dresses, designer shawls, woolen mufflers, junk accessories, and stylish watches, all of which are available at affordable prices and can be bargained for.
Location: Nanda Devi Path, Ayarpatta, Nainital, 263002, Uttarakhand
Timings: Everyday, 9:30 AM to 9 PM
Experience Sunset at Hanuman Garhi
Dedicated to Hindu God and loyal follower of Lord Ram, Lord Hanuman, Hanuman Garhi is a temple that enjoys an amazing location on the top of a hill in Nainital. Built in the year 1950 by a local saint, the best part about this temple is the amazing sunset view of the place, where people can watch the sun slowly gliding down and set behind the hills.
Tourists from all over the country come to witness this marvel, and the best part is that it does not require a strenuous walk to reach the temple. Take the blessings of the lord and take in the beauty of the scene as it unfolds in front of you.
Location: Hanuman Garhi, Haldwani Road, Nainital, Uttarakhand
Timings: Sunset Time
Enjoy Ropeway of Nainital
The main attractions of Nainital include the amazing name of the Ropeway of Nainital. Connecting the city to the snow view point, the ropeway takes one to a height of about 2,250 m above sea level. While the destination is undoubtedly beautiful, the ride to the top is itself very serene, making it one of the best things to do in Nainital.
There are 2 trolleys that run between the two terminals and take time of about 2 and a half minutes to complete the journey on one side. Another great thing about this is that the ropeway was built by the Swiss pioneers, making it the safest ropeway in the region.
Location: Ropeway RdMallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263001
Timings: everyday 10 AM to 4 PM
Charges/Fees: INR 150 for adults, and INR 100 for children, both way.
Named after the British Hunter in India, Jim Corbett is an active area of wildlife, granted the national park status in the year 1936. The oldest National Park of India, Corbett is known to have the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers. Located inside the bounds of the lake city, visiting the Jim Corbett National Park for a tiger safari is surely one of the best things to do in Nainital.
Apart from this, there is also the Ramganga Reservoir inside the reserve where a number of Elephants, Leopards, and hundreds of birds that flock to this place.
Location: Nainital District, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715
Timings: Everyday, 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Charges/Fees: INR 200 for Indians, INR 900 for foreigners.
Activity Location: Bara Patthar, Bhimtal
Activity Timings: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Reach to Bara Patthar, and after wearing safety equipment with the instructions and safety guidelines from instructors, this activity will send you flying across the valley. Just feel the thrill of rushing in the air, along with a great view of the lake, valley, and the Nainital Town in front of you. This activity is a real adrenaline rush with amazing fun and thrill. Experience the best of scenic views from the top and while flying, a totally experiential activity.
In this activity site, there are 2 zip lines: one is 50 meters and the other one is 100 meters. There are 3 Expert Instructors, one will set your equipment and the other 2 will be at the starting and ending point of the zipline. Along with that, a rope will be attached to your harness and they will ensure the safety and security during the whole activity. Experience the amazing adventure activity and make it a memorable one.
Requirements for Activity:
Minimum Age- 8 years
Minimum Weight – 20 kg
Maximum Weight – 90 kg
How To reach:
The activity site is near to Nainital Bus Station about 6 km, it can be easily reached by public and private transport.
About the Activity:
On this rip-roaring rafting extravaganza, get to Kali River rafting that is plonked on Indo-Nepal border. Savour the adventure as rafting on Kali trip takes you down the upper sections of this river. Your journey begins at Kathgodam, a charming town in the Nainital, Uttarakhand. It forms the last station on its Indian Railways line. From here onwards, you would have to take the automobile to reach the Kumaon region of the Himalayan Mountains.
Uttarakhand is the ideal playground for adventure sports. Displaying breath-taking beauty, it enchants with dramatic and arrayed landscape of pretty lakes, windy rivers, high mountains and soaring sights of the mighty Himalayas.
Lap up the journey amidst varied landscape comprising thick forest, farms, sandy beaches and more before you dash off to the plains. Enjoy run amidst remote and desolate area that opens up natural splendours. Through this activity, pass many stalactite and stalagmite formations. Making this trip all the more delightful is all the natural beauty and the chance to challenge Class II – IV rapids rafting on Kali river.
Temperature Range: The expected temperatures would be 12-20°C during the day and 7-8°C during the nights
Activity Timings: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Duration: 30 minutes
The lake district of Nainital is one of the most visited town in the Kumaon. While Nainital is considered as a place of peace and beauty, full of picturesque lakes, hills and forests, it is filled with adventure as well. And Kayaking is one of those activites of thrill and excitement.
Kayaking is both for Nature as well as Adventure Sport Lovers. Upon reaching the site, a trained instructor will teach the required skills and techniques. After providing with a life jacket and a kayak, start the kayaking experience around the Sattal Lake while enjoying and appreciating the beautiful view of the Hills.
How to Reach:
The kayaking site is about 28 km away from Nainital and is easily accessible via public/private transportation
The activity package is allowed for people who are above 12 years of age group only. This activity is strictly not recommended for pregnant women and old citizens.
Visit Naina Devi
A Shakti Peeth (seat of power) in the Hindu Belief, the Naina Devi temple is perched on the northern bank of the Naini Lake in the city of Nainital. A famous attraction and a spiritual hotspot, the Naina Devi Goddess resides inside the temple and is depicted by her two eyes. Pilgrims from everywhere flock to the temple to take blessings of the mother goddess.
Despite being destroyed in a landslide in the year 1880, the Naina Devi Temple was rebuilt and has since then attracted thousands of visitors every year.
Location: Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002
Timings: Everyday 6 AM to 10 PM
Duration: 5 Hours
Start Point and End Point: Mall Road, Nainital
Tiffin Top is also known as Dorothy Seat which is a stonework perch on the Tiffin Top built-in memory of painter Dorothy Kellet, this viewpoint offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas and Nainital. It provides splendid views of the town. Perched at a height of 2290 meters, Tiffin Top is a famous picnic spot in Nainital.
About the Activity:
Take a rickshaw from the hotel to Tallital Bus Stand. Don't forget to pack some lunch on the way, as the journey is heading towards the Tiffin Top. From here, get up on the saddle on the horse and the journey to Tiffin Top begins. On reaching the top, enjoy the mesmerizing view of the city of Nainital: The sparkling water of the Naini Lake, the street and the mountains surrounding this beautiful city. Take photographs, make poses, enjoy the feeling of being on the top of the world. And of course, enjoy the delicious lunch. Later, proceed on the horses back to Mall Road, where the horse ride experience comes to an end.
Tiffin Top Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Activity Duration: About 2.5 - 3 hours
Trekking at Cheena Peak
Also known as the Naina Peak, Cheena Peak is the highest point in Nainital. Covered in forests of Rhododendrons, Deodars, and Cypresses, the trek to the top of Cheena Peak is as rewarding as the view from the top. After just a small and relaxing hike up the hill, you will get to see the beautiful range of the Himalayas all covered in snow.
Also, the city of Nainital looks even more beautiful from the peak. The trekking to the top, and taking in the views from there, can together be called the best things to do in Nainital.
Location: Nainital, Uttarakhand
Visit the Nainital Zoo
Nainital Zoo, or the Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo, is a high altitude home for wildlife, first of its kind in North India, and the 3rd in the country. Located at a height of about 2,100 m above sea level, the zoo is one of the best places to visit in Nainital.
Housing animals like Royal Bengal tiger, Tibetan wolves, sambar, leopard cat, and Himalayan bear, the zoo also has many bird species like Kalij pheasant, Lady Amherst pheasant, rose-ringed parakeet, golden pheasant, and red junglefowl. A visit here is surely one of the best things to do in Nainital.
Location: Tallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002
Timings: Friday to Wednesday, 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Charges/Fees: INR 50 for adults (above 13 years), INR 20 for children.
Go for Camping
Nainital is not just hills and lakes, rather, the place has its fair share of meadows and ridges to enjoy the best of camping in Kumaon. With weather that remains pleasant for almost all throughout the year, the experience of camping in Nainital is nothing short of a getaway from the bustling life of the city.
Fill your mornings with sunrise views, catch up on some trekking and birdwatching through the day, get warm with a bonfire as you sing and dance around it, and sleep under the billions of stars in the clear sky. Find a place to pitch your tent and you will find all of the above easily.
Location: Nainital, Uttarakhand
Charges/Fees: Depends on the campsite and required permits and entry charges.
More than a place blessed with beauty, Nainital is an adventure destination as well. A roster of adventure sports waiting for you to explore is present in the lake town, but the most amazing of all things to do in Nainital has to be the rock climbing. With a few schools that will teach the basics and necessities of rock climbing, you can easily become an enthusiast of the sport.
And with plenty of opportunities to practice in the city, there is a lot of fun that is yet to be had, and rock climbing is one of those unexplored and untapped adventures. You can learn with Nainital Mountaineering Club.
Location: CRST Inter College, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263001
Timings: Everyday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Charges/Fees: Starts from INR 600
Stroll through Mall Road
The Mall, or the Mall Road, is a popular tourist attraction in Nainital. Built by the Britishers when they planned the city, the road runs by the side of the lake, it runs by the heart of Nainital connecting two major points of the city, Mallital, and Tallital. With the best time to arrive here being in the evening, one can easily find a horde of tourists and locals flocking here for the views or to shop.
Mostly, the Mall Road is home to a number of hotels, restaurants, banks, travel agencies, and shops, you will find that it is closed for vehicles during peak time to ensure safe passage for the tourists.
Location: The Mall Road, Nainital.
Timings: Everyday, 9 AM to 10 PM
Visit Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
A small village in the boundaries of Nainital goes by the name of Pangot and is home to a small creek known to be the watering hole of several wild animals like Leopard, Civet, Goral, and Deer. In a large portion of this place is a jungle-like area especially famous for the bird species that reside here.
Home to almost 580 species of avifauna, the Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is a haven for bird lovers. One can spot Brown Wood Owls, White-Throated Laughing Thrushes, Collared Grosbeaks and Forktails, amongst many endangered, endemic and rare species of indigenous and migratory bird.
Location: Village Pangot, Budhlakoti, Via Kilbury Road, Uttarakhand 263001
Timings: Everyday, from sunrise to sunset
Eat at Chandni Chowk
Named after a popular street of the same name in Delhi, the Chandni Chowk Restaurant tries to create the same taste like its namesake. Carefully decorated to resemble Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, even the food takes after the same taste. Eat and enjoy the delicacies of various regions of North India, incorporating the real taste of everything, including the sweets of north India.
This includes Gol Gappas, cuisines in Paneer and rice, various types of rice, hot Jalebi, Gulab Jamun, Lassi, Masala Milk, and Buttermilk.
Location: The Mall Road, Tallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002
Timings: Everyday, 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Cost for 2: INR 400
Visit Cave Garden
A rather new addition to the crown of exciting tourist attractions of Nainital, the Eco Cave Gardens are a series of several interconnected caves. Educating its visitors, especially small kids about the wildlife that resides in the Himalayas. Rising in fame in the recent years, the gardens have caves named like Tiger Cave, Panther Cave, Bat Cave, etc based on the name of the animal the cave is about.
There are also hanging gardens, as well as a musical fountain in the place, making it an even better place. A tour of the entire is recommended for the best experience, as it can be called the best of all activities to do in Nainital.
Location: Sukhatal, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263001
Timings: Everyday, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Charges/Fees: INR 20 for adults, INR 10 for children.