Tour spots in and around Nainital
Nainital or Naini Lake is placed at the heart of the hill station. It is a eye-shaped lake attracts thousands of tourists round the year. You can hire a boat to enjoy the surrounding beauty of the lake. The northern side of the lake is known as Mallital, while the southern side is known as Tallital. There have a Bridge over the lake which connects the two banks of the lake.
Naini Devi Temple is placed by the north bank of Nainital Lake. This temple is dedicated to Mata Naina Debi represented by two eyes. You will found some more temples like goddess Kali and Lord Ganesha around the Naina Devi Temple. It is believed that the time of Mahatandab of lord Shiva, the eyes (Naina) of the Goddess Sati are assumed to have fallen here.
St. John in the Wilderness church was founded by Daniel Wilson in 1844. It is located at Mallital about one km away from the Naina Devi temple. Daniel Wilson, the Bishop of Calcutta, came here to establish the church. But he fell ill and had to stay in an incomplete house close to a forest. Hence, the church came to be known as the St. John in the Wilderness. The church serves as a memorial for the victims of the landslide of 1880.
Governor’s House or Raj Bhavan was constructed in 1899 by the British Ruler. It was designed in the Victorian Gothic domestic style by the architect Stevens. It was used as the summer residence of the British Governor. Now it is the official guest house for the governor of the state Uttarakhand. The complex consists of a two-storied mansion with 113 rooms, a large garden, a swimming pool, and golf links.
Snow View is situated at an altitude of 7448 feet and located atop the Sher-ka-danda Ridge. It is about 3 km away from Nainital and easily accessible by Rope Way. Snow View point provides you an enchanting view of Nainital and 350 km long range of the Glittering Mighty Himalayas. Charges for ropeway are Rs. 150 per adult and Rs. 75 per child. The best times to visiting here is start from late October and continue to end of November.
Naini or China Peak is the highest in Nainital with an elevation of 8578 feet. It is located about 6.1 km away from Mallital Town. You will get not only a bird eye view on the top of the peak but you also see a broad swath of the snow clad high Himalaya and a panoramic view of Nainital town itself.
Tiffin Top or Dorothy's Seat is a lovely place located about 4.2 km away from Nainital City center and it maintains a height of about 7521 feet above mean sea level. There has a stonework picnic perch built as a memorial to an English artist, Dorothy Kellet, by her husband and admirers after her death.
Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo is a high altitude (6901 feet) zoo located at Sher Ka Danda hill in Nainital, Uttarakhand. This zoo was established in 1984 and opened to public in 1995. It covers an area of 4.6 hectares. It houses various animals like Kaleej Phesant, Siberian Tiger, Snow Leopard, Goat Antelope-Ghooral and Serao etc.
There have some more interesting tour spots in and around Nainital like The Jim Corbett National Park, Mukteshwar, Bhimtal Lake, Sattal, Gurney House, Hanumangarhi, Pangot, Laria Kanta, Land's End and Sukhatal.