There is no place like home. Right?
Where you stay, where you work.. the moment you reach home you feel peace.
And believe me, the same goes for Nainital which is also known as “the jewel of Uttarakhand”
Yes, Nainital is very much commercialized due to the unimaginable flow of tourists from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. But even after all this, it has maintained its charm. Being there for a week, I must tell you there are certain places which are yet unraveled from tourist footsteps.
And with this article, I will be telling you three places to see in Nainital which only the local knows.
Three Places To See In Nainital Which Only A Local Can Tell You
When you search in Google “Nainital Tourist Places”
What do you get?
I guess most of the links will only tell you to go for:
- Boating at Naini Lake or
- Shopping at Mall Road or
- Visiting Naina Devi Mandir
- Eco Caves
- Botanical Garden
- Lover’s Point
- & Suicide Point
Am I correct?
These options are good and you may go for. But if you are looking for some adventure and want to explore more than these options might not be that good.
That is why; I am here to tell you my list of 03 best places to see in Nainital.
China Peak Or Naina Peak
China Peak or Naina peak is both same and can be touched by an easy uphill trek. It is the highest point of Nainital from where you can see the whole Nainital, having Maggi and a cup of tea/coffee. The view is really jaw dropping and for that reason, China Peak is there in our three best places to see in Nainital. This trek is an easy one where you will be crossing through Pine, Deodar, and Cypress forest. More than the view the route can take your breath away 😛
The view from the top is simply fantastic and the rhododendron-strewn path is an ultimate delight for any travelers who are looking for untouched places to visit near Nainital.
How To Reach: You can book a cab to Naina Peak or China Peak. They will drop you to a point from where it is only 2kms hike to the peak. However, you may also trek to China Peak.
Suggested Route: Mallital market – Nainital High Court – Manu Maharani Hotel – Cave Garden – Polytechnic College – Hanuman Mandir – Naina Peak
Distance: 09 Kms from Mallital market (approx)
Note: Try to leave early morning, as it might take a lot of time for amateur hikers to cover this point.
Bara Pathar, if translated in English..it means huge rock boulders.
And as the name suggests, Bara Pathar is Nainital is an amalgam of twelve huge rocks. Most of us don’t know but from Bara Pathar you can get a good view of the nearby valleys on a clear day. Sitting at the edge of the rock and having a tea, is one of the best experience you may get.
But keep in mind, these are all rock boulders situated on the top of a hill, so you might have to use your legs a little bit to reach here.
How To Reach: You can book a cab from Mallital market (Naninital) or can ask locals for the route. The route is same which you will take for Naina Peak.
Suggested Route: Mallital market – Nainital high court – Polytechnic College – Bara Patthar
After reaching Polytechnic College, you may ask anyone about the route. Bara Pathar is located just behind this college.
Distance: 04 Kms from Mallital market (approx)
Pangot is a paradise for bird watchers and travelers who are looking for places to visit in Nainital in 2 days. This place is meant for an overnight stay.
Pangot is a small village located just 13 km’s from Nainital. If you are ready for an adventure, you can even visit Naina peak from this village. You can spot as many as 580 different varieties of avifauna species at Pangot and Kilbury, which is another untouched village in Pangot.
How To Reach: There are buses which ply from Nainital bus stand to Pangot or you can book a cab too or you may also trek to Pangot. The route is same as Naina Peak. Just that, for Naina Peak you have to take a left cut into the jungles from the main road. Whereas for Pangot, you have to follow the main road.
Suggested Route: Mallital market – Nainital High Court – Manu Maharani Hotel – Cave Garden – Polytechnic College – Hanuman Mandir – Pangot Village.
Where To Stay: There are various resorts and small lodges in Pangot.
Distance: 13 Kms from Mallital market (approx)
So these were my three untouched places to see in Nainital.
But the article is not over.
It is a Nainital Travel guide, where I will be sharing some other facts too like:
- Places to eat in Nainital or best street food in Nainital
- Best shopping places in Nainital
- And best season to visit Nainital (Uttarakhand)
So let’s start
Which Are The Best Places To Eat In Nainital Or Best Street Food In Nainital
Nainital being one of the famous tourist destination is also known for its food.
There are lots of restaurants which are growing like mushrooms in mall road. They serve you a variety of dishes ranging from:
- North Indian cuisine
- Bengali cuisine
- South Indian cuisine
- Italian dishes
- Continental cuisine
- Chinese cuisine
- Tibetan and so on
But, I always suggest my readers to have food which locals love. And these dishes are hard to get by. As only a local can tell you. What they like and where to get it.
“So when in Nainital… eat what Kumaonis love to eat”
Here, I would be telling you two places to eat in Nainital. These are not big restaurants or cafes. These are small shops which cater local Kumaoni delicacies.
So let’s check it out:
Best Street Food In Nainital
Sonam’s Momos (Famous for Mutton Momos or Dumplings)
Sandwiched between the small lanes of Tibetan Market, this small shop is famous for its Mutton / Lamb momos. They offer vegetable momos and noodles too..but mutton momos are the most ordered one. If you are a non-vegetarian and would love to experiment with a Tibetan dish then this place is for you.
Being from Assam, Momo is a daily snack for us. But trust me, I never had momos like this. The best part of Sonam’s dumplings is the juiciness of its meat.
In my seven days of stay in Nainital.. I guess I was there at this shop every day. These dumplings are that addictive.
Location: Tibetan Market
Price: Rs. 60 per plate (8 dumplings/momos)
Dahi Jalebi @ Lota Sweet Shop
Visiting Nainital and not having Dahi Jalebi is a sin.
The combination of Jalebi with Yogurt might seem odd or strange but it tastes heavenly. Crunchy jalebis with fresh yogurt is one of the popular snacks for locals. They have it for breakfast as well as during evening.
So do try it out.
Location: Tallital Market
Price: Rs. 30 per plate
Note: They make jalebis around at 9 am during afternoon and at evening time by 5 pm. So make sure to be there at the mentioned times.
So these is my list of the best street food in Nainital or you can say best places to eat in Nainital
Which Are The Best Shopping Places In Nainital?
Now it’s time to have some shopping.
Nainital is famous for its Tibetan crafts, Candles and designer clothes.
And for that, you can visit:
Mall road is famous for local & Tibetan crafts, candle shops, restaurants, eating joints and so on. You can say, it is one of the most happening places of Nainital.
This market is known for designer clothes and shoes and street shopping.
Note: You will have to use your negotiation skills to get a good rate in both these markets.
Q: What is the best season to visit Nainital?
Ans: I would say: March to June in summers. And of love visiting hills during winters then you may visit Nainital between November to February also. Monsoon is not a good time to vist due to frequent landslides.
Q: Apart from your mentioned places to see in Nainital..is there any other places to visit near Nainital for 1day?
Ans: Yes, there are many places to visit near Nainital like:
- Lover’s Point
- Suicide Point
You can book a cab for a day to cover all these places. And the charges vary between 3000 – 4000 per day for 6 person SUV.
By the way, if you are looking for places to visit in Nainital then you may go for:
- Eco Caves
- Snow View Point
- Botanical Garden
- Naina Devi Temple
- Naini Lake
- Nainital Zoo
Q: How to reach Nainital?
Ans: There are many private as well as state run buses which ply from Delhi to Nainital every day. If you are not comfortable with bus journey then you may travel to Nainital with Indian Railways too. There are trains which run from Delhi to Kathgodam and Haldwani. From there, you can either book a bus or a cab to Nainital.
A cab might cost you around 200 INR for the onward journey whereas bus charges you around 50 bucks for the same.
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