Nainital Excursions

Nainital Excursions

You can visit these tourist places while staying in Nainital. The following tourist places are near Nainital.

ARIES: Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, is a prominent astronomical institute located at Manora Peak near Nainital. Visitors can see celestial bodies from the telescope at ARIES. It is also known as Astronomical Observatory, which is one unique place where you get to see a wide variety of binoculars and telescopes, the observatory is a must visit for the stargazers.

Kilbury: Kilbury is a famous birding and picnic spot located near Nainital. Tourist can watch wide range of birds species in Kilbury.

Naina Devi Bird Reserve: Naina Devi Himalayan Bird Conservation Reserve is the area declared in march 2007. It encompasses the area of 111.9 sq km in the Nainital district of Kumaon.The area stretches along the Nainital -Kunjakhark Road. The Reserve hosts a wide diversity of birds including spectacular pheasants.The forests of this reserve are rich in flora and fauna with five species of oak which serves as the habitat of vast variety of Himalayan birds and a healthy presence of rhododendron. The flagship of this species is the cheer pheasant, the important species of birds found here are the red headed Vulture, greater spotted Eagle, the eastern imperial Eagle, grey-crowned Prinia ,the Black-Crested tit, Green -crowned Warber, Whistlers Warbler, though Koklass and Khaleej phesants are also found here. The purpose of this Reserve is to provide peace to humans and wildlife . The outsiders are restricted to perform any disturbing noises like blow horns or play any musical instrument.

Gurney House: A colonial style architecture surrounded by dense forest, Gurney House is the home of Jim Corbett located near Nainital.

Kainchi Dham: is a very small place located around 17 km away from Nainital. This town is actually located in between the two hills that cut and cross each other to create a shape of Scissor and that’s how its name originated as Kainchi Dham. Every year the temples of this place bring so many devotees from all over the country and the ashram is filled to the edge.

Betalghat: is a small village located on the side of Kosi River that thrives in Mahseer on the border of Jungles where the Jim Corbett noticed tiger. You can trek to this region of Kumaon and spend some quality time with your family and friends.

SatTal: Sat Tal is a cluster of mysteriously interconnected seven freshwater lakes situated 22kms away from Nainital on the road to Bhim Tal. Sat tal is set at an altitude of 1370mts above sea level. The group of lakes is set amidst dense forests of oak and pine trees. These lakes are paradise for migratory birds as they stay for some time here during their migration. Sattal is one of the few unspoiled and unpolluted fresh water biomes in India. The names of the seven lakes of Sattal are Purna Tal, Ram Tal, Sita tal, Laxman Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Sukh Tal and Garud Tal. Sattal is often compared with Westmoreland of England by Britishers.

BhimTal: It is situated at a distance of 24kms from Nainital at an altitude of 1,375mts above sea level. The main attraction in Bhimtal is the Bhimtal Lake which has a small island at its centre. Bheemtal is an ancient place named after the legendary Bhima of Mahabharata when Bhima visited the place during the exile period of pandavas. Bhimtal is older than the town of Nainital and is considered as one of the best excursions of Nainital. Bhim Tal is well connected with Kathgodam and all Kumaon regions and Nepal. It is an unsolved mystery but this place might have been the part of the ancient silk route of China.

NaukuchiaTal: The name literally suggests Nine-Cornered Lake. It is situated 28kms from Nainital and 4kms from Bhimtal. The lake is around 1 km in length, 0.6 km in width and approximately 40m in depth. It is the deepest of the lakes in the greater Naintal area. According to myth, if one takes a glimpse of all nine corners at once, one can disappear in a cloud of smoke.

KhurpaTal: Khurpa Tal is an attractive lake situated around 11kms by road and 5km by hike from Nainital. Khurpa Tal is situated at an altitude of 1,635mts above sea level. It is popular with anglers and is surrounded by terraced fields, from which it presumably gets its name.

Almora: The district of Almora is a picturesque place located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Almora is famous for its magnificent beauty, panoramic view of the Himalayas, rich cultural heritage, exquisite wildlife, unique handicrafts and delicious cuisine. It is located at a height of 5,400ft above sea level and is spread across a 5-km ridge atop Kashaya Hill. It is known as the 'Switzerland of India' and the place has also been made famous by Swami Vivekananda who meditated in the region. It is situated 68kms from Nainital.

Ranikhet: Ranikhet is also the home for Kumaon regiment and Naga regiment of Indian Army. Ranikhet offers invigorating views of the snow capped peaks of the prodigious Himalayan range. Ranikhet literally means Queens Meadow or Queens's field. Ranikhet hosts a vast bio-diversity of flora and fauna. Ranikhet is situated 65kms from Nainital set at an altitude of 1,869mts above sea level.

Mukteshwar: It is situated at a distance of 52kms from the town of Nainital set at an elevation of 2,285mts above sea level. Mukteshwar got its name from a 350year old temple Mukteshwer Dham whose presiding deity is great Lord Shiva. The top of the mountain on which Mukteshwar Dham is stood offers stupendous views of Himalayan range. Mukteshwar was developed by the Britishers as research and education institute (IVRI) in 1893.

Kausani: It is one of the most popular hill stations of Kumaon perched at an elevation of 1890mts above sea level. Situated 118kms from Nainital this charming hill resort set amidst several snow- capped peaks is endowed with extraordinary natural beauteousness. Mahatma Gandhi and was absolutely fascinated by the scenic grandeur of Kausani while a visit in year 1929. Sumitra Nandan Pant, a renowned Hindi poet was born in Kausani.

Haldwani: Haldwani is situated in the Nainital district of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state at an average elevation of 425mts above sea level. Haldwani is situated in the foothills of Himalayas in the bhabhar region of the Indo-Gangetic plains. Haldwani is popularly known as the 'Gateway of kumaon' sharing its twin township with Kathgodam. Haldwani comes under Nainital district of Uttarakhand state with standing at an average elevation of 425mts above sea level. The hills of the Kumaon region commence from this picturesque spot and the temperature decreases as you climb. Since beginning Haldwani has been an important trading hub of Kumaon as it is well connected with Delhi, Haridwar, Lucknow and many other places of northern India. Transportation facilities from Haldwani to major destinations of Kumaon are well maintained and you can easily get taxis and buses to Nainital, Almora, Bhim Tal, pithoragarh, champawat and many other places.

Jim Corbett National Park: It is situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand state and is also India's oldest national park being established in 1936. The park was named after hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett. Corbett National park is situated 68kms from Nainital. The park contains 488 different species of plants and wide variety of wild life including elephant, tiger, chital, Sambar Deer, nilgai, gharial, King Cobra, muntjac, wild boar, hedgehog, common musk shrew, flying fox, Indian Pangolin, and around 600 species of birds. Jim Corbett National Park covers an area of 521 square kilometers.

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