A popular picnic spot in Nainital, Tiffin Top (also known as Dorothy's Seat) is located on Ayarpatta hill, offers a magnificent 360 degree view of the Nainital town and surrounding hills of kumaon region. Apart from a picnic spot amidst the calm and serene environment, Tiffin Top is a delight for photographers. It should be visited by those who enjoy the nature’s calling and love capturing the divine beauty of nature in photographic shots.
Tiffin Top is the name assigned after people used to have day lunch at top of hill on Dorothy's Seat. From Tiffin Top visitors can witness birds eye view of beautiful Nainital city and nearby Kumaon hills. As Tiffin Top is at 4 kms from Nainital town, many tourists also enjoy the easy hike to Tiffin Top or sometimes ride on the ponies, which easily available from Mall Road.
The panoramic and scenic view which is experienced through this place is worth a thousand other experiences. It is a nature’s lover delight and for everyone else who would want to explore the enrapturing sight of the beautiful hilly environment.
Some times adventure activities like rapelling and rock climbing are also conducted in Tiffin Top.
History of Dorothy's Seat
Dorothy's Seat or Tiffin Top was built by a British Army Officer Col J.P. Kellett, DSO MC, City of London Regiment in memory of her wife, an English artist, Dorothy Kellet after she died from septicaemia aboard a ship bound for England to be with her 4 children, Elizabeth, Joan, Barbara and Richard. She was buried at sea in The Red Sea in 1936.
Note: It is recommended to visit Tiffin Top during day light since then one can havea proper view of the grandeur beauty of the Kumaon. Tiffintop is a treat for both adults and children. However, adults are advised to accompany children while paying a visit to Tiffin Top.
Location of Tiffin Top
Tiffin Top is located in Nainital ( Ayarpatta region of Nainital). You can view its location on Google Map below.
How to Reach Tiffin Top
Tiffin Top is located at 4 km from Mall Road of Nainital city. One can reach Tiffin Top by trek or on Pony from Nainital bus stand. Nearest railway station is at Kathgodam railway station (39 kms) and airport at Pantnagar airport (59 kms) or Delhi IGI airport.
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