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Khurpatal Lake - Peaceful Getaway

The emerald blue-green lake of Khurpatal is cradled in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It is encircled by the lofty pine and old cedar trees offering a gorgeous vista of the mountains. 

Khurpatal, being tucked away at an astonishing height of 1,635 meters above sea level, this beautiful piece of nature is just 12 km away from Nainital and can be easily approachable.

Get Khurpatal travel guide, travel tips & places to see in Khurpatal.

Why Visit Khurpatal instead of Nainital?

  • One of the best scenic locations in Nainital with peaceful environment
  • Khurpatal was British officer's most preferred vacation site and also has an old gun foundry nearby.
  • Only 10 kms from Nainital and one can easily reach from Khurpatal to Nainital in 15 minutes.
  • The Height of Khurpatal is 5600 feet from sea level which provides moderate temperature even during summers. 
  • Best for leisure holiday away from the overcrowded Nainital during peak season.

Activities in Khurpatal

There are plenty of sightseeing and places of interest in and around Khurpatal. Tourists can visit nearby places like Nainital, Bhimtal, Kilbury, Pangot, Ranikhet and Mukhtehswar to name a few. One can also visit the popular high-altitude zoo at Nainital along with other places of interest. Naini Devi temple is another famous temple which is visited by large number of devotees to seek blessings.

Fishing: Khurpatal is famous among tourists not only for its pristine beauty but also for being a favorite destination for fishing and angling. It is called angler’s paradise as it has a good harvest of fishes. 

Boating: Tourists can also do boating on the Khurpatal along with their family and friends. Boating is one of the most popular activities that tourists partake at Khurpatal. 

Nature Walk: Surrounded by lush greenery, Khurpatal makes an excellent choice to hit some nature trails that take one through the pine and oak forests where one can come close to nature.

Khurpatal Travel Tips

  • Khurpatal is situated only 10 kms (15-minute drive) from Nainital and can be visited as an excursion from Nainital. 
  • One of the greatest things about Khurpatal is that it can be visited at any time of the year.
  • During the peak season when Nainital gets too crowded, one can stay at Khurpatal as an alternative destination as it is more peaceful and calm.

Staying in Khurpatal

There are very few luxury hotels and resorts at Khurpatal. One can find budget accommodation without hassles, though. Alternatively, tourists usually stay at Nainital (11 km away) and visit Khurpatal on a day trip. Since Khurpatal is a popular tourist destination of Uttarakhand the hotels offer good services at affordable prices. 

Khurpatal Food Guide

There are few roadside local restaurants and dhabas at Khurpatal that serve north Indian meals, snacks and sweets. Alternatively, tourists staying at resorts and hotels have in-house restaurants to serve them hot and delicious dishes at their convenience. One should also try the popular sweets like Bal Mithai and Singauri which is available at every confectionery.

Things to do in Khurpatal

Famously known as the anglers paradise, the freshwater of Khurpatal has a good harvest of fishes which is ideal for fishing, angling, and basking by the lake-side. Since the weather is pleasant throughout the year, one can enjoy trekking or go on nature trails to bond with nature. 

Best Time to Visit Khurpatal

Khurpatal can be visited all round the year. 

How to Reach Khurpatal

Enroute Kaladhungi road lies the placid river of Khurpatal. Being nestled in the lake city Nainital, the pristine Khurpatal Lake can be easily accessible. The nearest railway station is located at Kathgodam about 34 km from Nainital. About 65 km from Nainital you will find Pantnagar, the nearest airport to Nainital. 

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