Nainital FAQs

Nainital is famous as Hill Station, Honeymoon Destination, Weekend Getaway, Hot Destination, Editors Choice, Christmas and New Year, Leisure, Cities, Town, Ropeways, Shopping, Boating, Yachting, Featured, Kids & family spots , Romantic, with over 21 Places to See in Nainital. Nearest Airport from Nainital is Pantnagar, 72 kms and Nearest Railway Station is Kathgodam, 41 kms. There are over 99 Hotels in Nainital.

There are lot of questions while planning a journey. To ensure that your preparations run smoothly, we have the answers to the questions most frequently asked about travelling to and in Nainital. Nainital useful information for travellers with reliable local advice. Latest Nainital Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for your upcoming visit to Nainital. Get all the solutions to your query with eUttaranchal Travel Help Desk.


Is it safe to travel to Nainital?

Nainital is among the safest place to travel in Uttarakhand and tourists shouldn’t have any problems while travelling, even solo, to Nainital. One can easily find AC buses with sleeper which goes up till Nainital. So you basically get hassle free travel. Local people of Nainital are very humble and even make sure that all the tourists are safe. Lastly, common sense is always important to keep oneself out of troubles.

Is it possible to hire bikes on rent in Nainital?

Yes, bikes on rent are available within Nainital. Many bike rental companies are situated on the Mall Road. They have variety of motorcycles to offer. Please keep a valid driving license with you.

How far is Nainital from Mussoorie?

Nainital is at a distance of 308 kms from Mussoorie via National Highway 74. Please keep in mind that this route has tolls.

How many days are sufficient to explore Nainital? 

To explore Nainital and its nearby surroundings at a relaxed pace, one would need 3 days minimum as there are plenty of places in and around Nainital. Few of the must visit places are Tiffin Top, GB Pant high altitude zoo, Naini lake, Naina  peak etc. In addition to that, there are other lakes as well like Khurpatal, Bhimtal, Naukuchiyatal and Sattal in the vicinity.

When can one expect snowfall in Nainital?

Snowfall in Nainital usually commences in the last week of December up until the month of January.

While in Nainital, how I do visit Nainital zoo?

Nainital Zoo is situated at a distance of 1 km from Tallital bus station. One has to hire sharing jeep from Mall road to reach because private vehicles are not allowed. Zoo offers shuttle services as well.

What are the charges for boating in Nainital Lake?

The boating charges are fixed for Nainital Lake. It is INR 210/- for a boat of 4 people which would take a trip for about 30 minutes.

Wide shot of naini lake with tourists enjoying boating at Nainital, Uttrakhand.

What are the timings of boating in Nainital Lake?

In the peak season which is from March to June, the timings for boat ride are from 6AM to 6PM.

Is there an ATM facility in Nainital ?

Yes, there are number of ATM machines available in Nainital, many of which are located on the Mall road.

How much does boating and yachting costs in Nainital?

Boating is one of the prime attractions of Nainital. For the traditional paddle boat the cost for an hour ride is INR 150. For the rowing boat, the cost for an hour ride is INR 210 and for yachting the cost is INR 350.

What is special about Nainital Hill Station? What is famous in Nainital?

Nainital is particular known for the grandeur of Naini Lake. Apart from Boating, there are ample activities one can do in Nainital which include Hiking, Horse Riding, Cable Car Ride, visit to Temples, Eco Cave Garden, High Altitude Animal Zoo are a few to name. Nainital offers a variety of food from the traditional local cuisine to continental and Chinese. The Mall, Bada Bazaar and Tibettan Market are famous among tourists who love shopping. You can shop for souvenirs and locally produced organic products. Aromatic candles of Nanital are distinctly famous!

Travel (Trip Planning)

What is the best route via road from Delhi to Nainital?

The best and shortest route from Delhi to Nainital is via National Highway 24 which covers a total of 298 kms. Please keep in mind that this route has tolls. The route map is as follows:
 Delhi - Hapur – Moradabad – Rampur – Haldwani – Nainital.

Are there taxis available from Pantnagar airport to Nainital?

Taxis can be booked from various car rentals companies that provide pick and drop services from Pantnagar airport to Nainital.

How do I book a taxi for visiting local sightseeing in Nainital?

Taxis for visiting local sightseeing can be booked from various car rental companies in Nainital. In addition to that, many hotels also provide sightseeing options from on request.

Are there taxis available from Kathgodam to Nainital?

Yes, there are several car rental companies which operate from Kathgodam that provide taxis to Nainital

What is the bus fare from Kathgodam to Nainital?

Nainital is at a distance of 23.3 kms from Kathgodam. Various local and state-run buses offer daily services from Kathgodam to Nainital with minimum fare of 40 INR. Taxis on shared basis are also available.

What are the bus services available from Delhi to Nainital?

Since Nainital is a popular tourist destination, there are various bus services available from Delhi to Nainital. One can opt for semi-deluxe, deluxe and AC Volvo as per their needs. In addition to that, state-run buses also run from Delhi to Nainital on daily basis from Anand Vihar ISBT and Kashmere Gate ISBT.

What are the places one can plan for forward journey from Nainital?

There are many places which one can visit from Nainital moving forward. Ranikhet is another hill station at a distance of 56 kms; Mukteshwar is at a distance of 46 kms; Almora and Kausani are at a distance of 63kms and 115kms respectively.

Which is the nearest airport to Nainital?

Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Nainital, which is at a distance of 62 kms.

When is the best time to visit Nainital?

Nainital is a year-round destination, but the ideal time to visit is between the months of March to June as well as just before the winter chill sets in, during the months of October-November.

Which is the nearest railway station to Nainital?

Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Nainital which is at a distance of 23.5 kms.

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What are the places of interest in Nainital?

There are various places of interest in and around Nainital. Nainital Lake is one of the prime destinations. Apart from that, there is Naina Devi temple, GB  Pant zoo, Tiffin Top, Naina peak, Mall road, Eco cave gardens, Kilbury and Mukteshwar temple.

Distance Chart of major destinations from Nainital.

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How do I reach Nainital from Kathgodam/Haldwani?

Nainital is at a distance of 23.3 kms from Kathgodam and 30.7 kms from Haldwani, with Kathgodam lying en route to Nainital from Haldwani.  After disembarking at Kathgodam, one can opt for local or state-run buses to Nainital. Taxis are also available on personal and shared basis from Haldwani and Kathgodam.

How do I reach Mukteshwar from Nainital?

The picturesque Mukteshwar is at a distance of 50.5 kms from Nainital via Bhatelia – Dhanachuli – Bhimtal road. State-run buses provide daily services from Nainital to Mukteshwar. In addition to that, local buses and taxis are easily available from Nainital.

How can I reach Sattal and Naukuchiyatal from Nainital?

Sattal and Naukuchiyatal are at a distance of 22 kms and 25kms from Nainital respectively. One can easily opt for local buses and shared cabs to reach these places.

Hotels and Accommodations

Do hotels in Nainital have in-house bar facilities?

Yes, many luxury hotels in Nainital do have in-house bar for their guests. Hotel  Manu Maharani is a 5-star hotel that offers in-house bar facilities.

How is the Food and accommodation facility in Nainital?

As one of the popular tourist destination, Nainital has plethora of quality restaurants and cafes that serves variety of cuisines. Food and services of the hotels are excellent at reasonable prices. Accommodation in Nainital is not an issue as there are numerous hotels and guesthouses that have mushroomed in Nainital. We also categorized the hotels in two further categories, which are Budget Hotels in Nainital and Luxury Hotels in Nainital for the users; they can choose one best of them as per their convenience.

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