Top things to do

Top Choice Lake in Nainital

Naini Lake

This pretty lake is Nainital’s centrepiece and is said to be one of the emerald green eyes of Shiva’s wife, Sati (naina is Sanskrit for eye) that fell to earth after her act of self-immolation. Boatmen will row you …
Historic Building in Nainital

Raj Bhavan

About 3km south of Tallital, this is the official residence of the Governor of Uttarakhand. Styled on Buckingham Palace, it’s a prime example of British Raj architecture, set among gardens, lawns and forests. Tours …
Multicuisine in Nainital

Sakley’s Restaurant

A spotless restaurant found off the Mall, serving up a range of unusual global items such as Thai curries, honey chicken, roast lamb, pepper steaks, and plenty of Chinese dishes, pizzas and sizzlers. The cakes and p…
Viewpoint in Nainital

Snow View

A cable car runs up to the popular Snow View at 2270m, which (on clear days) has panoramic Himalayan views, including of Nanda Devi. The ticket office is at the bottom. At the top you’ll find the usual food, souveni…
Bar in Nainital

Nainital Boat Club

This club is a classic remnant of the Raj era. Temporary membership is ridiculously steep (men/women/couples ₹870/440/870), but the atmospheric bar – with timber beams, buttoned-up barmen with handlebar moustaches a…
Indian in Nainital

Embassy

With a wood-lined chalet interior and snappily dressed staff, Embassy has been serving up five pages of menu items for more than 40 years. For drinks try ‘dancing coffee’ or a rosewater lassi. There's a good terrace…
Fast Food in Nainital

Sonam Chowmein Corner

In the covered alley of the Tibetan Market, this authentic Tibetan dhaba whips up fabulous chow mein and momos (dumplings) for the best cheap eats in town.
Church in Nainital

St John's Church

Set in a peaceful grove above town, this church is one of the oldest buildings in Nainital, and exudes the atmosphere of another era.