Top things to do in Nainital

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. Boaters will row you …
Historic Building in Nainital

Raj Bhavan

About 3km south of Tallital, Raj Bhavan is the official residence of the Governor of Uttarakhand. Resembling Windsor Castle, it’s a prime example of British Raj architecture, with its 113-room mansion set among gard…
Multicuisine in Nainital

Sakley's Restaurant

Going since 1944, this spotless cafe/bakery near the cable car serves up a range of unusual global items such as spicy Sriracha wings, Thai curries, roast lamb and steaks. The house-made cakes and pastries are great…
Indian in Nainital


With a wood-lined chalet interior and snappily dressed staff, Embassy has been serving up five pages of menu items since 1964. There's a good terrace for people-watching and tucking into anything from tandoori dishe…
Bar in Nainital

Snowview Heritage Hotel

One of the few places in town for a drink is at the bar of this government-run hotel that was formerly the British governor's house. It's bit of a hike up here, however – so it's a good excuse to take the ropeway.
Mosque in Nainital

Jama Masjid

Standing majestically near the northern shore of Naini Lake, Nainital's ornate mosque was built in the late 19th century by the British for Muslim soldiers serving in the military.
Tibetan in Nainital

Sonam Chowmein Corner

In the covered alley of the Tibetan Market, this hole-in-the-wall kitchen whips up fabulous momos (dumplings) and chow mein for the best cheap eats in town.
Viewpoint in Nainital

Snow View

A cable car runs up to popular Snow View at 2270m, which (on clear days) has panoramic Himalayan views, including of Nanda Devi. The ticket office is at the bottom. A highlight of the trip to Snow View is hiking to …
Bar in Nainital

Nainital Boat Club

This club is a classic remnant of the Raj era. Temporary membership is outrageously overpriced, but drinks are relatively cheap and its atmospheric bar – with timber beams, buttoned-up barmen with handlebar moustach…
Church in Nainital

St John's Wilderness Church

Set in a peaceful grove above town, this church (c 1852) is one of the oldest buildings in Nainital, and exudes the atmosphere of another era.