Top ChoiceLake in Nainital

Naini Lake

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.