Nainital is one of the most visited hill stations in Uttarakhand. The hilly retreat is visited both by Indians as well as foreigners alike as the place is one amongst those destinations which can be visited throughout the year. Nainital is easily accessible and offers plenty of options for one to stay, from budgeted ones to luxury ones.
One amongst the most well known places here is the Nainital Lake, which forms the lifeline of this hill station; along with it is also the Naina Lake. The Naina Peak offers views of the China Peak and the high altitude zoo is home to some of the most amazing animals to see.
Apart from these there are plenty of places to go around in Nainital; read on and find out about more places.
1. Land's End
If you are looking for a beautiful view from a mountain top, well then head straight to Land's End which probably is one of the best places to catch the view. The best part about this place is that one does not require to scale heights to reach the place which is rightly named as Land's End.
The overhead view of the mountain is simply breathtaking and gives you a bird's eye view of the villages and pine forests which surround the place and takes you closer to Mother Nature.
2. Khurpatal Lake
As the region of Nainital is well known for its lakes and water bodies, Khurpatal Lake is one such body which has an important role in irrigating the town. The lake is surrounded by hills and tall trees which further add on to the beauty of the emerald hued lake. One can spot a lot of fishes here, as the lake is home to a large species of fishes.
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3. Kilbury Bird Sanctuary
The Kilbury bird sanctuary is paradise for anyone who loves to watch birds. Most of the visitors here are frequent visitors who come to take their time out from the hustle and bustle of their hectic lives. The sanctuary is placed in the midst of a reserve forest and is home to more than 580 different species of birds. Some of the most well known birds are brown wood owls, white throated laughing thrushes, forktails and many more.
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One of the most gorgeous lakes in the city, which equally attracts the localites as well as the toursits who come here, is famous for the peaceful ambience which it provides. The lake is located close to the Himalayan Botanical Garden which is home to a large variety of flowers and a wonderful place to understand the botany of plants.
5. Astronomical Observatory
Named as the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, it is a place where astronomical studies take place in the country. Built in the year 1955, to throw more light on this field, the institute was founded and funded by the Department of Science and Technology.
If you are interested in the domain of astrophysics and its close relatives, well then this is a must visit place for you.
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6. Snow View Point
Snow View Point is one of the most visited spots in Nainital which offers a brilliant view of the Nainital Lake. As you take a ride in the cable car, you can get a bird's eye view of the entire city which is absolutely stunning. One can also find a signage which says the highest mountain in the British empire.
7. Naina Peak
Want a beautiful view of the snow capped Himalayas from Nainital? If so, head straight to Naina Peak. To reach the peak one must pass through the pleasant forests which comprise of deodar, cypress and rhododendron trees.
The Naina Peak is the highest peak in the region which also provides a brilliant view of the entire region along with the Himalayas and the Kumaon hills. The atmosphere here is very calm and peaceful, which makes it even better.
8. High Altitude Zoo
The High Altitude Zoo is a place every animal lover must visit. The zoo is home to some of the most endangered as well as reserved animals which are unique to this place. The zoo was opened in the year 1995 and receives around 1,25,000 annual visitors.
Some of the animals here include the royal Bengal tiger, Tibetan wolf, sambar, leopard cat and Himalayan bear. The zoo was also home to India's only Siberian tiger, which died in the year 2011.
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