Hill Town Nainital - the Perfect Getaway for Christmas and New Year

Nainital is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the state of Uttarakhand. It is a cool place in the winters and one can enjoy this place in Christmas and new year time when there is a good rush of visitors to enjoy the nature at its best and also have fun and entertainment here.


Nainital, the famous hill town in Kumaon hills, in Uttarakhand state is a choicest and popular destination for tourists and throughout the year it is crowded with the visitors who come here to enjoy the serene and clean environment. The famous Naini lake, flush with water, around which Nainital town is developed is about a Km long and is the main attraction of the town and presents a picturesque and magnificent look to the tourists. Boating in the Naini lake in a leisurely afternoon is one of the best activities, the visitors can choose from the available options there. It is the inherent beauty of this hill station that people visit here again and again.

It is an ideal destination in Christmas and New year time when a lot of activities are possible in this area. There are so many options to choose from - hiking, trekking, horse riding, boating, lazy walks in Mall road and shopping in the Mallital market.

About Nainital

For those who are not much aware of this place and are interested to visit in the coming Christmas and New Year time, it will be good to know briefly about this place and its origin.

The Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand came under British rule after the Anglo-Nepalese War during the years 1814–16. The origin of Nainital can be traced back to 1841, when P. Barron, a Britisher and sugar trader from Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh (then known as United Provinces) while trekking in the Himalayan hills liked this place much and started construction of the first European house (Pilgrim Lodge). Soon many settlements started to crop up mainly in the Northern and Western sides of the Naini lake stretching to the lands towards the rising hills. The Southern side known as Ayarpatha being in limited sunlight zone was selected for construction activities only at a later course of time. There was a rapid construction of churches, lodges and cottages in Nainital and soon it became a favourite health resort of British soldiers and Colonial officials and their families in the pre-independence era.

Nainital is situated at an altitude of 2084 m above sea level. The town is the headquarter of Nainital district and is developed around the mango shaped Naini lake. The circumference of the lake is about 3 km and it is surrounded by mountains in its North, West and South sides but opened to the valleys below in its East side. The highest peak is Naina Peak (Earlier known as China Peak) having an elevation of 2615 m. Spectacular views of surrounding landscapes are seen from the Naina Peak and it is one of the famous tourist points for sightseeing. One has to go there either on feet or by horse riding.

The western lakeside settlements in Nainital are known as Mallital while the Eastern side as Tallital and the Mall road along one side of the lake joins them. They are also joined by another road known as Thandi road along the other side of the lake and has this name because of the limited sunlight available in that area making it coolest in the town. Most of the people come from Mallital to Tallital through the Mall road only through the walkers prefer the less crowded Thandi road.

Due to its elevation and subtropical highland climate, it is cool even in summer months (May to July) and even in July which is the hottest month as per annual temperatures here, the temperatures go up to hardly 16 to 24 degree centigrade. January is the coolest month having temperatures in the range of 2 to 11 degree centigrade.

As per 2011 census, Nainital had a population of only 41,377. It has an average literacy rate of 92.93%, much higher than the Uttarakhand state average of 78.82%.

Accommodation in Nainital

As this place is always crowded with visitors and tourists, it is advisable to book a hotel in advance. There are all sorts of hotels ranging from budget to luxury and there is no problem on that account. Sometimes if a good hotel is not available as per one's choice then there are options to go for hotels in the nearby places like Bhimtal, Bhawali, Jeolikot etc which are within an hours drive from Nainital and one can make a base there itself and then one can plan to visit the different nearby places from there.

Activities during Christmas and New year time in Nainital

Nainital is an ideal destination to enjoy during Christmas and New year as the town is crowded by the tourists and nature lovers to start their new year in the serene environment and enjoy the place and its magnificent surroundings. There are all sorts of hotels in Nainital where people can opt to go for their new year parties with a choice of food and other fun activities to enjoy. Due to the winter season, one has to take woolens and other protective clothes like the shawl, cap and muffler etc to protect oneself from exposure to cold. Generally, in the month of January, snowfall takes place here but sometimes it can be there during the new year time and if it so then one can enjoy this also during one's visit.

Some of the activities one can choose during ones stay in Nainital is -

  • Boating in the Naini Lake - This is one of the most favourite activities the tourists undertake in this lake and is a highly amusing and entertaining activity. Boating in the lake amid towering hills surrounding it and the scenic beauties of the landscape is very soothing to the eyes. It is really mesmerising.
  • A Stroll on the Mall Road - A leisurely walk on the Mall Road connecting Mallital to Tallital is itself a very enthralling experience. This 1 km walk along the lake is very relaxing. In fact, for many local residents, it is a routine walk as part of their life. There are eating places and shops jotted alongside the Mall Road where tourists can explore the specific merchandise.
  • A Visit to Hanumangarhi Temple - This is the famous temple in Nainital and most of the tourist visit this place. It is about 2 km from the town. It is located in an open area and one can have a view of beautiful sunrise and sunset from here.
  • Excursion to Bhimtal - There is a place about 22 km from Nainital known as Bhimtal and there is a lake and it is a picnic place where many visitors come to enjoy during the daytime. This place is not as crowded as Nainital and those who love the peaceful and tranquil places must visit here for a day.
  • Kainchi Temple - This is a Temple complex cum Ashram (Neem Karoli Baba Ashram) famous for its blessings and a lot of visitors throng here daily.
  • Eco Cave Gardens - This is situated about 3 km from the town and has a set of six interconnected small rocky caves, hanging gardens and the musical fountain. In the evening time, the audio-video effects in the musical fountain create a spectacular view.
  • Governor's House - It is a Victorian Gothic design building based on the castle of Scotland and was built in the year 1899 by designer F.W. Steven. It has an associated golf course also. It is located on Ayarpatha hill in a very open and beautiful location.
  • Naina Peak - It is a hill peak on the western side about 3 km far and also known by the old name of China Peak. This is the highest peak in this area having an elevation of 2615 m. The only option to reach there is either by horse riding or trekking. From the peak, one can view the Tibet border and Naina Devi peak of the Himalayan range.
  • Tiffin Top (Dorothy's Seat) - It is located in Ayarpatta Hill in the Southern side of the town and is a very popular picnic place. From here, one can see a panoramic view of the Nainital district in the valley and plains side. For hobby photographers, it is a dream point. There are a large number of Cher, Oak, and Deodar trees here. On the top of the hill, a small place is constructed known as Dorothy's Seat which was, in fact, got made by a British army officer Col. J. P. Kellett in loving memory of his wife Dorothy. Many people take their food while sitting at that place and hence the name - Tiffin Top.
  • Land's End - Land's end is a tourist point about 4 km from the town where the hills meet the adjoining plains deep below. One can go to this point by horse riding or taxi. The place is dotted with little cottages and greenery. One can view mind-boggling landscapes here.
  • High Altitude Zoo - This is also known as Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo or Nainital Zoo and is located in Sher ka Danda, Tallital. It was established in 1984 and there are many endangered species of the animals here and it is a popular tourist spot.

In addition to above, there are other leisurely activities here like roaming and enjoying small eateries/ cafes in the Mallital market or indulge in shopping in Tibetan Market for woollen goods or taking a peaceful walk through the Thandi Road which connects Mallital to Tallital on the other side of the lake. In Mallital, just adjacent to the lake, there is a football ground and other open fields where a lot of activities, cultural shows, games and plays are organised time to time and the visitors enjoy them. This area is known as 'Flats' and there are fun and frolic activities going on there around the year.

How to reach?

Nainital is well connected with roads to all the nearby areas and the nearest Railway station is at Kathgodown (34 km) and nearest limited flights Airport at Pantnagar (68 km). The full-fledged Airport is in Delhi (332 km) only from where taxis and buses are regularly available. So reaching Nainital is easy from any part of the country.


Nainital is a very good place to make a visit during the Christmas and New Year time and to enjoy the place as well as its surroundings and enter the new year in this serene and clean environment.

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Author: Sanjeev Gupta23 Dec 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

Nainital is a famous tourist spot for the nature lovers. I like this place because it is nearby Delhi. Also, the road connecting both the cities is good. Nainital is known as the Queen of Taals(lakes) as there are plenty of lakes in the city.

Nainital zoo is where one can see a snow leopard and Himalayan black beer. There are many activities one can do in Nainital like boating, trekking, ropeway, picnic spots.

It's very tough to get accommodation during the peak season so it's better to book the lodge or hotel in advance to avoid the situation.

Author: Neeru Bhatt25 Dec 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 4

Nainital is one of the best tourist places in Uttarakhand state. It was developed by the Britishers in a very methodical way.

I remember when I visited there first time to attend a function in some relatives house, I was simply stunned by its beauty and ambiance.

The town is developed around the lake and there are many nullahs and gutter lines connecting the high points of the surrounding hills to the lake. That was a mastermind work by the Britishers to contain the soil erosion and reducing the incoming silt to the lake.

In hills, the landslide is a major source of disasters and if we can control that then it helps in having a secure habitat for the residents and travelers there.

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