Alka The Lake Side Hotel
Alka The Lake Side Hotel "Best Hotel in Nainital" 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 November 2011 I have visited thrice to Nainital and each time I stayed at Hotel Alka. The major plus point is it's lobby in front of every room. In front of every room they have place tea chair table set which make it the best place to sit and relax, what more, this is in front of the Lake. So you can even enjoy watching people boating. Room Service is average and food taste is also average.Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple "Nice location and good rooms" 4 of 5 stars Reviewed 16 September 2011 This hotel has a major plus point of the location. the rooms are quite big enough and clean. Rooms are warm also. staff is friendly. car parking is not available and WI FI facilities are present Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends "Very Nice Hotel" 4 of 5 stars Reviewed 18 August 2011 We had a lovely time staying in The Alka Hotel,Nainital.The rooms are cozy and hotel is well presented. They also have large number of rooms.Added to the beauty is the fact that there is a water fall right behind the hotel.There are different types of rooms catering to the different types of tourists. "Very accessible and excellent view" 4 of 5 stars Reviewed 27 June 2011 Alka hotel provides and excellent view of Nainital lake and is very accessible. Ideal for family stay as you can easily get back to your hotel after the dinner walk even late in the evening. However, we feel that quality of food and room interiors can be improved. Though we could see some rennovation activities going around on some of the floors. which is a good thing. Happy staying in Alka Hotel.

Tourist Spots

Around Nainital

Naini Lake
The nucleus of Nainital's uncomparable beauty is it's beautiful lake. In the day, mirrored in its waters stand seven proud hills, dotted with pretty cottages and villas. More beautiful than this however is the lake at night when the myriads of bulbs from the hill sides and quite a large number hanging near the lake's edge stab their magic light into its waters.

St. John Church
The church of St. John was established in 1844 and is located on the north end of town (Mallital), about half a mile north-west of the Naina Devi temple. The church was so named by Daniel Wilson, the Bishop of Calcutta, who, after falling ill during a visit to Nainital in 1844 to lay the foundation of the church, was obliged to sleep in an unfinished house on the edge of the forest. A brass plaque on the altar is inscribed with names of the victims of the Landslip of 1880.

Raj Bhavan & Golf Course
Government House also known as Raj Bhavan and formerly, Government House was built in 1899 and designed in the Victorian Gothic domestic style by the architect F.W. Stevens. Originally built as the summer residence of the governor of the North West Province, it later became the summer residence for the Lieutenant Governor of the United Provinces. Presently, Raj Bhavan is the official guest house for the governor of Uttarakhand and for visiting state guests. The complex consists of a two-storied mansion with 113 rooms, a large garden, a swimming pool, and golf links. One have to take permission for visiting Raj Bhavan.

Naini Lake The Flats Raj Bhavan
Cheena Peak
The highest peak in the region, 5km from Nainital, is about 2.5 hrs. Walk from the top (2610m ) there are stunning views of the Himalayan peaks & Nainital town. One can either trek or go on horse back.

Dorothy Seat/ Tiffin Top / Land End

A 4 km. walk 1.5 hrs. to the west brings one to this point, which offer an excellent view of Nainital and surrounding. From here, a 45 min. picturesque trek leads one to Land's End (2100m) through a forest of oak, deodar and pine. This is a cliff, offering an excellent aerial view of khurpatal lake and terraced field. It is accessible by horse also.


This is a temple, 3kmSouth of Nainital, and offers a very picturesque view of the setting sun.
China Peak Dorothy Seat/ Tiffin top Hanumangarhi
High Altitude Zoo
Perched at an altitude of 2075m, 1.5km from the mall, the zoo is high altitude animals & birds.

Himalayan Darshan
On the way to Kilbury, this spot offer a magnificent view of Himalayan ranges.

Khurpa Tal
12 km from Nainital, this is a small lake, a paradise for anglers.

12 km from the Nainital, this is an idea place for a picnic. It is part of a forest reserve and is rich in flora and wildlife.

Naina Devi Temple
This is the temple from which this hill resort derives it's name, and is situated at Mallital, on the lake side.

Snow View
There is a ropeway from Mallital end to this peak (2270m), a popular vantage point offering a panoramic view of Himalayan rangem.

Aerial Ropeway
It is one of the main attractions of Nainital. This ropeway connects Snow-View Point (at 2270 Mts.) with Nainital near flats. Aerial ropeway starts at Mallital , and takes approx. 151.7 seconds to cover one way journey by trolley.
Nainital Zoo Himalayan Darshan Naina Devi Temple
Khurpa Tal Saria Tal Aerial Ropeway to Snow View


Bhimtal is one of the largest lake around Nainital named after Bhima of Mahabharata. The beauty of Bhimtal is enhanced by a small Island surrounded by crystal blue water that can be approached only by boat and at present it has an Aquarium there. A gaggle of ducks has made the lake their home and give company to the lake visitor. There is a large Victorian dam at one end of the Bhimtal lake and terraced flower gardens can be found on either side.

Naukuchia Tal
Naukuchiatal is also famous for a local belief as per which you can attain Nirvana if you see all nine corners of Naukuchiatal Lake from a Single Point.
Naukuchiatal is a must-visit for those who love getting lost in the serenity of nature. The captivating surroundings and varied biodiversity that can be seen in the area within 10 km radius of Naukuchiatal gives it the perception of virtual heaven. It is the place where you can enjoy compilations of colorful butterflies and the beautiful variety of Himalayan birds.

A pretty deep clean lake with its nine corner is a captivating site. Length of lake is 983 mts. breadth is 693 mts & depth 40.3 mts. It is within an enchanting valley offering an opportunity of angling and bird watching. There is ample scope for rowing, paddling or yachting.

Sat Tal
Sattal is a unique, unforgettable spot having cluster of lakes placed amidst the oak forest. It is comparable to Westmoreland of England. As one approaches toward Sattal first lake is old Nal Damyanti Lake. On moving ahead there is the ashram of Stanley Johns an American Missionary. Next lake is Panna or Garude lake. As we move down there is a cluster of three lakes, these lakes are Ram, Laxman and Sita lake.

Kainchi Dham
This place has achieved recognition owing to the ashram of the famous Neem Karoli Maharaj.

Tea Gardens

Tea gardens at Shyamkhet are famous for its organic Uttrakhand tea exported worldwide. It is a beautiful serene place to visit a box of Uttrakhand tea is a must buy.

Ghorakhal temple

Ghorakhal temple famous for the temple of Lord Golu worshipped by hill people.

Bhimtal Naukuchia Tal Sat Tal
66km from the Nainital, at an altitude of 1650m, this is one of the oldest towns of kumaon and was once upon a time the capital of the Chand dynasty.


At an altitude of 2420m, Binsar is 93 km from Nainital and takes about car. The main attraction is a majestic view of the Himalayan, in a calm and serene atmosphere.

Corbett National Park
One of the finest tiger habitats in India, nestled in the foothill of the Himalayan spread over an area of, the park is named after the famous Jim Corbett. It is 115 km from Nainital and takes about 2hrs to drive by car.

Situated at an altitude of 1890m,this place offers an excellent view of sun rise and the Himalayans ranges. It is 120km from Nainital and takes about 4hrs to drives by car.


52 km from Nainital, Mukteshwar (2286m) set atop a high ridge, is a beautiful Himalayan resort. Surrounded by fruit orchards and thick coniferous forest, it provides a majestic view of the Himalayan range. It is about one and half hours drive from Nainital.

At an altitude of 1839m and 61 km from Nainital, Ranikhet offers an excellent Himalayan views, along with fruits orchards and golf links.

Situated at an altitude of 1789 mts. on Bhowali-Mukteshwar road Ramgarh is known for a variety of Himalayan fruits and spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges. The famous poets Rabindranath Tagore and Mahadevi Verma have praised the serenity of this place. The poems 'Geetanjali' and 'Sandhya Geet' were composed here. Ramgarh also houses a fruit processing factory run by the Government.

Binsar Corbett National Park Kausani
Mukteshwar Ranikhet Ramgarh
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