Nainital, the lake district of Uttarakhand is an extremely beautiful hill station. It is famous for its mesmerizing views and the famous Naini Lake. It is the perfect destination for a getaway from the hustling lifestyle of cities. The town is situated all around the beautiful Naini Lake and has emerged to be popular for adventure junkies offering the best trekking tours.
Here are some popular trekking trails around the hilly terrain of Nainital.
1. Trek to Naina/Cheena Peak
Naina Peak is situated at an altitude of 2,615 m (8,579 ft). This peak is also called China Peak and Cheena Peak by locals in Nainital. The highest peak of Nainital provides a challenge to the most avid trekkers.
Situated about 6 km (4 miles) from Mallital. Naina Peak is known for its splendid Bird’s eye view of the town. The duration of the Naina Peak trek is 6-7 hours and is moderate in nature.
One goes through Himalayan temperate forests to the grasslands. The trail is full of woodpeckers, pheasants, thrushes, warblers etc.
Wear comfortable shoes, carry sufficient water, wear full clothes, and carry candies, and dry fruits.
2. Trek to Tiffin’s Top
Tiffin Top (also known as Dorothy’s Seat) offers a magnificent 360-degree view of Nainital and the surrounding hills of the Kumaon region. It is the second-highest peak in the town after Cheena peak.
Apart from a picnic spot amidst the calm and serene environment, Tiffin Top is a delight for photographers. It should be visited by those who enjoy nature’s calling and love capturing the divine beauty of nature in photographic shoots. Tiffin top is a short trek of around 3 km from Nainital and gives an incredible perspective of the Himalayas and the town.
3. Trek to Pangot
Pangot has some easy walks through rich oak and rhododendron forests along with numerous perennial creeks and streams! One popular walk through the woods is from Pangot to Kilbury forest resthouse.
A long trail (15 km to and fro) leading up to the Naina peak at 8,563m offers a picture-perfect view of the snow-clad peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Nanda Ghunti, to name a few.
4. Trekking at Guano Hills, Nainital
The Guano hills in Nainital are the best place for bird watching. The hills are home to millions of birds belonging to various species. The chirping of the birds is constant in the air and gives a charming sensation to all the tourists. The variety of species of birds that the tourists can spot here is unbelievable.
And the time for trekking is generally limited between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day. In the month of monsoon or June, trekking is closed.
5. Trek to Snow View Point
Snow View Point (2270 MT) is about 3 km from the town. Snow View is one of the most visited tourist spots in the town.
It provides an enchanting view of the town and a 350 km long range of the Himalayas. To reach this point, cable cars are also available, but it would not be that much fun if you are a trek lover.