5 Alluring Lakes In Nainital That You Need To Visit ASAP

Written By: Mehrosh Shamim

Nestled amidst dense forest, Nainital is home to some of India's most beautiful lakes. These glistening sources of water, encircled by verdant woods and soaring peaks, have long captivated the imaginations of tourists and nature enthusiasts. Nainital's lakes have something to offer everyone, whether you're searching for a serene getaway or an adrenaline-pumping adventure. Let's take a closer look at the most beautiful lakes in Nainital:

1. Naini Lake 

Surrounded by seven hills, Nainital Lake is a favourite spot among romantic travellers around the world. The lake has a crescent form, and Naina Devi Temple is located at one end. It offers various opportunities for yachting, kayaking, boating and paddling making it one of the most famous lakes in Nainital.

Legends: At Naini Lake, Lord Shiva is said to have performed his tandava. This caused apocalyptic destruction on Earth, and the Gods feared the end of the world.

  • Best Time To Visit: All around the year except monsoon

  • Boating Cost: INR 160 (half round), INR 210 (full round), INR 150 (paddle boat), INR 210 (Gondola ride)

  • Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

  • Location: Nainital Lake, Ayarpatta

  • Nearby Attractions: Nania Devi Temple (3.1 km), and Cave Garden (9.2 km)

2. Bhimtal Lake 

It is one of the best lakes in Nainital as it is less crowded and more peaceful. The lake has a "C" form and covers a surface area of 47 hectares. It has a little island in the middle of it, on which is a sizable aquarium. You can go boating, fishing, or enjoy a stroll along the riverbank.

Special Tip: Permission from the Deputy Commissioner is required for lake fishing.

  • Best Time To Visit: Mid-April to Mid-July & Mid-September to October

  • Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

  • Location: Bhimtal, Nainital, Uttarakhand

  • Nearby Attractions: Kainchi Dham (17.8 km), and Bhimeshwar Hindu Temple (1.9 km)

3. Sattal Lake 

Sattal refers to 'seven lakes' since it does connect seven freshwater lakes. It is also a fantastic location for birdwatching. During the year, various bird species can be seen here travelling to and from Nainital. It is also a well-liked spot for fishing. You will, however, need a permit for the same.

Recommended: No one should pass up the opportunity to watch the sunset over this lake. And if you're taken with the breathtaking sunsets, we recommend you sign up for camping as well.

  • Best Time To Visit: October to June

  • Timings: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM

  • Location: Nainital, Uttarakhand 

  • Nearby Attractions: Hanuman Garhi (23.5 km), Snow View (23.9 km)

4. Khurpatal Lake

The Khurpatal lake, which is surrounded by deodar, cedar, and pine forests, is stunning. It's a fantastic location for trekking as well. The lake is popular for many various water sports, including boating and fishing. It is one of the famous lakes in Nainital. 

  • Best Time To Visit: Any time of the year

  • Timings: Open 24 hours

  • Location: Khurpatal, Nainital, Uttarakhand

  • Nearby Attractions: Naina Peak West (13.2 km), and Jim Corbett National Park (11.6 km)

5. Naukuchiatal Lake 

Naukuchiatal is a "lake of nine corners," as its name suggests. It is one of the deepest lakes in Nainital, with a depth of approximately 40.3 m. It is well-known for padding, yachting, boating, and bird viewing. There are paragliding facilities at this lake as well. It is also renowned for hosting the "Escape Festival" in May.

  • Best Time To Visit: March to June & September to November 

  • Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Location: Nainital, Uttarakhand 

  • Nearby Attractions: Bhimtal Lake (7.5 km), and Garur Tal (14.7 km)

Some Other Lakes To Visit In Nainital 

  • Sariyatal (Location: Smanora Range, Uttarakhand)

  • Garur Tal (Location: Sattal, Bhimtal)

  • Kamal Tal (Location: Siloti Pant, Uttarakhand)

  • Harishtal (Location: Kallagar, Uttarakhand)

Lokhamtal (Location: Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand)

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. How many lakes are there in Nainital? 

A. There are seven lakes in and around Nainital: Bhimtal, Sattal, Naukuchiatal, Khurpatal, Malwatal, Harishtal, and Lokhamtal.

Q. Which is the biggest lake in Nainital?

A. Bhimtal is a lake in the town of Bhimtal, near Nainital, with a masonry dam built in 1883 that serves as a storage facility. It is the largest lake in the Nainital district, which is known as the "Lake district of India".

Q. Which lake in Nainital has the shape of a heart? 

A. Located only 5 km from Nainital, Sariyatal is a tiny yet charming lake. With its calming surroundings and dazzling blue waters, this almost heart-shaped lake is incredibly alluring.

Q. Which lake in Nainital is the greatest to visit? 

A. Naukuchiatal is one of the most well-liked lakes in Nainital among both locals and visitors due to its beautifully adorned banks. Couples on their honeymoon and families visit the lake because of its pristine and serene beauty.

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