Nainital is a hill-station situated in the state of Uttarakhand. The town features a combination of different ecosystems: a lake, a valley, and a mountainous area. The mango shaped lake situated in Nainital is surrounded by mountains in the north, south, and west directions. This hill station rests at an elevation level of 2,184m above the sea well. Therefore, some breathtaking views can be looked onto from the various mountain tops that lie in the vicinity of Nainital.
The climate in Nainital is pleasant all throughout the year. The maximum recorded temperature in Nainital is 7 degree Celsius whereas the minimum recorded temperature is 0 degree Celsius. A lot of tourists visit Nainital year after year in hopes of enjoying the tranquil experiences associated with this hill-station. Adventurers won’t be disappointed during their Nainital either because there are plenty of thrilling activities for tourists to engage in.
Now, let’s talk about which time of the year tourists should prefer to visit this hill-station. For that purpose, here is an analysis of all the seasons in Nainital:
March – June
This time period typically marks the summer season in Nainital. The temperature during this time varies from pleasant to moderate. More precisely, it goes as high as 27 degree Celsius and as low as 0 degree Celsius. All the go-to spots in Nainital can be easily visited during this season.
Furthermore, the view of the Himalayas is completely unobstructed during this time of the year. The moderately cool winds make traveling around the hill-station a pleasant task. Physically demanding adventures will be well-suited to this climate. If you want to witness the landscape of snow-clad mountains, reaching the top of Nanda peak might not be a great idea.
However, the Summer Season is a great time to visit the Lake Naukuchital. This lake in Nainital is another serene locale in the hill-station. It is believed that a person who is able to have a view of all the 9 corners of the lake at once will be bestowed with ‘Nirvana’. However, the same is impossible on foot. Therefore, the implication is that one has to look at the lake from a bird’s view in order to accomplish the above-mentioned objective.
More precisely, you’ll need to fly above the lake to give a shot at attaining Nirvana. Mythological significance aside, the scenic beauty associated with Nauluchiatal is mesmerizing on its own. You can enjoy a very peaceful time during your visit to this serene place in Nainital.
Furthermore, the lake is well connected to a railway station. The railway station that lies in the vicinity of Naukuchiatal is 26km away from the lake. The Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun is located at a distance of 276 km from the lake.
July – September
The monsoon season in Nainital isn’t as intense as some of the other hill-stations in India. Therefore, it is possible for tourists to visit Nainital during this time period. In fact, the overall beauty of Nainital is further enhanced during the Monsoons.
A visit to Hanuman Garhi will be satisfying during these months. This temple in Nainital houses a beautiful idol of Lord Hanuman. Pilgrims visit this site in order to get some blessings on top of a sense of serenity. The view of the sunset experienced from the Hanuman Garhi is quite enticing. The different hues in the sky visible during the sunrise also look quite impressive.
Monsoons can also be a great time for shopping in the Tibetan market. After all, a visit to a hill-station is incomplete without visiting the famous market associated with the place. The Tibetan Market is the famous shopping spot in Nainital.
Women can find a ton of goods at a bargain. Even men can grab a good-looking t-shirt or two. If not for any other purpose, the goods purchased from the Tibetan Market can at least be used as souvenirs. If you visit Nainital during the month of September, make sure that you don’t miss the Nanda Devi Fair.
October – February
These months mark the winter season in Nainital. The lowest recorded temperature in this town during winters is 0 degree Celsius. The weather is quite cold during these months. However, the snow view point looks great during the winters. In fact, one of the most famous views that Nainital is known for is that of snow-clad mountains.
Therefore, the Snow View Point is a location well-known by tourists. The point is merely 3 km away from the main town and isn’t tough to reach either. You can transport yourself to the Snow View Point via a ropeway or a cable car. The mesmerizing view of mountains covered in snow makes for some amazing opportunities for photographers. The panoramic view of the town below the Snow View Point is yet another sight to behold.
Another place that tourists will enjoy visiting during the winter season in Nainital is atop the Naina Peak. The Naina Peak sits at an altitude of 2,611 m above the sea level. The views surrounding this peak are absolutely gorgeous. Peace lovers can literally spend hours gazing at the sky once they reach the spot. The Naina Lake looks especially beautiful when viewed from the Naina Peak. Another breathtaking vista presents itself in the form of the snow-clad Himalayan mountain range visible from the peak.
These months also encompass the onset of the spring season i.e. Basant Panchmi. It is a festival celebrated quite enthusiastically in Nainital. It happens to fall around the end of January or the beginning of February. ‘Kale Kuva’ or ‘Uttarayan’, yet another famous festival in Nainital, is celebrated on 14th of January.
Well, given such pleasant climate throughout the year, Nainital can be visited any time you want. Nonetheless, most tourists make their trips in the summer season. Furthermore, you might also want to consider the dates of the various festivals in Nainital.