The first thing that comes to our mind when someone says Nainital, is its Lakes! And did you know the Hill station takes its name from Lake Naini, which is one of the famous lakes in Nainital? It is no surprise that the lakes in Nainital make for a popular tourist attraction! If you are looking forward to spending a quiet time and just lazing around, Nainital is the perfect place to head to. There are quite a lot of tourist attractions in Nainital but what gets the most attention is the lakes that offer a stunning sunset view. Head to Nainital on a solo trip or your honeymoon or with your family. You can either go boating on one of the lakes in Nainital to catch the sunset or just go for a long stroll. Naini, Sattal, Sariyatal, Bhimtal are some of the famous lakes in Nainital that you must definitely visit. Check out the waterfall near some of these lakes to enjoy the natural beauty of the hill station or go trekking early in the morning.
Nainital derives its name from Lake Naini, which is surrounded by seven mountains. The beautiful, stagnant lake is in the heart of the city and is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful lakes in Nainital. Go boating and catch the magnificent sunset here. It will make for the perfect Instagram moment! Either opt for row boating or paddle boating, depending on your preferences. Choose to sit by the lake and soak in the sunset if you are sceptical of going boating at all. The cool breeze around the lake makes it the ideal place to talk a long walk in the evening. Make sure you plan your trip in the right season, so you are not disturbed by the hustle and bustle of tourists.
Sattal literally translates to 'seven lakes' since it does connect seven freshwater lakes. Since it is located in a forest area, it is also a great place for birdwatching in Nainital. You will find different species of birds migrating to and from Nainital throughout the year here. It is also a popular destination for fishing. However, you will need to get a permit for the same. If the sunset by Sattal Lake took your breath away, we recommend signing up for a camping trip too.
Bhimtal lake is located near the Bhimtal village, which is about 20 km from Nainital. Surrounded by green trees, the colour of the trees reflects on the water, making it picture perfect! Since it is not as crowded as the other lakes in Nainital, boating here is pleasant, and you can soak in the views of the sunset peacefully. If you are a water baby, you will get lost in the sounds of the water as you row the boat and feel relaxed.
Khurpatal might not be one of the famous lakes in Nainital, but it is definitely one that's worth visiting. Located in the deodar, cedar and pine forests, the Khurpatal lake is an absolute beauty. It's also a great place to go trekking. You can trek all the way up, and the breathtaking sunset will take all your tiredness away with its beauty.
Sariyatal or Saritatal lake is located in the heart of the city, against the backdrop of the Himalayan ranges. It's one of the most popular lakes in Nainital and is usually buzzing with tourists. The Himalayan Botanical Garden is also close by and boasts of a plant library, a fermery, butterfly park and a herbarium. While the entry to the lake is free, you will have to pay a minimal entry fee if you are clubbing your visit with that of the botanical garden. Since it is a popular tourist spot, there are quite a few options for you to binge on while you take a break. Try the local fast food joints and order yourself a cuppa tea as you watch the beautiful sunset.
Naukuchiatal is another small lake ahead of Nainital. The best part about it is that it sees lesser tourists and since the lake is quite big, you can go boating for a longer time. The lake is surrounded by mountains on all sides and offers you a different view from different places within the lake. You can also book a boathouse for yourself instead of a regular hotel if you are planning to visit the lake. In addition to boating, tourists also sign up for paragliding here. Well, there are two ways to catch the sunset from this lake, you can try it from the lake or the sky.
As the name suggests, the Kamaltal lake is popular for being home to myriad lotuses. It is right opposite Naukuchiatal and is one of the prettiest lakes in Nainital that you cannot miss. Of course, you will have to plan your trip at the right season to see the lotuses bloom. You'll also find colourful fish in the lake here. Catching the sunset combined with a view of the lotuses is priceless!