Naina Peak, Nainital

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Viewpoint, photo point, sightseeing and hiking.
  • Entrance Fees:
  • Visiting Time: Open for 24 hours. Advisable to visit from 8 AM to 7 PM.
  • Duration of Visit: 1 to 2 hours.

Nainital, the jewel of Kumaon is a very popular hill station not just among the north Indians but across the whole subcontinent as well as among the foreign tourists. Nainital is also sometimes called the Lake district of India as the hill station has been adorned with some of the major lakes of India notably Naini Lake, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal Tal etc. Another major attraction which is frequently flocked by tourists is the Naina Peak. The following article is a comprehensive guide for the same.

Naina Peak
Photo by Anirudh Singh, CC BY 2.0

Traveller Tips

  • Don’t forget to take your camera or handycam with you as the place offers a view point for some captivating scenery of the Kumaon hills around Nainital.
  • It is not prohibited to shoot video or do some still photography at the place.
  • The viewpoint alone is a little bit difficult to access or get to. We’ll advise you to wear some comfortable footwear as the walk alone can turn out to be hectic.
  • But the rugged terrain has its own dividends to offer in the form of breath-taking views of Nainital.
  • Always keep a water bottle with you in case of dehydration.
  • We’ll advice you to keep a good pair of binoculars with you for having a better view of the hills.
  • It is advisable to do the trek during daytime.

Things to Do

  • Roam around the place, breath in that fresh cold mountain area and get on a refreshing hike to the Naina Peak.
  • The place offers some splendid panoramic views of this beautiful hill station.
  • The views are even better during the night, when the sleepy mountains of Nainital are illuminated by lights.
  • Indulge in a photography session as the place offers some of the best views of the snow-clad peaks of Himalayas.
  • The place is renowned among the tourists for its romantic sunset and sunrise.

Availability of Guides

There is no need to hire a guide or to avail their services. The place is pretty much self-explanatory.

Best Time to Visit

Nainital being a hill station sits at an elevation of 2084 metres above sea level. So, it is advisable to visit the hill station during the summer months. Especially between the months of March and June, during which the weather is quite pleasant. The temperature varies from 10 degrees to 27 degrees of Celsius which is quite comfortable for sightseeing.

Naini Lake
Naina Lake, Photo by rohit gowaikar, CC BY 2.0

How to Reach

Naina Peak is a 17 kilometres away from the Tallital Bus Stand of Nainital. It is a bit far from the Kathgodam Railway station and is 40 kilometres away. If you have flied in, then we would suggest you to take the route which goes via NH 109 as the Naina Peak is then about 75 kilometres away from the Pantnagar Airport. Other modes of transport such as private taxis and travellers are also available.

Interesting Facts

  • Naina Peak is also known by the name of China Peak.
  • Locals call it Cheena Peak
  • The peak is the highest point of Nainital.
  • Its elevation is 2619 metres or 8593 feet from sea level.

Nearby Attractions

  • Naini Devi Temple
  • Nainital Boat Club
  • Gurudwara Shri Singh Sabha
  • Cave Garden
  • Tiffin Top
  • Snow View Point
  • Nainital Zoo
  • Mukteshwar Temple
  • Kainchi Dam
  • Bhimtal
  • Naukchiyatal
  • Camel’s Back
  • Cheena Peak
  • Sukha Tal

Nearby Restaurants

  • Sakley’s Restaurant
  • Sakley’s Pastry Shop
  • Honey Hut
  • Zooby’s Kitchen
  • Giannis Pure Veg
  • Nanak Restaurant
  • Machan Restaurant
  • Café Chica
  • Café de Mall
  • The Lazy Leopard

A primary tourist spot which always finds its place on every traveller’s bucket list who comes to visit the beautiful hill station of Nainital. This cute little hill station is adorned with a myriad of tourist spots and must visit places. Naina Peak is one of the main attractions of this stunning hill station and offers splendid views of the majestic Himalayas and snow clad Shivalik Ranges. The mountain is rich in flora and fauna too and is adorned with rhododendrons, deodars and scores of cypress trees. The hike to the viewpoint is a rejuvenating one and the view just acts as a cherry on top.

About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

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