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5 DAY TRIP FROM DELHI | NAINITAL - RANIKHET - JIM CORBETT PARK

Hill Station | Wildlife

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This trip demands considerable trekking / walking

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Delhi City

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 5 Days

Ideal Start Time: 5 AM:9 AM:9 AM:9 AM:6 AM

Total Places Visited: 18

Day 1 Destinations | Day 2 Destinations
DAYS

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO NAINITAL & NAINITAL SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Delhi City to Nainital

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: Boating Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Boating Cost: Rs. 120 per boat for two people, Rs.150 per boat for four people (1 hour)

At a distance of 1.5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Nainital Lake is a natural freshwater lake, situated amidst the main town of Nainital. Nainital Lake is one of the prime places to visit in Nainital town. The lake is most commonly represented to promote Nainital Tourism.

According to the history, this lake was built in 1839 by P. Barron at an altitude of 2,000 m. This is one of the four lakes of Kumaon hills, the other three lakes are Sattal Lake, Bhimtal Lake and Naukuchiyatal Lake. Nainital Lake is lunar-shaped and has an outlet at the southeastern end. The lake covers a perimeter of 2 miles with a depth varies from 6 m to 28 m. Northern part of the lake is called as Mallital while southern part known as Tallital. Balia Nala is the main feeder-stream of the lake. Other than this, 26 major drains, including the three perennial ones, feed it. It is surrounded .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 9.30 PM
Entry Fee: Entry Free

At a distance of 2 km from Tallital Bus Stand, The Naina Devi Temple is situated on northern end of the Nainital Lake near the Nainital Boat House Club in Nainital.

The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Naina Devi represented by two eyes. According to the legend, Naina Devi Temple is the place where eyes from burned body of Goddess Sati fall when her corpse was being carried by Lord Shiva. The word Naina is synonymous with Sati's eyes. The temple is one the main places to visit in Nainital.

It is said that the current temple at Nainital actually replaces the original 15th century temple. In 1842, a devotee Moti Ram Shah installed an idol of Naina Devi. A major landside has destroyed the temple completely in 1880. Naina Devi temple was replaced by the present structure in 1883.

Inside the temple, devotees have darshan of three deities. On the extreme left is Mata Kali Devi, the center .....

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM, Closed on Saturdays
Entry Fee: Ropeway Ticket: Rs.150 for Adult, Rs.75 for Children for two-way

At a distance of 3 km from Tallital Bus Stand & 2 km from Nainital Lake, Snow View Point is one of the most beautiful places in Nainital and also among the most visited Nainital tourist places.

Situated at an altitude of 2,270 m, Snow view point offers excellent views of snowcapped mountains like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot. It also offers great views of Nainital Lake and the town. Snow view point is well connected by road but a ride in aerial ropeway from Mallital is the best way to reach this place.

In order to provide a perfect view to visitors, a pair of huge binoculars is installed at this spot. A small temple housing images of Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman with Durga and Shiva is located on the peak. The Tibetan monastery Gadhan Kunkyop Ling Gompa of the Gelukpa order situated near Snow view point is also a must visit spot. An early morning trek to this place gives some of the best .....

Shopping

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 10 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 1 km from Tallital Bus Station, Mall Road is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Nainital. It connects the North and South West corner of Nainital Lake known as Mallital and Tallital and runs parallel to Nainital Lake. Shopping in Mall Road is one of the top activities in Nainital.

The Mall Road was constructed during the British colonial rule. This is the main commercial area which runs through the heart of the Nainital town. The Mall road is now named as Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. The road has a number of Hotels, Banks, Showrooms, Department Stores, Shops, Restaurants and Cafes. It is a cluster of many small shops offering varied products.

Visitors can enjoy their leisurely evening stroll on the Mall Road, with a cool refreshing breeze blowing across the lake on to the road adding to the charm of the Mall. During summers, this road becomes crowded with locals and tourists enjoying the evening weather.

The entry of vehicles is restricted .....

Overnight Stay in Nainital

DAY 2 : NAINITAL SIGHTSEEING

Resume Nainital Sightseeing

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 8 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Himalayan Darshan is a viewpoint situated in Nainital. Located on the way to Kilbury, it is one of the popular vantage points in Nainital and among the top Nainital Tourist Places.

Nestled at an altitude of about 2000 m, Himalayan Darshan is also known as Himalayan Viewpoint and is a beautiful tourist spot in Nainital. This viewpoint offers some spectacular views of several prominent Himalayan peaks along with surrounding lush green hills and valleys below. It is a very good place to spend some time in solitude amid the Mother Nature.

Due to its close proximity to Nainital Town, one can visit this place by hiring a taxi, horseback or on foot.

Timings: 6 AM - 5 PM

Entry: Free

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 1.5 km from Eco Cave Garden and 5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Lover's Point is a vantage point situated near Bara Pathar in Nainital. It is one of the scenic viewpoints in Nainital and among the must include places in Nainital Tour Packages.

Lover's Point is famous for the scenic views it provides. The Lovers Point is genuinely romantic and extremely appreciated by couples in love. A small walk through the rocky road from the parking lot takes you to this point. The mesmerizing beauty of this place is liked and frequented by many tourists. One can avail horse from this point to upper points like Tiffin Top, Naina peak, etc. which are not accessible by vehicles.

Contiguous the cliff of Lovers Point there lies the Suicide Point, the awfulness of everything. Many people have jumped off from this point and committed suicide and that is how this point got such a controversial name. The view from the suicide point is no less exciting than the one from Lover's Point. .....

Park

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs.20 for Adults, Rs.10 for Children

At a distance of 3 km from Tallital Bus Stand, the Eco Cave Garden is actually a natural park situated in Nainital. Located along the Kaldungi Road in Mallital, it is one of the beautiful parks in Nainital and among the must include places of Himalaya Darshan Tour of Nainital.

Maintained by the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, Eco Cave Garden is a newly developed tourist spot in Nainital. This natural park is a collection of interconnected rocky caves and hanging gardens which offers the glimpse of Himalayan wildlife through different caves. It has a total of six caves namely Squirrel Cave, Bat Cave, Panther Cave, Ape Cave, Tiger Cave and Flying Fox Cave. The caves here are of different dimensions narrowing down further into the tunnels which give it a natural look.

It is the epitome of the wild jungle and hills of Nainital. Mainly suited for children, this place will be enjoyed by the whole family. Kids like these informative caves as all the caves are adventurous and filled with .....

Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 3 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry, Horse Ride: Rs.500 for person

At a distance of 5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Tiffin Top also known as Dorothy's Seat is located in Ayarpatta Hill of Nainital. This is the second highest peak in Nainital after China Peak.

Situated at an altitude of about 2,290 m, Tiffin Top is a famous vantage point in the scenic hill station of Nainital. It is one of the most famous among Nainital places to visit. It is also one of the best places for short trekking in Nainital. This place is named after Dorothy Kellet, an English Painter, who died in a plane crash. Tiffin Top is a stonework bench built in the memory of Dorothy Kellet by her husband J.P. Kellet. This was the place where she used to sit and paint the beautiful town and its surroundings. Later, it started becoming a famous picnic spot for the Rajas who ruled this place and hence was officially converted into a picnic spot and locally named Tiffin top which denotes packed food consumed during the day.

Tiffin Top is a very popular picnic spot and is sought .....

Wildlife

Duration of visit: 3 Hours
Timings: 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM. Closed on Mondays and national holidays
Entry Fee: Rs.50 for Adults, Rs.20 for Children, Rs.25 for Camera and Rs.200 for Video Camera

At a distance of 1.5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo is a high altitude zoo situated in Nainital. It is one of the popular Nainital tourist places and is one of the three High Altitude Zoo Parks in North India, apart from those in Darjeeling and Sikkim.

The Zoo was established in 1984 and is spread over an area of 11 acres. It is situated on the Sher Ka Danda hill at an altitude of 2,100 m (6,900 feet) and is the only zoo in Uttarakhand. The Zoo was opened to visitors on 1st June 1995 and is managed by Bharat Ratna Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo Management Society, Nainital from 1st March 2002.

The Zoo was established with the objective to conserve and protect the wildlife and biodiversity of the hill region of Uttarakhand. The zoo has several endangered species of animals in the Himalayas and animals like snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, Japanese Macaque, Sambar, .....

Overnight Stay in Nainital

DAY 3 : TRAVEL TO RANIKHET & RANIKHET SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Nainital to Ranikhet

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 5 AM - 12 PM & 4 PM - 9 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 500 m from Ranikhet Bus Stand, Mankameshwar Temple is a Hindu shrine situated next to Narsingh Maidan in Ranikhet town of Uttarakhand.

The Mankameshwar Temple was built in 1978 by the Kumaon Regimental Centre of the Indian army. This temple is dedicated to three main deities namely Goddess Kalika, Lord Shiva and the pair of Radha-Krishna. Mankameshwar Temple is surrounded by eternal beauty and hence it is one of the most picturesque spots in Ranikhet.

Mankameshwar temple is a popular temple for locals and remains busy with devotees throughout the year. People, especially the family members of military units in the Kumaon regiment frequently visit to worship in this shrine. The temple is particularly popular during the months of Sawan; unmarried girls keep fasts during this time and pray for a happy married life. The tourists can also visit the Gurudwara and a woolen garment factory, which is located near the temple.

Timings: 5 AM - 12 PM and 4 PM - .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM - 8 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 5 km from Ranikhet Bus Stand, the Jhula Devi Temple or Jhoola Devi Temple is an ancient temple built in the 8th century, situated near Chaubatia Gardens in Almora district of Uttarakhand. The present temple was constructed in 1935.

The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Durga and it is said that the temple was built to seek Goddess Durga's protection from the wild animals. According to legend, the dense jungle near the temple was once full of wild animals and leopards & tigers used to attack local villagers. The villagers prayed to Goddess Durga for protection, and one day Goddess Durga came in a shepherd's dream and advised him to excavate her idol.

The temple was built on the same spot from where the idol was obtained. Since then pilgrims come to make a wish to Goddess Jhula Devi and when their wish is fulfilled they come again to thank Jhula Devi Maa by offering a bell to the temple. The temple houses a cluster of holy bells tied to its walls that .....

Park

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 7 AM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 8 km from Ranikhet Bus Stand, Chaubatia Gardens is famous for its fruit gardens run by the Government Fruit Research Centre and is one of the most attractive locations of Ranikhet.

The name Chaubatia literally means the junction of 4 paths, inter-linking the cities of Ranikhet, Bhargaon, Pilkholi and Dehrti. During 1868, Lord Mayo, who was the British Viceroy then, liked this place and wanted the British cantonment to be set up here.

The Chaubatia Gardens are perched at an altitude of 1800 m and sprawls over 600 acres of land. It boasts of more than 200 exotic varieties of fruits and flowers. This place is renowned for the orchards of delicious apples, peaches, plums and apricots. A research laboratory is also situated within its premises.

Chaubatia with its serene environment and natural beauty is an excellent place for a picnic with the family. Along with this, the surroundings of this place provides panoramic views of the snow clad mountain peaks .....

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 9 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 per person

At a distance of 1.5 km from Ranikhet Bus Stand, the Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum and Memorial is situated near Somnath Ground. The Memorial was built in 1974, as a symbol of bravery and sacrifice made by soldiers of the place. The young soldiers take the pledge of loyalty to their motherland at this memorial. To commemorate the sacrifice of soldiers, a parade is also held here every year.

Apart from the memorial, this center also comprises a museum which was built in the year 1978. This Regiment Museum showcases the history of Kumaon and Garhwal regiments. It displays admired treasures like Rani Jhansi's argent scepter, Chinese rifles from the 1962 war, a World War-II Japanese wireless acreage blast and abstracts accompanying to the Kargil War. The Kumaon Regiment Widows Welfare Association runs a shawl weaving center here.

Entry Fee: Rs. 20 per person

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

Miscellaneous

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 7 AM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 6 km from Ranikhet Bus Stand, Upat Golf Course is one of the highest golf courses of Asia, located at Upat village near Ranikhet.

This Golf Course is a 9-hole course making it one of the prime attractions of Ranikhet and is maintained by Kumaon Regiment. The green meadow of the golf course at such high altitude is awe-inspiring. This place is famous for providing panoramic views of surrounding snowcapped Himalayan peak. The area is surrounded by lush green forests densely populated with pine and oak trees.

Though primarily used by the army men, golf course is open to general public as well for a nominal fee. The golf club provides membership plans for outsiders as well. Few domestic tournaments are held at this course.

Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM

Overnight Stay in Ranikhet

DAY 4 : TRAVEL TO JIM CORBETT

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM on all days except Sunday
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 for Indians, Rs.50 for Foreigners & Rs.3 for Students

At a distance of 25 km from Haldwani, 32 km from Ramnagar, and 34 km from Nainital, Jim Corbett Museum is a heritage museum situated in Choti Haldwani on Ramnagar road near Kaladhungi Town.

The museum was formally initiated by a few forest officers in the year 1965. Jim Corbett built this house in 1922 for himself at Choti Haldwani, which now houses the museum in his memory. It is a single storied bungalow built using stone and lime mortar on a high plinth. This house served as winter residence for Jim and his sister Maggie. Before leaving India in 1947, he sold this property to a friend Babu Chiranji Lal. Later, in 1965 it was sold to the forest department for setting up the museum.

The museum brings the memory, life and activities of Jim Corbett. Jim was a renowned environmentalist, hunter as well as a front runner in the tiger conservation. At the museum, tourists can view amazing belongings of Jim Corbett. Corbett Museum showcases Corbett's own hunting weapons, his personal .....

Waterfall

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 50 for Adults, Rs. 25 for Children & Rs. 100 for Four Wheelers

At a distance of 38 km from Nainital, 5 km from Kaladhungi and 26 km from Ramnagar, Corbett Waterfalls is situated on Ramnagar - Kaladhungi highway in Nainital district. Corbett Falls is among the top places to visit in Nainital and also one of the best places to visit near Delhi.

Corbett Falls is a scenic water fall and is surrounded by dense teak wood forest. This waterfall is cascading down from a height of 20 m in to a pool. Sound of the waterfall makes perfect melody with chippings of the birds. The fall is not very huge and bathing in the falls is no longer permitted, but the natural beauty around the place has to be enjoyed and appreciated. This is another popular attraction not to miss in a Nainital tour package.

Trekking in the forests, bird .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 14 km from Ramnagar, Garjiya Devi Temple or Girija Devi Temple is a famous temple located in Garjiya village on the outskirts of the Corbett National Park in Nainital district of Uttarakhand.

It is a sacred Shakti shrine and is one of the most famous temples in Nainital district. Katyuri Kings, the rulers of Ramnagar, discovered the temple in 1840. It is said that the idol of Goddess Parvati was found on mountains at Garjiya village and the temple was built. In 1970, the temple was reconstructed and after that, the temple gained prominence and visited by large number of tourists.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Garjiya Devi and is situated over a large rock in the middle of Kosi River. Legends believe that Garjiya Devi is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati, daughter of King of the Mountains also known as Giriraj. The temple houses a 4.5 feet high idol of Girija Devi along with the idols of Devi Saraswati, Lord Ganesha and Bhairav Nath. There is also a temple .....

Overnight Stay in Jim Corbett National Park

DAY 5 : JIM CORBETT SIGHTSEEING & TRAVEL TO DELHI

Start Jim Corbett National Park Sightseeing

Wildlife

Duration of visit: Full Day
Timings: Safari Timings: 5.30 AM - 8.30 AM & 3 PM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Jeep Safari (Max 6 Persons) - Rs. 4000 per Jeep for Indians & Rs. 7000 for Foreigners

At a distance of 4 km from Ramnagar Railway Station, 65 km from Nainital, 232 km from Dehradun, and 261 km from Delhi, Jim Corbett National Park is India's oldest and most popular National Park situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The Park acts as a protection zone for Bengal Tigers of India. It is one of the wellknown Uttarakhand tourist places and among the best places to visit near Delhi.

Corbett National Park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. After India's independence the park was named as Ramganga National Park but later in 1956, it was renamed after Jim Corbett - the famous hunter turned conservationist and author, who played a major role in the establishment of the national park. The area came under Project Tiger in 1973. Spread over an area of about 520 sq. km, out of which 330 sq. km forms the core area. .....

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