Nainital is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, and for all the right reasons. Its green hills, shimmering lakes, and low temperatures are very welcoming. Now to add a little bit more adventure to your Nainital trip, allow us to recommend some offbeat places near this lake city that you should check out!
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Perched about 2000 meters above sea level, Chaukori is a romantic, scenic village that, as people often claim, looks like something out of a fairytale. It is a postcard picture-perfect place. You do not even need a guide to sightsee as the entire village is a beautiful sight.
It is just 170kms from Nainital. However, bear in mind that the way to Chaukori is hilly so travel only during the day. You can keep 1.5 days from your Nainital trip to experience Chaukori. If you leave in the morning, you will reach there in the late afternoon. They have resorts, some hotels, and even some homestays for you to choose from. After your relaxing trip, you can drive back to Nainital the next morning.
Since it is a small and offbeat place, it is not crowded at all. You can truly immerse yourself in their culture. So if you are visiting Nainital soon, consider taking a short detour from your itinerary to visit Chaukori.
2) PATAL BHUVNESHWAR
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Patal Bhuvneshwar is a cave temple in the village of Bhubhaneshwar. It is only about 170kms from Nainital. Even if you are not a religious person, do consider stopping by. Apart from its religious significance, it is also a marvel of natural architecture. To enter the temple, you have to vertically slide down the cave. The entire temple is then under the ground, in the cave.
Any construction to build stairs is strictly prohibited. Hence, it has been left as it is. It is famous as the temple of Lord Shiva. However, it is also believed that 33 Hindu gods reside in the cave. Thus, it is a place of immense religious significance.
There are a lot of small towns and villages nearby that have hotels and homestays for you to stay at. The food around here is also delicious. Don’t wait to add this to your trip, the cave temple is calling!
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Naukutichiatal is the closest place to Nainital on this list. It is 20kms from Nainital and is very similar to the popular Bhimtal. It is famous for its beautiful views of the hills all around. Also, Naukutchiatal houses a very famous and beautiful 9 cornered lake.
Since it is so close to Nainital, you can go there in the morning and drive back in the evening after having explored it. However, keep in mind that it is not a very off-the-grid place. Hence, during peak tourist season you will see a lot of tourists around. That does not take away from its beauty though. Tourists in Nainital often also drive down to Naukutchiatal for adventure sports. They have activities like paragliding and ATV riding there. So, you can take a day from your trip for an adrenaline rush at Naukuchiatal. However, if you just want to do something lowkey, you can sit by the lake or enjoy their delicious food.
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If you want to experience a slice of heaven near Nainital, then you need to drive 144kms from there and go to Lohaghat. This valley town is perched on the banks of the Lohawati river. People often compare its beauty to that of Kashmir. By the river, you can hear the water flowing by and occasionally hitting rocks. Around you, there is a blend of lush green and snow-white mountains. Apart from its natural beauty, it also holds a lot of historical and mythological significance.
You can simply enjoy the natural views Lohaghat has to offer. Also, you can visit the old historical fort near Lohaghat and Abbott Mount to get a taste of the place’s historical significance.
It is truly one of the most offbeat places that remain secluded from the crowd and bustle. Thus, there are also only a few accommodation options. If you are looking for a luxurious stay, you might want to book a stay at Abbott Mount nearby and you can drive back there to rest after exploring Lohaghat.
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So, there you have it. 4 offbeat places that will make your trip to Nainital a little more adventurous! If you want to ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay at Nainital, check out properties by Shivraj Group of Hotels. You can find a hotel perfect for your needs. Rest assured, your accommodation is then something you will truly enjoy in Nainital. Book now!