Places to Visit near and around Nainital

Naini Lake
The nucleus of Nainital's uncomparable beauty is it's beautiful lake. In the day, mirrored in its waters stand seven proud hills, dotted with pretty cottages and villas. More beautiful than this however is the lake at night when the myriads of bulbs from the hill sides and quite a large number hanging near the lake's edge stab their magic light into its waters.
St. John Church
The church of St. John was established in 1844 and is located on the north end of the town (Mallital), about half a mile north-west of the Naina Devi temple. The church was so named by Daniel Wilson, the Bishop of Calcutta, who, after falling ill during a visit to Nainital in 1844 to lay the foundation of the church, was obliged to sleep in an unfinished house on the edge of the forest. A brass plaque on the altar is inscribed with names of the victims of the Landslip of 1880.
Raj Bhavan & Golf Course
Government House also known as Raj Bhavan and formerly, Government House was built in 1899 and designed in the Victorian Gothic domestic style by the architect F.W. Stevens. Originally built as the summer residence of the governor of the North West Province, it later became the summer residence for the Lieutenant Governor of the United Provinces. Presently, Raj Bhavan is the official guest house for the governor of Uttarakhand and for visiting state guests. The complex consists of a two-storied mansion with 113 rooms, a large garden, a swimming pool, and golf course. One has to take prior permission to visit the Raj Bhavan.
Cheena Peak
The highest peak in the region, 5km from Nainital, is about 2.5 hrs walk to the top (2610m ) there is a stunning view of the Himalayan peaks & Nainital town. One can either trek or go on horse back.
Dorothy Seat/ Tiffin Top / Land End
A 4 km. walk 1.5 hrs. to the west brings one to this point, which offer an excellent view of Nainital and the surroundings. From here, a 45 min. picturesque trek leads one to Land's End (2100m) through a forest of oak, deodar and pine. This is a cliff, offering an excellent aerial view of khurpatal lake and terraced field. It is accessible by horse also.
This is a temple, 3kmSouth of Nainital, and offers a very picturesque view of the setting sun.
High Altitude Zoo
Perched at an altitude of 2075m, 1.5km from the mall, the zoo shelters high altitude animals & birds.
Himalayan Darshan
On the way to Kilbury, this spot offer a magnificent view of Himalayan ranges.
12 km from the Nainital, this is an idea place for a picnic. It is part of a forest reserve and is rich in flora and wildlife.
Naina Devi Temple
This is the temple from which this hill resort derives it's name, and is situated at Mallital, on the lake side.
Snow View
There is a ropeway from Mallital end to this peak (2270m), a popular vantage point offering a panoramic view of Himalayan ranges.
Aerial Ropeway
It is one of the main attractions of Nainital. This ropeway connects Snow-View Point (at 2270 Mts.) with Nainital near flats. Aerial ropeway starts at Mallital , and takes approx. 151.7 seconds to cover one way journey by trolley.