Naukuchiatal: A Hidden Gem near Nainital, Uttarakhand


Located at a distance of about 25 kilometers from Nainital is this small and quiet town of Naukuchiatal. If you’re looking for a quiet holiday with your friends, family or a loved one, Naukuchiatal may be the right fit for you with its quaint environment, green surroundings, adventure sports, big resorts and much more. Escape Nainital’s crowded streets and travel only a few more kilometers to find this quaint little Lake town in the heart of Uttarakhand.

Restaurants, hotels, campsites and resorts are all built around the lake to offer the best lake views. Naukuchiatal is the best location for people who want to escape the hustle bustle of city life and spend a few peaceful days in the lap of nature. 

How to reach Naukuchiatal?

There are three ways to reach Naukuchiatal: by road, train or flight. Reach Nainital or Haldwani by road and then take a private taxi to Naukuchiatal. 

The nearest railway station to Naukuchiatal is Kathgodam. After deboarding at Kathgodam, take a taxi to Naukuchiatal.

Pant Nagar airport is closest to Naukuchiatal (~75 kms). Either take a direct taxi from the airport to Naukuchiatal or take a bus to Nainital and then follow the route mentioned above. 

Things to do in Naukuchiatal

  1. Fishing and Birdwatching


Blessed with ample greenery and water, Naukuchiatal is often visited by tourists to spot the diverse varieties of birds and fishes. Nestled in the quiet part of Uttarakhand, Naukuchiatal is perfect for a vacation in the lap of nature. 

  1. Adventure Sports


If you’re interested in adventure sports like paragliding, water sports, zip lining, hiking and camping, ditch crowded hill stations like Manali and Dharamshala this summer, and plan a trip to Naukuchiatal. Exit your hotel and walk in any direction to find the most exquisite and beautiful hiking trails. 

  1. Boating

As the name suggests, one of the biggest attractions of this vacation spot is the lake. This lake has nine corners and hence, the name: Naukuchiatal. Legend has it that it was after a long worship session of Lord Brahma that this lake came into existence. It is also believed that someone who succeeds in seeing all 9 corners of the lake at the same time, while standing on the ground, attains Nirvana. 


People with religious beliefs also come to this part of the Dev Bhoomi (Uttarakhand) to take a parikrama (full circle) of the lake to seek blessings of Lord Brahma.

Boating in this quaint and peaceful lake is an experience in itself. 

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