Guide to Naukuchiatal Lake in the Himalayas

Naukuchiatal Lake

It is said that the region of lesser Himalayas is heaven distributed in small parts. That must be true because the scenic landscape of Uttarakhand indeed makes you feel out of the world. The land of lakes, or ”tal”, as they say in local lingo, emanates the real beauty this mountain enveloped region. Take Naukuchiatal Lake for example. Tucked in the Himalayan Valley of Nainital district, Naukuchiatal, at an elevation of 1220 meters from the sea-level, is pure bliss for sore eyes. Whether you are an urbanite craving for a retreat, a writer seeking inspiration, or someone looking to retire from the quirks of civilization, then the Naukuchiatal Lake is the place to be.

Naukuchiatal, or the lake of nine corners, is fed by a perennial Himalayan spring. Stretching across 983 meters in length, 693 meters in width and 40.3 meters in depth, this lake takes pride in being the largest of Nainital district. It is said, that if someone can get a view of all its nine corners in one look while standing on the ground, then that person can attain nirvana. Such is the enigma of this enchanting water-body.

How to reach

For those living in and around the metro of Delhi, NCR, and Chandigarh, Naukuchiatal Lake is a great option for a weekend getaway. To reach Naukuchiatal Lake, you have to land at Nainital, which is about 301 km from Delhi and takes about 7 hours by road. There are Delhi to Nainital cabs that will drop you at Nainital. From there you can take a local cab to reach the lake area, barely at an hour’s drive.

Time to visit

The best time to visit Naukuchiatal is ideally between the months of March to May, which is the peak season for this region. If you visit in spring-summer months, you will be in awe of the glory of this Himalayan valley with its seasonal flora and fauna. On another extreme, the winter months of December and January are equally magnificent in this Himalayan lake area, when the holiday season ushers in local events and festivals.

Naukuchiatal Lake

Activities to do

Enveloped by mountains and opening into valleys, this scenic lake area offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities. This majestic lake has developed a highly popular spot for tourists and honeymooners. In the summer months, the lake and its surrounding natural area are perfect for a weekend picnic. While in winter, the local festivals and events around the lake bring joy and cheer to the chilly weather.

If you are thrilled by adventure sports, then here’s a list of things you can do while you are Naukuchiatal Lake.

Boating– Rowing, paddling or sailing on a small yacht, are some of the aquatic activities that you can enjoy on this lake. While you sail across this natural lake, soak in the panoramic views of the surroundings.

Fishing- This freshwater lake is home to the largest game fish of India- Mahseer (Carps). When you are equipped with a fishing rod, fish food and relevant gear, don’t forget to get a local permit for fishing on this lake. The best time for fishing is in summer and monsoon.

Camping- If camping is your kind of outdoor activity, then this lake area will steal your heart. From designated campsites to guided camping expeditions, Naukuchiatal offers you adventures you would cherish.

Paragliding– The lake area is known for paragliding. In the peak seasons, tourists from all around throng to this area to paraglide and see the beauty of Naukuchiatal Lake from a bird-eye view.

There are reliable private cabs in Delhi available for hire for traveling to Nainital. For a complete vacation in a lake area, this Himalayan water body of Naukuchiatal will surely live up to your expectations.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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