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The Ultimate Travel Guide for Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand

The Ultimate Travel Guide for Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand

By Akansha Borthakur

16 Aug, 2023

Nestled amidst the picturesque Lower Himalayan Range, Naukuchiatal is an enchanting lake town that is home to serene landscapes dominated by the verdant Kumaon hills. Not far from its sibling lake towns - Bhimtal and Nainital, Naukuchiatal exudes a distinct charm, with its deep historical roots intertwined with myths of divine creation. Historically, the region has been a retreat for sages, poets, and nature lovers, lending it a unique travel culture characterized by tranquillity and spirituality. The weather sees pleasant summers and cold winters. A visit promises not just natural beauty but also a beautiful escape away from the ordinary, making it one of the best weekend getaways from Delhi; and a must-visit for travellers coming to Nainital. 

Naukuchiatal Lake

Experience the beauty of the scenic Naukuchaital lake view


By Train

The nearest railway station to Naukuchiatal is Kathgodam, which is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, and Lucknow. Kathgodam to Naukuchiatal is just a short 5 km drive. Private & shared taxis or local bus services are available to cover the distance from Kathgodam to Naukuchiatal.

By Flight

The nearest airport to Naukuchiatal is Pantnagar Airport, located about 70 km away in the Udham Singh Nagar district. After landing, taxis and local transport services are available readily to book and reach Naukuchiatal.

By Road

Naukuchiatal enjoys good road connectivity. If you are considering traveling from Delhi to Naukuchiatal, it's approximately a 320 km drive, which can be covered in about 7-8 hours. The route is scenic and well-marked, making it a popular option for those who prefer road trips.

Other Options

For those wanting a unique experience, cycling tours are available from nearby cities. This mode offers an adventurous way of exploring the beauty en route, but it requires good physical stamina and preparation. You can find out more about these services on the internet or from a local service provider.

Kathgodam Railway Station

Explore this peaceful hill station



During the summer months, from March to June, Naukuchiatal weather is mild and pleasant. The temperatures during this period typically range between 10°C and 27°C. It's a great time for sightseeing and indulging in outdoor activities, as the Naukuchiatal temperature is comfortable and the skies are mostly clear.


From July to September, the town experiences its monsoon season. The Naukuchiatal weather during these months can be quite unpredictable with heavy rainfall and occasional thunderstorms. While the rains bring out the lush beauty of the region, it's essential to be prepared for sudden showers. The average temperature during monsoon hovers between 15°C to 25°C.


The winter season, from October to February, sees Naukuchiatal temperature dropping to as low as 0°C, especially during late December and January. Daytime temperatures are milder, often staying between 5°C and 15°C. The chilly Naukuchiatal weather makes it perfect for enjoying a cozy stay by the fireplace, but remember to pack warm clothing.

Weather in Naukuchiatal

Indulge in the pleasant weather of Naukuchiatal


Lush greenery of Naukuchiatal

Immerse yourself in the enchanting emerald beauty of Naukuchiatal hill station

The best time to visit Naukuchiatal largely depends on individual preferences. For those who enjoy pleasant weather and outdoor activities, the summer months are ideal. However, if you're keen on experiencing the chilly weather with fewer crowds, winter could be the best time to visit Naukuchiatal. For travellers who have a fondness for the monsoon and the lush green landscapes it brings, the rainy season has its charm, however it is best to be prepared for some obstacles like road closures or weather warnings. 


Enchanting Lake

Naukuchiatal Lake

Embark on a tranquil boat journey alongside a lake

At its heart, Naukuchiatal boasts the "Lake of Nine Corners." It is one of the deepest lakes in the state, more than 150 feet in depth and is surrounded by lush shrubbery and plenty of walking spaces. Travellers can also enjoy a myriad of water sports in and around the lake.

Vivid Flora and Fauna

Barking Deer

Witness the barking deer in Naukuchiatal

Naukuchiatal's nature is a verdant paradise, with diverse species making it a haven for nature enthusiasts. Dense oak and pine trees dominate the foliage, while rhododendrons and unique orchids bloom. Naukuchiatal is also a great place to spot migratory birds and some mountain species like the Himalayan Newt and Barking Deer.

Local Festivals

Nanda Devi Mela

Immerse yourself wholeheartedly in the spirit of the Nanda Devi Mela

The town comes alive during traditional celebrations, showcasing its rich cultural tapestry. Some of the festivals you can get to witness around the town are the Uttrayani Mela, Nanda Devi Mela, Olgia, Diwali procession etc.

Scenic Beauty

Scenic beauty of Naukuchiatal

Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayan foothills

Surrounded by the Himalayan foothills, its landscapes are a visual treat, embodying what is special about Naukuchiatal. It is also close to several other hill stations like Kasar Devi, Mukteshwar, Bhimtal, Jungliagaon etc.

Spiritual Echoes

Hanuman Temple

Make sure to visit the Hanuman Temple when you're in Naukuchiatal

Age-old temples and myths reverberate in its air, adding a mystical dimension to the town. Some famous ones are Naukuchia Mata Temple, Hanuman Temple and Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple.


Naukuchiatal’s most retold myth talks about its divine creation. It is believed that after a prolonged penance by ancient scholared rishis, the lake was formed by the blessings of Lord Brahma. According to the famous legend, anyone who manages to glimpse all nine corners of the lake at once, with both feet on the earth, attains nirvana, breaking free from the cycle of birth and rebirth. This big feat might not even be possible to achieve but has beckoned spiritualists and devotees to this town for many years now. 


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The Hosteller Naukuchiatal

Experience vibrant evenings at The Hosteller Naukuchiatal

The Hosteller Naukuchiatal is one of the best choices when you stay at Naukuchiatal. It is conveniently located just a kilometre away from the famous Naukuchiatal Lake and also right opposite to the Kamal Taal or Lotus Lake. The hostel houses 4 spacious private rooms and 2 comfy dorms to suit all your needs. There is a fully functioning cafe and lounging zones on the first floor, outside in the garden, and also an outdoor seating area. You can book your water sport activities, camping and hiking from the hostel itself without having to worry about planning any of it.


1) How far is Naukuchiatal to Nainital?

Naukuchiatal is approximately 26 to 30 kilometers away from Nainital, depending on the specific route taken. The drive between the two scenic towns is roughly 1 hour, given the winding hilly roads of the region. Local buses are also available, but they are very infrequent.

2) How far is Delhi to Naukuchiatal?

Delhi to Naukuchiatal is approximately 300 to 320 kms and the journey by road usually takes around 7 to 9 hours. The most common road route is via Hapur, Moradabad, and Rampur, proceeding towards Kathgodam and then heading to Naukuchiatal.

3) Does Naukuchiatal have snow?

No, snow is not common in Naukuchiatal. The town does get very cold during the deep winter months and may see a sprinkling of snowfall but it is places like Nainital, Munsiyari, Dhanaulti, Auli etc. where it snows heavily. However, Naukuchiatal does see extremely cold bouts of winds and thunderstorms.

4) Which is the nearest station to Naukuchiatal?

Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Naukuchiatal, which is about 25-30 kms away from the town. It will take about 1-1.5 hours depending on traffic conditions.

5) How is the road to Naukuchiatal?

The road to Naukuchiatal from Delhi is generally well-maintained. After leaving the highways and nearing Kathgodam, the road opens onto hilly terrain and has winding paths. The journey also offers spectacular views of the Kumaon hills and valleys. While most stretches are in good condition, monsoons can sometimes affect certain patches. Daytime travel is recommended for safety.

6) Which is the nearest airport to Naukuchiatal?

The nearest airport to Naukuchiatal is Pantnagar Airport, located about 70 km away in the Udham Singh Nagar district. After landing, taxis and local transport services are available readily to book and reach Naukuchiatal.

7) How many days are required to visit Naukuchiatal?

Naukuchiatal is a smaller hill station so 2-3 days is enough to cover everything in and closely around it.

8) What are some places to visit near Naukuchiatal?

Sattal, Bhimtal, Jungliagaon, Almora, Ranikhet, Kasar Devi, Ramgarh, Jim Corbett, Nainital, Mukteshwar and Haldwani are some of the places to visit near Naukuchiatal.

9) Is paragliding available in Naukuchiatal?

Yes, when the weather permits, paragliding is available in Naukuchiatal. The cost generally falls between INR 1500-2500 for a flight of about 15-20 minutes.

10) What is the altitude of Naukuchiatal?

Naukuchiatal is located 1220 meters or 4000 feet above sea level. This contributes to its pleasant climate.

11) What mountain range is around Naukuchiatal?

Owing to its location in the Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand, Naukuchiatal is surrounded by the Kumaon Himalayas (with peaks like Trishul and Nanda Kot) and the Lower Himalayan or the Mahabharat Range.

12) What kind of birds can I see in Naukuchiatal?

Himalayan Bulbul, Red Billed Blue Magpie, White Throated Kingfisher, Himalayan Black Lored Tit, Grey Wagtail, Whiskered Yuhina and the Blue Whistling Thrush are some common birds you can see in Naukuchiatal.

13) How far is Naukuchiatal to Bhimtal?

Bhimtal Lake is only 5 kms away from Naukuchiatal and takes 15-20 minutes to reach by road.

14) Is boating allowed in Naukuchiatal Lake?

Yes, boating along with other water sports like zorbing, paddling, kayaking and zip lining above the lake takes place in the Naukuchiatal Lake.

15) Where do I eat if I visit Naukuchiatal?

Naukuchiatal has many cafes, bakeries and eateries to keep your hunger pangs away. There are even some family operated restaurants that serve traditional Kumaoni thalis.

16) How much would a 2 day Naukuchiatal trip cost me?

Depending upon the mode of transportation you choose, a 2 day trip to Naukuchiatal shouldn’t cost you more than INR 5000-7500. This cost can increase if you choose to do multiple adventure activities and shopping.

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