Nainital is a paradise for adventure lovers and sports fanatics. This is one of the best places to be when you really want to enjoy water sports and other types of fun activities including River Rafting, Sunset Hikes, Jeep Safaris and tours, Horseback riding to name a few.
You can also take a tour on the ropeway to view the mighty Himalayas and enhance your photography skills. It starts at Mallital and connects to the Snow View point elevated at 2275 mts above sea level. The price is Rs. 100 for Adults and Rs. 60 for Children [Subject to Change] and it is opened seven days a week from 1000 hrs to 1700 hours only.
Boating in Naini Lake is a very common activity enjoyed by almost 100% of all tourists and local inhabitants ever year during the summers. While viewing the beauty of the lake and its surroundings, you can enjoy a small paddling race with friends and family or try your rowing skills with oars; however as a precautionary method do ensure to take a boatman along. Yachting is also a very prominent sport and activity enjoyed by all. Boating can be hired on an hourly basis from the Nainital Boat Club and Yachting facilities can be hired from the Nainital Yacht Club at very reasonable rates that vary as per peak and non-peak seasons.
The Nainital Mountaineering Club and Institute do provide facilities for you to rock climb and mountain climb along with training in Bara-Pathar and Camel's Back hill. Even amateurs should try their hand in this once in a lifetime adventurous activity.
Trekking can leave you with an unforgettable experience especially in Nainital to adjoining places. It is a journey through the tall woods and scenic beauty of the mountains and the Himalayas. Short treks can be made to Naina Peak, Tiffin Top Snow View, Land's End, Cave Gardens, Khurpal Tal and back. You can also enjoy long treks to Jim Corbett National Park, Milam Glaciers, Kainchi, Kunjkharak, Pindar Glaciers, Binayak, Kilbury and Betalghat and back which are specially serviced by trekking experts to escort you and also is a much better option for those who do not know the place that well else if you are really in a freaky adventurous mood you can go by on your own but do ensure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes and carry snacks, water and a Map definitely and a camping bag for those who wish to dare the jungles at night as you will have to stay overnight and then trek back. Smaller leisure walks can be enjoyed down the Thandi Sadak [Cool Road] which is the most beautiful spot in Nainital displaying unspoilt terrains and cool breeze that symbolises its name. The road is fringed by tall Pine trees, Oak and Deodar Trees with chirping birds. Please follow the Trekking in Nainital Link for details.
Nainital also has a small nine holes Golf course opened all day and even night equipped with good flood lights. A game with clubs and golf balls are available at reasonable rates including cover charges.
Tourist can enjoy a Biking experience through the flat tracks along the valleys of Almora district through small villages, streams and rivers. You can commence at Bageshwar which is a part of the Binsar Wildlife sanctuary through breathtaking views of snow capped Himalayas.
Water sports at zonal and national level are organised by the Nainital Yacht Club every year like yachting, boating, swimming, diving, canoeing and kayaking etc. Travelling in Hot-balloons is also available here while Parasailing facility with camping is available only near NaukuchiaTal. Hockey, Football, Cricket, Boxing and other sports are played on the 'Flatts'.
Shopping in Nainital can be as adventurous as any sport. Woollens, Stoles, Cardigans and Shawls with exquisite design and colours are available at a reasonable rate with a little bargain at Bhutia Bazaar and Mall road now renamed as Govind Ballabh Pant Road lies in the intersection of Mallital and Tallital and is where you can find almost everything and crowded during peak season from May to July. This road is fringed with many hotels, eating joints, banks, ATM and Travel Agencies.