Nainital is a popular hill station in the Indian State of Uttarakhand and headquarter of Nainital district in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Situated at an altitude of 1,938 meters (6,358 ft.) above sea level, Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference and surrounded by mountains. Some of the highest peaks of these mountains comprise one Naina peak (2,615 m / 8,579 ft) on the north, Deopatha (2,438 m / 7,999 ft) on the west and Ayarpatha (2,278 m / 7,474 ft) on the south.
Nainital has temperate summers, maximum temperature 27°C and minimum temperature 3°C, during which its population increases more than fivefold, with an annual influx of tourists predominantly from the plains of Northern India. In the winter, Nainital receives snowfall between December to February with the temperatures varying between a maximum of 10 to 12 °C and a minimum of -1 to -3 °C.
On one of side of lake-run The Mall road now named Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. It is lined up by many hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, shops, banks and other business concerns. In summer months of April, May & June the Mall road is closed for vehicular traffic in evening hours to facilitate Mall strolling which is the famous attraction for all the tourists. This road is the main link joining Mallital and Tallital. On the other side of the lake lies the Thandi Sarak (road). It is comparatively less busy and has Pashan Devi temple. Vehicles are not allowed on Thandi Sarak.
Around 1Km. away from bus stand at an altitude of 2100 m. located in sprawling open area is Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant high altitude zoo. This high altitude zoo has Monkeys, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopards, Siberian Tigers, Palm Civet Cat, Wolf, Silver Pheasants, Rose ringed Parakeet, Hill Fox, Ghoral, Barking Deer, Sambhar. The Zoo remains closed for visitors on Monday, all National Holidays and festivals i.e. Holi & Diwali.
It is one of the main attractions of Nainital and this “Austria Make” Cable Car was first in Asia of its kind, made operational in May 16, 1985. Fully safe and in case of any emergency Cable Car (Trolleys) has fully controlled Hydraulic Brakes. This ropeway connects Snow-View Point (at 2270 m.) with Nainital near Flats. The aerial ropeway starts at Mallital and there are two trolleys to carry passengers. It takes approximate four minutes to cover one way journey by trolley. Cabin capacity is 10+1 or 825 kg.