Nainital at 1938 meters in the Kumaon hills is set around the peaceful Naini Lake. There are interesting walks through the forests and views of the Himalaya are superb. The ropeway, St. John's Church, Hanuman Temple and the State Observatory are other attractions. Nearest airport: Pantnagar (71 km); Nearest railheads: Kathgodam (35 km) and Haldwani (40 km). Ranikhet, north of Nainital, at an altitude of 1829 m. offers views of the snowcapped Himalayan peaks.