Khurpatal or Khurpa taal is a small high altitude natural lake in a village named Khurpatal in Nainital district of Uttarakhand state. As Nainital is a world famous hill station which is popular for its natural water bodies, Khurpatal is one of them.

This charming village and the lake is at a peaceful location, which is nearly 10 km from Nainital. Its location and height makes it a great place for solitude seekers and photography enthusiasts.

Things to do:

  • Photography: Sky kissing Kumaoni mountains, the emerald-colored water of this beautiful tiny lake and lush greenery make Khurpatal a photographer’s paradise.
  • Fishing: Khurpatal lake provides a natural habitat for many species of fishes. One can spot fishes just by standing at a corner of the lake. The lake takes care of the needs in local fish markets.
  • Solitude Seeking: The village is 10 km away from the over crowded hill station Nainital. You would not witness many travelers around here, which makes it a perfect place to quiet your mind and soul.
  • Sightseeing: The hefty mountain peaks and lush greenery of cedar and pine trees would catch your attention. A long walk in the village will rejuvenate your mind.
  • Boating: Like all other lakes, one can enjoy boating in this tiny lake.

Khurpatal Overview:

Entry fee: Free
Best time to visit: Any time of the year but summers are recommended
Exploration time: 2 hours
Famous for: A tiny natural lake and lush greenery
District: Nainital

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Best Time to Visit:

Summers here are pleasant which makes them the best time to visit. But again, it all depends on one’s taste. You can visit Khurpatal at any time of the year but try to avoid Monsoons. The place gets a decent amount of snowfall in winters.

How to reach Khurpatal or Khurpa Taal:

Khurpatal is only 10 km away from Nainital. While you are in Nainital, you can take a drive to Khurpatal of take a private or sharing cab. It would take 20 minutes to reach here.

By Air:

Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport from Khurpatal and Nainital. After that, one can hire a cab or take a bus to Haldwani or Kathgodam and then a bus or a taxi further to Nainital or Khurpatal. There are many buses in Haldwani and Kathgodam bus stops going to Nainital.

By Train:

Nainital is 36 km away from Kathgodam railway station. It is the last railway station and from here one has to take a bus or a taxi to reach Nainital. There are plenty of buses and taxis available in Kathgodam which will drop you to Nainital. Just outside the railway station, there is a bus station from where one can find a bus to Nainital.


By Bus:

Many private and government buses are available from ISBT Dehradun and ISBT Anand Vihar Delhi to Nainital, Haldwani and Kathgodam. It takes more than 7 hours to reach Haldwani from Delhi and further one hour to reach Nainital.


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