A romantic Gem in the crown on Nainital city is the Tiffin Top, also known as Dorothy's Seat. This famous attraction is a hilltop which offers the most splendid 360-degree view of Nainital city and surrounding Kumaon mountains.
Located 2290 m above sea level, this hilltop is a photographer's heaven and a perfect spot for a family picnic. As a matter of fact, the name Tiffin Top was kept after people started taking their tiffin and lunch boxes to this hilltop to enjoy a family picnic.
One of the most sought after places to visit in Nainital, the Tiffin top is located on the Ayarpatta hills surrounding Nainital city. It is a terraced hilltop that welcomes a lot of tourists. You can find professional photographers capturing the beauty that this hilltop offers.
The legend behind Dorothy's Seat, Tiffin Top
The Tiffin Top is alternately called Dorothy’s seat. Mrs. Dorothy Kellet was the wife of a British Army Officer, Col J.P. Kellet. Col Kellet built this stone bench in memory of his wife who was killed in a plane crash when she had gone to see their children. This hilltop resembles the love and dedication of a husband towards his wife.
Hiking and Trekking to Tiffin Top
Hiking and trekking are two activities that Tiffin top is famous for. Since it is only 4 km away from the Nainital city, the easy trek uphill is a big attraction amongst trek enthusiasts. People come in groups to enjoy the trek and live the beauty this place offers.
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Entry Fee and Timings of Tiffin Top Nainital
There is no entry fee for exploring the tiffin top. However, a pony ride uphill can cost between Rs. 500 to Rs. 700 for one side. The pony ride starts from a designated spot called Bara Pathar.
You can explore the Tiffin top at anytime on all days of the week but is best if witnessed between 8:00 am to 5:30 pm as the daylight adds on to the beauty of this place.
A lot of activities are conducted around Tiffin Top by professional groups.
You can go for a trek or hike uphill to reach Dorothy's Seat.
Adventure activities like Rock Climbing, Rappelling are also conducted in the Tiffin Top area.
You can conduct photography sessions as this place offers a splendid view of the city, the lake and the mountains nearby. If you are lucky enough and the sky is clear, you can also witness the majestic Nanda Devi peak.
How to Reach Tiffin Top
The Tiffin Top is located about 4 km uphill from the Nainital Mall Road. You can trek to the hilltop or take a pony ride or even reach there by bus.
If you are traveling by air, then Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport about 59 km away from Tiffin top. You can hire a taxi cab to reach Mall Road form the Airport.
If you are traveling by train, then Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest railway station about 39 km away from the Tiffin Top. You can hire a taxi cab or a luxury bus from the railway station.
If you are traveling by road, the nearest bus stand is the Tallital Bus Stand, Nainital, which is about 6 km away from Tiffin Top.
You can book a cab from top car rental companies in Nainital for a hassle free commutation at affordable prices.
Things to do at and around Tiffin Top
You can indulge in a great photographic session with exceptional landscaping in the backdrop. Although the day-light offers the best view of surrounding areas, the night photography is no less. In the sparkling night lights and dim aura within which the valley sleeps in, some of the best moments can be cherished and photographs be taken.
Tiffin Top is famous for its marvellous sunrise and sunset.
Visit other hilltops nearby like Naina peak, which is 7 km uphill from the Mall road, Snow View Point which is just 2 km from the Mall road to get mesmerized by the beauty of this place.
Enjoy a boat ride at the Naini Lake which is next to the start point of Tiffin Top trek, and shop at the Mall road for most fragrant and stylish candles and local craft.
Relish the famous Bal Mithai of Nainital and take blessings at the Naina Devi Temple, just 800m away.
Best Time to visit Tiffin Top
Since the top is situated 2292 m above sea level, it is advisable to visit the place during the months of summer, from March to June. The weather is quite pleasant and the temperature remains between 10 degrees to 27 degrees.
Things to keep in Mind
- Always carry some food and water with you while you trek up to the Tiffin’s top. At times, there might be no availability of any eatables or water on the way.
- Be careful of the landscape as it may prove hazardous. Especially if children are accompanying you, be extra cautious.
- Always carry a first-aid kit and keep it handy. Wear comfortable shoes to avoid any inconvenience.
- Do not forget your camera as the place offers a splendid view of the Kumaon heritage.
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