Tiffion Top


A popular picnic spot in Nainital, Tiffin Top (also known as Dorothy’s Seat) is located on Ayarpatta hill, offers a magnificent 360 degree view of the Nainital town and surrounding hills of kumaon region. Apart from a picnic spot amidst the calm and serene environment, Tiffin Top is a delight for photographers. It should be visited by those who enjoy the nature’s calling and love capturing the divine beauty of nature in photographic shots.

Tiffin Top is the name assigned after people used to have day lunch at top of hill on Dorothy’s Seat. From Tiffin Top visitors can witness birds eye view of beautiful Nainital city and nearby Kumaon hills. As Tiffin Top is at 4 kms from Nainital town, many tourists also enjoy the easy hike to Tiffin Top or sometimes ride on the ponies, which easily available from Mall Road.

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Viewpoint, photo point, sightseeing, hiking, trekking and horse riding.
  • Entrance Fees:
  • Horse Riding fees per person: 500 to Rs.700.
  • Visiting Time: Open for 24 hours. Advisable to visit from 8 AM to 6 PM.
  • Duration of Visit: 2 hours.

Nainital, the jewel of Kumaon is a very popular hill station not just among the north Indians but across the whole subcontinent as well as among the foreign tourists. Nainital is also sometimes called the Lake district of India as the hill station has been adorned with some of the major lakes of India notably Naini Lake, Bhimtal, Naukuchya Tal etc. Another major attraction which is frequently flocked by tourists is the Tiffin Top. The following article is a comprehensive guide for the same.

Traveller Tips

  • Don’t forget to take your camera or handycam with you as the place offers a view point for some captivating scenery of the Kumaon hills around Nainital.
  • It is not prohibited to shoot video or do some still photography at the place.
  • The viewpoint alone is a little bit difficult to access or get to. We’ll advise you to wear some comfortable footwear as the walk alone can turn out to be hectic.
  • But the rugged terrain has its own dividends to offer in the form of breath-taking views of Nainital.
  • Always keep a water bottle with you in case of dehydration.
  • We’ll advice you to keep a good pair of binoculars with you for having a better view of the hills.
  • It is advisable to do the trek during daytime.

Things to Do

  • Roam around the place, breath in that fresh cold mountain area and get on a refreshing hike to the Tiffin Top.
  • The place offers some splendid panoramic views of this beautiful hill station.
  • The views are even better during the night, when the sleepy mountains of Nainital are illuminated by lights.
  • Indulge in a photography session as the place offers some of the best views of the snow-clad peaks of Himalayas.
  • The place is renowned among the tourists for its romantic sunset and sunrise.

Availability of Guides

There is no need to hire a guide or to avail their services. The place is pretty much self-explanatory.

Best Time to Visit

Nainital being a hill station sits at an elevation of 2084 metres above sea level. So, it is advisable to visit the hill station during the summer months. Especially between the months of March and June, during which the weather is quite pleasant. The temperature varies from 10 degrees to 27 degrees of Celsius which is quite comfortable for sightseeing.

How to Reach

Tiffin Top is 5 kilometres away from the Tallital Bus Stand of Nainital. It is a bit far from the Kathgodam Railway station and is 29 kilometres away. If you have flied in, then we would suggest you to take the route which goes via NH 109 as the Tiffin Top is then about 67 kilometres away from the Pantnagar Airport. Other modes of transport such as private taxis and travellers are also available.

Interesting Facts

  • Tiffin Top is also known by the name of Dorothy’s Seat.
  • The site is dedicated to English Artist Dorothy Kellet.
  • Its elevation is 2292 metres from the sea level.
  • Total distance of the trekking track is 4-6 kilometres.
  • The spot is located on the top of Ayarpatta Hill.

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