Prior to people who started calling the viewpoint as 'Tiffin Top', the viewpoint was known as 'Dorothy's seat'. This viewpoint was built by a British Army Officer, Col J.P. Kellet who names the viewpoint after his wife's name Dorothy, who passed away in the year 1936 due to septicaemia. Therefore the viewpoint is known as Dorothy's Seat and Tiffin Top both.
Although the viewpoint is located on top of a hill on a flat surface, to reach the viewpoint, one must hike for a while before reaching the viewpoint. Therefore, carrying water and wearing sports shoes is recommended by the locals to reach the viewpoint. Adventure sports programs like rock climbing and rappelling are also organized in this part of the town. One can also reach the viewpoint while rock climbing the hill. Although the entry for the viewpoint is free, there is a particular timing for the viewpoint during which you can visit the area; and the best season to visit the Nainital town is during the summer season as the temperature of the town would be between 10 to 27 degrees Celsius.