The major attraction in Bhimtal is the Bhimtal Lake, which has an island at its centre. The Bhimtal Lake in the Bhimtal town of Uttarakhand was built in 118 with a masonry dam for the storage facility. The lake provides the city with drinking water supply and supports aquaculture, consisting of varieties of fish species. The island, developed in the center of the lake for tourist attraction, has an aquarium. It is a 'C' shaped lake with an area of 47.8 hectares at an elevation of 4,511 feet. The lake water which is usually clear turns brown during some months due to infused animalcule.
Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple
Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple is an ancient temple Situated on the embankment of Bhimtal Lake, dedicated to Lord Shiva. With spectacular backdrop and peaceful surroundings, this place is a must visit place ever. Believed to be already in existence during the visit of Pandavas while on exile, today it is often flooded with visitors.
Near the Sattal Lake a Hill known as Hidimba Parvat about 5 km from Bhimtal which is very enchanting. It gets its name from demon Hidimba of Mahabharata. Vankhandi Maharaj, a monk and environmentalist lives on the hill now, and has created a sanctuary for the wild animals around the hill. The area is known as Vankhandi Ashram.
Nal Damyanti is a small natural lake near Bhimtal Lake considered to be a very sacred place by the inhabitant of the area. Situated almost 2 km from Bhimtal Lake, it is believed that famous king Nala's palace drowned in this water body. It is a very sacred place for the dwellers of the region.
Karkotaka Temple is located on the top of the hill by the same name and is flocked by devotes throughout the year. The hill is famous for its Nag temple in the region and on every Rishi Panchami thousands of people visit the temple and worship the Nag Karkotaka Maharaj. This is one of the famous nag temples situated in Uttarakhand region. The hill of Karkotaka is supposed to be named after Karkotaka, a mythical cobra. The myth behind this temple is that the serpent god protects the villagers from the snakes.
Sayad Baba ki mazar
It is an example of unity in diversity as people from different religions Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian visit this place, apart from this the centre of attraction of this mazar is its location. Sayad Baba ki mazar is a place where people come from different part of Bhimtal and near around places for worship on every Thursday. You can see the whole lake, dam and the island from there.
Near the Bhimeshwar temple is one of the source of river Gargi known as Gola Nadi in the region and originates from Garg Parvat or village Gagar in Nainital District.
Aquarium on the Bhimtal Island
A boat ride in Bhimtal Lake to the island in the middle of it is quite a ride. But lays ahead is even more awe-inspiring. Once a place for a restaurant, today this island houses an aquarium created by the Nainital Lake Development Authority. Fishes from countries like Mexico, South Africa and China can be seen here with charming background.
Victoria Dam, one of the most breathtaking sights in Bhimtal is located on the bank of Bhimtal Lake. The most attractive thing about this dam is the flower gardens on its either side that makes the place look quite entrancing. This 40 ft high dam attracts tourists in large number and one can also go for a stroll in the forest that bounds the lake.
The name suggests this temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman situated at the height of 6401 ft. This temple offers an incredible sight of sunset over the Himalayas. The most fascinating feature of this complex is statue of Lord Hanuman almost 4 m high.
Folk Culture Museum
It is an amazing place to explore the traditions, culture and past of the Uttarakhand state known as the Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya. There is a fascinating collection of rock art and photographs are showcased here. It is this place displays interesting artifacts, information on traditional customs and rituals and stone implements and other items of archeological importance.
By Air: The nearest Airport to Bhimtal is Pant Nagar Airport situated 58kms from Bhimtal and it is well connected by motorable roads. Taxis are available to Bhimtal from Pantnagar. Taxis to Bhim Tal and Haldwani are easily available from Pant Nagar Airport. The distance from Pant Nagar Airport to Bhim Tal can be easily covered within two hours of time.
By Rail: The Nearest Railway station to Bhimtal is Kathgodam situated 276kms from Delhi and 30kms from Bhimtal. There are two trains that run daily between Delhi to Kathgodam and vice-versa. Trains are frequent to Kathgodam as it is the gateway of Kumaon region. Buses and Taxis are available from Kathgodam and Haldwani to Bhimtal.
By Road: Bhim Tal is well connected with motorable roads connecting major cities and towns of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Kathgodam and Nainital are easily available from ISBT Anand Vihar, Delhi. Taxis to Bhim Tal are easily available from major destinations of Kumaon region in Uttarakhand state. Buses and taxis are available from Almora, Nainital, Kathdodam to Bhim Tal.
Best time to Visit
Bhimtal is an year round destination and offer some reason to visit any in any season it witness.
March to June - For those who are looking for mild weather and want to get away from city heat.
July and August - If you wish to enjoy the monsoon then visit at this time when apart from rains you shall also witness clouds floating beside you, no doubt it’s a scene you would like to capture for your life and urge to come back again.
September to November - If you are nature lover and wishes to witness lush green environs then you must visit during these months when Kumaon region and Bhimtal comes under beauty of its own with green all around and a very pleasant weather.
December to February - For winter enthusiasts these months are when temperatures dip to their lowest. Though Bhimtal does not witness snow fall but there are plenty of places within 2-3 hrs driving distance where one can find snow on the hills.
Places to See in Bhimtal
Garg Parvat: It is the source of river Gargi, also known as Gola Nadi in the region.
Nal Damyanti Tal: About 2 km from Bhimtal is Nal Damyanti Tal, a small natural lake. It is believed that the palace of famous king Nala drowned into this lake. It is a very sacred place for the dwellers of the region.
Hidimba Parvat: About 5 km from Bhimtal is a hill known as Hidimba Parvat. It gets its name from demon Hidimba of Mahabharata. Vankhandi Maharaj, a monk and environmentalist lives on the hill now, and has created a sanctuary for the wild animals around the hill. The area is known as Vankhandi Ashram.
Shopping in Bhimtal is all about visiting the Mall Road that is located in the centre of the city.
The market offers a great shopping experience, as there are several small shops offering an array of local items including statues, carpets, jewelleries, wooden crafts work, beautiful Garhwali paintings and souvenirs.
You may also buy wooden handicraft items, organic products, handmade candles made by the local artisans of Bhimtal and as you stroll on Mall road, you will find plethora of options to shop. So shop till you drop in Bhimtal
Post Office: BHIMTAL
Post Office Type: SUB OFFICE
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