Bhimtal is a picturesque lake named after the legendary Bhima of Mahabharata. The lake is at a scenic spot with a small island at its centre on which there is a beautiful large aquarium. Previouslt at this small island there was a restaurant. Bhimtal is situated at an altitude of 1370mts above sea level offering visual vistas of nature’s beauteousness. There is an ancient Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple on the banks of Bhimtal. It is believed that this temple was built by Bhima during the exile period of the pandavas. The present temple was built by Baz Bahadur of Chand Dynasty in the 17th century. Bhimtal is older than the Nainital city as it was once the part of the ancient silk route. The island is 91mts from the shore of the Bhim Tal. Bhimtal covers larger area than Nainital. Every year millions of tourists visit to enjoy the serene and pristine beauty of this place. Bhimtal is the favourite excursion of the travelers who visi Nainital. The climate of Bhimtal is pleasant and salubrious during summers but very cold during winters. There are very good hotels at Bhimtal where you can accommodate with great food and luxury. Bhimtal is unlike Nainital as this is a peaceful and quite place which adds charm to the tourist’s life.
Location of Bhimtal
Bhimtal is located in the lake district of Uttarakhand state i.e in Nainital district which comes in the Kumaon region. Bhimtal is situated at an elevation of 1370mts above sea level. The distance of Bhimtal from Nainital is 23kms and Delhi is 318kms from Bhimtal. Bhimtal is a beautiful lake centered amidst green mountains.
Places to see in Bhimtal
Nainital: Nainital is an emerald lake set at an elevation of 1938mts above sea level. Nainital is located amidst seven sky high mountains making the view more ravishing with its pristine and stagnant water. The district is named after this mystic and picturesque lake. Nainital has earned respect and since beginning it has lured tourists and nature lovers. The lake offers ample opportunities for adventure lovers as well with yachting, boating and paddling facilities. One can explore the lake from one end to another watching the dynamic sun setting for the dusk. The perimeter of Nainital is approximately 3.5kms.
Naina Peak or China Peak: Naina peak is situated at an astounding elevation of 2615mts above sea level. Naina peak is also known as China peak and Cheena peak. Naina Peak is the highest point of the Nainital town and is located 6km north to Mallital. Snow capped peaks can be easily seen from Naina peak and the bird’s eye view of the pristine Naini Lake is also visible from here. The enchanting beauteousness of this place can be observed by a trek of 6km Mallital.
Sat Tal: Sat Tal is situated approximately 14kms from Bhimtal. Sattal is a cluster of seven freshwater lakes which are mysteriously interconnected. This group of lakes is set amidst the dense forests of oak and pine trees. Sattal is an ideal spot for bird watching as this is the home of the migratory birds for some days. The water of Sattal is unspoiled and unpolluted. The names of the seven lakes of Sattal are Purna Tal, Ram Tal, Sita tal, Laxman Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Sukh Tal and Garud Tal.
Naukuchia Tal: The meaning of Naukuchia Tal is Nine-Cornered Lake. Naukuchia Tal is set at an elevation of 1220mts above sea level, and at a distance of 16km from Bhimital. The length of the lake is approximately 1km and around 40m in deep. It is the deepest lake in the greater Naintal area. According to myths, if one takes a glimpse of all the nine corners at once, one can disappear in a cloud of smoke, which means that it is impossible to look at all nine corners of the lake at once with your foots on the ground. Naukuchiatal is situated in an enchanting valley providing ample scope for rowing, paddling and yatching.
Khurpa Tal: Khurpa Tal is an attractive lake situated around 11kms from Nainital. Khurpa Tal is situated at an altitude of 1,635mts above sea level. Khurpa Tal is angler’s paradise and this place is surrounded by terraced fields, from which it presumably got its name.
Ranikhet: Ranikhet is a hill station in Almora District of Uttarakhand state. Ranikhet is also the home for Kumaon regiment and Naga regiment of Indian Army. Ranikhet offers invigorating views of the snow capped peaks of the prodigious Himalayan range. Ranikhet literally means “Queens Meadow or Queens’s field”. Ranikhet hosts a vast bio-diversity of flora and fauna. Ranikhet is situated 55kms from Bhimtal set at an altitude of 1,869mts above sea level.
Mukteshwar: It is situated at a distance of 35kms from the town of Bhimtal set at an elevation of 2,285mts above sea level. Mukteshwar got its name from a 350year old temple Mukteshwer Dham whose presiding deity is great Lord Shiva. The top of the mountain on which Mukteshwar Dham is stood offers stupendous views of Himalayan range. Mukteshwar was developed by the Britishers as research and education institute (IVRI) in 1893.
Jim Corbett National Park: It is situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand state and is also India's oldest national park being established in 1936. The park was named after hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett. Jim Corbett National park is situated 88kms from Bhimtal. The park contains 488 different species of plants and wide variety of wild life including elephant, tiger, chital, Sambar Deer, nilgai, gharial, King Cobra, muntjac, wild boar, hedgehog, common musk shrew, flying fox, Indian Pangolin, and around 600 species of birds. Jim Corbett National Park covers an area of 521 square kilometers.
What to do in Bhimtal
Explore the pastoral life and serene beauty of nature. Do experiments with photography. Do bring back all the polythene bags if you took some of them while trekking as throwing them anywhere would harm the beauty of such a heavenly place. Enjoy paddling and boating with your loved ones.
Accomodations Hotels in Bhimtal
Bhimtal has some of the best hotels situated in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state. Country Inn, Monolith resorts, Pine Riviera camp, Shikha inn resort, Mountain club resort, lake resort, Neelesh inn resort, Satvik resorts, Van Vilas camps are some of the best places to stay while a visit to Bhimtal or Nainital. The interiors of Monolith resort are unique and have village like atmosphere whereas Country Inn is like hotel in Delhi.
Best time to visit Bhimtal
Bhimtal can be visited anytime throughout the year. The beauty of Bhimtal has a lot to offer in every season. Don’t hesitate to visit Bhimtal whether its winters, summers or monsoons. Do carry heavy woolens with you during winter months and light woolens from April to September.
How to reach Bhimtal
By Road: Bhim Tal is well connected with motorable roads connecting major cities and towns of Uttarakhand state. Bhim Tal is situated 23kms from Nainital and 318kms from Delhi. The distance from Delhi can be easily completed in 7-8hrs drive.
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. Buses and Taxis are available from Kathgodam and Haldwani to Bhimtal.
By Air: The nearest Airport to Bhimtal is Pant Nagar Airport situated 58kms from Bhimtal and is well connected by motorable roads. Taxis are available to Bhimtal from Pantnagar.