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Bhimtal Tourism

Located at a distance of 23 kilometres from Nainital in Uttarakhand, Bhimtal is an offbeat version of Nainital, most famous for the picturesque Bhimtal Lake. Bounded with a dense forest of oaks, pine and shrubs, a small island in the middle of the lake and a few ancient temples - that is Bhimtal for you!

Perched at the height of 1370m above the sea level, Bhimtal is an idyllic and less-crowded version of Nainital. In stark contrast to Nainital, Bhimtal is a scenic hill station, the charm of which lies in the tranquil atmosphere. Apart from Bhimtal Lake, which is a popular attraction for paddle boating, birding and nature walk, the 17th-century Bhimeshwar Temple is another must-visit spot in the hilltown. Well connected by road, Bhimtal is an ideal weekend getaway from Delhi.

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Calmness in the Himalayas

Bhimtal is mainly popular among the tourists for the magnificent Bhimtal lake. You can do boating in the lake and also visit the island in the centre that can only be accessed through boats. Walking around the hills of Bhimtal is very popular as they are dense and are an ideal spot for bird watching and photography. You can also visit Garg Parvat which is the source of river Gargi. Sattal Lake is another lake that tourists can visit, but it is less travelled. It serves as an ideal spot for bird watching and is the home of many migratory birds. While you are there you can also visit the Hidimba Parvat. You can trek up to the top. It is a very soothing spot. 

Restaurants and Local Food in Bhimtal

The restaurants and eating joints in Bhimtal offer food in multi-cuisines from Chinese, Mexican and continental to everybody's favourite Indian cuisine. Momos are also among the top of the list of the food menu almost everywhere and food served is quite good.
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One Day Itinerary

Bhimtal offers several tourist attractions more than enough to enjoy in one day. Nal Damyanti, a beautiful lake near Bhimtal is splendid in the early morning. You can either continue to Hidimba Parvat from here or continue the journey after a warm and delicious breakfast. Heading on to Karkotaka Temple from here for the blessings of the serpent god, continue your trip to Bhimtal Lake. There is much to explore there from aquarium and temple to Victoria dam and beautiful flora and fauna. Break for lunch there only and if left with time as well as energy do visit Folk culture Museum for a glance into the culture and past of the region. A hearty dinner at hotel announces the closing of a perfect trip.

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What's Great?

Very beautiful. 22 km from Nainital. Religious significance. Pleasant weather.

What's Not So Great?

Crowded during peak season. Narrow roads leading to traffic jams.

For Whom?

Bhimtal is an ideal destination for nature lovers. It is very peaceful and calm and the weather is extremely soothing. People also come here to visit the Bhimeshwar temple, which has a huge religious significance. It is only 298 km from Delhi and can be a really nice weekend getaway.

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How To Reach Bhimtal

The nearest airport to Bhimtal is Pant Nagar Airport situated around 58 km from Bhimtal and it is well connected by motorable roads. The nearest railway station is the Kathgodam railway station. Bhimtal is well connected to the major cities via a proper road network and is the preferable mode of transportation.

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Q. What can I do in Bhimtal apart from going to the lake?

Kaveesh Nair 1 year ago
You could try visiting the folk culture museum or the Hidimba Parvat which are some great places to visit as well.

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Pallavi Siddhanta 1 year ago
- Do wear a life jacket while indulging in activities like fishing and boating.
- Winters are excruciatingly cold but beautiful at the same time, so carry heavy woolens if travelling during the season.
- Avoid travelling during monsoon season as the area faces excessive landslide and poor road conditions.
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