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Best Time: March - June, September - December Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Dehradun Check Flights

Bhimtal Tourism

Perched at a height of 1370masl, Bhimtal is an idyllic and less-crowded version of Nainital, 23 km away. Bhimtal is a scenic hill station, the charm of which lies in its off-beat, tranquil atmosphere. The picturesque Bhimtal Lake is a popular attraction for paddle boating, birding and nature walk.

Bounded by a dense forest of oaks, pine and shrubs, it is also known for a few ancient temples. The 17th-century Bhimeshwar Temple is a must-visit spot in the hilltown. Well connected by road, Bhimtal is an ideal weekend getaway from Delhi.

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  • Bhimtal is popular among tourists for the magnificent Bhimtal lake. You can do boating in the lake and visit the island in the centre that can only be accessed through boats.
  • Walking around the hills of Bhimtal is a popular activity as dense forests are an ideal spot for bird watching and photography.
  • Visit Garg Parvat which is the source of river Gargi. 
  • Visit the Hidimba Parvat for a soothing view-point. You can trek up to the top. 
  • Sattal Lake is another lake nearby 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. 

Restaurants and Local Food in Bhimtal

The restaurants and eating joints in Bhimtal offer multi-cuisine food from Chinese, Mexican and continental to reliable Indian cuisine. Momos are also among the top of the list of the food menus in most places here and food served is quite good.
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One Day Itinerary

Bhimtal offers several tourist attractions to enjoy in one day.

Nal Damyanti, a beautiful lake near Bhimtal is splendid early in the morning. You can either continue to Hidimba Parvat from here or continue the journey after a warm and delicious breakfast. Head on to Karkotaka Temple from here for the blessings of the serpent god, and go to Bhimtal Lake after. Break for lunch there. There is much to explore from the aquarium & temple to Victoria dam, with beautiful flora and fauna in the surroundings.

If left with time and energy, do visit the Folk Culture Museum for a glance into the culture and past of the region. A hearty dinner at your hotel will announce the closing of a perfect trip.

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Holidify's Opinion

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

Bhimtal is well connected to the major cities via a proper road network and is the preferable mode of transportation. The nearest airport to Bhimtal is Pantnagar Airport situated around 58 km from Bhimtal, but only has small carrier flights landing here. Dehradun Airport is 285 km away. The nearest railway station is the Kathgodam railway station, 21 km away.

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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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