Rested at a height of 1370m above the sea level, Bhimtal is spotted with temples lying amid the verdant mountains and a pristine blue lake. The ancient town of Bhimtal is a place to lie down under the shade of nature, close your eyes and experience serenity.
An ideal weekend getaway from Delhi, this town's most sought after spot is Bhimtal Lake with a small island in the middle adding charm to its picturesque surroundings. Bounded with dense forest of oaks, pine and shrubs along with beautiful lakes and salubrious weather, this place seems to be under the most beautiful magical spell of nature.
Bhimtal, with increasing tourism houses hotel with several options from luxury and premium to budget hotels and mid-rung hotels. Each provides the basic amenities with add-on facilities as per your choice of accommodation.
Very beautiful. 22 km from Nainital. Religious significance. Pleasant weather.
Crowded during peak season. Narrow roads leading to traffic jams.
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.
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.
Bhimtal is a small hill station where it is easy to commute through a taxi or cab which can easily be availed. However, avoid travelling to this place during monsoon due to heavy rain falls and landslides.
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.
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.
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.
By Pallavi Siddhanta
What can I do in Bhimtal apart from going to the lake?