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Bhimtal Fast Facts
- State: Uttarakhand
- District: Nainital
- Famous for/as: Lake
- Population: 8,875
- Religions: Hindu
- Altitude: 1370 m
- Language: Kumaoni, Hindi
- Best Season: Oct - Mar
- Weather: 27°C, Wind W at 5 km/h, 74% Humidity
- Clothing: (Summer) : Cottons (Winter) : Woolens
- Local Transport: Rickshaw, taxi, Buses
- Pincode: 263136
- STDCode: 05942
Bhimtal, India Overview
Bhimtal which is a small town is situated merely 22 kilometres away from the well known hill resort, Nainital, Uttaranchal in India. Bhimtal has been named after Bhim, who is one of the brothers of Pandava from the great epic, Mahabharata.
Bhimtal is one of the most known and visited hill stations basically due to its lake resort. If you have been in search of some private peaceful break, then a trip to Bhimtal is all you are wishing for. It gives you an opportunity to enjoy a very tranquil holiday. Bhimtal is truly a heaven which is enveloped by the verdant green surroundings.
Bhimtal is a town and a nagar panchayat in Nainital district in the state of Uttarakhand, India, situated at an altitude of 1370 meters above sea level and is about 22 kilometers from Nainital. The major attraction in Bhimtal is the Bhimtal Lake, which has an island at its centre. Besides tourism, Bhimtal has also now become a mini district headquarters since most of the district administration offices have been shifted to the newly constructed Vikas Bhawan, the building complex for district administrative offices.
Bhimtal is a small town 22 Kms from Nainital and is known as a lake resort. It was named after one of the Pandav brothers called Bhim and is the largest lake in the district of Nainital. Close enough to drive – six hours from Delhi, but far from being overrun by the holidaying hordes that cluster in Nainital, Bhimtal is a luxury taste of tranquility. Here the natural beauty is immense and peace is in abundance. It is located at an altitude of 1371 mts above sea level amongst the Kumaon hills and the Bhimtal lake is 1701 mts by 265 mts.
The main attraction in Bhimtal is its Lake and its surroundings. It the largest lake of the region and in the middle of the Lake there is an island where one can take a boat ride and have some nice local cuisine. Island provides panoramic view of Bhimtal lake and its surrounding hills. Travelers can also explore the surrounding forest on foot. You will also find a large Victorian dam on one side of the lake and flower gardens on the other. There is also a Folk Culture Museum in Bhimtal but it’s a private institution and possess some good collection of wooden artifacts, information on traditional rites, rituals and items of archeological importance. Bhimtal is also famous for its various fruit based products like sauces, squashes, jams, etc.
Depending on the season one can take the opportunity to indulge in soft adventure activities like rock climbing, rappelling, para-gliding, trekking, etc. All these activities are performed under guidance of professional / licensed people who will ensure both safety and fun.
There are various other attractive places near Bhimtal like Sattal, Nainital, Naukuchiatal, Kausani, Mukteshwar, Ranikhet and Dhanchuli and temple of Bageshwar & Jageshwar where one can take day trips or stay overnight. All places are well connected with smooth road network and are a drive worth it.
Hovering on Kumaon hills, Bhimtal provides panoramic vistas. The tourist visiting Bhimtal gets astonished to see the beauty of the lake which is framed as among the largest lakes in Nainital.
The Bhimtal Lake is an ideal place for enjoying the heavenly boat rides. The beautiful island which is situated at the middle of lake along with a bistro at the top is truly a must visit place. This island can be reached only by a boat which makes your trip even more memorable and beautiful as you travel through the azure water which makes it very stunning. It also offers some of the best scenic views of the clear lake and its captivating surroundings.
Bhimtal gives you an opportunity to explore the outside edge of lake and also walk all through the huge forests that surrounds the lake. Visiting the Victorian Dam which is forty feet high and the flower gardens adorning the sides is truly an experience in itself. The site of dam features Bhimeshwar Temple that dates back to 17th century. It is one of the main reasons to visit Bhimtal as no other place can deliver such serine beauty.
The ravines which are embellished with the wild raspberry and dog rose and the beautiful dappled paths are some great attractions which have been attracting thousands of tourists to this place from all over the world. The beautiful farmhouse is yet another reason which has made it a great place to be. These farmhouses are set in the middle of the citrus trees and terraced fields which are burdened with the fruits and offer some wonderful scenery.
Bhimtal is truly a fantastic place to visit especially if you are planning for your honeymoon. The beautiful lake, valleys and the complete natural surroundings makes it a heaven!
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