As you leave the plains of Kathgodam, the sudden breezes through your car window signify, you arrive in Bhimtal. Bhimtal is another jewel in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, attracts tourists around the world.
Located at the height of 1370 m, Bhimtal is named behind Bhima from Mahabharata. According to legends, it’s believed that Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple, situated on bank of Bhimtal lake was built when Bhima visited this place during the banishment (vanvas) period of Pandavas.
You can plan an amazing getaway to Bhimtal and can enjoy activities like boating, kayaking, and zorbing. As you sit in your boat you might come across the island amidst the lake where is located another attraction of Bhimtal in the form of an aquarium.
Nowadays in contrast to the crowded land of Nainital, Bhimtal is still an uncrowded and untouched where you can find tranquillity and points of tourist interest at its best. It’s a wonderful retreat far from the maddening crowd of the cities.
Indeed, Bhimtal is a spectacular destination and must visit for solo travellers, people holidaying with their families, couples and friends. You can enjoy old-fashioned boating in the lake besides the modern-day paddle-boats. Boating in Bhimtal would be a mesmerising experience for you.
The town also caters you a number of adventurous activities such as camping, paragliding and trekking. Although, the weather of Bhimtal usually remains very pleasant around the year.
Bhimtal has a proper market from where you can easily find daily-use items during a relaxed holiday. There are number of hotels and resorts have come up in and around Bhimtal, according to your budget and comfort.
Bhimtal Lake is perched in the Bhimtal, Nainital District Uttarakhand and it is the largest lake in Kumaon region. There is a small island at the centre of the lake which has been developed as a tourist attraction and has an aquarium. There is a masonry dam built on the lake in 1883 that provides drinking water supply and supports aquaculture with variety of fish species. You can take clear glimpses of aquaculture in lake even from the peripheral road.
Things to do in Bhimtal
Aquarium on the Bhimtal Island
In the middle of the Bhimtal Lake, a small island is located. Once, location was famous for its restaurant; but nowadays this island holds an aquarium.
This island has an aquarium maintained by the Nainital Lake Development Authority. Fishes from countries from all over the world have been displayed. You can enjoy a pleasant boating ride and aquarium with your friends, partner or families.
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Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple
Situated on the bank of Bhimtal lake, the Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple temple has mythical, religious and historical significance. According to legends, Pandava warrior Bhima built this temple during the exile period.
This ancient temple was renovated by Baz Bahadur of Chand Dynasty in the 17th century. Although, Bhimtal is older than the Nainital city as it was once the part of the ancient silk route.
Nal Damyanti Tal
Nal Damyanti Tal is a small natural lake. It’s believed that a famous king Nala whose palace drowned into this lake. It’s a very sacred place for the dwellers of the region.
Hidimba Parvat gets its name from demon Hidimba of Mahabharata. Vankhandi Maharaj, a monk and environmentalist lives on the hill now, and has created a sanctuary for the wild animals around the hill. The area is known as Vankhandi Ashram.
Distance from Bhimtal- 5 km
Frederick Smetack’s Butterfly Conservatory
In the June Estate located on the Hidimba Parvat, a Czech father and his son, conserving rare and endangered species of Himalayan moths and butterflies. The conservatory is must visiting place for nature lovers and avid photographers.
The June Estate had been made famous by the renowned environmentalist father-son duo of Frederick Smetacek Sr. and Frederick Smetacek Jr. Frederick Smetacek put in their lives to create a unique extensive collection of Himalayan moths and butterflies while studying the environment of this area.
The Garg Parvat is a mountain from where the river Garigi comes, locally known as Gaula originates.
At the height of 6401 feet, Hanuman Garhi dedicated to Lord Hanuman. This temple offers you a panoramic view of sunset over the great Himalayan range. A four-metre high statue of Lord Hanuman, attracts thousands of pilgrims and visitors to Hanuman Garhi from around the India.
Victoria Dam, Bhimtal
Victoria Dam, one of the most breathtaking place in Bhimtal that offers you spectacular views . The most appealing feature about this dam is the flower gardens on both its flanks that add enormously to the beauty of the spot. This 40 ft. high dam draws tourists in great number. An indulgent tourist can also go for a stroll in the forest around the lake.
The Karkotaka Temple is situated on the highest point of the hill known by the same name and is visited by devotes in large numbers throughout the year. Dedicated to the serpent god, Lord Nag Karkotaka Maharaja, it is flocked by pilgrims in large numbers on the day of Rishi Panchami. The myth behind this temple narrates that the serpent god shields the villagers from the snakes.
Folk Culture Museum
It is an astounding and remarkable museum to reconnoitre the traditions, culture and past of Uttarakhand. Known as the Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya, this museum displays interesting artefacts, information on traditional practices and rituals and stone implements and other items of archaeological substance. A mesmerizing collection of rock art and photographs are also showcased. It is a place for those who are interested in exploring the history and sociology of the region.
Bhimtal On Map
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