Located at an altitude of around 1370 meters, Bhimtal is a famous tourist destination in the state of #Uttarakhand. It is named after the legendary Bhima of Mahabharata. The historical importance of this place goes back in time as Bhimtal was a part of the silk route. Apart from visiting the popular Bhimtal Lake, there are various other places worth visiting as well, including the Bhimeshwar temple which was built in the 17th century and is known for its splendid architecture. Bhimtal is quite close to the popular lake town of Nainital (Tal in Hindi means lake). Bhimtal is not as popular as Nainital (surely it will change slowly) so it has been spared the hard sell, indiscriminate construction, litter and the crowds. But Bhimtal, like Nainital, is situated around a lake, has a lot of birds and quieter streets to wander through.
Bhimtal can be reached by road in six to seven hours by a private vehicle but then the real time taken is decided by the Traffic Gods.
Another way that is less dependent on the Traffic Gods is to take a train till Haldwani or Kathgodam and then take a taxi from there for a 40-minute ride to Bhimtal. But with the train sometimes the Weather Gods decide to send the fog along, particularly in the winters.
Have to Visit
Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple
Located at a distance of 7 kilometers, Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is said to have been built by Bhima during his exile period.
Located 5 kilometers away, Naukuchiatal, a ‘Lake of Nine Corners’, is a famous lake for rowing, yachting and paddling. This lake is fed by a recurrent spring. Naukuchiatal is also famous for the ‘Escape Festival’, which happens once in every year (in the month of May).
Located at a distance of 14 kilometers, Sattal is an interspersed group of 7 freshwater lakes situated in the Lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal. It is one of the few unspoiled and unpolluted freshwater biomes in India.
Nal Damayanti Tal
Located 2 kilometers away, Nal Damayanti Tal is a small natural lake, where the palace of great mythological king ‘Nala’ drowned. It is a very revered place for the inhabitants of the region.
Located 5 kilometers away Hidimba Parvat derives its name from the demon Hidimba of Mahabharata. Vankhandi Maharaj, a famous monk and ecologist lives here, and has created a sanctuary for the wild animals around the hill. The area is known as Vankhandi Ashram.