It is one of the popular tourist destinations in Uttarkhand, located at an altitude of 1200 meters above the sea level. The name is derived from the famous mythological character Bhima. Its proximity to the popular hill station Nainital is the highlighting feature which attracts plenty of tourists every year. The other major attraction is Bhimtal lake which is an enormous lake where boating can be enjoyed. The lake has its own island which is visited only through boat which makes the fantastic holiday fun. Bhimtal is also well known religious town. One can find a templecomplex at the heart of the town. Its belong to 17th century and exhibits enormous architecture. There are other places like Almora, Ranikhet, Mukteshwar and Pangot near to Bhimtal.
Places to visit
It is around 7 km from Bhimtal. It is a fabulous lake offers an excellent experience of fishing and boating. It is still unpolluted and unspoiled and serves as homage for several bird species and it is a huge gathering of seven lakes Purna Tal, Panna or Garud Tal, Laxman Tal, Nal-Damyanti Tal, Sukha Tal or Khurdariya Tal, Sita Tal and Ram Tal.
It is the center of attraction which is bigger than Naini lake. There is a small island in the lake which is visited through boat. Along the lake shore, one can find a beautiful Bheemeshwar temple with a Dam of 40 meter height.
It is located at the end of Bhimtal Lake. It has a flower garden at terraceand was built during 17th century. It is in the midst of dense forest. Visitors can take a leisure jungle walk to enjoy the nature at its best form.
Hidimba Parvat, Bheemeshwara Mahadev Temple, Aquarium on the island of Bhimtal, Karkotaka temple and a folk cultural museum are other popular places.
How to reach Bhimtal
Pantnagar airport is the nearest one.
There are buses available to reach Bhimtal from Dehradun, Nainital, Rishikesh and Haridwar.
In summer 8 C – 30 C and in winter -2 C to 10 C. Best time to visit is February to April and August to November.