Bhimtal is a picturesque lake located in the lake district of Uttarakhand state i.e the Nainital district. Bhimtal is perched at an elevation of 1,370mts above sea level. Named after the legendary Bhima of Mahabharata, Bhimtal is a beautiful lake centered amidst green mountains.

The lake is at a scenic spot with a small island at its centre on which there is a beautiful large aquarium which was previously a restaurant. Bhimtal affords splendid views and visual vistas of nature’s beauty. There is an ancient Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple on the banks of Bhimtal which was built by Bhima during the exile period of the Pandavas. The present temple was renovated by Baz Bahadur of Chand Dynasty in the 17th century.

WHY VISIT BHIMTAL?

Bhimtal, unlike Nainital as is a peaceful and quite place which adds charm to the stay at here. Bhimtal provides ample water sport opportunities for amateurs with paddling and boating facilities.

Bhimtal is older than the Nainital city as it was once the part of the ancient silk route. The island amidst Bhimtal is 91mts from the shore of the Bhimtal Lake. Bhimtal covers larger area than Nainital and thousands of tourists visit every year to enjoy the serene and pristine beauty of this place. Bhimtal is the favorite excursion of the travelers who visit Nainital and Haldwani.

BHIMTAL CLIMATE AND WEATHER

The climate of Bhimtal is pleasant and salubrious during summers but very cold during winters.

Bhimtal Summers: 15°C-28°C Cotton / Light woolen

Bhimtal Winters: 4°C-18°C Heavy woolens

Bhimtal Attractions

  • Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Folk Art Museum – by Dr. Mathpal
  • Butterfly Museum
  • Victorian dam
  • Nag Temple at Karkotaka Hill (5 Km trek)
  • Pilot Baba Ashram at Gethiya

Sat Tal

  • Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Folk Art Museum – by Dr. Mathpal
  • Butterfly Museum
  • Victorian dam
  • Nag Temple at Karkotaka Hill (5 Km trek)
  • Pilot Baba Ashram at Gethiya

Kainchi Dham

Kainchi is a beautiful secluded mountain ashram located in the Kumoan Hills in Uttarakand. The first temple was inaugurated in June 1964. It is approximately 38 km from Naini Tal. Many hundreds of people visit the temples here every day, in season.

Each year, during the famous June 15th bhandara, reportedly, more than one lakh (100,000) people are fed. Beautiful Gardens.

Rules are strictly enforced and individuals staying at the ashram are required to participate in morning and evening arati. While the temples are open to everyone from 7am to 6pm in Winter, the ashram is closed for 4-5 months, because it becomes very cold.

Naukuchia Tal

The beauty of Naukuchiatal is its tranquiiity. Surrounded by green oak forests from all sides this beautiful lake is aiimented by an underwater spring. The first sight of this tranquil lake is mesmerizing and eye-soothing, sure to leave you wanting for more.

Naukuchiatal is also famous for a local belief as per which you can attain Nirvana if you see all nine corners of Naukuchiatal Lake from a Single Point. Naukuchiatal is a must-visit for those who love getting lost in the serenity of nature. The captivating surroundings and varied biodiversity that can be seen in the area within 10 km radius of Naukuchiatal gives it the perception of virtual heaven. It is the place where you can enjoy compilations of colorful butterflies and the beautiful variety of Himalayan birds.

Bhowali

It is 1706 meters above the sea level and 11 KMs. away from Nainital.This is a road junction serving all the nearby hill stations from Nainital.Bhowali is famous for its scenic grandeur and as a hill fruit mart.

Tea Gadens

Tea gardens at Shyamkhet are famous for its organic Uttrakhand tea exported worldwide. It is a beautiful serene place to visit a box of Uttrakhand tea is a must buy.

Ghorakhal

Famous for the temple of Lord Golu worshipped by hill people and sainik school this place is at a distance of 3 Kms from Bhowali.

Ranikhet

A hill station, idyllic in its charm, Ranikhet with its majestic pine trees, is 60 Kms. from Nainital. This hill station is undoubtedly a tourist’s paradise. The scented mountain breeze, fresh & pure, the singing of birds, the panoramic view of the Himalayas,Ranikhet The headquarter of Kumaoun Regimental Centre. KRC museum and memorial are the jewels of Ranikhet town.

Paragliding

For people who love thrill and challenges, paragliding is just the perfect activity to satiate their thirst for adventure. Bhimtal in Uttarakhand has been offering this exciting aerial adventure activity for several years now and hence is famous as one of the best places to enjoy paragliding in Uttarakhand. The destination is visited by countless adventure seekers each year to not only enjoy the fun of flying in the skies like a free bird, but also to take part in various other activities offered in the region.

For people who have never taken part in the thrilling activity of paragliding, it is important to understand the following aspects about this sport.

  • It is an aerial activity that is usually undertaken from the highest points of hills and mountains in the region and hence should not be undertaken by people who are afraid of heights.
  • It requires the participants to maneuver a light weight, free flying, foot launched glider into the sky, where they can roam for a specific time period before landing in a valley.
  • People who intend to enjoy paragliding in Bhimtal might have to go through a basic training session, which will teach them to handle and maneuver the glider in a proper and safe manner.
  • In order to fully enjoy the experience of soaring in the skies, it is important for the para-gliders to wear appropriate clothes that can in no way hamper their flight or risk their safety.
  • The best way to avoid the confusion of having to choose from the multiple tour operators offering various packages for paragliding in Naukuchiatal, it is advisable for the participants to book a package with a reliable operator prior to their arrival in Nainital.
  • Finally, the para-gliders should remember that they are taking part in a recreational and fun activity and should try to relieve their mind of all stresses and worries to have a truly out of the world experience.

Mukteshwar

Situated at an altitude of 2286 mts. on Bhowali Devidhura road, Mukteshwar is a small hill station covered with a thick wooded forest and offers majestic views of the Himalayas. Near Mukteshwar is a stone hole of Chauli Ki Jali, dedicated to Lord Shiva. On a moonlit night, the place offers a spectacular view of the sparkling town of Almora and the majestic peaks of Adi Nampa of Nepal stretching up to the Chaukhamba Peaks of Garhwal. It is also famous for the hundred year old Indian Veterinary Research Institute Campus. This beautiful place is 2286 mts in altitude and 51 Kms. from Nainital. Surrounded by fruit orchards and thick coniferous forest it was developed by the Britishers as research and education institute (IVRI) in 1893. It is the celebrated scenic spot overlooking long ranges of Himalaya. An old temple of Lord Shiva exist on the top of a rock.

Ramgarh

Situated at an altitude of 1789 mts. on Bhowali-Mukteshwar road Ramgarh is known for a variety of Himalayan fruits and spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges. The famous poets Rabindranath Tagore and Mahadevi Verma have praised the serenity of this place. The poems ‘Geetanjali’ and ‘Sandhya Geet’ were composed here. Ramgarh also houses a fruit processing factory run by the Government.