Bhimtal is a lake town at an altitude of 1370 mts. The pride of Bhimtal is a beautiful lake which offers magnificent vistas.
The lake is larger than the Nainital lake. Boating is a possibility. There is an island in the lake, and a restaurant is located atop it. The distance of the island from the lake shore is 91m. There is a 17th century Bhimeshwar temple complex along the 40 feet high dam.
Bhimtal Lake is named after the second Pandava brother Bhima in the Mahabharata.
Best time to visit
All year round. March-June offers pleasant summer weather, July and August are monsoon months with lush greenery all around, and the winter months offer spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayas and fresh snowfall.
The town is 22km from Nainital and 11km from Bhowali. The local bus stand and taxi stand is situated near the dam. One road from Bhimtal leaves for Naukuchiatal, while the other one goes to Kathgodam, 21km away.
Connectivity is available from Indian Rail up to Kathgodam and from Kathgodam by road with taxis readily available. The nearest airport is PantNagar at a distance of 35km.
Taxis are readily available. There are lots of mountain and forest trails to hike in.
Kumaoni food. Anglo-Indian recipes of colonial descendants who still live here.