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Bhimtal

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Bhimtal is a lake town at an altitude of 1370 mts. The pride of Bhimtal is a beautiful lake which offers magnificent vistas.

Understand[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Get in[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

Taxis are readily available. There are lots of mountain and forest trails to hike in.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Bhimtal lake
  • The farms and forests of Bhimtal
  • Birds and wildlife

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Boating and walk around the lake
  • The 7 lakes of Sattal, through a forest hike

Eat[edit][add listing]

Kumaoni food. Anglo-Indian recipes of colonial descendants who still live here.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Rhododendron juice.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Smetaceks' Colonial Homestay. The Smetacek family has a fascinating history; in the 1930s, Frederick Smetacek fled the Nazis and managed to board a ship sailing to India. He established himself as a successful businessman in Calcutta, where he married Shaheda Ahad, a descendant of famous warrior-king Tipu Sultan! They moved their family to the hills of Kumaon and bought a chunk of land on Jones Estate (a property spanning over a thousand acres, owned by the then magistrate, Colonel Jones). Today, the Smetaceks’ family home retains its colonial, old-world charm, with its original mud-and-stone walls, 19th century glass panes in the doors, wood and tin roof, antique furniture, and ancient knick-knacks. Double rooms are priced at INR3,000 per night. Advance booking is required & can be done via India Untravelled at untravel@indiauntravelled.com.

Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Day trips to Nainital and Naukuchiyatal




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