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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.


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 walking around the Bhimtal lake.
  • water zorbing. In Bhimtal.
  • Para-gliding near Naukuchiatal.
  • camping in Sattal.
  • Exploring 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 [email protected]
  • V Resorts Sattal- A Lakeside Retreat, 10, Surya Gaon, Sattal Lake, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand-122002, 0120 666 6900, [1]. V Resorts Sattal is situated on the hills overlooking the Sattal Lake. The resort is set up in a cluster of cottages with three rooms per cottage and each cottage offering a private balcony from where the guests can take in the amazing views of the hills and lakes. Here you can relax in a hammock in one of the three private gardens or explore the activity room which offers various games like pool, cards, and Ludo. You can also skim through the large collection of books the resort has. The place also serves local Kumaoni dishes for those who want to try regional food. A barbeque and bonfire can also be organized on request. One can also get a massage and relax here. One can also shop for local goods like Rhododendron juice, jams and much more from the in-house shop. 2800. (29.3411987,79.4616978) edit
  • Mapple Cottage Bhimtal (Mapple Cottage Bhimtal), Rawat Gaon (Near SOS Herman School), 9034200500, [2]. checkin: 12; checkout: 10. Maple Cottage in Bhimtal is warm and inviting with a charming well equipped kitchen with cook and caretaker. The dining area is open to the kitchen with a wood burner in the lounge to use during guest stay. Two bedroom cottage provide a homely feel to its guests.  edit


Get out[edit]

  • Day trips to Nainital and Naukuchiyatal
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