Bhimtal Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2023
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If you wish to escape the digital jungle, then Bhimtal should be your topmost choice. Bhimtal is an offbeat replica of Nainital and is an idyllic destination to have a peaceful vacation. It is located at a distance of around 23 kilometres from Nainital, and the tranquil aura of this place makes it the most sought after destination in India. The Himalayan ranges border the northernmost area of this town, and Almora and Pauri Garhwal neighbour it.

Bhimtal is one of  the most popular
attractions in Uttrakhand that has gained immense popularity among nature lovers as well as the tourists alike. Dense forests of pine, oaks, and shrubs bound this scenic hill station and make it look like a Gateway of heaven on Earth. From picturesque dams to expansive water bodies and eco-friendly conservatories, it is dotted with the alluring vistas of nature.

There are many popular tourist attractions in Bhimtal that make it a must-visit destination for every tourist. Bhimeshwar Temple is revered for being one of the holiest sites over here that offers homage to Lord Bhima. Bhimtal lake is another popular destination over here that enthrals the visitors with its picturesque beauty and offers memorable rides.

Bhimtal offers tons of enthralling activities to visitors for a fun-filled vacation. From paddle boating to scenic walk and bird watching, you can enjoy some of the most mind-blowing activities over here. You can also try trekking and camping over here for an adrenaline-pumping experience. You can also have a glimpse of the tales of the bygone era by visiting Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya over here that is a repository of rare wooden antiques.

Bhimtal experiences temperate and warm climate all year round, and it experiences an average annual temperature of around 15.7 degrees Celsius. During summer, it undergoes a mixture of cold and warm breezes, and during winters, the weather becomes relatively more freezing but not frigid. Monsoon(July-August) makes the entire area covered in lush greenery with constant showers.

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  1. Which are the must-visit places in Bhimtal?

    1. Bhimtal Lake: Behold the largest lakes in Kumaon when you are travelling to Bhimtal. This picturesque lake offers many interesting vistas and a paradise for nature lovers. You can try boating here or spend your time capturing its beauty in your camera. The beautiful lake calls out all the tourists for a fascinating getaway from the city.

    2. Victoria Dam: This beautiful dam is one of the top places to visit in Bhimtal, which is full of terraced gardens and offers breathtaking views for all the onlookers. The pristine surroundings make a perfect escape from all the hustle and bustle of the city life. While nature lovers can take in the landscaped gardens adjacent to it, the shutterbugs will love capturing dozens of photos. 

    3. Folk Culture Museum: Wishing to learn the history and culture of Uttarakhand? If your answer is yes, then this is probably the best tourist place in Bhimtal. Founded in 1983 and also called Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya, this museum houses a plethora of exhibits which range from paintings to wooden artifacts. 

    4. Hidimba Parvat: A perfect retreat for all nature lovers, Hidimba Parvat is a place where you will love to spend all your time in the city’s lush green gardens. The mountain top can be reached by an easy hike that is just 2 km long. At the top, one can visit the Van Khadi Ashram which was built by Vankhandi Maharaj. 

    5. Nal Damyanti Tal: This is one of the most peaceful places to see near Bhimtal. The natural lake is blessed with beauty that promises to take your breath away. The lake is a nice retreat to relax and rejuvenate away from the chaos of cities and enjoy the beauty of nature in the most amazing way. 

    6. Naina Peak: Take a hike to the highest hilltop near Bhimtal to witness the 360-degree views of Nainital town and the stunning glimpses of Himalayas. It’s a six kilometre hoke and a great pick for all adventure lovers. It’s a wonderful place to capture many photographs and spend time in the realm of nature. 

    7. Bhimtal Island Aquarium: Located in the Bhimtal Lake, this aquarium is a stunning getaway for all nature enthusiasts. This is built by Bhimtal Lake Development Authority and here you can see fishes from all over South Africa, China and Mexico. When you are here, you can take a boat ride and enjoy the picturesque views that come your way.
  2. What are the best things to do in Bhimtal?

    1. Boating: When you are in Bhimtal, there are many opportunities to enjoy a boat ride as it is home to 3 beautiful lakes like Bhimtal, SatTal and Naukuchiatal. A boat ride here is a great experience for all nature lovers. In Bhimtal Lake, you can also visit the aquarium in the middle of the lake which is accessible via a boat ride.

    2. Camping and Stargazing:
    If you are a fan of starry nights and love to spend time amidst nature, then camping and stargazing is one of the best things to do. While camping you can enjoy the pristine weather of Bhimtal and gaze at the scintillating skyline. For camping lovers, there are many campsites in Bhimtal where you can go with groups.

    3. Hiking and Trekking:
    Hold your breath to witness the panoramic views of the lush green forests near the lakes in Bhimtal. These outdoor activities are a great escape for all nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. These activities are also a great way to relax amidst the greenery, indulge in birdwatching and behold the wonders of nature.

    4. Paragliding and Dirt Biking:
    For all those who want to feel their pulse racing, you can look forward to paragliding and dirt biking when you are in Bhimtal. While you can enjoy the bird’s eye view of the green landscapes when you are paragliding, you can also experience an adrenaline pumping experience by going off roading with dirt biking.

    5. Sightseeing:
    Go on a sightseeing tour of Bhimtal and capture the beauty of many tourist attractions like its famous temples, lakes and other natural wonders. Some of the best places which you can see while you are on a sightseeing tour here are Hidimba Parvat, Victoria Dam, Hanuman Garhi Temple, Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple, Nag Temple, Folk Culture Museum, and Bhimtal Lake and Island.

    6. Street shopping:
    If you are a shopaholic, you will definitely love street shopping in Bhimtal. Here, you can see many shops that sell statues, carpets, jewellery, Garhwali paintings, handmade candles and other organic products. 
  3. What is the best time to visit Bhimtal?

    The best time to visit Bhimtal is from March to June and from September to December. This is the best time to enjoy the weather and indulge in other outdoor activities. It is a good time to enjoy the lush greenery and behold the pristine landscapes of Bhimtal which look the best during this time.
  4. What is the distance between Bhimtal and Nainital?

    The distance between Bhimtal and Nainital is about 24 kms which takes about 1 hour to cover via Bhowali-Bhimtal Road and NH 109. 
  5. What are the activities to do around Bhimtal Lake?

    1. Boating in Bhimtal Lake: This is a great activity to behold the clear blue skies and the Himalayas while boating in Bhimtal Lake. You can also try pedal boating, canoeing and kayaking here. It is also the only way to reach Bhimtal Island Aquarium.

    2. Trekking:
    Go trekking around Bhimtal Lake as it is encompassed by thick green forests and offers many trekking trails for the adventure lovers. It is also a great escape to enjoy the picturesque valleys and the serene lake.

    3. Paragliding:
    Take a break to Naukuchiatal and then experience Paragliding. It’s a great activity for all adventure lovers to behold the stunning views of the mountains and lush green valleys. Get a birds eye view of the whole town and capture beautiful scenery with your camera.

    4. Horse Riding:
    If you are taking the Bara Pathar route, you can partake in horse riding. You can rent horses on an hourly basis and then explore the trails around Bhimtal Lake. 
  6. Which is the best homestay in Bhimtal?

    1. Emerald Trail: Stay at the Emerald Trail if you are looking for a home-stay vibe amidst mountains. This homestay is a comfortable escape where you can watch the wonderful Kumaon mountains. It is located just 20 minutes uphill from Bhimtal Lake and takes a break from the chaos of cities.

    2. Paddy’s Cottage:
    If you want to forget all the worries of life, you can stay at Paddy’s Cottage to behold nature. This budget homestay is a heritage property that belongs to Padmini Smetacek, also famous as Paddy. This is where you can look forward to indulging in amazing  conversations and also enjoy lip-smacking food during your stay in Bhimtal.

    3. Vistalago Homestay:
    This is an elegant homestay where you can enjoy staying with a lakeside view. It offers various amenities like wi-fi services, board games and bonfires along with many adventure activities like paragliding, zipline and boating.

    4. Royal Homestay:
    Located in Bijoli Village, this peaceful homestay is encompassed by lush greenery and views of a beautiful lake. The homestay is a nice escape if you don’t want to bid goodbye to the comfort of your home and also enjoy all the amenities while staying in the lap of nature. 

  7. Which are the best resorts in Bhimtal?

    1. The Satvik Resort: This is one of the top resorts which offers picturesque views of the valley along with the most soothing vibes. The resort is known for organising candle light dinners, adventure activities and also offers breathtaking views during sunrise.

    Aamod Resort: One of the best adventure resorts in Bhimtal, Aamod Resort is located just 2 km from the city. Here you can enjoy many activities like zip lining, trekking etc. along with enjoying laidback activities like spending time by the pool or reading your favorite book.

    The FERN Hillside Resort: This is a stunning property from where you can enjoy the most amazing views of the valley. The resort offers well-furnished rooms, landscaped gardens along with many great food options.

    Van Vilas Resort: Situated along the Bhimtal Lake, this resort is a wonderful retreat to spend your time watching views of the lake from the balcony of your cottage or savour some moments of peace in the small garden nearby. The resort also offers home style food and an organised bonfire for the guests. 

Newly Added Bhimtal Experience
07 November 2019
Kumar Nambeesan Sambhal Luxury Homestay
We booked this homestay from Thrillophilia. I went on a trip with my family and we had a great time at the homestay. The food provided was delicious and the rooms were spacious and comfortable. The washrooms were well maintained. The staff was polite and friendly. The best part of the Thrillophilia package is that they don't just give stay but a lot of different activities and experiences were also included. We even went for boating and the bbq experience was amazing. Highly recommended!!
21 January 2020
Ujjwal Marar Mistletoe House Villa
This was one of the best family trip experience. We all went to Bhimtal for spending some quality time and booked this entire villa from Thrillophilia. The staff is helpful and polite and the rooms and bathrooms clean as were the linen. The villa was so beautiful and well maintained. The stay was perfect and everything was taken care of. Highly recommended!!
20 December 2019
Upendra Chattopadhyay Mistletoe House Villa
We booked this beautiful stay from Thrillophilia at the best online price available with instant booking confirmation. The resort is a beautiful property which gives you a very soothing feeling in between the greenery. The house stay is very comfortable and the staff is also very obliging. Do visit the Bhimtal lake the view is picturesque over there. You will not regret trying bird watching as you will come across a lot of varieties of various bird species at this place.
Booking with Thrillophilia was always smooth and affordable, professional staff, great crowd, the expereince on the air was something unexplainable.
Giriraaj Bandopadhyay Temple Tour in Bhimtal
The very nice temple tour was just a half-day tour but it was very fulfilling and satisfying. Thank you thrillophilia
19 February 2020
Kumuda Shah Jilling Terraces
This place is the most beautiful resort and it’s in the midst of all the forest and mountains if u want some time off from the hustle and bustle of life. Bhimtal Lake and Mahadev temple trip was memorable. The staff at the resort was helpful and have helped us with arranged of a taxi for sightseeing on request. Overall we enjoyed our stay.
17 December 2019
Aadidev Banerjee Jilling Terraces
A complete package of soothing nature view, vintage property, friendly staff and delicious cooked food. The complementary nature trail was good and the Panyali Trek was so adventurous. The guide was friendly and supportive. We enjoyed our 6 hours trek with him. Our stay in Kafal was also good. A must try property and to avail the stay with activities Thrillophilia is the best online platform with best deals and offers of stay along with the activities to have the best time at the resort.
19 December 2019
Property is very cozy, bathroom is well equipped and clean. The restaurant staff is very polite, and caring. Rooms are very spacious& clean.l with beautiful view. Staff is very friendly and food is good too. Situated in a peaceful location away from the crowds Nainital. Perfect place for rejuvenation.
17 January 2020
Resort has a beautiful scenic view and the staff was very helpful. We experienced activities like trekking and yoga session. Food was delicious and the stay was very comfortable. All thanks to Thrillophilia for discounted deals and instant booking confirmation on such short notice. Looking forward to trave with you again.
03 January 2020
Vishnu Dutta Sambhal Luxury Homestay
I went to Bhimtal with my friends and we booked this homestay. The stay is quite well maintained, the rooms are nice, even the washrooms were clean and hygienic. The staff at the stay is quite frienldy and cooperative. The food was amazing. There we experienced activities like boating and trekking. Overall it was an amazing experience. Highly recommended for everyone

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