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About Bhimtal

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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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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Bhimtal Reviews

Kalpesh Rabari
Reviewed: 01 Dec 2023
Grishma Ninave
Reviewed: 09 Jan 2021
An amazing trip to the Lakes of and around Nainital. Support received was amazing and the operator was friendly, safe and informative. The car was clean and sanitized and gave a comfortable experience.
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Saumil Vass
Reviewed: 17 Jul 2021
The beautiful view of the Mighty Himalayas cuddled up in Mukteshwar was a remarkable trip I had with my family. After reaching the Kathgodam Railway station, we drove down to Bhimtal from there and headed down to the Bhimtal lake after checking into the hotel, enjoyed the scenic views and the sound ... Read More
Meghnath Deshpande
Reviewed: 09 Jul 2021
We booked this amazing tour from Thrillophilia. We were really surprised to watch the charismatic scenic views on our journey to Bhimtal from the Kathgodam railway station. After relaxing for some time in the resort, we headed up to Naukuchiatal lake and enjoyed watching the mesmerizing beautiness a... Read More
Kumuda Shah
Reviewed: 19 Feb 2020
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... Read More
Gandharva Nayar
Reviewed: 16 Feb 2020
The tour offers amazing places to see in a hill station of Ranikhet in a comfortable car drive. Not just the sightseeing tour was fun, the drive to and fro from Nainital to Ranikhet has amazing views to see throughout. We just loved the Chaubatia Orchard visit and had the best apples to taste there.... Read More

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