Bhimtal is one of the largest lake around Nainital named after Bhima, the Mahabharat character. It has a island in the center approached only by a boat and also has a restaurant there. A gaggle of ducks has made the lake their home and gives company to the lake visitor. Bhimtal is much less crowded than Nainital and the lake, is much cleaner than it's better known counterpart at Nainital. For recreation one can do boating at the lake or explore the surrounding jungle on foot. It can also be made as a center for exploring the surrounding lakes. There is a large Victorian dam at one end of the Bhimtal lake and terraced flower gardens can be found on either side. Next to the dam is the Bhimkeshwar temple dedicated to Bhim.
There is also the Godhakhal Temple 3 km from Bhimtal. Stop at the Kumaon Umang Mahila Samiti outlet on the Ranibagh road for woolens and homemade pickle. Another interesting place is The Museum of Folk Culture (Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya) housing collections of folk paintings and ancient wooden artifacts. Bhimtal makes for an interesting off beat destination both for the family and corporate traveler.
Places of interest
- Bhimtal lake - A quiet and scenic lake, Sattal - 5 Km
- Naukuchiatal - 7 Km, a lake with nine corners, excellent for Boating
- Nainital - 16 Km. Known for its lake and water sports
- Mukteshwar - 30 km for panoramic views of the Himalayas
Nauruchiatal : - 04 kms from Bhimtal. A lake with 09 corners. It is bigger and more beautiful lake then Nainital & Bhimtal, boating are main attraction. It is directly connected with Nainital, Bhimtal, Bhowali by direct bus & private leep services.
Sattal : - 13 kms from Bhowali, 24 kms Nainital and 12 kms from Bhim Tal this peaceful spot is full of scenic beauty with different Tals, boating facilities are also available.
Bhowali : - 13 kms from Sat Tal. A celebrated health resort & fruits orchards area of Garhwal.
Rail: - Nearest railhead is Kathgodam, 23 kms.
Road : - 23 kms from Kathgodam, 22 kms. from Nainital and 11 kms from Bhowali. Regular bus service links Bhimtal with Kathgodam. Private taxies are available from Nainital, Bhowali & Haldwani.