Fast Facts :
Situated : 22ks away from Nainital, Uttarakhand (India)
Named After : Bhima (one of Pandav Brothers)
Height : 1371.6km over the sea level.
Best time to venture : March to June and September to December.
Bhimtaal is about 22km away from Nainital, placed in a lovely pristine valley, this is the largest lake round Nainital.The beauty of this lake is enhanced with a pocket sized Island, which is bordered by crystal amytal water. This lake is located at a height of 1371.6m over sea level. There are two roads from Bhimtaal.One leaves for Lake Naukuchital and the other one leaves for Kathgodam, which is 21 km away from this place.Bhimtaal is a very ancient place and this place is named after the mighty Bhima (Mahabharata).The temple of Bhimeshwara Mahadev is believed to be constructed when Bhima had visited this place during (vanvas).
Bhimtaal has an island, which can only be accessed by a boat. This lake has a history that during the exile period of the Pandavas there was no water in this area to quench their thirst. During this time the powerful bhima had banged the ground with his Gada(club) that created cavity and underground water had filled in the cavity. Nowadays you can also get through the newly introduced Aquarium. You will also find flocks of white ducks floating on the blue crystalline lake of Bhimtaal.These ducks have made this lake their residence and will give you company through out the boat journey.Bhimtaal lake is a much cleaner lake compared to Nainital.As this lake is not much crowded you can spend some quality time around this serene and pristine lake.
Bhimtaal is a bit warm in the middle of June.Bhimtal can be visited all round the year, as the weather is really pleasant. Recreational facilities are available you can go for boating, explore the exotic bushy forest on foot. You can also explore the beautiful terraced garden and a huge Victorian dam. Next to this huge dam is the temple of Bhimkeshwar, which is dedicated to Bhim and there is also a Shivling inside, as Bhima is known to be a great devotee of Lord Shiva. You, can also visit Godhakhal temple, which is just 3 km away from Bhimtaal.Another concerning place in Bhimtaal is The Museum Of folk Culture, which is also called as (Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya).This museum places many olden wooden artifacts and folk paintings.Bhimtaal is a must visit place both for corporate traveler and family.