The jewel of Naintal

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Hindi, Kumaoni

1 Day

March to June and September to December

Dehradun Airport
8℃ to 18℃

Bhimtal Tourism

Located at a distance of 22 kms from Nainital amongst the verdant mountains and beautiful lake, Bhimtal is a wonderful destination for a perfect weekend getaway. Situated at an altitude of 1370 m from the sea level, the ancient town of Bhimtal is spotted with temples amidst picturesque mountainous landscape. The major attraction of the place itself is the Bhimtal Lake with a small island located at its centre. Surrounded with dense oak and pine forest and the enchanting beauty of the Lake, this place is an ideal destination to settle in, sit back and enjoy nature.

Things to do in Bhimtal

1.Victoria Dam


One of the most breath-taking dams in the country, the Victoria dam is located on the ...

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2.Mall Road, Nainital

10 kilometres from city centre

The Mall Road of Nainital, which runs parallel to the Naini Lake is one of the busiest...

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3.Karkotaka Temple

2 kilometres from city centre

Located at 7.5 kms from Bhimtal, the small temple is dedicated Nagas is located on top...

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4.Hanuman Garhi

9 kilometres from city centre

  Situated at a height of 1950m, the famous Hindu temple is dedicated to the Hindu Monk...

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5.Bhimtal Lake

1 kilometres from city centre

One of the most famous lakes in India, Bhimtal Lake is located at an altitude of 4500 ...

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6.Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple

1 kilometres from city centre

Situated in the banks of the beautiful Bhimtal Lake is the ancient Bhimeshwara Mahadev...

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7.Nal Damyanti

2 kilometres from city centre

Located at distance of 2 kms from Bhimtal, Nal Damyanthi is a small natural lake named...

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8.Aquarium on the Bhimtal Island

1 kilometres from city centre

The Bhimtal Lake Aquarium situated amidst the deep blue waters of the Bhimtal Lake on ...

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9.Shopping in Bhimtal

1 kilometres from city centre

Though not known to be the best place for shopping, Bhimtal offers a number of Souveni...

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Bhimtal trip

Bhimtal is an ancient place named after Bhima of Mahabharata. The legend says that Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple, an old Shiva temple in the bank of Bhimtal lake, is believed to have been built when Bhima visited the place during the banishment period of Pandavas, which makes it one of the most visited tourist attractions in Bhimtal. Bhimtal has been pitstop for people travelling from hills to plains or vice versa for a long time. Apart from the Bhimtal Lake, the Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple, Victoria Dam, Hidimba Parvat, Vankhandi Ashram, Nal Damyanti Tal and Sayad Baba Ki Mazar.

How to reach

Bhimtal is well connected by roads.

How to Reach by Flight

The nearest airport to Bhimtal is Pant Nagar Airport situated around 58 km from Bhimtal.

How to Reach by Train

The nearest railway station to Bhimtal is Kathgodam around 30 km away. It is the entrance to the Kumaon region is connected via two trains that run daily between Delhi and the city.

How to Reach by Bus

To travel to Bhimtal, state-owned as well as private buses run regularly to Nainital and Kathgodam.

How to Reach by Road

Uttarakhand has a network of well-maintained roads that connects the main cities within the town as well as to the major cities in the neighbouring states. Located at a distance of 296 kms from Delhi, Bhimtal can be reached easily in 6 - 7 hours

How to travel within

You can easily go around in Bhimtal by walking. You can also hire Taxis to go around the place.

The restaurants and other eateries in Bhimtal exhibit a versatile cuisine from Chinese to continental to the Indian cuisine were momos are among the top of the list.

Some of the good restaurants in Bhimtal include:

·        The George's Wild Orchid (Multi-cuisine)
·        Southern Delight (South Indian)
·        Gravity by the Lake (Indian)
·        iHeart Cafe Himalayas (Italian, American)
·        Rituraj Restaurant (Indian, Asian)
·        Singh's Restaurant (Indian, Chinese, Asian)


Bhimtal Itinerary


Start from Nainital in the morning and reach Bhimtal. Visit Hanuman Garhi in the morning and then proceed to Kainchi Ashram. After a late lunch, head to the Bhimtal lake, the aquarium, Victoria Dam, Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple and spend the evening there. You can spent the night in Bhimtal or head back to Nainital.


After an early breakfast, you can trek up to Karkotaka Temple, enjoy the sunrise and the morning views and head back to Nainital after brunch.


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