Bhimtal is a small town 22 Kms from Nainital and is known as a lake resort. It was named after one of the Pandav brothers called Bhim and is the largest lake in the district of Nainital. Close enough to drive – six hours from Delhi, but far from being overrun by the holidaying hordes that cluster in Nainital, Bhimtal is a luxury taste of tranquility. Here the natural beauty is immense and peace is in abundance. It is located at an altitude of 1371 mts above sea level amongst the Kumaon hills and the Bhimtal lake is 1701 mts by 265 mts.
The main attraction in Bhimtal is its Lake and its surroundings. It the largest lake of the region and in the middle of the Lake there is an island where one can take a boat ride and have some nice local cuisine. Island provides panoramic view of Bhimtal lake and its surrounding hills. Travelers can also explore the surrounding forest on foot. You will also find a large Victorian dam on one side of the lake and flower gardens on the other. There is also a Folk Culture Museum in Bhimtal but it’s a private institution and possess some good collection of wooden artifacts, information on traditional rites, rituals and items of archeological importance. Bhimtal is also famous for its various fruit based products like sauces, squashes, jams, etc.
Depending on the season one can take the opportunity to indulge in soft adventure activities like rock climbing, rappelling, para-gliding, trekking, etc. All these activities are performed under guidance of professional / licensed people who will ensure both safety and fun.
There are various other attractive places near Bhimtal like Sattal, Nainital, Naukuchiatal, Kausani, Mukteshwar, Ranikhet and Dhanchuli and temple of Bageshwar & Jageshwar where one can take day trips or stay overnight. All places are well connected with smooth road network and are a drive worth it.
All four seasons come into their own in Kumaon, including red-gold autumn, a bitterly cold winter and a monsoon which often brings landslides in its wake.
Summers are pleasant in Bhimtal as temperatures remain between 11 and 27 degrees centigrade. In winters, however temperatures may drop between 2 and 16 degrees centigrade.
Best time to Visit
Bhimtal is an year round destination and offer some reason to visit any in any season it witness.
March to June
- For those who are looking for mild weather and want to get away from city heat.
July and August
- If you wish to enjoy the monsoon then visit at this time when apart from rains you shall also witness clouds floating beside you, no doubt it’s a scene you would like to capture for your life and urge to come back again.
September to November
- If you are nature lover and wishes to witness lush green environs then you must visit during these months when Kumaon region and Bhimtal comes under beauty of its own with green all around and a very pleasant weather.
December to February
- For winter enthusiasts these months are when temperatures dip to their lowest. Though Bhimtal does not witness snow fall but there are plenty of places within 2-3 hrs driving distance where one can find snow on the hills.