Bhimtal is a lake town adjacent to the popular hill station, Nainital in the state of Uttarakhand. Located at an elevation of 1,370 m above sea level, Bhimtal is one of the popular travel destinations in the Kumaon region.
The lake city, with its mystical atmosphere, scintillating lake, and an aura of solitude and tranquility is another jewel embellishing the crown of Uttarakhand. The town was named Bhima, a charismatic mythological character of Mahabharata and one of the Pandava princes who is said to have created the centrally located picturesque lake, which is a significant attraction spot.
The ancient Shiva temple called the Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple, situated on the bank of the Bhimtal lake is said to have been built when Bhima visited the place during the banishment (vanvas) period of the Pandavas. In Monsoon, the lake fills up to the brink and looks resplendent with the exuberant foliage as the backdrop and pretty little houses along the slopes. Archivists believe that Bhimtal was used as a stoppage during the journey to Nepal and Tibet from India and may have been a part of the ancient silk route. The quaint city offers spell-bounding vistas and the exquisiteness of nature’s beauty.
Bhimtal, with its mythological importance, has several places of religious significance and devotees from all over the world come to offer prayers and seek blessings from the deities of the sacred temples. The Nal Damyanti Tal is a small natural lake and a sacred place for the localities, where the palace of the famous king Nala is believed to have drowned. The famous group of lakes called Sattal is another tourist attraction, especially for nature enthusiasts. Encircled by thick forests, the chirping sounds of birds, and the salubrious breeze makes the ambiance of Sattal divine and wonderful.
Some other spots of tourist attractions are the Nag Karkotaka Maharaj temple, Hidimba Parvat, Vankhadi Maharaj Ashram, and the Sayad Baba ki Mazar. Every week on Thursdays, people from different parts of Bhimtal visit the Sayad Baba ki Mazar, a beautiful place where visitors of every faith regardless of their religious beliefs unite together and worship in unison. The lake city located in the vicinity of Nainital is also prolific in offering numerous adventure activities to experience such as;
· Boating and Fishing
· Trekking and Camping
· Kayaking and Zorbing
· Mountain biking or Cycling
Whether it is watching the fishes scuttle around while boating, hiking through the pine-covered forests near the Bhimtal lake, paragliding in Naukuchiatal while soaring high amidst the blue skies with your paraglider, kayaking, and zorbing in the Bhimtal lake or mountain biking around the curvy areas around town and absorbing in the aura of the city, Bhimtal never fails you.
Ditching your comfort zone and indulging in unparalleled recreational activities will make your getaway even more worth the while. Perfect for a calm and composed yet adventure-filled vacation Bhimtal is a small but extravagant little town that brings out the exuberant and joyous version of visitors.