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Bhimtal is a town located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This town is a popular tourist destination located in the Nainital district. It is located at an altitude of around 1200 metres, and is named after a famous character in Indian mythology – Bhima. The town of Bhimtal is mainly popular among tourists and local travellers alike, mainly due to its proximity to the hill station of Nainital. Bhimtal is mainly famous for the enormous Bhimtal Lake that is present in the region. During your trip to the town of Bhimtal, you can go boating in the Bhimtal Lake, as this is one of the chief tourist attractions in Bhimtal. The lake has an island in its centre, and this island can only be accessed through boats. Bhimtal is a place of religious significance as well. A temple complex is located in the town of Bhimtal, and this complex attracts pilgrims from in and around the region. alled Bhimeshwar, the temple complex was built in the 17th century. The exquisite architecture under which the temple has been constructed will surely delight architecture buffs who travel to Bhimtal. You can also travel to the nearby locations of Almora, Pangot, Ranikhet and Mukteshwar during your trip to Bhimtal.

Lake at Bhimtal

Lake at Bhimtal

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Category : Hill Station

Time Zone: UTC + 5:30 Hours

Pincode: 263136

STD Code: 5942

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Best Time to Visit:  Feb – April, Aug – Nov


Bhimtal, a nagar panchayat and a town in ditrcit of Nainital is situated at an altitude of roughly 4700 feet above the sea level. Bhimtal is only 22 kms from Nainital, 4 kms from Naukuchiatal and 11 kms from Bhowali. The main attraction of Bhimtal is the mighty Bhimtal Lake and its “island centre”. Bhimtal lake is the largest lake (larger that Naini Lake) in the lake district of Nainital. Bhimtal is named after “Bhima”, one of the 5 “Panadava” brothers who fought the “Kauravas” in Hindu epic, Mahabharata. It is said that the Pandavas visited this beautiful region during their banishment and Bhima was inspired to build and dedictate a temple to Lord Shiva. It was at this place that they built the “Bhimeshwar Mahadev” temple. The present temple was built in 17th century by the Chand Dynasty. The temple is located along the 40 feet high dam in Bhimtal. It is surrounded by the Kumaoun hills and falls in the northern region of India. The Lake is named after the second pandava called Bhima of the famous epic Mahabharata. It is most famous tourists place near Nainital.

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By Air : Flights can be taken to the minor airport located in the town of Pantnagar. These flights will charge fares that range around Rs 3500 to 5500 for a one way trip from Delhi to Pantnagar. The airport in Pantnagar is not too well developed, and travelling through air is an unpredictable option.

By Train : The Nearest Railway station to Bhimtal is Kathgodam. The railway station is located at a distance of 30 km from Bhimtal. The railhead is well connected with Kathgodam from all over India. Taxis and buses are easily available outside the station, bound for Bhimtal.

By BUS : Bus travel is the locally preferred mode of travel and buses to Bhimtal will run from many destinations including Nainital, Dehradun, Haridwar and even Rishikesh. Buses from Nainital will be frequently available, due to its proximity to Bhimtal. Buses from Nainital to Bhimtal will charge fares that are lesser than Rs 30 to 50. You can also opt for buses to the hill station of Nainital, from where buses to Bhimtal can be easily availed. Buses from New Delhi to the town of Nainital will charge fares of around Rs 450 for the basic class of travel, and Rs 750 to 950, for air conditioned Volvo coaches.

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Deluxe – Up to Rs. 801 to Rs. 1200

Hotel Meadows ; Naukuchiatal road, Bhimtal,Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263136 ; Ph – 098 68 267925 ; Facilities – Room Service

Luxury – Rs. 2501 and above

Emerald Trail ; Jungaliagaon, Bhimtal 263136, Dist Nainital, Uttarakhand ; Ph – 098 33 949954 ; Facilities – Room Service

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Bhimtal Boting ; Lake at Bhimtal  ; Cost – N.A; Visiting Time –  N.A ; Closed Time : N.A

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  • Police : 100
  • Fire : 101
  • Ambulance : 102,180.




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