Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, India

Category : Tour & Travels

Bhimtal is a Triangular lake. It is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand state of India and located about 21 kilometers from Kathgodam railway station.

The city of Bhimtal is named after the Bhimtal lake, which is located in the middle of the city. Being ‘Bhimakar’, perhaps this rhythm is called Bhimtal. But some scholars relate this rhythm to Pandu-Putra Bhima. It is believed that the Pandavas came to this region at the time of the agyaatavaas and Bhima did penance of Lord Shiva on the banks of Bhimtal. In the 13th century the region came under the Kumaon kingdom, and in the 17th century Bheeshwar Mahadev Temple was established by King Baz Bahadur Chandra of Almora. It used to be the headquarters of Chhakhata Pargana during the Chand period. Its length is 1674 meters, width 447 meters depth from 15 to 50 meters. It has a bigger lake than Nainital. Like Nainital, it too has two corners called Talli Tal and Malli Tal. It is also connected to both corners of the roads. Distance from Nainital to Bhimtal is 23.8 km.


The biggest feature of Bhimtal is that it is situated in a beautiful blooming valleyes. There is an island in the middle of the lake and arrangements are made to reach the island by boats. This island is used as a picnic spot. Most of the tourists go to Bhimtal in the morning from Nainital. On reaching this sland, they have a merry time enjoying it’s beauty as well as they go for boating in the open lake.

This island has good quality and famous restaurants. A Fish House (Aquarium) has also been built on this island by the Fisheries Department of Uttar Pradesh. Fishing is also a good activity here. Before the discovery of Nainital, people used to give importance to Bhimtal.

Being ‘Bhimakar’, perhaps this rhythm is called Bhimtal. But some scholars relate this rhythm to Pandu – son Bhima. It is said that Pandu – son Bhima dug up the land resulting in the formation of s huge lake . . Well here is the temple of Bhimeshwar Mahadev. This is an ancient temple may be the place of Bhima or it was built in the memory of Bhima. But even today, this temple is known and worshiped as the temple of Bhimeshwar Mahadev. Lake Bhimtal is used for a number of purposes. Two or three small canals have been drawn from its corners, which irrigate the fields. A stream continuously flows and gives power to the waters of the Gaula River. A television factory has been opened by Kumaon Development Corporation here. There is also a housing house consisting of 36 shayas which has been built by the tourism department. Apart from this, there is a proper arrangement for lodging and boarding here. Most of the tourists who enjoy the open sky and the vast earth, prefer to stay in Bhimtal.

Nearest railway station is Kathgodam.


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