Bhimtal is a town perched at 1370 metres above sea level in the Nainital district in Uttarakhand. The highlight of this little town is Bhimtal Lake, which encompasses an island in its centre. Being less crowded than Nainital, Bhimtal is a great spot for some quiet reflection. Explore the hidden gems of Bhimtal for a tranquil, yet memorable vacation.
Unsurprisingly, Bhimtal Lake is the most prominent attraction of the town. With emerald-green waters that mirror the greenery of the surrounding hills and the blue of majestic vast skies, Bhimtal Lake is a simply spectacular setting with astounding views. The lake is home to diverse aquatic life, including migratory birds in the winter months. At the centre of the lake rests an island with an aquarium that has become a popular tourist attraction as well.
Butterfly Research Centre
The Butterfly Research Centre houses over 1300 species of butterflies for you to be absolutely mesmerized by. It is the fourth-largest collection of butterflies and moths in India. You will find fascinating creatures here - from the largest insect in the world, largest Indian butterfly, owl butterflies, to the most beautiful moths in the world. You can learn about these bewitching creatures with a guided tour.
Garg Parwat is a beautiful hillock located near Bhimeshwar Temple. The thick greenery and its proximity to the Bhimtal Lake provide a picturesque setting. This hill is the source for the river Gargi, popularly known as Gola Nadi. Enjoy serenity and solitude, away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday.
Located at the centre of the Bhimtal Lake, the Bhimtal aquarium is home to various fishes from countries like Mexico, China and South Africa. The island was earlier established as a restaurant but was closed down for pollution-related issues. You can take a boat ride on Bhimtal Lake to the island and enjoy your time gazing at rare and unique fish.
Karkotaka Temple, also known as the Nag Temple, is visited by thousands of pilgrims who come here to worship the serpent god, Nag Karkotaka Maharaja. It is located atop the highest mountain in Bhimtal, making it a great endpoint for a fun climb up the mountain.
Folk Culture Museum
Popularly known as ‘Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya’, the Folk Culture Museum was founded in 1983. The museum has rare artefacts, paintings, photographs, manuscripts and rock artwork on display. Head on over to the museum and illuminate yourself about the folk culture of the area.
Located at one end of Bhimtal Lake, Victoria Dam boasts unparalleled views that will take your breath away. Featuring terraced flower gardens on both sides, this dam rises to 40 feet. The simply staggering beauty of the spot makes it a great picnic venue that will blow you away.
Bhimtal is a quiet town, with lesser tourist crowds than Nainital, allowing travellers to relax and absorb the tranquility of the place in quiet harmony. With numerous interesting things to see and comfortable stay options such as the Rosefinch Sarovar Portico, one can indulge in a truly relaxing vacation.