Bhimtal is much older than Nainital, which was a secret holy lake known only to the hill people till the 1840s when the British discovered it. This place is famous for its Bhimtal Lake, which is bigger than Naini Lake…
Bhimtal is much older than Nainital, which was a secret holy lake known only to the hill people till the 1840s when the British discovered it. This place is famous for its Bhimtal Lake, which is bigger than Naini Lake and offers good boating facilities. The uniqueness and historical links make the town worth exploring for tourists as well as pilgrims coming to the state. This small town is nestled at an altitude of 1370 meters above the level of the sea. The city is famously known among the tourists for its wonderful Bhimeshwar Temple situated on the bank of Bhimtal Lake and devoted to Lord Shiva.
Tourists can enjoy a boat ride in the lake of Bhimtal, Sattal & Naukuchiatal or walk around in the forest area. The region is well known for adventure activities which are conducted near Naukuchiatal & Jangalia Gaon. The rich flora & fauna in the region makes it easy to sight different Himalayan birds. Travelers can also experience the beautiful region of Bhimtal on foot. In the center of the lake, there is a small island where a restaurant facility is also available.
Flora and Fauna of Bhimtal Lake
The lake has rich flora and fauna around it. Thick forests of pine and oak cover the hill slopes around the lake. The lake supports the large variety of aquatic life and is the home to the number of migratory birds in the winter months. Some of the famous species found in the area include bulbul, wall creeper, Emerald Dove, Black Eagle, and Tawny fish owl. Tourists can also explore the area on foot. Make a visit to the 40 feet high Victorian Dam at the end of the lake and the terraced flower gardens on both sides.
Places to see
Known as the ‘Town of Seven lakes’; Sattal in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand is famous for its freshwater lakes. Sattal lakes are surrounded by pine and oak forests. A large portion of the forests around Sattal is protected, the area is rich in birdlife and is also a great place for nature walks and butterfly watching. It is said that the lakes used to be interconnected. The lakes – Ram Tal, Sita Tal, Laxman Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Sukh Tal, Garud Tal, and Purna Tal –have been named after mythological figures.
The Karkotak hill is well known for the Nag Temple, which is about 2.5 km from Bhimtal and is visited by thousands of pilgrims in the event of Rishi Panchami. Hidimba Parvat has located 5 km from Bhimtal and is named after the demon wife of Bhima. Vankhandi Maharaj, an environmentalist, and monk live there and he has developed a refuge for wild animals. The area is now known as Vankhandi Ashram.
Naukuchiatal or ‘lake of nine corners’, a small hill station in the Nainital district is surrounded by hills covered in trees and shrubs. Naukuchiatal Lake is the deepest of all the lakes in the Nainital region. It is (5 km from Bhimtal) is more secluded than Bhimtal and is full of wooded walks, hikes, and treks for the adventure lover and excellent for bird watching and for honeymooners.