The origin of this small town is ambiguous. But, Bhimtal derives its name from Bhim, one of the central characters in the epic Mahabharata. It originally served as a satellite hillstation for Nainital and was a popular day tour destination from there. But, due to Nainital's over-commercialisation Bhimtal started gaining popularity amongst people who wanted to enjoy the region's natural beauty in peace.
Bhimtal is located 300 kms from Delhi and 22 Kms. from Nainital. Jim Corbett National Park is 100 kms away. It is perched at an altitude of 1370 mts.
Fresh apples and apple juices are an important part of the day in Bhimtal as there are many orchards are available in the area. As this is a small but popular tourist destination, many beloved dishes are available here. One might not find fancy continental dishes easily and it would be better to try local dishes like hot stuffed paranthas and home-cooked meals.
S People Bhimtal speak both Hindi and English easily. This is particularly true of people involved in the tourism industry.
Bhimtal's most popular attraction is the Bhimtal Lake. There's a beautiful aquarium at the lake's island, which houses vibrant fish from all over the world. Nainital is the largest and most developed hillstation in the region and is popular for its natural beauty and the countless activities it offers. Other than Nainital, Naukuchiatal and Sat Tal are important day tours from Bhimtal. For a culturally and historically rich experience one should visit the local museum in Bhimtal. It is a rich source of the region's rare artifacts. Read more