BHIMTAL is great as a base from which to make day trips to nearby places of interest - CORBETT PARK, NAINITAL, ALMORA, RANIKHET, MUKTESHWAR, KAUSANI, KAICHI DHAM, HAIRAKHAN and others. BHIMTAL is a pretty little hill town around BHIMTAL Lake (1370 m above sea level) in the Lake District of KUMAON in the foothills of the Himalayas. The climate is wonderful, with pleasant summers, a beautiful spring and autumn, and sunny, bracing winters. The lake, which has a little island in the middle, is the largest of the lakes here. It is 22 km from its more famous neighbour NAINITAL, and is quiet and uncrowded.
BHIMTAL is in the SHIVALIK range, and the region is known as DEVBHOOMI, the Land of the Gods. The lake that was formed, was named after him. An ancient Shiva temple of BHIMESHWARA MAHADEV has stood here for centuries; the present temple was built in the 17th century by the King of KUMAON, BAZ BAHADUR of the Chand dynasty. BHIMTAL was the best route between the KUMAON Mountains and the plains of India. The entire region around BHIMTAL is redolent of the stories of the ancient epics – named after the great cobra, KARKOTAK Mountain is lapped at the base by BHIMTAL Lake; HIDIMBA Hill named after its namesake demon lady whom BHIMA married; the Sat Tal lakes individually named after the Ramayana's chief players...the list is endless. The PANDAVAS (of the Mahabharata) are believed to have visited here during their VANVAS (forest exile, and when their wife DRAUPADI was thirsty, BHIMA struck the ground with his mace, and water gushed out.
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.
Today you can step into a row-boat and the boatman will take you for a delightful round of the lake. It was a stopping place for traders from Tibet travelling down in caravans of sheep loaded with borax, to trade for goods not to be got in the high mountains. The first boat to sail upon its clear green and blue waters was carried up on the heads of porters, from HALDWANI more than 150 years ago. It may well have been part of the Silk Route.
By Air: Pant Nagar Airport lying at a distance of 58 km from BHIMTAL is the nearest airport to the town. It is connected to Delhi via regular flights and can easily be accessed by BHIMTAL via well-maintained road. Taxis can be availed from outside the airport easily for a comfortable ride of nearly 2 hours to the desired destination.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to BHIMTAL is KATHGODAM around 30 km away. KATHGODAM, being the entrance to the KUMAON region is connected via two trains that run daily between Delhi and the city. Once reached, buses and taxis can easily be hired to your destination.
• Commuting Within BHIMTAL.
• BHIMTAL is a small hill station where it is easy to commute through a taxi or cab which can easily be availed. However, avoid travelling to this place during monsoon due to heavy rain falls and landslides.
By Road: To travel to BHIMTAL, state-owned as well as private buses run regularly to NAINITAL and KATHGODAM. Buses and taxis can further be hired to reach BHIMTAL from these cities.