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Bhimtal Tourism And Travel Guide
16.9° C / 62.4° F
March to June
2 to 4 Days
Patnanagar Airport (58 kms)
Kathgodam Station (30 kms)
Bhimtal is a hill station situated 1370 meters above sea level and 22 km away from Nainital, in Uttarakhand. The town is named after Bhima of Mahabharata. Both local and international tourists flock here to enjoy the natural beauty of the Bhimtal Lake, the crown jewel of the town. The weather is well-balanced throughout the year. However, tourism in Bhimtal tends to boom during the summer months (March – June). The town is well-connected by roadways, making it easy to get in and around from the neighbouring airports and railway stations, in addition to the cities in and around Uttarakhand. To learn more, check out our travel guide to Bhimtal below.
How to Reach
Pantnagar Airport can be found 58 km from Bhimtal and is the closest domestic airport. There are several car and bus options available to Bhimtal from here.
Kathgodam station, 30 km away, is the closest railway station. The station enjoys a relatively high frequency of trains. Delhi is 276 km away.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Summer (March - June):
This is arguably the best time to visit Bhimtal. The weather is balanced, enabling a variety of outdoor adventure sports and activities for visitors. Visitors can truly appreciate Bhimtal’s beauty during this season.
Winter (September – February):
From September to December the weather is relatively pleasant and enjoyable for visitors. However, December onwards temperatures are known to drop to sub-zero levels, making outdoor activities next to impossible.
Monsoon (July – August):
Although the surrounding vegetation is lush as ever, the excessive rainfall this town is known to receive can make it tricky for visitors. The weather observes a combination of decent weather and erratic showers. It is not the best time to visit.
Things to Do
Boating and Fishing:
This is one of the most popular things to do in Bhimtal. The Bhimtal, Sat Tal, and Naukuchiatal lakes are all stunning and are visited by tourists throughout the year.
Camping and Stargazing:
The natural splendour of Bhimtal makes it a haven for camping. The clear skies are also ideal for stargazing, especially during the summer.
There are numerous picnic spots for families and young couples alike. Lakeside picnics are a great way to spend the day in relaxation.
Hiking and Trekking:
Bhimtal is renowned for being one of the best destinations for trekking and hiking. Places like the Pine Riviera (14 km away from Bhimtal) are perfect to enjoy the dense oak forests and surrounding mountains.
Located in the center of Bhimtal, Mall Road is the place to be for shopping enthusiasts. There are a variety of small shops selling a variety of handicrafts, jewellery, organic produce and other souvenirs. All the products are made locally and are of the highest quality. The town of Bhimtal is much quieter and laid back, enabling shoppers to explore every nook and corner of the city.
Majority of the restaurants in Bhimtal share high quality food, in a variety of cuisines and budgets to cater to every traveller's needs. Momos are extremely popular here and available in restaurants as well as roadside stalls. There are also several great cafes for visitors to choose from including the iHeart Cafe, Birdsong Cafe, Italiano and the Kumaoni Farm Cafe.