Bhimtal - The Prestine Lake (Uttarakhand)
Bhimtal is just 45 km from Kathgodam or can be reached directly from Delhi in 6-7 hrs. Bhimtal is situated at an altitude of 1200 m so is slightly on the warmer side in mid June, but makes for an all year round destination. For recreation one can do boating at the lake or explore the surrounding jungle on foot. It can also be made as a center for exploring the surrounding lakes. There is a large Victorian dam at one end of the Bhimtal lake and terraced flower gardens can be found on either side. Next to the dam is the Bhimkeshwar temple dedicated to Bhim. Another tourist attractions in Bhimtal is The Museum of Folk Culture (Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya) housing collections of folk paintings and ancient wooden artifacts. Bhimtal makes for an interesting off beat destination for the groups, family and corporate travelers.
Bhimtal Lake: Bhimtal lake is named after the second Pandava brother Bhima in the Mahabharata who was known for his prodigious strength. The lake, which is larger than Naini Lake, is approximately 22 km (14 mi) from Nainital at an altitude of 1,370 m (4,495 ft). There is an island in the lake with a popular hotels, resorts, restaurant on it. There is also a 17th century temple complex, the Bhimeshwar, alongside a 40 ft (12 m) high dam at one end of the lake.
Main Tourist Spots At Bhimtal:
Naukuchiya Tal, Sattal, Hanuman Temple etc