Located very close to Nainital, Bhimtal is one of the most scenic destinations of Uttarakhand. The distance of 23 KM from Bhimtal to Nainital can be covered by private rental cab and every tourist visiting Nainital, must stop for a day in Bhimtal.
Bhimtal is best known as an important pilgrimage destination. The temples are located atop some mighty mountains in close proximity of the holy Bhimtal Lake. If you want to experience spirituality and the beauty of nature in your one day tour, then Bhimtal is the place to be!
Since Bhimtal is located so close to Delhi, Chandigarh, and Dehradun, you will find tourists flocking to the town on weekends and holidays. Lush forests of oaks and pine and dense shrubbery defines the flora of Bhimtal. Bhimtal Lake is also one of the biggest lakes in Uttarakhand. Visitors can often be seen enjoying various water sports.
Apart from Bhimtal Lake, do stop by at Bhimeshwar Temple and Victoria Dam. The Folk Culture Museum is also a must-visit for children and adults with curious minds. While driving around the town, you will be charmed by the town’s terraced gardens, ravines, and farm-houses. Bhimtal is a preferred choice for same day tours for everyone looking for some peace and quiet away from the city.
A quick glance at one day Bhimtal local sightseeing package:
March to June and September to December constitute the best time to embark on your same day Bhimtal sightseeing tour. The weather is pleasant throughout the year, including summers! The winter temperatures are chilly but it might get unbearably cold during the month of December. Monsoons bring with them landslides and thunderstorms, making the season unsuitable for a vacation.
On a typical one day Bhimtal sightseeing tour, we will take you on a guided tour of Bhimtal Lake, Victoria Dam, Naukuchiatal, Hanuman Garhi, Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple, Folk Culture Museum, and end the trip with a scrumptious lunch. Our foremost concern is the comfort of our customers. We offer maximum comfort at minimum rates. Accompaniments such as MP3 players, GPS and AC ensure that you see Bhimtal in style. Say goodbye to overtime fines, toll taxes and driver batta and just have a good time!
1. Bhimtal Lake
Bhimtal Lake is among some of the best known lakes of Uttarakhand. It will also be the first stop of our Bhimtal sightseeing tour package. The island at the centre of the lake has been developed into an aquarium. On the island, you will also find a beautiful temple. You may not know this, but Bhimtal Lake is also the biggest lake of the Kumaon region!
The water of Bhimtal Lake doubles up as a source of drinking water for nearby places and nourishes agricultural farms. Tourists visit Bhimtal Lake to participate in adventure sports, jogging, and strolling. Bhimtal Lake looks the most beautiful during dawn and dusk.
The Bhimtal Lake is spread over a massive area of 47 acres. The lake is well maintained and clean. The pristine surroundings are bound to energize you. Going for a boating and feeding the ducks are must do activities in Bhimtal!
- Must See / Things Do:: The Bhimtal Lake Aquarium is located in the island of the Bhimtal Lake. The aquarium houses twelve large tanks and a variety of fishes. You may also enjoy a picnic on the island.
2. Victoria Dam
At one end of the Bhimtal Lake, you will spot the grand Victoria Dam. It is an important historical and cultural spot in the same day Bhimtal sightseeing tour. Tourists especially enjoy visiting the terraced flower gardens of the dam. Another tourist attraction located close to the dam is Bhimeshwar Temple.
Once you have seen the dam, don’t forget to take a long, refreshing walk through the lush green forests surrounding the lake. The dam is 40 feet high. The great height offers panoramic views of nearby peaks and valleys.
As you might have guessed, the lake and the town borrow their names from one of the Pandava brothers – Bheem. If folklores are to be believed, Bheem had also visited this town. The Victoria Dam was built in 1833 by the Britishers.
- Must See / Things Do:: The serenity and tranquility of the site also makes it a perfect spot for picnics.
Naukuchiatal ranks as one of the deepest lakes of the Nainital region. Located at a distance of 4 KM from Bhimtal, it is a must visit destination of any one day Bhimtal sightseeing tour. Naukuchiatal has a unique shape in the sense that it is a nine-cornered lake. The backdrop of glorious peaks and forests make Naukuchiatal a hub of spotting exotic birds, bugs, and small animals.
It is believed that the lake has been in existence since the ages of the Pandavas. The Pandavas may have also resided by this lake during their time in banishment. Naukuchiatal is thoroughly enjoyed by nature and photography enthusiasts.
- Must See / Things Do:: You and your family can spend some quality time together while enjoying adventure sports such as paragliding, trekking, angling and river rafting.
4. Hanuman Garhi
Hanuman Garhi Temple is visited by every pilgrim while visiting Bhimtal. As the name suggests, the temple was built in honour of Lord Hanuman.
The temple’s construction finished in 1950. The beautiful temple was built under the guidance of Baba Neem Karoli. He was one of the most respected saints of the region. The image of Lord Hanuman ripping open his chest to reveal the image of Lord Rama and Sita residing in his heart is bound to catch your attention. The most striking attraction of the temple is a huge statue of Lord Hanuman holding a beautiful golden umbrella.
If you are not someone with a religious bent of mind, you can still visit Hanuman Garhi to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of its surroundings. Your private rental cab will take you all the way up to the temple.
- Must See / Things Do:: Hanuman Garhi is also the best sunrise and sunset point in Bhimtal!
5. Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple
Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple is another important religious site in Bhimtal. The majestic temple is located only 7 KM from Bhimtal town, thus naturally being a part of one day Bhimtal tour package. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple was built by Bheem during his time in exile.
The temple was rebuilt by Baz Bahadur in the 17th century. He was one of the Chand dynasty rulers that ruled Kumaon.
- Must See / Things Do:: The exquisite architecture is praiseworthy and an excellent subject for photography.
6. Folk Culture Museum
The Museum of Folk Culture of Bhimtal is a must-see destination. The sixth and final stop of your Bhimtal city tour is also known as Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya. You are bound to enjoy the informative collection of photographs, pamphlets, and interactive displays. Along with these, the museum also displays a wide range of archaeological artefacts and rock sculptures. Some sections of the museum exhibit wooden artefacts, ancient manuscripts, idols, agricultural implements and outfits native to Uttarakhand.
- Must See / Things Do:: The folk paintings are the main attraction of the museum. The paintings are an epitome of beauty and minute detailing.
While in Bhimtal, you will face no dearth of foods and cuisines. Other than local cuisine, you can also enjoy Chinese, Mexican and Continental cuisine. Momos are a must try in Bhimtal.
Bhimtal receives a lesser amount of tourists than Nainital and Dehradun. If peace and quiet are some of the most essential elements of your vacation, then Bhimtal is a must visit site for you!