Travel Delights in Bhimtal

India is a land of adventure, thrill and scenic delights. Come to the beautiful region of Kumaon in the northern part of India and enjoy the tours to this part of the country. Visit Bhimtal which is a greatly picturesque location in this part of the Himalayas. Situated around 22 kilometres from the lovely hill station of Nainital this is located a height of around 1375m. Bhimtal is so called because of Bhima the mythological Indian hero of the Indian epic Mahabharata. The town is very famous for the lovely lake which is also the largest in the district of Nainital.

Aerial View of Bhimtal Lake

Bhimtal is a very ancient place that finds mention even in the Indian epic Mahabharata. Legend has it that this is where Bhima built a big lake so that the Pandavas could have access to water during the time they were in exile in the forest. Bhimtal still has the old mountain route from Kumaon to Kathgodam and this route actually goes up to Nepal and Tibet. Bhimtal was in fact one of the ancient silk routes from the Far East.

Bhimtal is not as commercialized as the other popular city of Nainital and so has a lot of natural ambience still left. It is a very common thing to see the houses delicately perched on the orchards and terraced fields. The entire area is totally laden with fruits whose scent spread across the entire town of Bhimtal.

Tourists who come here go to the Folk culture Museum here which is a private institution that has a many artifacts. The ambience of the surrounding hills only make the place a great fascination for the tourists. Archaeologists are greatly intrigued by this place and so this is certainly a must see in tours to this part of the world.

Visit Bhimtal Lake and enjoy he main attraction here the lake. This lake measuring around 1700 metres in length and more than 250 metres in width has an ancient dam in one end. Around 100 metres from the lake banks lies an island. Boating is a very popular and preferred activity here. A temple here is visited by all the tourists. This is the Bhimeshwara Mahadev temple. Legend has it that this temple was built by Bhima when the Pandavas were in exile.

Bhimtal Tourist Attractions

Then there is Garg Parvat which is a small hillock lying near the Bhimeshwar temple. It is also known as Gola Nadi and is so called by the locals. The River Gorge has its origins here.

Visit the Hidimba Parvat which is around 5 km from Bhimtal. It is said that Sadhu Bankhandi maharaj found this small lovely natural sanctuary around this region Vankhandi Ashram.

Then of course you have the Karkotaka Hill which gets its name after the cobra of Indian mythology. It has a temple for servants that attract many devotees especially during the time of Rishi Panchami.

Tourists also go to the Nala Damayanti Tal which is a beautiful lake lying around 2 km from Bhimtal. This is worshipped by the locals as it is believed that the King Nala drowned in this very lake.

Bhimtal is accessed by air, rail or road. The nearest airport is Pant Nagar and Kathgodam is the nearest station. All the roads connect Bhimtal to other parts of India. Taxis are also available here for easy transport facilities.

Para gliding is a very important activity here in Bhimtal and these recreational pleasures is what makes Bhimtal a favourite for all adventure lovers. This is a competitive sport and as you fly the high skies, and see the fascinating land of Bhimtal below, your trips here would be fulfilled with the best travel memories. Make all the arrangements that are required for this unique experience. Don’t miss paragliding here and the best time to do is in the months from November to March. The ride is usually for around 3 to 10 minutes and lasts for a lifetime in your memories. Experience this unique high flying experience over this beautiful valley. Make sure that you are fit for paragliding and also mentally alert.

In this manner Bhimtal offers the best tour pleasures and gives the tourist a reason to come back again.

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