Bhimtal (भीमताल) is a pretty little hill town in Nainital (नैनीताल) district in the state of Uttarakhand (उत्तराखण्ड) commonly called the land of god , India situated at an altitude of 1370 meters above sea level and is about 22 kilometers from Nainital. The nearest railway station from bhimtal is Kathgodam that is linked by buses and taxis to Bhimtal. The most attractive part of Bhimtal is Bhimtal lake which has an beautiful island in its middle. Bhimtal is a one of the best tourist destination.
Bhimtal is a lake city named after Bhima of Mahabharata. An ancient shiva temple in the bank of Bhimtal lake named as Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple, is believed to have been buit when Bhima visited the place during the banishment i.e vanvas period of Pandavas. Now the Bhimtal has also become a mini district headquater that’s why most of the district administration offices have been shifted to the newly constructed Vikas Bhawan. Bhimtal is much older than Nainital city.
Bhimtal has been a staying place for travellers of the region from hills to plains and from plains to hills. The old pedesterial road is still in use here and this road is a link road nearby Kathgodam to all other Kumaun regions and even to Nepal and Tibet. It might have been the part of the famous ancient silk route.
There are number of places to be visited in bhimtal. Bhimtal lake lies in top most rank among various prime attraction. It is a peaceful and calm place unlike Nainital.
As Nainital is a famous hill station of the country and district headquaters there is not enough place for administrative offices.Most of District Administration office of Nainital are shifted in Vikas Bhawan Complex as Government has constructed Vikas Bhawan building in Bhimtal.There are various public and private institutions in Bhimtal, including National Cold Water Fisheries Institute, Tasar Regional Research Center (Ministry of Textile, Govt. of India), Birla Institute of Applied Sciences (an Institute of Higher Technical Education),Graphic Era Hill University, Department of Management Studies, Kumoun University Campus (Faculty of Management, Pharmacy & Bio-Technology) and District Institute of Teachers |Education (DITE), Jan Sikshan Sansthan and so on.
Uttarakhand Graphic Era Parvatiya Vishwavidyalaya (Under the aegis of Graphic Era Educational Society, Dehradun and notified by the Government of Uttarakhand as a private university) started its Kumaun campus in Bhimtal at Sattal Road from the session 2011–12 with B.Tech (in 5 branches of Electronics & Communication, Computer Science, Information Technology, Mechanical and Civil Engineering), MCA and MBA programmes, now known as Bhimtal campus of Graphic Era Hill University.
Government Model School, Bhimtal, is the oldest school in the area, which is running for about 100 years from the British period. Lilawati Pant Inter College (popularly known as LP Inter College)and Government Girls Inter College (earlier Girls High School) are other Government educational institution in Bhimtal.
Sainik school where boys get prepared academically , physically and psychologically for entry into National Defence Academy located in Ghorakhal near Bhimtal. in addition to that there are various other English Medium schools in Bhimtal . Hermann Gmenier School is well familiar school situated at Tallital Bhimtal, It is popular for its School and an organization (SOS Bhimtal). It is a co-educational residential school from pre to intermediate.Some other schools of the area are Mount Alvern Convent School, Lakes International School, Templeton Academy, Naukuchiatal etc.
What to DO :
Boating, Paragliding, Hiking.
Nearby Places :
Sattal (5kms), Naukuchiyatal (5kms), Bhowali(10kms), Ghorakhal Temple (15kms).
March to June – Pleasant
July to September – Monsoon
October to November – Pleasnat
December to Mid March- Cold