The ‘Tals’ of Uttarakhand: Bhimtal

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Fateh Veer Singh Guram, Travel @ The Hush Post: An ancient city named after Bhima from Mahabharata, Bhimtal is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Even older than Nainital, this city has been a stoppage point for travellers from the hills to the plains, and vice versa. This city was part of the ancient silk route that was used by traders to trade a variety of goods with China and Tibet.

Places to Visit:

Bhimtal Lake:

The largest lake in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, it is located at a distance of 1,375 metres and is spread over an area of 17.12 square kilometres.

There is an island in the middle of the lake, and on the western side of the lake is a forest area where cottages have been built, while terraced fields are located on the eastern side.bhimtal

Hanuman Garhi:

Situated at a height of 6,401 feet, this temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Offering splendid views of the sunrise and sunset over the Himalayas, the temple also boasts of a magnificent 4 metre high statue of Lord Hanuman.

Sayad Baba ki Mazaar:

Sayad Baba ki Mazaar is a place in Bhimtal where people of every faith and religion go to pray. A fine example of unity in diversity, one can also see the lake and island from this place.

Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple:

According to local folk lore, this temple is so ancient that when the Pandavas visited this region during their exile, this temple was already there. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is located on the banks of the lake and is one of the most beautiful spots of the city.

Hidimba Parvat:

Located at a distance of 5 kilometres from Bhimtal, this hill is named after Hidimba, the wife of Bhima. The hill is also home to a wildlife asylum called Vankhandi Ashram, which was developed by Vankhandi Maharaj, who is an environmentalist and a monk.

Best Time to Visit:

Since Bhimtal is located at a comfortable height of 1,370 metres, it experiences pleasant summers. The lake also gives a cooling effect to the city, hence a lot of tourists visit the town to escape the heat of the northern plains. During the winters, it becomes chilly, with temperatures dropping to nearly 4 degrees Celsius.

How to Reach:

Bhimtal is located at a distance of nearly 22 kilometres from Nainital, which is the district headquarters. The state capital, Dehradun, is located at a distance of 300 kilometres.

Chandigarh and New Delhi are located at a distance of 488 kilometres and 301 kilometres, respectively.

Kathgodam, located at a distance of 28 kilometres, is the nearest railhead. The nearest airport is in Pant Nagar, which is 55 kilometres away.

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