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Bhimtal

Often viewed as a day trip from Nainital, Bhimtal has now carved out its own space to become a unique destination in its own right. Until a couple of years ago, the main draw here at Bhimtal was its lake created by the earth-dam built in 1883. Regular boating and sightseeing apart, Bhimtal has now come to be associated with adventure activities like kayaking and paragliding. Now known for so much more, Bhimtal Lake also offers fantastic angling opportunities.

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Things to do

Rock climbing and Rappelling-artificial wall - A drive of around 4 kilometres from Mallital takes you to the rock climbing area of Bara Pathar. This is an area of huge boulders with plenty of rock-faces that attracts a decent number of climbers, mostly amateurs. However the artificial wall is most advisable and is technically equipped to handle all levels of climbers. It may not seem to be the most daunting of climbs, but when you actually start you realise it isn't a cakewalk.

Short Paragliding - A shorter version of the paragliding experience in Bhimtal, do this if you have limited time but still want that adrenaline-rush like none other as you soar through the landscape on wings. Paragliding tops the list of adventure activities around the Bhimtal region.

Kayaking at Bhimtal - Bhimtal lake is one of those very few lakes in India that offers kayaking opportunities. Kayaking here is a relaxed and pleasant activity that allows you to explore every corner of the lake on your own. You will, however, go through some basic kayaking guidelines with an experienced instructor before you begin, and stay under his supervision throughout.

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  • Often viewed as a day trip from Nainital, Bhimtal has now carved out its own space to become a unique destination in its own right. Until a couple of years ago, the main draw here at Bhimtal was its lake created by the earth-dam built in 1883. Regular boating and sightseeing apart, Bhimtal has now come to be associated with adventure activities like kayaking and paragliding.

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  • Apparently built on the lines of Cumbrian Lake District by the British, Nainital is one of Uttarakhand's most popular hill stations. With majestic views, Nainital is set in a valley around an eye-shaped lake, where according to legend, the Goddess Sati's eyes had fallen. Bustling markets with spectacular views of the hills essentially make Nainital a gateway to the upper reaches of the mighty Himalayas.

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  • If India is called the land of spiritualism, Uttarakhand is one big contributor towards it. Home to the holy Ganga and the 4 most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites, it is commonly referred to as 'dev bhoomi' (the land of gods). Sages and saints since time immemorial have housed under the shelter of the mountains here.

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  • The 'other' lake town of Uttarakhand, Bhimtal has always been a quieter alternative to the crowd favourite Nainital. The lake here has a small island for a centrepiece with a beautiful aquarium. The wooded hills surrounding it complete the picture of a perfect hill station.

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  • Take a kayak and wade leisurely through the waters of the lake in Bhimtal. Stroll through the pine forests in the surrounding hills amidst the chirping of the birds. What better than to enjoy the mountain sun with a book and a hot cuppa in your hotel balcony, overlooking the lake.

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  • Paragliding, trekking, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, angling - the list is long for the adventure seekers here in Bhimtal.

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Best time to visit October to March

Late September to early November is the best time to visit here after the rains have subsided. The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February.

Clear skies through March till the haze by mid-April and mid-June rains. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.

How to reach

Air

  • The closest airport is situated at Pantnagar(**limited flights on this route and flights are frequently cancelled). Pantnagar is a small town in Udham Singh Nagar District, Uttarakhand. Pantnagar airport is directly connected to Delhi via Air India Regional. You can take cab from Pantnagar for Bhimtal. It takes roughly two hour to reach Bhimtal.

Rail

  • Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Bhimtal. Kathgodam is situated near Nainital. It is 30 kilometre away from Bhimtal. Kathgodam railway station is well connected to Delhi, Kolkata. You can find frequent trains connecting kathgodam as it serves as gateway of Kumaon region. There are two trains which runs daily connecting Delhi and Kathgodam.

Road

  • Bhimtal has a well-established road network. You can find cabs from Delhi and Kathgodam to Bhimtal. Busses are also available from ISBT Anand Vihar Delhi for Kathgodam and Bhimtal. If you are looking for more adventure wanna be an un[traveller], you can opt for self-drive and take NH109 or you can take NH9 From Delhi.

Blogs

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    Uttarakhand - Of Yogis, Hills and Spirituality

    Uttarakhand. Dev Bhoomi. The Land of Gods. This little corner of the enigma that is India exudes an enticing sense of spirituality and placidity from its every crevice. A spectacularly idyllic terr...

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    5 places near Nainital worth a visit

    Splendid lakes surrounded by Himalayan peaks, with an incredible view of pine and oak forests, dotted by colonial bungalows and artistic churches. That's Nainital - also known as the 'Lake District...

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    Bhimtal - Nainital's Lesser Known Cousin

    Often viewed as a day trip from Nainital, Bhimtal has now carved out its own space to become a unique destination in its own right. Until a couple of years ago, the main draw here at Bhimtal was it...

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