District : Nainital
State : Uttarakhand, India
Bhimtal has been named after the the legendary Bhim of Pandavas in Mahabharat. The altitude of this place is 1370 mtr. above sea level. An old Shiva temple, Bhimeshwar Mahadev temple has been built on the bank of this lake, which is believed to have been built when Bhim had visited this place during his exile (vanvas). The present temple was built by the king Baz Bahadur in 17th century, who belonged to Chand dynasty and ruled Kumaon. Bhimtal is 23 kms from Nainital. This lake is larger than Naini Lake and boating and fishing are the main attractions. No fishing however should be ventured with out permits. An islet in the centre of the lake is an excellent spot for picnickers. It is recommended to visit this place if someone is visiting Nainital.
Note: Rules regarding fishing permits keep on changing and hence it will be necessary to contact the Tourist Bureau/ local Forest Office/ Tourist guide for the latest rules. This is true about all lakes in Uttarakhand.
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