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Jim Corbett National Park: It is situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand state and is also India's oldest national park being established in 1936. The park was named after hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett. Jim Corbett National Park is situated 81kms from Bhim Tal. The park contains 488 different species of plants and wide variety of wild life including elephant, tiger, chital, Sambar Deer, nilgai, gharial, King Cobra, muntjac, wild boar, hedgehog, common musk shrew, flying fox, Indian Pangolin, and around 600 species of birds. Jim Corbett National Park covers an area of 521 square kilometers.
Mukteshwar: It is situated at a distance of 35kms from Bhim Tal set at an elevation of 2,285mts above sea level. Mukteshwar got its name from a 350year old temple Mukteshwer Dham whose presiding deity is great Lord Shiva. The top of the mountain on which Mukteshwar Dham is stood offers stupendous views of Himalayan range. Mukteshwar was developed by the Britishers as research and education institute (IVRI) in 1893.
Sat Tal: Sat Tal is a cluster of mysteriously interconnected seven freshwater lakes situated 12kms away from Bhim Tal. Sat Tal is set at an altitude of 1370mts above sea level. The group of lakes is set amidst dense forests of oak and pine trees. These lakes are paradise for migratory birds as they stay for some time here during their migration. Sattal is one of the few unspoiled and unpolluted fresh water biomes in India. The names of the seven lakes of Sattal are Purna Tal, Ram Tal, Sita tal, Laxman Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Sukh Tal and Garud Tal. Sattal is often compared with Westmoreland of England by Britishers.
Naukuchia Tal: The name literally suggests Nine-Cornered Lake. It is situated 19kms from Bhimtal. Naukuchia Tal is set at an altitude of 1,220mts above sea level. The lake is around 1 km in length, 0.6 km in width and approximately 40m in depth. It is the deepest of the lakes in the greater Naintal area. According to myth, if one takes a glimpse of all nine corners at once, one can disappear in a cloud of smoke. Naukuchia Tal is within an enchanting valley providing ample scope for rowing, paddling and yatching. Naukuchia Tal is also famous for angling and bird watching.
Almora: Almora is a picturesque place located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Almora is famous for its magnificent beauty, panoramic view of the Himalayas, rich cultural heritage, exquisite wildlife, unique handicrafts and delicious cuisine. It is located at a height of 5,400ft above sea level and is spread across a 5-km ridge atop Kashaya Hill. The picturesque landscape of Almora attracts hundreds of tourists each year. Almora has been developed by the Chand Rajas and then maintained and further developed by the British. Almora is situated 65kms from Bhim Tal.
Ranikhet: Ranikhet is a hill station in Almora district of Uttarakhand state. Ranikhet is also the home for Kumaon regiment and Naga regiment of Indian Army. Ranikhet offers invigorating views of the snow capped peaks of the prodigious Himalayan range. Ranikhet literally means “Queens Meadow or Queens’s field”. Ranikhet hosts a vast bio-diversity of flora and fauna. Ranikhet is situated 35kms from Bhim Tal set at an altitude of 1,869mts above sea level.
Kausani: It is one of the most popular hill stations of Kumaon perched at an elevation of 1890mts above sea level. Situated 107kms from Bhim Tal this charming hill resort set amidst several snow- capped peaks is endowed with extraordinary natural beauteousness. Mahatma Gandhi and was absolutely fascinated by the scenic grandeur of Kausani while a visit in year 1929. Sumitra Nandan Pant, a renowned Hindi poet was born in Kausani.
Haldwani: Haldwani is situated in the Nainital district of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state at an average elevation of 425mts above sea level. Haldwani is situated in the foothills of Himalayas in the bhabhar region of the Indo-Gangetic plains. Haldwani is popularly known as the ‘gateway of kumaon’ sharing its twin township with Kathgodam. The dusk and dawn of the Haldwani are pleasant and will make you feel that you are in the lap of nature. The hills of the Kumaon region commence from this picturesque spot and the temperature decreases as you climb. Since beginning Haldwani has been an important trading hub of Kumaon as it is well connected with Delhi, Haridwar, Lucknow and many other places of northern India. Transportation facilities from Haldwani to major destinations of Kumaon are well maintained and you can easily get taxis and buses to Nainital, Almora, Bhim Tal, pithoragarh, champawat and many other places. Haldwani is situated 28kms before Bhim Tal.
Nainital: It is situated at a distance of 24kms from Bhim Tal at an elevation of 1,938mts above sea level. Nainital is named after an eye shaped lake set amidst the mountains with thick alpine trees. Nainital is situated in the Kumaon region and is one of the 13 districts of Uttarakhand state. Nainital is given the epithet of “Lake District” because it dotted with five lakes Nainital, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Khurpatal, Sattal.
RAMGARH: RAMGARH is 30 Km from Van Vilas. Situated at an altitude of 1789 mts. on Bhowali-Mukteshwar road Ramgarh is known for a variety of Himalayan fruits and spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges. The famous poets Rabindranath Tagore and Mahadevi Verma have praised the serenity of this place.
Kainchi Dham : On the Nainital - Almora Road, 9 Km from Bhowali and 17 Kms from Nainital is a modern pilgrim centre. This place has achieved recognition owing to the ashram of the famous Neem Karoli Maharaj. Kaichi is a term used for two sharp hairpin bends of the motor road in local dialect hence the name. It has no relation with scissors.
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