Activities in Bhimtal
There are plenty of activities one can partake in at Bhimtal. Sightseeing, trekking, nature walk are some of the activities which tourists tend to indulge in during their visit to Bhimtal. Boating in the lake, which is larger than the Naini Lake, is also a viable activity for tourist and honeymoon couples. Being a popular tourist destination and its proximity to Nainital makes Bhimtal a desirable tourist attraction.
Staying in Bhimtal
The lake town of Bhimtal, which is just 20 kms away from Nainital, is flocked with lot of accommodations ranging from luxury hotels and resorts to economical budget guesthouses that a tourist can choose according to their budget. Due to its proximity of Nainital, Bhimtal attracts lot of tourists during the winter season and the rates go through the roof during the tourist season in Nainital and hence staying at Bhimtal is a good option.
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Bhimtal Food Guide
Bhimtal has quite a few restaurants and eating joints which offer multi-cuisines ranging from Chinese, continental to the scrumptious Indian cuisine – both North Indian and South Indian. Apart from that, one can also enjoy street food like Momos which are available all over the place and sip a coffee by the lake side. The resorts and high-end hotels have in-house restaurants and bar.
History of Bhimtal
Bhimtal came under the British rule after the Anglo-Nepalese War also known as Gorkha War of 1814-1816. The pedestrian roads are still in use and are connected to Kathgodam along with different regions of Kumaon and also, Nepal and Tibet. It is speculated that the connecting routes might be a part of the ancient silk route. Many researchers believe that Bhimtal is older than Nainital which is around 150-160 years old. There is also a famous Shiva temple adorned alongside the Bheemtal lake which was built in the 17th century by Baz Bahadur (1638-78 AD), the King of the Chand Dynasty and also the Raja of Kumaon.
Mythology of Bhimtal
Bhimtal has been named after the mythological character, Bhima of Mahabharata. It is believed that the famous lake of Bhimtal was formerly known as the ‘Bhimasarovar lake’ which used to be the stomping ground of the Pandavas As per the Hindu legends, Bhima and the other Pandava brothers visited this place during their exile.
It is said that during this time, they were unable to find any water resource in the region to quench their thirst, so the mighty Bhima came to the rescue and made a sudden blow on the ground with his mace or 'gada.' There by, creating an opening or cavity in the ground that contained underground water. Hence, Bhimeshwar Mahadev temple was built along the Bhimtal lake in the memory of Bhima.