The Bhimtal Dam is situated 20 km downhill from Nainital district, located near a 17th-century temple. The dam is built on a natural gap in the eastern side of the 155 acres water sheet of Nainital, Uttarakhand. The dam is about 500 feet long, 48.5 feet high and 30 feet wide. The basin area of this dam is river Ganga.
The Bhimtal dam was designed by Francis Hanry Ashurst in September 1882 and completed in the year 1883. The dam was built for irrigational use, but now the purpose has been shifted to supplying drinking water to the hilly areas. No restoration work has been done ever since. Therefore, the local bodies are anticipating the collapse of this dam as many cracks and crevices have appeared on the wing, curtain walls and the general body of the embankment.