If you are keen to enjoy bird watching amid the lap of nature, if you are looking to explore scenic lakeside gateway and if you are eager to take up trekking, then Bhimtal is the best destination for you.
Bhimtal, situated at the height of 4000 ft., lies in Uttarakhand and comprises an idyllic destination which goes has a pleasant climate as compared to its twin town, Bhimtal, which is situated at a height of 6000 feet. Also it is less crowded as compared to Bhimtal. It’s one among the best destinations for walks, treks and bird watching. History of Bhimtal dates back to the period of Mahabharata. There are many places in this town which were once the venues of important events as described in Mahabharata. Hence it makes an important religious destination which also has immense historical importance as well.
Now let’s read about its five most enchanting destinations:
1. Bhimeshwara Temple
This is an ancient 17th century temple which has Shiva as the main deity. The temple is situated on the banks of Bhimtal Lake. It was constructed by Baz Bahadur, who was the king of Kumaon region from Chand dynasty.
It is believed that the Bhima, one of the Pandavas, came to this temple during their exile period. The temple is visited by a large number of devotees during Shivratri.
2. Bhimtal Lake
Situated in the heart of the Bhimtal, this makes a beautiful water storage facility which came into being after the construction of a dam in 1883. The lake makes a storage facility for water and is the largest lake in the Kumaon region. It is also called as the lake district of India. Bhimtal Lake supplies fresh water supply. It simultaneously comes as a blessing for aquaculture and has been developed as a tourist destination. There is a lovely aquarium built here which is a feast to the eyes.
If you have a special liking for lakes, you will be in love with this lake city. Naukuchiatal comprises a picturesque lake village and is a blessing for those seeking quietude and tranquility under the lap of nature. It has a nine-cornered lake measuring up to 1 km in length and is 40 m deep.
You can enjoy green surroundings with wooded walks along with pristine views in this scenic location. You can also enjoy boating here.
4. Sattal Lake
This lake is known for the visit of lot many migratory birds. It is perched amid the dense forests of oak and pine trees. It makes a beautiful place for bird watching as lot many species of birds visit here during winter and summer.
5. Hanuman Garhi
Situated at a stunning height of around 6401 feet, this temple presents a magnificent picture of sunset. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. You will be surprised to know that the temple idol is four feet in height and hence presents a grandeur picture.
Besides these attractions, Bhimtal is a paradise for walking and bird watching. There are green and thick forests around which invite you to the world of bird watching and photography.
You will be surprised to know that Bhimtal and Sattal together provide habitat to 400+ resident and migratory birds. They are also home to 20 mammal species and 525 species of butterflies. Around 11,000 plus species of moths, beetles, etc. have made their home in this region.
Hence if you are keen to enjoy the lush green flora along with the diversity of fauna, there just cannot be a better destination than Bhimtal which has all elements of nature blossomed at its best. Hence you too should carve out an itinerary for this place which ensures you to explore each and every part of this town.
You will definitely feel blessed looking at the marvellous natural beauty spread all around and for once, you will think as if you have landed in a paradise.