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Bhimtal

Bhimtal

Weather

Bhimtal has an average temperature of a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius during the day and a maximum of 15 degrees at night. This pleasant weather is largely due to the fact that Bhimtal is at an altitude of 1,371 m above sea level.


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The summer months are from March to June and the temperature ranges between a pleasant 12 degrees to a high of 27 degrees.


 


The monsoon starts in July and goes on till September. The place gets fairly heavy rains during the latter part of the season and can cause difficulties for sightseeing and outdoor activities.


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The best time to visit is post monsoon. The place will be blushing with greenery all around and sparkling blue skies. The winter starts from November and goes till February. With the altitude, winter gets quite chilly especially during the nights where it can go even sub-zero some months. During the daytime the temperature is around 8 -9 degree Celsius and rarely crosses 12 degrees. Early summers and early winters are the best months to visit Bhimtal.

How To Reach

By Road:

It is possible to drive down to Bhimtal from New Delhi. The distance between Delhi and Bhimtal is around 300 kms and the drive time is roughly 6-7 hours depending on the traffic situation. When getting to Bhimtal from Delhi by own transport, the route would start with NH – 24 and then the shift to NH – 87 at Rampur.


By Air:

Bhimtal does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport to Bhimtal is Pantnagar domestic airport which is around 58 kms away. Pantnagar is connected to Bhimtal by private taxis and buses. The closest international airport is at Delhi (300 kms). 



By Rail:

The closest railway station for Bhimtal is Kathgodam, which is at a distance of 22 kms from Bhimtal. Cities like New Delhi, Agra and Lucknow are connected to Kathgodam stations with trains like Ranikhet Express and Uttar Sampark Kranti Express. From Kathgodam station there are many taxis and buses to Bhimtal.


Overview

Bhimtal in Uttarakhand is a hidden paradise in the Kumaon Range of the Himalayan Mountains. It is located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 1200 metres from the sea level. For those who wish to admire the beauty of nature in its full splendour, Bhimtal is the place. Its unique beauty comes from its lakes and the incredibly rich treasure of Himalayan birds, butterflies and wild animals.  Bhimtal has an air of ancient mystery and is also believed to be a part of the famous ancient silk route connecting India to Nepal and even Tibet.

 

For bird lovers Bhimtal has many bird sightings including the red-billed blue magpie, kingfishers, crimson-fronted barbet, Himalayan woodpecker and the majestic mountain hawk eagle among many more varieties of birds. Lake Sattal, near Bhimtal has also a rich marine life with many different varieties of fish including Mashers, Labeo Rohita, Schizothorax and Catla catla.

 

Those who are butterfly enthusiasts, you can find the Argynnis butterfly, Paris peacock and te red-base Jazebel. There is the famous Butterfly museum at Jones Estate that has over 2,500 butterfly and moth specimens and 1,100 species of insects which are found in this region. But beyond all this Bhimtal is really a place where one can put one’s feet up, and leave all the worries and concerns of the world behind. Its slow pace, the rich and lush mountains around and the crisp mountain air make one realise how much beauty is in nature that one can drink and nourish one’s soul. There are dreamlike farmhouses set among terraced fields and with several citrus trees around lending you a great time.

 

The presence of mountains also makes it a place for adventure seekers with many opportunities for hiking, nature walks and trekking. For those who love a bit more intensity there are also mountaineering and rock climbing prospects.

 

The things to buy in Bhimtal are all the quaint candles, beaded jewellery and wood carvings. A lot of shopping opportunities are present on the Bhimtal Mall road which has cluster-shops that also sell carpets, and Garhwali paintings, with many other options for souvenirs and gifts across all budget types.

 

Bhimtal has gained popularity mainly due to its proximity to Nainital, another famous hill station in Uttarakhand. You Bhimtal travel plan may also include the neighbouring attractions like the famous Nainital or other destinations like lmora, Pangot, Ranikhet or Mukteshwar.