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Bhimtal

Trip Planner Asia  /  India  /  Uttarakhand  /  Nainital District  /  Bhimtal
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Things to do: nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums
Bhimtal is a town and a nagar panchayat in Nainital district in the state of Uttarakhand, India, situated at an altitude of 1370 meters above sea level and is about 22 kilometers from Nainital. The major attraction in Bhimtal is the Bhimtal Lake, which has an island at its centre. Besides tourism, Bhimtal has also now become a mini district headquarters since most of the district administration offices have been shifted to the newly constructed Vikas Bhawan, the building complex for district administrative offices.Bhimtal Climate and WeatherThe climate of Bhimtal is pleasant and salubrious during summers but very cold during winters.Summer temperatures range from 15 °C to 29 °C, while winter temperatures range from 4 °C to 18 °C.HistoryBhimtal is an ancient place named after Bhima of Mahabharata. Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple, an old Shiva temple in the bank of Bhimtal lake, is believed to have been built when Bhima visited the place during the banishment (vanvas) period of Pandavas. The present temple was built in the 17th century, by Baz Bahadur (1638–78 AD), a King of the Chand dynasty, and the Raja of Kumaon.Bhimtal came under British rule after the Anglo-Nepalese War (1814–16).
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