What is the history of Bhimtal?

Are you interested to know the history of Bhimtal? This blog post covers all the information about Bhimtal.

Bhimtal is an ancient place named after Bhima, one of the five Pandava brothers from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple, an old Shiva temple on the bank of Bhimtal Lake, is believed to have been built when Bhima visited the place during the banishment (Vanvas) period of the 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 and Bhimeshwar Temple Oil painting
Bhim Tal Kumaon, India. 30 July 1878. Oil painting on paper, by Marianne North (1830–1890).

Bhimtal is older than nearby Nainital, discovered by the British in 1841. Bhimtal used to be an important spot on an old walking road, which connects Kathgodam to all Kumaon region and even to Nepal and Tibet. It’s possible that this path was once a part of the famous ancient Silk Route.

Bhimtal was also a center of learning and culture in the past. The famous Sanskrit scholar and poet Kalidasa, is believed to have visited Bhimtal and written some of his works there.

During the British rule, Bhimtal became a popular hill station for the British. They built many bungalows and other buildings in Bhimtal, which still stand today. The British also built the Victoria Dam and Aquarium in Bhimtal in 1883.

After India gained independence in 1947, Bhimtal continued to be a popular tourist destination. It is now a popular place for people to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountains.

Bhimtal is also a popular destination for religious tourism. The Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple is one of the most important Shiva temples in the Kumaon region. The temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.

Bhimtal is a beautiful and historic town with a lot to offer visitors. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty.

2 thoughts on “What is the history of Bhimtal?”

  1. Nice post. I have visited Bhimtal now it’s a glorious city having lots of lights reflecting on the lake. A mesmerizing sight.

  2. It is believed that Bhimtal Lake is made when Bhim strike his Gada on the ground. I heard this story from a local.

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