11 Popular Tourist Places to Visit near Bhimtal

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Once you’re in Bhimtal, you can cover many popular tourist places which are located near Bhimtal City. In this blog post, we have listed the most popular tourist destinations that you can reach from Bhimtal in just one day along with the best places for accommodation, activities you can do, and distance from Bhimtal. All these nearby places can easily be visited by car.

1. Nainital

Before the freedom of India, Nainital was a British Hill station.  Being a Lake city Nainital is one of the prettiest Himalayan towns in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.

Perched at an elevation of roughly 2,000 meters above the sea level. Nainital is set around the beautiful kidney shaped freshwater Nainital or Naini Lake, a very much popular site for boating with the famous Naina Devi Temple on its north shore.

Nainital is truly the treasure trove of Kumaon, offering the visitors a fantastic ropeway ride to Snow View point (present at 2,270m height), with vistas over the town and mountains including Nanda Devi, the highest peak of Uttarakhand.

Nainital is not only a popular tourist destination but is also known for its British era prestigious schools and educational institutions. The glittering city Nainital not only attracts the domestic tourists but also a huge number of foreign travellers.

Distance of Nainital from Bhimtal23.8 Kilometers (56 minutes)
Best time to visit NainitalMarch to June and September to December
Altitude2,084 m

Places to stay in Nainital: Hotel Chandra Inn Royal Rose, Soulitude by the Riverside, Hotel Lakeside Inn Nainital, OAK Shade Hotel, Moon Hotel Nainital

Things to do in Nainital: Rock Climbing, Lake Tour & Boating, Shopping at Tibetan Market, High Altitude Zoo, Ropeway, Golden Sunset at Hanuman Garhi, Shri Maa Naina Devi Temple, Cave Garden, Naini Peak

2. Naukuchiatal

Naukuchiatal or you can call it the “Lake of Nine Corners” is a small yet a very popular Hill Station near Bhimtal in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. As far as the deepness of Naukuchiatal lake is concerned, it is 175 feet deep and it is situated at 1220 M above Sea level.  This small lake city is surrounded by Hills covered by trees and shrubs. Being in the valley it gives you the opportunities for angling and bird watching.

This is a popular saying that one glimpse of all the 9 corners of the lake with both feet on the earth can make the viewer disappear into smoke to achieve nirvana. It is believed that this lake was created after the very hard worship of Lord Brahmaji. Therefore there is a small temple dedicated to Brahmaji that exists near the KMVN guesthouse. According to the people of Naukuchiatal if anyone performs a parikrama of the lake will be blessed by Brahmaji.

Distance of Naukuchiatal from Bhimtal8.6 km (23 min)
Best time to visit NaukuchiatalMarch to June and August to December
Altitude1,220 m

Places to stay in Naukuchiatal: The Allure Villas Resort, Cottages At Village, Latitude 29 By The Lake Resort, Nest And Hives, Lake Pleasant Cottage & Resort

Things to do in Naukuchiatal: Lake Naukuchiatal, Boating, Bhimtal Lake, Paragliding, Trekking

3. Sattal

Sattal or Sat Tal is located near Bhimtal in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It is called Sattal “Seven Lakes” just because of the seven freshwater Lakes which are mysteriously interconnected to each other. These seven lakes sit at an altitude of 1370 metres below lush orchards in the Mehragaon valley. Ram Tal, Lakshman Tal, Sita Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Panna Tal, Purna Tal and Sukha Tal are the names of these seven interconnected lakes.

Being in the lower Himalaya region Sattal is set amongst dense forests of oak and pine trees.

Just because of these 7 freshwater lakes Sattal is one of the few unspoiled and unpolluted freshwater biomes in India. For migratory birds the fresh water lakes of Satal is just a paradise. Sattal is a popular place among tourists for outdoor vacations because various camps are being operated  in this area mostly by locals.

Distance of Sattal from Bhimtal49.2 km (1 h 40 min)
Best time to visit SattalMarch to June and August to December
Altitude1,370 m

Places to stay in Sattal: Casa Dream, Fern Hillside Resort, Sea Hawk Hill Resort,
Tag Resorts Lavanya, Crystal Lakeview

Top Attractions in Sattal: Seven Lakes, Butterfly Museum, Subhash Dhara, Trekking in Sattal, Fishing, Kayaking, Methodist Ashram, Boating

4. Kainchi Dham Mandir

Kainchi Dham Mandir is basically a Lord Hanuman Temple & Ashram established by a great Hindu Guru, Neem Karoli Baba (नीम करौली बाबा) or Neeb Karori Baba (नीब करौरी बाबा) in 1960s. Name of this place is called “Kainchi” just because of its location in between the two hills that cut and cross each other to create a shape of scissor. On 15th June every year a Bhandara is organized by Ashram for its Pratishtha Divas or Consecration Day, which is very famous among locals and tourists and people reach there in the number of Lakhs.

Neem Karoli Baba has a huge number of followers in India and outside India as well, He is known to his followers as Maharaj Ji. A huge number of Americans travelled to his Ashram to get the blessings.Except Kainchi there are so many other Ashrams of Neem Karoli Maharaj are available in different-different places in India including Vrindavan, Rishikesh, Shimla, Neem Karoli village near Khimsepur in Farrukhabad, Bhumiyadhar, Hanumangarhi, Lucknow, and Delhi. And also have Ashrams outside India like Taos, New Mexico, and US.

The holy temple of Hanuman Ji is surrounded by hills and trees and a river flowing besides it. And their followers say that the great strengths and presence of Hanuman Ji can be felt inside the Ashram. In the 70s the ex CEO of the well-known mobile company “Apple” Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of famous social networking website “Facebook” also visited the Ashram for meditation and to get blessings from Maharaj Ji.

Distance of Kainchi Dham from Bhimtal19.3 km (40 min)
Best time to visit Kainchi DhamMarch to June and September to December
Altitude1,400 m

Places to Stay in Kainchi Dham: Maan Cottages, Hotel Ganga Valley, Aqua De Vida Resort, The Pine Crest

Attractions in Kainchi Dham: Kainchi Dham Temple, Shyamkhet Tea Gardens, Ramgarh

5. Mukteshwar

In the lap of the Hills of Kumaon at an altitude of 7500 Ft, Mukteshwar is a pleasing small village and popular tourist destination in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The name “Mukteshwar” came from a 350-year-old temple of residing Lord Shiva the Mukteshwer Dham. If you want to feel the mountains, you can get astonishing and marvelous views of the imposing Himalayan range from the top of the mountain on which Mukteshwar Temple stands.

The distance of Mukteshwar from the popular cities is 51 km from Nainital, 72 km from Haldwani, and 343 km from Delhi.

While driving towards Mukteshwar your vehicle drives through pine forests and then through the fruit orchards, so that you can get a chance to pick fresh fruits (peaches and plums) from the trees roadside. By staying in some camps here you can enjoy living right in the middle of a pine forest. Trekking up to the Mukteshwar Dham temple and sitting on a cliff quietly, and ziplining between two cliffs at Chauli ki Jali are the moments that you will remember your lifetime about your Mukteshwar trip.

Best time to visit Mukteshwar is in between March and July but if you want to experience snow, plan your visit around January and February.

Distance of Mukteshwar from Bhimtal38.6 km (1 h 30 min)
Best time to visit MukteshwarFeb to June and August to December
Altitude2,171 m

Places to Stay in Mukteshwar: The Naturewalk, The Mystery Mountains, Trinetra Orchards, Cottage Nirvana, Waywood Wind Lodge

Attractions in Mukteshwar: Chauli Ki Jali, Mukteshwar Dham, Mukteshwar Mahadev, Bhalu Gaad falls, Rock Climbing, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Trekking & Camping, Paragliding, Sitla

6. Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is the paradise for adventure & bird lovers near Nainital. This place is so cool & calm and offers a panoramic view of wide Range of Himalaya. Pangot village is about 13 km away from the Nainital city and located at a height of 6,510 ft above sea level.

Pangot village is the most popular destination among the bird lovers as it houses almost 580 different species of birds. It  has a huge variety of birds that attracts tourists to visit this place includes Lammergeier, White-throated laughing thrushes, Little pied flycatcher, Himalayan bulbul, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied niltava, Khaleej pheasant, Brown wood owls, Himalayan Griffon, Blue-winged minla, Spotted and Slaty-backed forktail, Collared grosbeaks, Striated Prinia, Altai accentor, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Dollarbird, Green-backed tit etc.

The village Pangot is located in the forested zone around Naina Peak Range.The route to this village comes under the Himalaya darshan area, which allows you to see a splendid view of the Great Himalayas, especially mountain Nanda Devi.

Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary Nainital Timings are Monday to Sunday 6:00 am to 5:00 pm

Distance of Kilbury from Bhimtal32.4 km (1 h 18 min)
Best time to visit KilburyFeb to June and August to December
Altitude2528 m

Hotels in Kilbury: The Pavilion, Chevron Fairhavens, Hotel Himalaya, Shervani Hilltop, Ayar Jungle Camp

Attractions in Kilbury: Naina Peak, Goddess Naina Devi, Nainital Lake, Eco Cave Gardens, Tiffin Top, Trekking, Camping, Trekking

7. Ghorakhal Golu Devta Temple

A small village Ghorakhal, which is famous for its Army School “Sainik School Ghorakhal” and “Golu Devta Temple” is located at the height of more than 2,000m near Bhowali in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The word Ghorakhal means pond for water to horses. The Sainik School Ghorakhal is a very popular school in India, was established in 1966 at the Ghorakhal Estate of the Nawab of Rampur.

Golu Devta, the presiding deity of the temple is said to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva and the temple is one of the main attractions in Ghorakhal. Being a legendary God of Kumaon and eastern region of Garhwal of Uttarakhand, Golu Devta or Lord Golu is worshiped by all the people of this region. In Kumaon he is known as Golu and in eastern Garhwal as Goril Devta.

Distance of Ghorakhal Temple from Bhimtal32.4 km (1 h 18 min)
Best time to visit Ghorakhal TempleAround the year
Altitude2000 meters

Hotels in Ghorakhal: Holiday Homes, Ganga Valley, Hotel Ivy, Shiva Solace, V9 Resorts

Attractions in Ghorakhal: Ghorakhal Temple, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram Kainchi Dham, Bhimtal Lake, Nainital Lake, Sattal Lake, Trekking, Camping

8. Hanuman Garhi Temple Nainital

In Kalyug, Lord Hanuman ji is considered to be the 11th incarnation of Lord Shiva. Hanuman Ji is one of the most worshiped Gods in India. Therefore several ancient and miraculous temples of Lord Hanuman are located in entire India. “Hanuman Garhi Temple Nainital” is also dedicated to Lord Hanuman Ji and the most famous temple of Nainital, which is located about 3 kilometers away on the observatory route via Tallital of Nainital.

This famous temple of Hanuman Ji is situated at an elevation of 1951 meters above the sea level.

Hanuman Garhi temple was built by Neem Karoli Baba in 1950. Apart from this, “Sheetla Mata Mandir” and “Leela Shah Bapu’s Ashram” are located on the other side of the hill. You will have to climb 70 steps to reach the temple complex.

Hanuman Garhi Temple was built in 1950 by Neem Karoli Maharaj, a local saint and a great devotee of Lord Hanuman Ji. He used to visit the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Hanuman regularly. This temple has bedcome a special attraction among tourists and religious travelers.

Distance of Hanuman Garhi from Bhimtal24.4 km (55 min)
Best time to visit Hanuman GarhiFeb to July and September to December
Altitude1951 Mts

Hotels in Hanuman Garhi: Hotel Chandra Inn Royal Rose, Soulitude by the Riverside, Hotel Lakeside Inn Nainital, OAK Shade Hotel, Moon Hotel Nainital

Attractions in Hanuman Garhi: Lake Tour & Boating, High Altitude Zoo, Ropeway, Golden Sunset at Hanuman Garhi, Shri Maa Naina Devi Temple, Cave Garden

9. Golf Ground Ranikhet

Golf Course Ranikhet, a property of Kumaon Regiment is a famous tourist destination located in Ranikhet of Almora district. This beautiful green grass ground surrounded by pine trees is located 5 km from Ranikhet on the Ranikhet Almora road. Golf Course Ranikhet is the second largest golf course in India, featuring 9 pits, while also providing membership plans to outsiders.

If we talk about the beauty of this ground this beautiful ground is covered by green and velvety grass. It attracts so many native tourists as well as foreign tourists per year. This Golf Course is also having a rest house full of all kinds of amenities for golf players.

The green velvety grass of this golf course at such high altitude is really an amazing place to watch and a beautiful picnic spot. This Golf course is considered the second largest scenic golf course in Asia after Gulmarg. Due to this natural beauty, many directors have shot the film in this ground.

The famous Kalika Mandir is also present at a distance of 5.5 km from the Golf Ground. This Kalika Mandir is situated on the top of a small hill amidst dense trees.

Distance of Golf Ground from Bhimtal61.9 km (2 hour)
Best time to visit Golf GroundFeb to May and August to January
Altitude1,892 mts

Places to Stay in Ranikhet: Yak and Yeti Inn, Summit Stonewood Hotel, Roseville Cottage, Woodsvilla Residency, Holm Farm Heritage

Attractions in Ranikhet: Mankameshwar Temple, Jhula Devi Temple, Golf Ground, Haidakhan Babaji, Ashiyana Park, Bhalu Dam, Chaubatia Apple Garden, Sadar Bazar, Nanda Devi Temple, Kalika Temple, Swargashram Binsar Mahadev Mandir

10. Haidakhan Temple

The famous Haidakhan Ashram or Haidakhan Temple is a pilgrimage and pilgrimage center located on NH-87 in Chiliyanaula, Ranikhet of Almora district in Uttarakhand state. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Baba Haidakhan ji Maharaj. This grand temple is built with the white marble. Chiliyanaula is a small village, which is 4-5 Kms from Ranikhet and located on a beautiful hill in the picturesque plains of the Himalayas.

In clear weather, the snow-covered Himalayan main peaks such as Panchchuli, Nandadevi, Chaukhamba etc. are visible hundreds of kilometers away. This famous temple was founded by the great saint Baba Haidakhan of Kumaon. He meditated on this place for many years and local people worshiped him.

After the demise of Haidakhan Baba, the idol of Baba in the temple is being worshiped by the devotees. Local residents and numerous devotees consider Baba as an incarnation of Lord Shiva and Baba is known as Sri 1008 Baba Haidakhan Maharaj. There are so many other stories of the miracles of Baba Ji can be heard by the devotees of Haidakhan Baba. This Ashram is not recognized only in India but also in many other countries of the world.

Distance of Haidakhan Temple from Bhimtal32.4 km (1 h 18 min)
Best time to visit Haidakhan TempleAround the Year
Altitude1805 mts

Places to Stay in Haidakhan: TAG Resorts Queens Meadows, Chevron Rosemount, Woodsvilla Resort, Kaafal Cottage, Holm Farm Heritage

Attractions in Ranikhet: Mankameshwar Temple, Jhula Devi Temple, Golf Ground, Haidakhan Babaji, Ashiyana Park, Bhalu Dam, Chaubatia Apple Garden, Sadar Bazar, Nanda Devi Temple, Kalika Temple, Swargashram Binsar Mahadev Mandir

11. Chaubatia Garden Ranikhet

Chaubatia Garden, one of the best tourist attractions in Chaubatia, Ranikhet, in Almora district of Uttarakhand state. Chaubatia Garden the largest fruit garden in Asia is about 10 km from Ranikhet. The tourists visited here are thrilled by seeing the huge number of fruit trees stuffed with fruits. This garden is a lush green garden of 200 different species of fruits and flowers. These orchards produce delicious apples, peaches, plums and apricots.

Chaubatia Garden is surrounded by forests of silver oak, rhododendron, cypress, cedar and pine offers a panoramic view to the visitors. The Government Apple Garden and Fruit Research Center are located near it and this place is mainly famous as Phalodyan, Bagich and Government Fruit Research Center. This is also a famous picnic spot. Atleast 36 varieties of apples are grown in this garden and some of them are also exported.

Distance of Chaubatia Garden from Bhimtal59.6 km (1 h 50 min)
Best time to visit Chaubatia GardenMarch to June and September to November
Altitude1850 mts

Hotels in Chaubatia: Woodsvilla Resort, Anant Rasa By Aamod, TAG Resorts Queens Meadows, Roseville Cottage

Attractions in Chaubatia Ranikhet: Mankameshwar Temple, Jhula Devi Temple, Golf Ground, Haidakhan Babaji, Ashiyana Park, Bhalu Dam, Chaubatia Apple Garden, Sadar Bazar, Nanda Devi Temple, Kalika Temple, Swargashram Binsar Mahadev Mandir

6 thoughts on “11 Popular Tourist Places to Visit near Bhimtal”

  1. Good work. how long does it take to cover all these destination. I coming for 7 days only. let me know if you can make me good bhimtal packages for 7 days.

    • Thanks for your valuable comment! 7 days are enough to cover Bhimtal and its nearby places like Nainital, Sattal, Mukteshwar, Almora and Jim Corbett. Kindly let us know your travel dates so that we check our inventories accordinly to provide you the best deal 🙂

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