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Bhimtal

Bhimtal (भीमताल) 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.

History

Bhimtal 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.

Naini tal

Nainital Lake also known as Naini Lake, is an enchanting natural water body situated in Nainital city of Uttarakhand. Nainital Lake is Ranked No. 1 among The Top Nainital Tourist Attractions, offering activities like boating, parasailing, yatching. It is one of the major nainital attractions among the tourists and couples who wanna spent some great time and experience Boating in Nainital Lake. Having a depth of maximum 28 metres and minimum 6 metres, this lake adopt more elegant charm over the night, visitors can expereinnce the beautiful reflections of hotels and restaurants around the naini lake like the glittering stars around the galaxy during night. The lake is centrepiece of the Nainital city and there’s also a saying, when Sati, wife of Lord Shiva sacrifice herself to the fire, the emerald green eye (Naina) fell to the earth and became Nainital Lake. Combined with lakes like Naini lake, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Khurpatal and Sattal, Nainital has earned a reputation of “The Lake District” all over the India. Boating in Nainital Lake is one the popular things to do in Nainital and sought after adventure activities in Nainital tourism.

Mallital and Tallital are the two parts of this lake where Mallital is the Northern part while Tallital is the Southern part, situated with many hotels around the lake, one can find no problem to choose a perfect stay close to this heart warming Natural water body. The Lake is surrouned by 7 beauitful kumaon hills – Ayarpatta, Deopatta, Handi Bandi, Cheena Peak, Alma, Laria Kanta and Sher-ka-Danda making it more elegant for the tourists.

History of Nainital Lake

Mr. P. Barron and English Business man who discovered this lake was on a hunting expedition. The English-man accidentally came across the lake and he was so mesmerized by the beauty that he decided to built an European Colony alonside the Lake. The Lake is also mentioned as “Trishi Sarovar” in Hindu Scripture known as “Skanda Puran”. The legendery sages Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha are used to meditate here. Other story of the formation of Nainital lake is that, the three sages Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha dug a hole which got soon filled up by the Trishi Sarovar.

Naukuchiatal

Naukuchiatal or ‘lake of nine corners’ is a small hill station in Nainital district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The lake is 175 feet deep and is situated at 1220 mts above sea level. It is surrounded by hills covered in trees and shrubs. It is the deepest of all the lakes in the Nainital region. Length of lake is 983 mts., breadth is 693 mts & depth 40.3 mts.It is within an enchanting valley offering an opportunity of angling and bird watching.. A picnic to this beautiful place also offers one with the tempting challenges like paragliding, fishing, rowing, paddling or yachting. Naukuchiatal will even enchant the picnicker with the rare adventurous activity of parasailing.[1]The lake is fed by an underground perennial spring. Naukuchiatal is also famous for the ‘escape festival’ which happens once every year (in the month of may).

Location

The lake is situated 4 km from Bhimtal, and 26 km from Nainital, 320 km from Delhi. Nearest railway station is Kathgodam.

Mythology

It is believed that this lake was created after hard worship(Hindi “tap”) of Brahmaji and a small temple dedicated to Brahmaji exist near the KMVN guesthouse. According to locals anyone performing a parikarma of the lake will be blessed by Brahmaji.

Khurpatal

This photograph was taken in 1885 and the photographer died over 100 years ago. From “Kurpa Tal where garrison class of N. Tal used to be,” from Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of views of ‘Naini Tal.’ From Oriental and India Office Collection, British Library.

Khurpatal is an angler’s paradise, located around 10 km away from Nainital. This beautiful hamlet is perched at an elevation of 1635 m above sea level. It is known for its pleasant climate and an enchanting lake, where fishing can be enjoyed. Khurpatal was famous for the production of iron implements till the 19th century, but now it is known for its green vegetable farms.

Sattal Tal

Sattal or Sat Tal literally means seven lakes and it comprises of seven freshwater lakes Panna or Garud Tal, Nal-Damyanti Tal, Purna Tal, Sita Tal, Ram Tal, Laxman Tal, and Sukha Tal or Khurdariya. However, two of the 7 lakes have already dried up and the locals say just five active lakes can be seen which are Ram Taal, Lakshman Taal, Bharat Taal, Hanuman Taal and Garud Taal.

Ram Tal is filled with water throughout the year and so does Hanuman Tal. Bharat Tal mostly remains dry. While Ram Tal is accessible easily, Bharat Tal and Hanuman Tal needs to be reached by foot. Hanuman Tal has a waterfall, which although not magnificent, is enough to provide a grand look to the surroundings.

Garud Taal is probably the least frequented by tourists now as it has seen few deaths over the years. It is now mostly known as the Haunted Taal, as atleast one death is reported from here each year.

Subhash Dhara is a must watch if you have some spare time. It’s a beautiful natural spring of fresh water arising out of dense oak forest situated west of Sattal.

Sariya Tal

Sariyatal Nainital is one of the 8 top places to visit in nainital, situated about 5 kms away from Nainital on the way to Kaladhungi, nestled this small Lake and a beautiful tourist spot. Sariyatal is a very good place to pass some time in solitude enjoying the beauty of nature. Himalayan Botanical Garden at Sariyatal near Nainital has a butterfly Park, herbarium, library and a fern house with other facilities.The Himlayan Botanical Garden is a centre of study for the scientists and the botanists. Visit to Sariyatal Nainital is one of the best things to do in Nainital among tourists and soght after adventure activities in Nainital tourism.

Himalayan Botanic Gardens is located just outside Nainital, the lake city of Uttarakhand in the Himalayas. This garden, extending to an area of 30 hectares has a collection of several native plant species, many of which are rare and endangered. The major attractions include an orchidarium, fernatum, herbarium, Thunia alba orchid, geodesic dome, waterfalls, etc. The entry ticket is Rs. 20. The botanic garden is run by the Uttarakhand Forest Department. It is a very good Eco Tourism Destination.This is a unique project in Uttarakhand which has used reclaimed and degraded land for providing awareness on Himalayan environment.