Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple is located on the banks of the Bhimtal Lake. This is an old temple devoted to Lord Shiva. The present building was constructed by the ruler of the Chand Dynasty and king of Kumaon, Baz Bahadur in the 17th century.
Bhimtal Lake, perched at an altitude of 4500 ft above sea level is one of the largest natural lakes around Nainital. It derived its name from Bhima, one of the brothers of Pandavas. The lake, which is situated at a distance of 22 km from Nainital, offers ample water sport opportunities for amateurs with paddling and boating facilities.
The place is a natural habitat to many aquatic species and attracts various Trans Himalayan and other birds like black eagles, wall creeper birds, tawny fish owls, bulbuls and emerald doves. There is a large island at the centre of the lake, at a distance of 91 m from the shore.
Tourists can reach the island by boat to see the magnificent aquarium, which contains a number of rare fishes from China, Mexico and South Africa. Kumaoni hills encircling the place render magnificent scenery.
Victoria Dam is a 40 ft high dam located at the end of Bhimtal Lake. There are terraced flower gardens on both sides of the dam. This dam offers mesmerising natural views to the tourists. Beautiful wild flowers adorning the gorge attract a large number of tourists to the place. The Bhimeshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is located next to the dam.
An old Nag temple is located on the Kartotaka Hills. This temple is devoted to the serpent god, Nag Karkotaka Maharaja. The name of the hill is derived from the mythical cobra Karkotaka. During the occasion of Rishi Panchami, numerous devotees visit this temple to offer their prayers. According to legends, the serpent god guards the natives against snake bites.
The Museum of Folk Culture of Bhimtal is also known as Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya. The visitors can see some precious artefacts along with a huge collection of photographs. Various archaeological items and rock arts are also exhibited in the museum, which was founded with the sole aim to preserve the rich culture of Uttarakhand.
Tourists can also see folk paintings, wooden artefacts, ancient manuscripts, images of god and goddesses, agricultural implements and costumes here.