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Bhimtal and Sattal Lakes in Nainital

Written By: Akshatha Vinayak

Pandavas, the prominent characters of Mahabharata, had to go through many difficulties. Having lost in the dice game, they had to go into exile. Pandavas are said to have travelled across India during this period, and several legends of Mahabharata are related to various places in our country.


Bhimtal Lake
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Let us travel to one such mythological place; that is Bhimatal. Today, Bhimtal Lake is one of the famous tourist attractions in Nainital, Uttarakhand. It is around 22km from the city of Nainital to Bhimtal. Visitors can take rented cars or taxis to reach this destination. Bhimeshwar Temple on the banks of this lake is said to be created by Bhima himself.


Bhimtal Lake 
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Another speciality is the unique Fish Museum amidst a small rocky island. In fact, many government offices have shifted to Bhimtal and tourism is improving at a good speed. Bhimtal along with two other places has become a picnic spot for the locals.

Another famous spot near Bhimtal is the Nal Damayanti Lake. It is said that the King Nala had once drowned in this lake.


Sattal Lake
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Further, just 5km from Bhimtal, you will see another beautiful water body, Sattal Lake. This is also one of the popular spots in Nainital. Nature's bounty at Sattal is also a home to many bird species. It is not wrong to say that Sattal is also a photographer's delight.


Sattal Lake
Photo Courtesy: Alosh Bennett

Tourist Places in Nainital

Nainital is one of the famous hill stations in Uttarakhand. Its beauty and charm allures many visitors every year. Apart from Bhimtal and Sattal Lakes, there are many other tourist places that are a must visit in Nainital. They are Naina Devi Temple, Nainital Lake, Kainchi Dam, Snow View Point, Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, Sariya Tal, Kurpa Tal.

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How to Reach Nainital

Tourists can reach Nainital by private or government buses.

  • By Bus: Private Volvo buses are available from Delhi to Nainital.
  • Semi-Delux buses are also available from Almora, Ranikhet and Badrinath to Nainital.
  • By Train: Kathgodham Railway Station is the nearest railway station to reach Nainital.
  • By Airport: Delhi Airport is the nearest airport.

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