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Only 14 km from Padampuri, in the emerald recesses of Nainital, the lake district of Uttarakhand, is located the little sleepy town of Bhimtal. Although Bhimtal is a hill station, the weather generally remains very pleasant here throughout the year.

The town acquires its name from the fascinating lake around which it has grown, also named Bhimtal. The town is located at an elevation of 1,370 m above sea level. The lake has a small island with an aquarium which can be accessed with a boat. The expanse of the Bhimtal Lake is larger than that of the Nainital Lake and is visited by thousands of tourists throughout the year who arrive here to enjoy the serene and pristine beauty of this place. Old-fashioned boating can be enjoyed in the lake besides the modern-day paddle-boats. Boating is a memorable and pleasant experience in Bhimtal.

The lake takes its name from the legend of Bhim from The Mahabharata.

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