Bhimtal’s weather is pleasant through most of the year.
Summer temperatures peak at around 25 degrees Celsius, but in winter, temperatures can dip below zero. Bhimtal’s climate depends on the lake, which causes rain nearly every afternoon. We recommend guests carry some sort of warm clothing year-round. Even in summer, evenings can be quite cool.
- Day 26˚ C
- Night 15˚ C
- Day 15˚ C
- Night 1˚ C
Leisure, adventure, and religious tourism play a prominent role in Uttarakhand’s economy, with the Corbett National Park Tiger Reserve nearby, along with a number of well-frequented hill-stations, including Nainital, Almora and Ranikhet. The state is also home to several peaks that are of interest to mountaineers, although Nanda Devi, the highest and best-known of these, has been off-limits since 1982. Other national wonders include the Valley of Flowers, which, along with Nanda Devi National Park, forms a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Uttarakhand, traditionally known as Devbhumi, or “abode of the gods”, houses numerous Hindu shrines, which pilgrims have visited for over a thousand years with of hopes of purification and salvation. Gangotri and Yamunotri, the sources of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers, respectively, are located in the upper reaches of the state’s mountains and, together with Badrinath (dedicated to Vishnu) and Kedarnath (dedicated to Shiva), form the Chardham of Uttarakhand, one of Hinduism’s most auspicious pilgrimage routes.
The state houses an abundance of temples and shrines, many dedicated to local deities or manifestations of Shiva and Durga references to many of which can be found in Hindu scriptures and legends. The architecture of most of these temples is unique and typical of the region. The ancient temples at Jageshwar are among the most prominent because of their distinctive architecture.
In addition, Rishikesh, near Haridwar, is known as the pre-eminent yoga centre of India, and the spectacular pilgrimage to Hemkund is of special significance to Sikhs.
Tibetan Buddhism has also made its presence felt, especially with the recent reconstruction of the Mindroling Monastery and its Buddha Stupa, touted as the world’s highest, southwest of Dehradun.