Situated 22-km away from the city of lakes, Nainital, Bhimtal is known for its history and the lakes. Bhimtal is named after Bhīma, a charismatic mythological character from the Indian epic of Mahabharata. Moreover, it was ruled by the British as a result of the Anglo-Nepalese War. The glittering city, Bhimtal, is famous for its lakes with clear water that attracts nature lovers for a soothing getaway. Bhimtal is sited at an altitude of 1,370 meters from sea-level and is the most visited places near Nainital.
You can explore a lot in the city of Bhimtal, from the lakes to the adventurous treks, some beautiful by-the-lake cafes, water sports for the adrenaline, and obviously, the market that will make you go in awe! Bhimtal is a shoppers’ destination to get hold of handcrafted products ranging from statues, carpets, pieces of jewellery, wooden crafts work, and beautiful Garhwali paintings. These products serve as excellent souvenirs to take back home.
There are a lot of recommended products, signature items that tourists suggest their acquaintances, and here are a few that we picked so that you don’t miss out on while at a spree on Mall Road, Bhimtal:
1. Jams & Fruit Squashes: There are a variety of flavours in Jams, Fruit Squashes, preserves, and pickles available at the factory outlets that you can buy for your family, and as the takeaway gift for your friends and colleagues.
2. Garhwali Paintings: You can decorate your living room with exquisite Pahadi paintings made by the local artisans of Bhimtal.
3. Kashmiri Textile: The impeccable works of Kashmiri artisans are also available at the Mall Road of Bhimtal.
4. Souvenirs’ from the Himalayas: You can shop from a range of Herbal tea, honey, bath & body care, and Aepan Handicraft products, at the Himjoli Store in Bhimtal. They are recommended and treasured by the shoppers’.
Shopping in Bhimtal is not only about visiting the mall road that is located at the centre of the city, but also about experiencing the local food, meeting new people and exploring through several small shops offering an array of local items. While at the spree, you may also get to buy organic products, handmade candles and wooden crafted items made by the local artisans of Bhimtal and as you stroll along at the Mall road, you will find a plethora of options to shop.
The best time to visit Bhimtal is between the months of April to October, but whatever time of the year you plan a trip to Bhimtal, there is always a reason to stay and wander in the beautiful escapades that the city has to offer. Bhimtal tourist places are the major traction for a traveller, but hotels offering a range of indoor activities like pool, table-tennis, pool table, and children play area also excite families, group of friends to plan a getaway picnic at Bhimtal. Just like best luxury hotels in Nainital, there are many resorts located in and around the city of Bhimtal, offering luxury at affordable rates.
Take a day or two while at Bhimtal, but don’t miss the Mall Road here, and whatever it has to offer; the experience, the memories, the people, the gift shops, the long walks and the beautiful sunsets.