Situated at an altitude of 1370 m above sea level, Bhimtal is the largest lake in Nainital District
. It is named after Bhim
, one of the Pandava
brothers. It is 265 m longer than the Naini Lake
and covers an area of 1701 m by 265 m. There is an island situated in the lake at a distance of 90 m from the shore. A 17th century Bhimeshwar temple complex along the 40 ft high dam is a place worth visiting.