In summers, most of the city folks in north India head to the hills. Which, apart from the over commercialization of some hill stations, makes them totally unattractive to me. I mean why I would want to meet the same people in my city in the hills, eat same kind of food in the restaurants up there and do the same things! So, I always choose the lesser known or lesser visited destinations in the hills. Last summer, we visited Bhimtal, a relatively quiet place in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand and spent 2 relaxing days. While coming back, we made a short stop at Bhimtal lake, which is actually the most famous feature of this destination.
Bhimtal lake is relatively smaller than its more famous counterpart - Nainital lake, but that makes it lesser crowded too. We visited it in the morning and there were rows of boats lined up, ready to take the 'tourists' for a ride.
For me, the lack of 'people' here was most welcome and was most happily compensated by the crowds of swans who were swimming in the lake & strolling in the steps to the lake.
The 'unique' feature of this lake is the small island in the middle, which also has a restaurant run by the Uttarakhand Tourism Department. So, one can take a ride in the boat till the island, have a cup of tea and come back, that's a nice travel experience, right!!
Since I mean to come back to Kumaon region and travel specifically up the road (from Bhimtal to other destinations), I have kept the experience of taking a boat ride for future times. However, if you travel there, do partake in the experience of a boat ride i n Bhimtal lake and let me know how it was!!