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Bhowali is in Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India, just 11 km from Nainital towards Ranikhet. It's a beautiful place and a gateway to major Kumaon hill stations. It is famous for Godakhal temple and army school. Bhimtal is a further 11 km from here, also famous for its lake bigger than Naini lake of Nainital and an island restaurant is situated in the middle of lake.
- Bhimtal Lake (Take the bus from Naukuchiatal or Kathgodam. Rail connectivity is available till Kathgodam). Bhimtal lake is named after Bhima, one of the five Pandava brothers in the epic Mahabharata. Located 11km from Bhowali at an altitude of 1370 meters, Bhimtal is a beautiful lake which offers magnificent views, boat rides and an island at the centre with a restaurant in it. A dam has also been built near the lake. There is a 17th century Bhimeshwar temple near the 40 feet high dam.
- Butterfly Research Centre, Bhowali Range (7 km from Naukuchiatal Lake). Modest museum with a collection of preserved moths and butterflies, plus frequent educational courses.
- Sarthak Inn, Ramgharh road (5-min drive from town centre). Offers rooms, dormitories and cottages.