Aamod at Bhimtal is a magnificent hill resort surrounded by untouched Oak and Pine forests on one side and a small lake on the other. The property provides a relaxing atmosphere close the peaceful Himalayas and is equipped with modern facilities.
Cuisine: Continental, Chinese, North Indian, South Indian and the homely “Pahadi khana”
Summer – 40°c high, 27°c low.
Winter – 20°c high, 10°c low.
Monsoon – 36°c high, 27°c low
Best time to visit: Summer & winter. The monsoon also has a charm of its own.
By Air: Pantnagar is the closest airport. From Pantnagar Airport, Aamod is just 58 kms away. ( 1.45 hours)
By Train: There are daily trains from Delhi to Kathgodam, the rail head nearest to Aamod. From Kathgodam, Aamod is a 1 hour drive through a scenic route. Ranikhet Express departs Old Delhi station at 10:40 PM and arrives in Kathgodam at 5:45 AM. Shatabdi Express departs New Delhi at 6:10 AM and arrives in Kathgodam at 11:40 AM.
By Road: The drive from Delhi is about 300 kms and takes about 7 hours.
THINGS TO DO
Sightseeing activities provides an excellent opportunity to venture out of the resort.
Boating & Angling: Bhimtal Lake is the largest among the nine lakes in the Lake District of Kumaon.
Trekking & Hiking: Under the guidance of Aamod’s trained activity team, you can trek and hike in the surrounding hills and forests.
Bird Watching: Bird-watchers will be delighted to find migratory birds in the autumn and winter months.
Bhimtal: Bhimtal with places of religious interest & serene lakes is named after the Pandava prince, Bhim, from the Hindu epic Mahabharata and is blessed with natural beauty. One of the most popular attractions among tourists is Bhimtal Lake. The island in the middle of the lake is the most striking feature.
Temples Visits: The historical Bhimkeshwar temple is situated next to an old Victorian dam at the corner of the Bhimtal Lake. Another popular temple, Godhakhal Temple is situated nearby.
Nal Damyanti Tal: About 2 km from Bhimtal is Nal Damyanti Tal, a small natural lake. This lake is named after the famous mythological characters, King Nal and his wife Damayanti.
Hidimba Parvat: About 5 km from Bhimtal, is a hill known as Hidimba Parvat. It gets its name from the demon Hidimba of Mahabharata. Vankhandi Maharaj, a monk and environmentalist lives on the hill now, and has created a sanctuary for the wild animals around the hill. The area is known as Vankhandi Ashram.
Naukuchiatal (6km): This lake is the deepest one in the region and has nine corners. It receives a flock of of migratory birds in the winter. It is one of the most picturesque lakes in Kumaon, surrounded by Oak forests. Other than boating and angling, Naukuchiatal also offers paragliding for enthusiasts.
Sattal: A group of seven interconnected freshwater lakes set amidst dense Pine and Oak forests. The whole area is a popular stop for migratory birds and is a bird watcher’s paradise. One of the places to visit in the area is the Butterfly Museum built by Frederic Smetacek at the nearby Jones Estate, which has over 2,500 butterfly and moth specimens and 1,100 species of insects that are found in this region.
Nainital: With a large mango shaped lake occupying the heart of town, Nainital is flooded with tourists who are attracted by the town’s many temples and bustling markets, selling all sorts of goods, from local handicrafts to designer brands. Known as the ‘Lake District’, Nainital has always been a popular spot among travelers seeking natural beauty and scenic sights. Along with its lofty mountain and glittering lakes, Nainital also offers modern pleasures like adventure and water sports.
Almora: Almora is situated in the midst of the Himalayas at an elevation of 1,650 meters above sea-level on a 5 km long mountain slope between the rivers Suyal and Kosi. Popularly known as the king of the mountains and abode of the Gods, Almora is the cultural center of the entire Kumaon region.
Mukteshwar: Famous for spectacular views of mighty Himalayas this place is also very famous for the temple of Lord Shiva known as the ‘Mukteshwar Dham’.
Ranikhet: Dotted with Pine, Oak and Deodar forests, this picturesque place is a perfect place for a quiet getaway. There is a multitude of wildlife to be found here like the Sambar, leopard cat, barking deer, mountain goat, jackal, langoor, red fox, and porcupine.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary: Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is a virtual heaven for nature lovers as the sancturay is rich in flora and fauna. One can also have a spectacular sight of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains from here.