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ABOUT THE PROPERTY

The bungalow was home to Fredy Smetacek Jr. and is located in a large forest estate where his father, Fredrick Smetacek Sr. (a German from the Sudetenland - now in the Czech republic) chose to live with his wife and raise their six children. Smetacek Sr. had arrived in Calcutta in 1939 and moved to the hills closer to India’s independence. Raised as the son of a Forest Warden in Europe, he was irresistibly drawn to the cool forested hills and green lakes, moving first to Naukuchiatal (at a time when travelers rode up on horseback along a mule-track from Kathgodam) and then to Bhimtal in 1951. In Bhimtal, he developed and honed a passion for studying butterflies, starting a collection that grew to over 10,000 specimens and is renowned in India and beyond. Much of this collection is housed in Fredy’s Bungalow and the rest is displayed at a close by Butterfly Museum.

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Nainital, Naukuchiatal, Almora, Jageshwar, Mukteshwar

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Private bathroom with WC & bathtub

Private bathroom with WC & Shower

Hot & cold water 24 hours

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Raw-Food (fresh food, uncooked - i.e. fruits, salad)

Property Info

Operational since: 2014

Total Rooms: 4

Check-in 1300 hrs | Check-out 1100 hrs

Languages Spoken:  English, Bengali, Nepali, Ladakhi

Distance from Delhi:  350 kms

Nearest transportation knots:

  • Airport: Pantnagar: 45 kms

  • BusTerminal: Haldwani: 24 kms

  • Train: Kathgodam: 20 kms

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  • Birdwatch
  • Trekking
  • Bonfire
  • Hiking
  • Jogging
  • Nature Photography
  • Nature walk
  • Village Walk
  • KLF Event
  • A Day's Trip to Kullu

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  • A Himachali Village Fair

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    Posted On: 12 May 2015

  • Jalori Pass - Hike to Sirolsar Lake

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