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Fredy’s Bungalow

Bhimtal, Uttaranchal

Staying in:
There’s a library on the first floor as well as a collection of board games. But we suggest you spend time at the sunken carrom board table off the main hall—it will be unlike any other time you’ve played the game.

The family that built this house love the forest, and while that love can be immediately sensed when you enter, you will truly get a sense of it once you walk around and examine the staggering collection of moths and butterflies mounted in boxes on the walls. The passion with which these have been collected, catalogued and displayed is fascinating for young and old alike.

Out and about:
Fredy’s is halfway up the ridge that overlooks Bhimtal, so it’s worth taking the 2.5 km trek up to watch the splendid sunsets. Sattal (8 kms) and Hidimba Dham (10 kms) are other treks worth a try, fitness permitting.

Birding, photography or nature walks led by the manager can be arranged.

Close by is the Butterfly Museum, a unique and engrossing collection of butterflies and moths that stands testament to Peter Smetacek’s passion. Do visit it and ask for him – having him show you around is a special treat. He’s also authored a book on the insects he loves so buy one and get him to autograph it for you.

Make a day of it:
If you’re the outdoorsy sort, you could always go on a trek to one of the lakes in the area, spend the day there with a picnic basket and ask the hotel to have you driven back in the evening.

Nainital and the other tals (lakes) that lower Kumaon is known for are clustered around Bhimtal, Ranikhet and Almora, and you can easily spend a day driving round and exploring the area. Bhimtal and its lake (with boating, kayaking, and a mid-lake aquarium) are just 5 minutes away, and Nainital’s sights are 30 minutes beyond that. Boating at Sattal and Bhimtal Lakes can be arranged by the staff.

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  • Laundry.
  • Kitchen/restaurant (no alcohol served, bring your own).
  • Pick-up and drop from Kathgodam (railway station).
  • Pet-friendly.
  • Arrange cars on request for local sightseeing.
  • Room service is offered.
  • Hot water bags/bottles provided in rooms.
  • Fireplace inside, bonfires outside.
Type Boutique hotel/lodge
Rooms 4
Children Yes
Closed Never