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Natural Scenic Views

The Lake region of Nainital comprises the constellation of the lakes of Naini, Bhimtal, Naukuchiyatal, Sattal, Nal Damyanti tal of these lakes, Bhimtal is the largest, even larger than the Naini lake. Fishing is allowed on a catch and release system with permits issued from the Fisheries Department at Bhimtal. Boating in Bhimtal promises to be a highly pleasurable experience with fewer crowds and a larger water body to circumnavigate.

Nanda Devi &
Beautiful Lakes

Horse riding and paragliding can be enjoyed at Naukuchiyatal. The Ram, Sita and Panna Tal of Sattal are forested lakes in the truest sense and boating in this constellation of lakes takes you back to the lap of nature.

Identically, the flora covers a wide range of species including orchids, rare climbing plants, ground and tree ferns and fungii. Simply stated, this region encompasses a vast and unique panorama of floral and faunal biodiversity with no equivalent or comparison( at this elevation ) in the entire Himalayas.

natural creatures

Some distinguished residents here, in order of importance:

  • Rufous- bellied bulbul (Hypsipetes Virescens)
  • Wall- Creeper ( Tichodroma Muraria )
  • Rufous throated Hill Partridge ( Arborophila rufogularis )
  • Himalayan Speckled Piculet ( Picumnus innominatus )
  • Emerald Dove ( Chalcophaps indica )
  • Black Eagle ( Ictiaetus Malayensis )
  • Greywinged Blackbird ( Turdus boulboul )
  • Black - Headed Sibia ( Heterophasia capistrata )
  • White- Crested Kaley Pheasant ( Lophura leucomelana )
  • Large pied Wagtail ( Motacilla maderaspatensis )
  • Tawny fish owl ( Bubo flavipes )(Known to Birders as the "Exclusive Eleven")

Among the twenty recovered mammals, the following deserve special attention:-

  • The Himalayan Serow (Capricornus Sumatraensis A larges rare and endangered species of Goat- Antelope, related to the Goral (Nemorhaedus goral) and Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) in the Himalaya and Asia , the Chamois (Kupicapra rupicapra ) of Europe ( Alps ), and the Rocky Mountain Goat (Oreanus americanus) of North Amreica . They inhabit the step slopes surrounding the lake Region.

  • The Himalayan Yellow - throated Marten ( Martes flavigula ) This animal is certainly the most swift, agile and feared predator in the hills. The abundant birdlife ensures that a pair of them is frequently seen scouting and hunting the area from tree to tree and on the ground. LeopardPheasants, partridges, hare and small mammals are their favoured prey, yet insects, fruit, honey (from beehives), reptiles, birds, eggs are also taken with relish, Arboreal, terrestrial, diversal nocturnal and omniveorous- very few animals have been awarded such scientific description.

Depending on the geographical aspect and elevation, Oak, Pin mixed deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs dominate the forested areas. The steep moist ravines harbour a diverse selection of ferns, mosses, ground and tree orchids, wildflowers and herbs - many of which have still to be sorted and listed for the plant ecologist this region is still an area of exciting discoveries and the marshes and wetlands are particularly fascinating 'The Special` here is The Queen Lily (Lilian Wallichianum) or the great Himalayan Monsoon Lily, pure white and exquisitely scented, solitary, very rarely two flowers on a single stem. Easily spotted from July to September as a distinct white blob against the dense green monsoon growth.

Insect and Butterfly collection

Fredrick Smetacek Jr. was born in Nainital in the Kumaon region of Uttaranchal in 1951. Of Indo-German parentage, he was educated in the hills and now resides permanently at his home in the Lake Region of Bhimtal, where he pursues his interests as a lepidopterist, naturalist and environmental activist. He has trekked extensively in the Uttaranchal Himalaya in search of butterflies, insects and their habitats and is a leading authority on the flora, fauna and ecology of the Western Himalaya, as bounded by the State of Uttaranchal.
Some distinguished residents here, in order of importance:

Started by his father, the late Fred Smetacek (Sr.) in the 1940's, the butterfly and insect collection is considered a unique representation of Himalayan biodiversity and a precious gem in the crown of India's recorded natural heritage. Located next door to Mountain Club, guests can visit this museum on payment of a token fee.