THE BUTTERFLY RESEARCH CENTRE TOUR
For the last 60 years, the forest of Jones Estate has been protected by the Smetacek family. Today, it is the finest example of broadleaf forest in the Bhimtal valley. It supports a large variety of birds (including owls and pheasants) and mammals. 243 species of butterflies have been recorded in the Estate. The butterfly collection, begun in 1947, is now the fourth largest reference collection of Lepidoptera in India, after the three National Collections. The Butterfly Research Centre undertakes identification, taxonomic support, surveys and conducts certificate courses for increasing awareness and capacity building in butterfly and moth taxonomy, ecology and curation of specimens.
The Centre is housed in a 150 year old heritage bungalow with period furniture. There are two bedrooms with attached bathrooms capable of accommodating 5 persons comfortably.
Shared spaces include a sitting room, living room and verandah with a dining area, besides large open spaces outside.
FACILITIES: Wood burning hearths for the winter; outdoor bonfires in summer; solar water-heating system; free wifi; no television; camping on the front lawn or surrounding forest; personalized catering for smaller groups; private bird watching trails; butterfly collection; library; pets are welcome; guitar; badminton; laundry. Swimming and fishing in Sattal lakes (3 km).
The attractions around here are : Sattal (walking 3km) swimming, boating, birdwatching, butterflies.
Bhimtal : 2 km boating, aquarium, market
Naukuchiatal: 7km: boating, birdwatching, butterflies,
Ramgarh: 20km snow view, birdwatching, butterflies,
nainital: 22 km: needs no introduction
Mukteshwar, almora, Ranikhet: all around 60km.