Destinations Covered: Kaladhungi, Nainital, Ghatghar, Corbett Waterfall, Corbett Park, Champawat
Kumaon bustles with the stories of Jim Corbett who chose to settle here and work. His bungalow at Kaladhungi was a simple single-storied one which was sold post-independence to his friend Chiranjee Lal. Subsequently, this became a museum, opened to the public in 1967-68. For many Corbett enthusiasts, this Museum is like a shrine and a walk through Choti Haldwani, a village established by him that lies right behind the museum, a journey through Corbett lore.
Nearby areas like Ghatghar and Corbett waterfall were places where Corbett stayed and spent time with the local villagers. The locals still have his possessions. Corbett walked from here to Nainital.
A steep climb with little signs in Ayarpatta pointing to it, the bungalow where Corbett once lived is a treasure trove. A deep verandah where Corbett’s rocking chair still swings in the wind leads one inside the house that has drawing and dining rooms on either side. It has three bedrooms that still has Corbett’s cast iron bed, his safe and other belongings. Corbett also shot a man-eater at Champawat where the Champawat man-eater, a ferocious tiger, had killed several people.