Heritage Walks at Choti Haldwani (Kaladhungi)
As part of the Second Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival at Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve, we bring you Heritage Walks, conducted by Tom Alter and Anjali Ravi. The heritage walks will take you through a journey back in the time of the childhood and youth of the famed hunter-turned conservationist, Jim Corbett. The heritage walks be conducted at Kaladhungi, 20 kilometer from Haldwani and 8 kilometers from Chunakhan.
The hamlet of Kaladhungi gained importance as a staging post during British times, being on the approach route to Nainital. It is dotted with several heritage structures of that era. These find mention in stories of Jim Corbett. To walk around them while listening to the tales and fables associated with them is a fascinating experience.
Jim Corbett bought a large area of land next to his house to develop as a model village. When he left India in 1947 he made his tenants master of their land. His wish of making them self-reliant was fulfilled when they formed a samiti to run a community based tourism program for the village. The walk around the village exposes you to the nature, village life, culture and the tales of Corbett associated with them.
Dates: 5, 6, 7 and 8 February 2015
Duration: 3hrs, 25 people per group, 50 people per slot
Time: 900-1200 hrs & 1400-1700 hrs
Requirements: A good pair of walking shoes, water bottle and a cap
Starting point: Jim Corbett’s museum, Kaladhungi
About the walk leaders: Tom Alter and Anjali Ravi
The walks of Kaladhungi will be lead by Anjali Ravi. She has extensively researched and published a book on Corbett’s heritage association with Kaladhungi and Nainital.
Padma Sri Tom Alter, a renowned actor, theatre personality and author conducted several book readings from Jim Corbett books for the park staff, students and visitors as the Brand Ambassador of Corbett National Park. Tom Alter will lead the heritage walks on 5th February, 2015.
Away from hustle and bustle of hectic daily lives of city dwellers, away form the polluted streets and crowded corners of plains, in the lap of foothills of Kumaon lies the serene beautiful village of Jim Corbett-Chhoti Haldwani.
From rejuvenating bird songs to exploring miles of quite untouched forests, tracking pug-marks of tiger to chasing deers in the grasslands, you will experience the beautiful effect of nature’s love in vicinity of Jim Corbett’s Village.
Jim Corbett Heritage Trail managed and interpreted by the villagers provides a unique experience of the works done by Jim Corbett to develop a model Kumaoni village. Covering a distance of about 3.5 kms, the trail will take you approximately 2 hours.
Dense Saal and Teak forests, winding Boar River, Spotted Deers, Sambhar Deers, Barking Deers, Elephants, Tigers, Leopards, pythons, birds, Kumaon foothills is all that and more. Peer into the soul and you will see nature at its purest