On the edge of the Park is a place called Kaladhungi, where Jim Corbett lived and learnt to use the gun. Jim’s house is now a museum. Surrounding this modest dwelling is a tiny village called ‘Chhota Haldwani’. Part of the village land was bought by Jim Corbett out of his own savings and gifted to the villagers.
If you happen to meet the older residents, they will tell you tall tales about the man who became a legend in his lifetime.
“The freedom of the forests”
Jim Corbett was convinced that “the tiger is a gentleman” and no jungle beast was dangerous while he lived in his natural habitat.
For his outstanding contribution to conservation and natural history the Government of India bestowed on him the honour of “The Freedom of the Forests”. No bars, no boundaries, for a soul born free.