Chhoti Haldwani is a small settlement situated on the Ramnagar-Haldwani-Nainital road in Uttarakhand, also known as Jim Corbett Village. It was in 1915 that Jim Corbett, a British hunter turned conservationalist, bought 89.4 hectares of land adjacent to his house in Kaladhungi and called it Chhoti Haldwani. On this piece of land he settled 10-15 tenants and put in efforts to develop the settlement.
At an altitude of 393 metres above mean sea level, the village is surrounded by reserve forests on the south and west, while the seasonal Boar River flows to its south-west. Corbett’s house was turned into a museum in 1967and later redone as an interpretation centre depicting his contribution and life. Today, there are around 142 families in his ‘Chhoti Haldwani’. There is provision of home stay too, an idea that came up in 2006, to enable the visitors to enjoy the village.
Information and Images: Anjali Bharthari Ravi, ‘Community Based Tourism: Chhoti Haldwani’, Context, Vol VIII, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2011