Back in the 1800s, serving as the summer abode to famous British hunter, tracker and naturalist, Jim Corbett, was the Gurney house in Nainital. Now a privately-owned property by the Dalmia's, gurney house serves as a heritage site. The Gurney house is a cottage located amidst the lush greens of Nainital at a 10 minutes' walk from the Mall Road, uphill. It was constructed in the year 1880 for Jim Corbett who used to visit the place during summers.
One of the meanings of Gurney is a house made from the carted remains of a broken or dismantled house. The Gurney house was constructed from the remains of a dismantled house on Alma Hill which got destroyed in a landslide, hence getting the name. The Gurney house is a cozy, old cottage which so is so naturally preserved that it gives its visitors a feel of how Jim Corbett used to live.
Gurney House Nainital Facts
Jim Corbett used to visit the cottage during summers while on a hunt for man-eating animals. The cottage still beholds all the prized possessions of Jim Corbett like his trophies, fishing rod, African Drum, furniture and books.
The cottage is built in colonial style surrounded by garden and lawn on all four sides. You have to get an appointment in order to explore the Gurney House.
How to Reach Gurney House Nainital
The gurney house is located 3.7 km away from Nainital city. You can easily walk to the cottage from the Mall Road Nainital. For adventure seekers, there is a 9 km trek from the Nainital Mall Road to Gurney House.
Roadways- If you are traveling by road, Tallital Bus stand Nainital is the nearest one. The Gurney house is just 4 km away from the Tallital bus stand. You can walk or hire a cycle rickshaw to the Gurney house.
Railways- If you are traveling by train, get down at the Kathgodam railway station which is 38 km away. You can ride a luxury bus or taxi cab from the railway station to the Gurney House. For a hassle free commutation within Nainital, you can book a private cab from top car rental companies in Nainital and have a relaxing holiday.
Airways- If you are traveling by air, Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport which is about 72 km away. You can hire a taxi cab from the airport to reach Gurney House via NH 109.
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Best Time to visit Gurney House Nainital
Gurney House welcomes its visitors during all seasons. Even though it may get cold outside; the cottage is quite cozy and welcoming. The evenings in Nainital can get cold, it is advisable to carry woolens in all seasons.
Things to do at and around Gurney House Nainital
Experience the lifestyle and habitat at the once most beloved house of Jim Corbett.
Visit the private museum preserved at the cottage which reflects upon Jim Corbett’s life and achievements.
Study and collect leaf specimens of a huge variety of trees standing proudly within the premises of the cottage.
Just 3.4 km away from the cottage is the Nainital Mall Road. Shop at the local market and take a stroll along the banks of the lake. You can also take a boat ride at the Naini lake, one of the most sought after places to visit in Nainital.
Visit the G. B. Pant High Altitude zoo especially if you are traveling with kids which is just 4.4 km away.
Traveler Tips while visiting Gurney House Nainital
Carry a water bottle and some eatables while you visit the Gurney House.
Make sure the historical heritage of the place is preserved before you leave.
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