Tigers and jungles in India are almost synonymous. Ask any visitor to a wildlife park in India and if a tiger sighting doesn’t happen most of them will be visibly sad. Here ‘the king of the jungle’ is a far second. In fact lions are found only in Gujarat.
The news item that a rifle once used by the legendary hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett was being brought to Chhoti Haldwani, the village that he set up got me planning. Built by John Rigby & Co in 1905, a London-based company specializing in antique guns, this bolt-action rifle was presented to Jim Corbett as thanks for killing the man eating tigress who was responsible for 436 human deaths.
Bag packed and I set off to revisit Jim Corbett, India’s oldest park, and see the much famed rifle. I checked into the much talked about Aahana – the Corbett Wilderness resort, consistently ranked amongst the Top rated resorts of India for the last 2-3 years, where the rifle was to be displayed.