Gurney House

Gurney House, Nainital: Address, Phone Number, Gurney House Reviews: 4/5

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BijuShantharam
182 contributions
A Quiet Place
Jan 2021
A nice place to see Corbert's personal affects and his work. However, it would be better to be at Jim Corbet Park physic
Written January 30, 2021
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AzimuthalP
Mumbai, India148 contributions
Victorian era charm
Oct 2019
Jim Corbett was said to have spent several years living here. A short hike to this place, nestled between trees and valley views. There was a caretaker and we had a chance to look through the interiors of the house and the artifacts/furniture etc from the earlier times.
Written January 29, 2020
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lotusdiamond
Chandigarh, India1,231 contributions
Jim Cobett Lived here--many years ago!!
Oct 2018 • Family
This is famous house as Jim corbett stayed many years ago. House is sold out and owned by some businessman . You can reach this house by trekking and enjoy the view of surroundings. Otherwise nothing great and not on tourist map.
Written February 4, 2019
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askbike
Kolkata (Calcutta), India39 contributions
A place most of the tourists do not know about. For Jim Corbett fans.
Oct 2018 • Family
This is the place where Jim Corbett lived years ago. Now owned by Dalmia who bought it around 80 years ago. This is on a steep road, and most of the tourists are not aware of it. Maintained by an old lady who opens it for you.
You need to know of Jim Corbett and have read his books. The place is somewhat maintained and still has that old world charm (the dish tv antenna was a distraction though). Old the old pieces of furniture, tableware, photos, and books were there. Overall, a nice place to visit if you know what it is.
Written October 27, 2018
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Satish Medapati
Bengaluru, India383 contributions
Great Service in a colonial setting
Sep 2018 • Family
We did not stay at Naini Retreat but had gone to the restaurant twice. It's expensive for the place but the service is really awesome. Jalal, Harish & Govind have taken care of our food needs. Quick & efficient . Food was also very good.
Written September 13, 2018
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Akshay
68 contributions
Not a museum for sure
Jul 2018 • Friends
Apparently the house has been sold off and is not open to the public so dont expect anything...although the trek up to the house is worth it. Take the offbeat path to the house and enjoy the trails
Written July 13, 2018
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GreatBigTales
Delhi, Delhi, India12 contributions
Gem of a place. Old World Romance.
Apr 2018 • Family
This is the most stellar place in all of Nainital. Dont forget to visit it while you're there. Its the old residence of Jim Corbett and his sister Maggi. It currently organises meet ups, book readings and general gatherings of old timers.
Written June 7, 2018
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Hemalrshah
Vadodara, India118 contributions
Awesome
May 2018 • Family
We have seen movie on Jim Corbett @ Jim Corbett and in the beginning of the movie they have shown this home. This house was owned by Jim Corbett before 150 years and now owned by a gentleman from Delhi.
They have maintained this property very well and you can feel the same. We met Mr. Joshi - caretaker at the place and he took us through this home and answer all the questions calmly.
Written May 21, 2018
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Dreams Taking Wings
New Delhi, India57 contributions
Must visit place
Apr 2018 • Family
it is an old building and was house of jim corbett. Now its converted to museum with every room keeping its old era feeling. Museum is free and probably the only place in Nainital besides temple which is free. Every room takes you back almost 100 years back from bed, mirror, almira every thing of older years. His living room still has lion skin carpet and lots of dear head hanging on wall. Going around his house doesn't take more than 15-20 minutes but its worth of every time spent there.
Written April 28, 2018
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Rasputin21
Melbourne, Australia2,194 contributions
Not completely authentic
Apr 2018 • Couples
Gurney House is not on the tourist map. Even tourist information office on the Mall had no idea of what I was talking about. They finally found a brochure on all of Nainital in Hindi which mentioned Gurney House but without any directions of how to get there. You get there using the same road you would you use to get to Sherwood College but then continue on down hill in the opposite direction until you get to the Tent city camp and then take a right hand track through narrow lanes ending up parking on a former English graveyard!. Only eight graves stones remain with only one being slightly eligible - Elisa - wife of a pastor. All other graves have been either built over or used as building material of the surrounding houses.
Gurney House is then a short steep walk to its named iron gates.
Gurney House was Jim and Maggie Corbett's house in Nainital when their parent's house had been damaged by landslides. They lived in this house for many years until they had to move to Africa to live with relatives in their old age as they had no other relatives in India. Jim is reputed to have been a great voice on the Municipal Board and walked 20+ miles for meetings. He loved the area very much and would be devastated by the destruction that has occurred. Indians have nothing to be proud of with what has occurred in Nainital.
Jim however was not allowed to join the Boat Club as he was merely a "domiciled European" and not of authentic British blood.
Gurney House is still owned by the Indian family who bought it from the Corbetts. They now live in Ashoka Road in Delhi but come up to the "summer house". The grounds are in poor condition. The female caretaker will open up the house when the family are not in residence, however, she can only speak Hindi and has little knowledge of the history of the place other than being able to tell you that Jim's original iron bed has been retained. She can tell you nothing about the artifacts but is willing to open up all of the house for inspection for a remuneration.
If the original furnishings have been retained then they have been poorly maintained. There a few photographs of Jim and his dog (someone should preserve these as they are deteriorating fast and will soon be gone.), some of his books, fire side chairs, his bed and other odds and ends.
Written April 2, 2018
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