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Himalayan river Khichdi flows through the Corbett jungle. During its course, it passes through forests which are teeming with wildlife like- Cheetal, Sambhar, elephants, monkeys and the fierce, Bengal Tiger.
Down course, when it reaches the outskirts of Corbett forest, it dissects a patch of land surrounded by forests. On this land, is one of the most beautiful villages of Nainital.
Surrounded from all sides by forests, the village hosts a variety of wildlife ranging from migratory and local birds to various domesticated animals to wild animals like Sambhar, Cheetal, wild boars and elephants which frequent it. The villagers say even the sightings of a tiger is not very rare and if lucky, one can definitely hear tiger’s growling. Also, there is lush greenery due to the fields and fruit and vegetable gardens of the village.
A dynamic young man of the village, Naveen, with the help of some others, a few years back decided to start a place for travelers to come and enjoy the village, forest, and its wildlife.
They cleared an ancestral farmland, on the banks of the Khichdi river, leveled the field and build simple structures and set safari tents around them. There are now about 10 safari tents which can each accommodate up to 3 people each. They have built a kitchen and a common hall, which are built with mud, bamboo and have thatched roofs.
They have also built few mudhouses (about 5 in number). These mudhouses are unique in the sense that these are built of mud, bamboo and are thatch-roofed, but they include charging points, fans and are attached to modern toilets.
The outside area also has a sizeable pool which gets its water from the mountain springs nearby. Naveen being an ornithology expert, has also taken great care to plant many kinds of trees which attract a variety of birds in great numbers. Also, Naveen being very particular about cleanliness, always makes it sure that all the surroundings, insides and outsides of the mudhouses, tents etc. are kept completely clean.
Naveen also arranges for various adventure activities in the local area like swimming, rafting, trekking etc. and also outstation adventure activities like a trek in the High snow-laden Himalayas, Corbett safari etc. for the enthusiasts.
In all, this if you want to add the true Himalayan moments to your life and cherish them forever, this place is for you.